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"While I have yet to attend an RSA conference, I have already benefited from the association so much—from access to Early English Books Online (EEBO) to the mentorship program. Now, very grateful to receive a diversity grant in order to participate this year!" —Elizabeth E. Tavares, PhD, Assistant Professor of Medieval and Renaissance Literatures at Pacific University

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The RSA is currently accepting renewals and new annual memberships, lasting twelve months from the date of registration. Join the RSA today.

If you have been a member in the past, please do not join as a new member. Please sign into your RSA online account: if your membership has expired you will be prompted to renew. If you need assistance with your username and password, please contact us.

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Membership types
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Benefits of membership


RSA membership types

All memberships last for a full twelve months from the time of registration or renewal. Electronic memberships include electronic access to Renaissance Quarterly, while print memberships include print copies of RQ by mail as well as electronic access. For 2020, there is no difference in price between print and electronic-only memberships.

In 2017 the RSA adopted a confidential, income-adjusted structure for its membership dues. This structure replaced 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.

Retired scholars and other members without regular annual incomes should opt in at whatever level best suits their particular financial circumstances. Beginning in 2020 the RSA no longer offers Dual memberships.

2020 membership dues rates:

Annual Income ($) 2020 Dues ($)
Patron 200
 130,000 and above 173.40
 100,001–130,000 153.88
80,001–100,000 127.35
60,001–80,000 106.12
48,001–60,000 90.20
36,001–48,000 79.59
24,001–36,000 58.36
12,001–24,000 47.76
12,000 and below 37.41

New membership dues rates for 2021 will be announced in late fall 2020.

Benefits of membership

The following benefits are included with all RSA memberships.

Renaissance Quarterly and Renaissance News access

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

Renaissance News 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.

“My monograph John Bunyan’s Imaginary Writings in Context has recently been published by Routledge – Taylor & Francis Group: 2018 (as part of the series Routledge Studies in Renaissance Literature and Culture). I should like to take this opportunity to thank RSA for the benefit of membership which allows unlimited access to EEBO. Without access to EEBO I quite simply could not have written this book.” —Nancy Rosenfeld

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.

“The RSA Short-term Research Grant was my very first external grant, and allowed me to conduct crucial research for the completion of my dissertation, “La città vedova: Widowhood and Politics in Italian Renaissance Literature” (NYU 2017). Thanks to the support of the RSA, I traveled to Turin, Paris and Florence on the trail of Ippolita Scaravelli, a charming widow from Turin who found her way into the works of various Italian and French authors of the late sixteenth century, Marie de Romieu and Bernardo Trotti among them. The grant afforded me the precious opportunity to explore numerous archives and libraries over the course of three months, greatly enriching my dissertation research and opening up new avenues of inquiry that I am now incorporating into my first monograph, as well as into a separate article. I credit that summer of research with changing and broadening the scope of my research in multiple ways that I still feel today.” —Anna Wainwright (2015 RSA Research Fellowship)

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

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.

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

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

Cambridge University Press: CUP offers RSA members a discount of 25 percent on all books published by Cambridge, with the exception of those coded R (reference), which are offered at a discount of 10 percent. The books are for members’ personal use only, and are limited to two copies of any given title. These discounts apply only to list price.

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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