2020 Graduate Student and Needs-Based Travel Award

The Rural Sociological Society (RSS) and the Membership Committee are pleased to announce that travel awards are available to support the attendance and participation of graduate students and rural scholars with limited travel funds at the annual conference to be held in Westminster, Colorado. These awards will be given on a competitive basis and are meant to assist students and others in defraying costs associated with attending the RSS meeting.  Awardees will be reimbursed at the annual meeting in Westminster.

We anticipate granting awards at the minimum amount of $100 per recipient or at a maximum amount of $300; however, the amount of funds and the number of awards may fluctuate depending on the number of applications and the need described therein.

Eligibility and Application Requirements

To be eligible for the award, an applicant must be:

  • An active participant of the meeting by presenting a paper during a paper session presenting a poster on research.
  • A student pursuing a degree relevant to rural studies in an academic institution OR able to demonstrate a lack of funds to attend the annual meeting.
    • A member of the Rural Sociological Society at the time of receiving the award.

To apply, an applicant must submit:

  • A completed Travel Award Application (see below)
  • If student, a letter of support or recommendation from a faculty member or department chair.  If non-student, a letter of support which also documents need from a current boss/department chair or former advisor (e.g., for those seeking employment).  Please have these emailed directly to Dr. Winson by the letter writer.

Completed applications should be submitted to Dr. Tony Winson via e-mail to [email protected] no later than February 17th, 2020, 11:59 p.m. (EST).

The Membership Committee will make selections and announce decisions by March 29th, 2020.

For more information and for application materials, click here.