RSA: Call for Early Career Plenary Speakers (April 2016)

Regional Studies Association Annual Conference 2016
‘Building Bridges: Cities and Regions in a Transnational World‘
3rd – 6th April 2016, Karl-Franzen-University, Graz, Austria  
Closing Date:  Friday 4th December 2015, 5pm (GMT)
The Regional Studies Association is seeking applications from Early Career Researchers (within 5 years after finishing their PhD) to present the inaugural Early Career Plenary Presentation at the RSA’s forthcoming Annual Conference 2016. For more details on the conference, please go to
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 for the presentation on any topic within the fields of regional studies and regional scene. 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, Local 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 2 nights’ accommodation.
Please email your application to Sally Hardy, CEO RSA at

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