The RSA and its European Foundation RSA Europe are committed to supporting students and early career researchers via career development training and opportunities, knowledge exchange, webinars, publications, achievement awards and micro grant funding. Below are some of the many initiatives that we offer.
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Events, Training & Knowledge Exchange
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. Live webinars are free to join and do not require an RSA membership. The sessions are usually around 30 minutes long and include time for questions and discussion.
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Recordings of previous webinars are available on-demand to current RSA members via the RSA Lounge.
Open to all and free to attend live, this webinar series showcases latest research in regional studies, science and policy by experts in the field. The sessions are usually around 1 hour long and include time for questions and discussion.
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Recordings of previous webinars are available on demand to current RSA members via the RSA Lounge.
We are seeking applications from early career researchers (within 5 years after finishing their PhD) to present an Early Career Plenary presentation at the forthcoming Regional Studies Association Annual Conference 2023 in Ljubljana, Slovenia. The proposed paper should be in line with the theme and topics of the conference.
Submission deadline: 17th January 2023
This Seminar Series is an initiative by Dr Elisa Ferreira, Commissioner for Cohesion and Reforms. The seminar series is a collaborative venture organised between Commissioner Ferreira and her Cabinet; the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy (DG REGIO) and partnership with the Regional Studies Association European Foundation (RSA Europe).
The Seminar Series features two one-day long events, with the second one occurring in December in Brussels, Belgium. Participants have their travel and accommodation organised and covered for.
More details are available here.
The European Week of Regions and Cities (#EURegionsWeek) is a major annual event dedicated to regional policy held in October. The week serves as a platform to discuss and showcase the development of EU Cohesion Policy and to raise awareness of the importance of regions and cities in EU policymaking. More information on the week can be found here.
The #EURegionsWeekUniversity presents ten interactive online sessions focussing on the week’s themes. These are free to attend but require registration.
The #EURegionsWeekCollege is specifically designed for PhD students and early career researchers and forms part of the capacity building efforts of the #EURegionsWeek partners. The sessions are free to attend but require registration.
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): Spring 2023
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: Spring 2023
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 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 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 or @RSAEurope
The RSA lists vacancies, scholarships, postgraduate courses and non-RSA events online at www.regionalstudies.org/about/opportunities/.
These are regularly updated. Please email Alex Alexif 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 would to talk to us to find out more about membership benefits and how we can support you, please get in touch and we can organise a phone call or Zoom meeting with you.