The Regional Studies Association is seeking applications from Early Career Researchers (within 5 years after finishing their PhD) to give the Early Career Plenary Presentation at the RSA’s forthcoming Winter Conference 2016. For more details on the conference, please visit the conference website.

The RSA has a deep seated commitment to furthering and supporting the career development of students and early career researchers. Other initiatives include the Early Career Grant Scheme – grants of £10k available each year, the inclusion of early career editors on the RSA suite of journals, an early career mentored paper route to publication through the gold open access journal Regional Studies, Regional Science, hosting an early career conference, and having an active student and early career network run by the members in those categories.

Applications take the form of a 400 word abstract on a topic related to the themes of the conference. The paper presented should be sole authored.

The application should include the following:

  • Name and contact details
  • Place of employment
  • Short version CV
  • 400 word abstract of the paper to be presented
  • Statement and evidence of eligibility to apply – early career researchers are defined as being within 5 years of the date on their PhD.  Applicants are expected to either be members on application or to take out membership on acceptance.

The decision will be taken by a committee of the RSA including the Association’s Chair, Chair of the Research Committee, Conference Coordinator, Academic Organiser of the conference and the CEO. The successful candidate will be informed as soon as possible following the closing date.

The award includes a complimentary place at the conference, a contribution towards travel expenses and 1 nights’ accommodation.


Closing Date:  Thursday 30th June 2016, 5pm (GMT)

Please email your application to Wanda Miczorek at