2021 Rural Sociological Society Award Competitions

The Rural Sociological Society is now accepting submissions for multiple award opportunities.

The RSS Master’s Thesis and Dissertation Research Award Competition
Graduate student members 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, 2016are 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.

Apply now for Master’s Thesis, Dissertation, and Early Career Awards. Directions can be found here.

Lawrence Busch Award for Graduate Student Research on Food and Agriculture
The recipient of this award shall engage in social research on issues related to food and/or agriculture. The research may be of domestic or international relevance and shall have been approved by the appropriate offices of the student’s institution. The award shall be given directly to the recipient and not to any institution.

The awardee shall be a member in good standing of the RSS at the time of the award. The awardee is encouraged to attend the meetings of the Society and to present research conducted under the award. Moreover, the award shall be available to anyone without regard to nationality or citizenship. The awardee need not be a sociologist, but must be someone with a strong and demonstrable interest in social issues surrounding food and agriculture.Given that this is a new award the amount granted will be no more than $1,500.00 and may be less depending on the availability of funds.

Apply now for the Lawrence Busch Award for Graduate Student Research on Food and Agriculture. Directions can be found here.