2019 RSA Central and Eastern Europe Conference in Lublin, Poland

Deadline:   31st March 2019 23:59 (GMT)
Open to: early career researchers
Venue: 11th – 13th September 2019, Marie Curie-Skłodowska University, Lublin, Poland


The Regional Studies Association has a deep-seated commitment to furthering and supporting the career development of early career researchers (within 5 years after finishing their PhD). Part of this commitment is to offer the opportunity to present in a Plenary at the RSA’s major Annual Conference. Other initiatives include the Early Career Grant Scheme (£10k grant); the inclusion of early career editors on RSA journals; the early career mentored paper route to publication in the journal Regional Studies, Regional Science; the annual student & early career conference and having an active student and early career network run by the members in those categories supported by lively social media activity.

We now seek applications from early career researchers to present an Early Career Plenary Presentation at the forthcoming Central and Eastern Europe Conference 2019 in Lublin, Poland. Applications should take the form of both a short video and up to a 500-word abstract for the presentation and this may be on any topic in line with the following theme: EU Cohesion Policy and CEE Countries.

The application should include the following:

  • Name and contact details
  • Place of employment
  • Short version CV (4-page maximum)
  • Up to 500-word abstract of the paper to be presented
  • Short video (maximum 4 minutes) of the paper to be presented
  • Evidence of eligibility to apply/ PhD certificate – early career researchers are defined as being within 5 years after receiving their PhD certificate

Videos filmed on a smart phone with reasonable clarity of vision and sound are perfectly acceptable for the purposes of the competition. Applicants should clearly present their name and institution on the video. They should outline their research, its relevance to the conference topics and explain why they should be selected for the plenary presentation.

The decision will be taken by a committee of the RSA including the Association’s Chair, the local academic conference organisers and the CEO. The successful candidate will be informed as soon as possible following the closing date. The award includes a complimentary place at the conference, a contribution towards travel expenses and 2 nights’ accommodation. Applicants are expected to be either an RSA member on application or to take out RSA membership on acceptance.

Closing Date: 31st March 2019 23:59 (GMT)

Please email your application to Katharina Bürger at katharina.buerger@regionalstudies.org

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