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Travel, diversity, and on-site care grants

RSA members are invited to apply for travel, diversity, and on-site care grants for the Annual Meeting in Toronto. Each grant has a separate application with different requirements, but the application deadline for all grants is 26 November 2018. Please keep in mind that these grants are competitive, not guaranteed.

RSA members may apply to any or all of the three types of grants for which they qualify and potentially win up to two conference-related grants annually. It is possible to hold a travel grant or diversity grant and an on-site care grant at the same time. It is not possible to receive both a travel grant and a diversity grant.

Funding is provided by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation and the RSA General Fund.


RSA Travel Grants and Kress Travel Grants

The RSA will offer a limited number of travel grants to assist scholars presenting papers at the Annual Meeting. Presenters of panel papers and seminar papers are eligible; chairs, respondents, and discussants in roundtables or workshops are not. Graduate students and non-tenure-track postdoctoral scholars, as well as scholars of any rank traveling to the conference from outside North America are invited to apply.

Award: the average award is $500.

Eligibility: must be an RSA member presenting a paper, submit an application by 26 November 2018, and register for the conference by 31 December 2018.

  • Currently reside in North America: graduate students and non-tenure-track postdoctoral scholars are invited to apply.
  • Currently reside outside of North America: scholars of any rank are invited to apply.

Application requirements: contact and employment info, a brief summary of needs, your paper title and abstract, and a pasted-in one-page version of your curriculum vitae or biography (please keep in mind that formatting won't be recognized by the software; keep it simple).

Apply for an RSA Travel Grant or Kress Travel Grant


RSA Diversity Grants

The RSA will offer diversity grants to provide financial assistance for minority scholars (African Americans, Asian Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, and other traditionally underrepresented groups), residing in the US or Canada, to attend the conference. International scholars from historically underrepresented minorities residing in the US or Canada are also eligible to apply.

Award: the average award is $500 plus free conference registration.

Eligibility: qualified RSA members must attend the conference (presenting a paper is not required) and submit an application by 26 November 2018.

Application requirements: contact and employment info, a very brief summary of your current research and a statement of need, and race/ethnic self-identification.

Apply for an RSA Diversity Grant


RSA On-Site Care Grants

The RSA will offer on-site care grants to provide financial assistance for childcare and accessibility assistance expenses incurred by paper presenters at the Annual Meeting in Toronto. These grants serve two communities who may need support services: RSA members requiring paid assistance on-site at the meeting due to a disability, and parents or other caregivers who need to bring dependents to the host city.

Award: the average award is $250.

Eligibility: must be an RSA member presenting a paper or seminar paper, submit an application by 26 November 2018, and register for the conference by 31 December 2018.

Examples of how on-site care grants could be used: If you're an RSA member with a motor disability, you could use the grant funds to pay for an on-site assistant. If you're a parent, you might use the funds to offset the cost of a plane ticket for a family member who will provide childcare or babysitting services while you're at the conference, or the cost of a childcare service at the conference site.

Application requirements: contact and employment info, and a brief summary of need.

Apply for an RSA On-Site Care Grant

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