Awards and Endowment

The Awards and Endowment Committee shall organize and implement the Society's efforts to recognize and honor those persons whose diverse efforts have enhanced the field of rural sociology and/or improved the conditions of rural people and places.  The Society supports scholarship and practice to improve the quality of rural life through the distribution of funds from the Endowment.

For directions on how to make nominations for RSS Awards, click here.

2022 Rural Sociological Society

MA/MS, PhD, and Early Career Research Award Competition

Submission Deadline: September 20, 2021

This year the RSS Council has authorized the use of Endowment funds to support Master’s theses, Ph.D. dissertations, and Early Career Research awards to support research activities conducted during the 2021-2022 fiscal/academic year. Proposals are invited to conduct research on all topics encompassed by the field of rural sociology. The awards are designed to stimulate research that will help develop the careers of future rural sociologists and support the broader mission of the Rural Sociological Society. Award winners are strongly encouraged to submit papers based on their research at future RSS Annual Meetings. The RSS Endowment Committee will oversee the awards process. NOTE:  Application dates for these awards have changed.

The RSS Master’s Thesis and Dissertation Research Award Competition

Graduate student members[1] of the Rural Sociological Society are eligible to apply for master’s thesis and Ph.D. dissertation research awards. Dissertation awards can be made for up to $5,000. Master’s thesis awards can be made for up to $2,500. Proposals approved for funding may receive budget allocations below the requested amounts, based on availability of funds and recommendations of the Endowment Committee.

The RSS Early Careers Research Awards Competition

Members of the Rural Sociological Society who received their Ph.D. on or after January 1, 2016 are eligible to apply for RSS Early Career Research awards. Because the size of these awards is modest, proposals will generally involve small-scale projects that will enhance opportunities for scholars to pursue expanded research efforts in the future. The Early Career Research awards have previously been made for up to $5,000.

For more information, click here.

Members:

Stephen Gasterer Chair 2021-2022 [email protected]
Ken Robinson Chair Elect 2020-2023 [email protected]
Amanda Buday apptd 2021-2024 [email protected]
Donielle Lovell apptd 2021-2024 [email protected]
Dianna Bryant apptd 2021-2023 [email protected]
Glenn Israel apptd 2021-2022 [email protected]
Jeremy Cowan apptd 2021-2023 [email protected]
Corey Anderson apptd 2021-2023 [email protected] .org
Kristi Lekies apptd 2021-2023 [email protected]
Derek Franklin grad apptd 2021-2022 [email protected]
VACANT grad apptd 2021-2022  
Scott Sanders Exec Director ex officio [email protected]
Michael Cope Exec Director ex officio [email protected]

 

According to the Bylaws, the Awards and Endowment Committee shall organize and implement the Society's efforts to recognize and honor those persons whose diverse efforts have enhanced the field of rural sociology and/or improved the conditions of rural people and places. The Society supports scholarship and practice to improve the quality of rural life through the distribution of funds from the Endowment.  Click on the name of the award to see the list of recipients.  If you notice any omissions or errors please notify the RSS Business Office at [email protected]

RSS Award Descriptions Can Be Found Here

RSS Past Award Recipients Can Be Found Here