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RSA Graduate Student Chapter Funding and Award Calendar, 2020-2021

RSA maintains a commitment to the next generation of scholars through support of its student chapters. This is demonstrated in three ways: matching funding, special event grants, and recognition of outstanding student chapters.

RSA will provide matching grants of $50 to qualified student chapters on an annual basis. In addition, RSA will establish 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 Early Career and the Graduate Student Representative, and at least one additional member of the Board.  

Annual Funding Request

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 are due November 23rd for projects in the 2020-2021 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.  Applications can be made yearly. CLICK HERE to submit an application.

Call: Friday, November 6th
Deadline: Monday, November 23rd

Special Event 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. 

Any chapter in good standing 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 for the event, which would ideally take place in the Spring of 2021.

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. 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.

Call: Friday, November 6th
Deadline: Monday, December 7th 
Winners announced: Monday, December 14th

Outstanding Student Chapter Award

The Outstanding Graduate Student Chapter Award will recognize a student chapter for their continued dedication to collaborating and promoting rhetoric-related events and to increase the visibility of RSA student chapters. A prize of $500 will accompany the award and will be announced at the Biennial Institute.

Call: Friday, February 5th
Deadline: Monday, April 5th
Winners announced: Monday, April 19th

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