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 November 15 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 1 of the funding year.  Applications can be made yearly.  CLICK HERE to submit an application. 

B.  Special Event Competitive Award 

This competitive award is meant to support special event programming created by RSA student chapters or individual RSA student members 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 application. 

Any chapter in good standing (as noted above) or individual RSA student member in a school without an existing RSA chapter 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 or individuals must submit a project proposal, including a budget.  Applications will be due November for projects in the academic year.  Chapters and individuals receiving awards will be required to provide a progress report to the RSA graduate student members of the Board of Directors by May 1 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.