Student Chapter and Special Event Funding Structure

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 two graduate student members of the Board and at least one additional member of the Board.    

A.  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 24th  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.  Applications can be made yearly.  CLICK HERE to submit an application. 

Call: Monday, September 24th
Deadline: Wednesday, October 24th

B.  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. 

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 November 30th 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.  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: Monday, October 22nd
Deadline: Friday, November 30th
Winners announced: Friday, December 14th

C. Webinar Award

The webinar should focus on either professional development or a topic of scholarly interest. The principal consideration in selecting a webinar proposal will be the extent to which the topic invites wide interest and bridges institutional affiliations (i.e., English and Communication). The webinar should seek to incorporate an interactive forum for participants, regardless of its specific format (e.g., scholarly talk, panel discussion, roundtable). Potential webinar topics might address professional concerns including publishing, the job market, or applying for grants. Or, applicants may design the webinar to explore broader disciplinary questions. A webinar that highlights the recipient of the RSA annual book award is also an option. Ultimately, we are looking for inventive proposals that both speak and would be attractive to rhetoric teachers and scholars across the RSA’s membership. The student chapter selected will be responsible for designing, organizing, and facilitating the webinar; therefore, chapters must also be able to provide the necessary technology. RSA will assist with promoting the event, which would ideally take place in the Spring of 2019 (January to March). CLICK HERE to sumbit a proposal.

Call: Monday, November 12th
Deadline: Friday, December 7th
Winner announced: Friday, December 14th

D. 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 1st
Deadline: Monday, April 1st
Winners announced: Monday, April 15th