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RSA is currently accepting renewals and new memberships for the 2017 calendar year (expiring 14 January 2018). Join RSA today.

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RSA membership types

All memberships are for the 2017 calendar year plus a two-week grace period, expiring on 14 January 2018. Electronic memberships include electronic access to Renaissance Quarterly, while print memberships include print copies of RQ by mail as well as electronic access. For 2017, there is no difference in price between print and electronic-only memberships.

In 2017 the RSA will adopt a confidential, income-adjusted structure for its membership dues. This new structure will replace our traditional dues categories and is similar to the dues structures used by other large scholarly societies, such as the Medieval Academy of America and the American Historical Association. It differs from the previous structure in that it is progressive: RSA members will be invited to opt in privately at the dues level that is appropriate for their income level and circumstances of employment. The dues structure the RSA Executive Board decided on, after discussing a variety of options over the past eighteen months, is designed to recognize the vast changes that have taken place in academic hiring practices and the impact on our members.

Dual memberships are offered for scholars sharing the same mailing address, and must be manually established by an administrator. Retired scholars and other members without regular annual incomes should opt in at whatever level best suits their particular financial circumstances. Please contact if you and your partner would like a dual membership or if you have any questions about these dues categories.

2017 membership dues rates:

Annual Income (US$) 2017 Dues (US$)
Patron 200
Dual 145
100,001 and above 145
80,001–100,000 120
60,001–80,000 100
48,001–60,000 85
36,001–48,000 75
24,001–36,000 55
12,001–24,000 45
12,000 and below 35

In subsequent years, the dues will increase by 2% annually.

Members located outside the U.S. may wish to use a currency converter to help them select the dues level that is appropriate for themselves.

Benefits of membership

The following benefits are included with all RSA memberships.

Renaissance Quarterly and Renaissance News and Notes access

Renaissance Quarterly in print and electronic, or electronic-only subscriptions

Renaissance News and Notes for RSA news and updates in Renaissance studies (e-version only)

Early English Books Online database (EEBO) access

You may access the Early English Books Online database (EEBO) as a current member at no additional cost. EEBO contains digital facsimile page images of virtually every work printed in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and British North America, as well as works in English printed elsewhere from 1473–1700 — from the first book printed in English by William Caxton, through the age of Spenser and Shakespeare and the tumult of the English Civil War.

Research fellowships and travel grants

Fellowships ranging from $3,000–$4,000 are awarded in three categories: non-doctoral, junior scholar/independent scholar, and senior scholar. These include some residential grants with partnering libraries and centers. RSA members residing outside North America also have the opportunity to apply for travel grants for the annual conference.

Annual meeting registration discount

Members receive approximately 40 percent off the annual meeting registration rate for nonmembers. The discount is automatically applied if your membership is current when you sign in to RSA and complete the conference registration.

Discounted subscriptions

JPASS access plan. You may purchase a discounted one-year JPASS access plan for $99 — a 50 percent discount on the listed rate. Designed for those without institutional access to the JSTOR archival collections, JPASS may be valuable for scholars working outside of the academy, faculty members at institutions with limited access to JSTOR, and adjuncts with sporadic access to library resources. JPASS includes unlimited reading and 120 article downloads for more than 1,500 humanities, social science, and science journals in the JSTOR archival collections. The JPASS Collection consists of roughly 80 percent of the JSTOR archive at this time. Current journals, books, and primary sources are not included in the JPASS offer.

Iter Bibliography. You may purchase a discounted subscription to Iter Bibliography, a bibliography of more than 1.1 million citations for secondary source material about the European Middle Ages and Renaissance, 400–1700.

I Tatti Studies in the Italian Renaissance. You may subscribe to this journal at a 20 percent discount:  subscribe to the electronic version for only $24, or the print and electronic for only $28. Both include the free downloadable e-Book version of the journal. I Tatti Studies draws on the traditional strengths of Villa I Tatti’s library as well as the vast international community of fellows and scholars who work in the field of early modern Italy. The University of Chicago Press is pleased to be able to extend this discount to all RSA members.

ACLS Humanities E-Book (HEB). You may purchase a discounted ACLS Humanities E-Book subscription. ACLS Humanities E-Book is an online, fully searchable collection of approximately 4,000 high-quality books in the humanities, recommended and reviewed by scholars.

Book publisher discounts

University of Chicago Press: 30 percent discount on all titles.

Brill: 35 percent discount on titles in the RSA-Brill Renaissance Text Series.

Routledge: 20 percent discount across relevant titles, including those published under the Ashgate imprint.

Entertainment discounts

Plum Benefits offers entertainment discounts of up to 50 percent off, access to hard-to-get seats, and easy ticket ordering.

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