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RSA Graduate Student Chapter Funding and Award - Call for Submissions

Call for Applications:

Student Chapter Support Award and Special Event Competitive Award

RSA provides matching grants of $50 to qualified student chapters on an annual basis. In addition, RSA establishes special event grants to be awarded yearly on a competitive basis. The application and selection process for funding will be overseen by a subcommittee consisting of the two graduate student representatives of the Board (Katie Irwin and Erica Fischer) and one additional member of the Board (Ron Greene). If you have any questions about the application process, please contact Katie Irwin and Erica Fischer at rhetgrad@gmail.com

 Student Chapter Support Award

This award is meant to support the yearly activities of RSA student chapters, including (but not limited to) the hosting of colloquia, professionalization talks, reading groups, and seminars. 

Any chapter in good standing (meaning that the chapter has a minimum of five student members and has adopted the RSA Student Chapter Guidelines) will have the yearly opportunity to apply for a $50 matching grant from RSA. Chapters must submit an application and must provide evidence of a funding match. Applications will be due October 31 for projects in the academic year. Chapters receiving awards will be required to provide a progress report to the RSA graduate student members of the Board of Directors by May 15 of the funding year. CLICK HERE to submit an application.  

Special Event Competitive Award

This competitive award is meant to support special event programming created by RSA student chapters that would not otherwise be possible without the support of RSA.  RSA encourages applicants to propose projects or events that cultivate professionalization and cooperation between and among academic departments, RSA student chapters, and/or rhetoric programs at other universities, although such collaboration is not requisite for the application. Here are examples of funded activities during 2016-17: http://rhetoricsociety.org/aws/RSA/pt/sd/news_article/132857/_self/layout_details/false

Any chapter in good standing (as noted above) will have the opportunity to apply for this competitively awarded grant from RSA.  The number and dollar amount of awards given each year will depend on the availability of funds.  Chapters must submit a project proposal, including a budget.  Applications will be due October 31 for projects in the academic year 2017-18. The committee will notify all chapters of their application’s status by December 1. Chapters receiving awards will be required to provide a progress report to the RSA graduate student representatives of the Board of Directors by May 15 of the funding year.  Awardees are especially encouraged to consider how they can share the project with other RSA chapters and individual RSA members through the use of technology (podcast, webcast, etc.). CLICK HERE to submit a request for special event funding.


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