We have several deadlines for grant applications happening in the next couple of months, so we have provided a summary the key funding opportunities below. We encourage applications from both our new and longer-term members, and welcome non-members to read about these opportunities available to members of the RSA.  

The Policy Expo Grant Scheme is a policy research initiative worth £15,000 (C. €17,000, US$18,000) to successful teams of five who aim to connect their work and wider communities to societal questions and policy needs.  There are three main themes this year:

  • Role of higher education institutions (HEIs) in regional development 
  • Place-based policy making
  • The Chinese One Belt One Road initiative

We are still inviting applications up until Friday 30th March 2018. For more information, please read the guidelines.


Self-nominations and third party nominations of current members are sought for this year's RSA awards, for students have made who an original and outstanding contribution to the field of regional studies.  There are three awards of £500 are aimed at those just starting out on their professional career in regional studies:

Nathaniel Lichfield Award – for those who have graduated with a master`s degree within the previous year;
RSA PhD Student Award – registered PhD students who have not yet received their certificate;
RSA Routledge Early Career Award – for early career researchers (within five years of the date on their PhD certificate or equivalent).

The deadline for Award applications is Monday 30th April 2018.  For more information, please see here.

For those who are mid-career and seeking funding for research into a topic related to regional studies and regional science, the Membership Research Grant Scheme (MeRSA) is a grant of £5000, open to individual members of the RSA.  The deadline for applications is Tuesday 15th May 2018.  For guidelines regarding the MeRSA, please see here.

Similarly, the Fellowship Research Grant Scheme (FeRSA) support the research of established researchers and long-term RSA members.  Open only to Fellows of the RSA, it supports a discrete piece of regional studies and/or regional science research with up to £7500.  The deadline for applications is also Tuesday 15th May 2018.  The guidelines can be found here.


And finally, within this latest round of deadlines, we have the Early Career Grant Scheme.  This is aimed at researchers who are within the first five years of having been awarded their PhD.  This grant is up to £10000 to support a discrete piece of regional studies and/or regional science research over 18 months.  The deadline for applications is Thursday 31st May 2018 and the guidelines for applicants are found here.