The RSA is committed to supporting students and early career researchers via career development training and opportunities, knowledge exchange, webinars, publications and micro grant funding. Below are some of the many initiatives that we offer to develop students and early career researchers’ careers, influence and research.
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Free events and training
Past webinars are available on demand, to access these and networking opportunities please download the RSA Mobile App – RSA Hub (you can find this on your usual app store or access the desktop version by clicking here).
After the success of our Global E-Festival Regions in Recovery last year, we are again working with partners to bring you this event. The event will be a research-led celebration of regions and how these can be re-imagined in times of challenge including Covid-19, climate change and geo-political turmoil, bringing together researchers and communities from across the world enabling you to network and share your research in regional studies and science.
The event will take place between 21 March and 1 April with concessionary fees for PhD students and Early Career speakers. Free to attend for non speaking attendees.
This webinar series offers training and support for skills, knowledge and professional development on a variety of topics. Run by experts in their field, this ‘how to’ best practice webinar series aims to support RSA members and interested participants at different career stages. Forthcoming Webinars:
- 04 May 2022 – Publishing: How to Publish in a Second Language
- Past webinars are available on demand for RSA members via the RSA Lounge.
Open to all and free to attend live, this webinar series brings experts in the field of regional studies, science and policy to you. Forthcoming Webinars:
- 26 January 2022 Levelling up Left Behind Places: The Scale and Nature of the Economic and Policy Challenge
- 23 February 2022 Regional Planning is Dead: Long Live Planning Regional Futures
- 14 March 2022 Climate Justice, Water Governance and Feminist Scholarship: A Conversation with Professor Farhana Sultana
- Previous webinars can be accessed via the RSA Lounge.
Central and Eastern Europe Programme 2022 – Bridging Old and New Divides: Global Dynamics & Regional Transformations
Throughout 2022 we are organising a programme focussing on Bridging Old and New Divides: Global Dynamics & Regional Transformations in CEE. As part of this programme several sessions have been designed for PhDs and early career researchers. These sessions will give participants opportunities to present papers, gain valuable feedback, new ideas, provide learning on how to strategically develop and enhance profiles for career progression and opportunities to network and socialise with others working on CEE in regional and urban studies, planning, geography, politics, development studies, economics and related fields.
- March – June 2022, online – Panel & Discussion Series
- 3 May 2022, online – Early Career Event
- 13 September 2022, in-person, Leipzig, Germany – Early Career Workshop on experimental methods for public outreach (this workshop is included in the CEE conference fee)
- 14-17 September 2022, in-person, Leipzig, Germany – CEE Conference: Bridging Old and New Divides: Global Dynamics & Regional Transformations, includes career development sessions (a reduced conference fee for PhDs and ECR applies)
“Write Here, Write Now” provides a space to continue working on draft papers, chapters and theses. The type of writing is open – you might want to work on tricky paper revisions that keep eliding you, that proposal to transform your thesis into a manuscript, or a first draft of your methods. Sessions will be scheduled soon and as spaces are limited, priority is given to RSA members.
Funding & Awards
This funding is open to individual applicants in their early career (five years maximum between the date showing on the certificate and the application deadline). Applicants must be based within an eligible higher education institution and must be a current, early career member of the RSA. This grant aims to support a discrete piece of regional studies and/or regional science research.
- Value: up to £10,000 (c. €11,500; $12,000)
- Application deadline (Expression of Interest): 24th May 2022
Nominations (both self-nominations and third-party nominations) of current members are being sought for the following awards in regional studies and related fields:
- Nathaniel Lichfield Award – this award is for a recent Masters student who has graduated within the last year.
- Paul Benneworth PhD Student Award – this award is for registered PhD students who have not yet received their PhD certificate. This name change recognises the enormous contribution of Paul Benneworth to the field of Regional Studies and his strong commitment to supporting students in our subject areas.
- RSA Routledge Early Career Award – this award is for early career researchers (defined as being within five years of the date on their PhD certificate or equivalent).
The prize for each Award is: a cheque for £500; and a certificate. Deadline: 20 April 2022
This Scheme aims to support a discrete piece of regional studies and/or regional science research on the impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) on regions cities and industry. This award is open to single applicants or team of researchers. All applicants must be based within an eligible higher education institution (HEI) and must be a current individual (non-corporate) member of the Regional Studies Association and remain a member throughout the duration of the grant and reporting period.
- Value: up to £4,000 (c. €4,500; $5,000)
- Forthcoming deadline: 5th September 2022
The editors of the Early Career Papers section are seeking submissions of paper proposals for short articles. Contributions are welcomed from any discipline in the field of regional studies or regional science and with any geographical focus. Authors (and co-authors) should be PhD students or early career researchers that have completed their PhD in the last five years. If selected for publication, the RSA will cover the article processing charge and the author will work with a mentor to develop the paper. There are two calls for paper proposals each year with deadlines for submissions on 31 March and 30 September.
The Regions e-Zine is our online and open access digital magazine and has become a vital tool to showcase the excellent regional-based research carried out by all members and friends of the Regional Studies Association. Regions e-Zine has three issues a year, in March, September and December. If you would like to contribute or discuss an article suggestions, please email the Editorial team via firstname.lastname@example.org using the subject line “Regions eZine”.
The RSA Blog has been running since 2010, providing an online platform for the RSA community to share short, engaging articles on research and the latest developments in the field. The writing style within the Blog is less academic than academic journal articles. Guidelines for writing a blog can be found here. If you wish to discuss an idea for a Blog article, please contact the Blog Editor at RSABlog@regionalstudies.org.
Taylor & Francis Author Services
Taylor & Francis Author Services is a dedicated website offering support and guidance for every step of the research publishing journey, from researching potential journals for publication, through to drafting an article and the reviewing process. Visit their website for more details.
- International territorial networks: Link up and extend your networks via the RSA’s International Communities – our divisions, country sections and UK-Sub national branches & sections
- Women’s Early Career and Mid Career Researchers Network (with both in-person and online meetings, an active WhatsApp group and closed Facebook group)
- Active Student and Early Career Facebook group
- RSA APP – Search for RSA Hub (or Regional Studies Association) in your app store to download
- Connect with us with our active social media channels: Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter – @regstud @RSAEurope
The RSA lists vacancies, scholarships, postgraduate courses and non-RSA events online at www.regionalstudies.org/about/opportunities/.
These are regularly updated. Please reach out to email@example.com in case you have a posting that we should add.
These initiatives are in addition to the many membership benefits we offer. The full list of benefits can be found under each membership category at www.regionalstudies.org/about/memberships/ If you like to have a discussion on membership benefits most suitable to you and how the RSA can support you, please get in touch and we will arrange a phone call or zoom meeting with you.