The Regional Science Association International (RSAI) invites to apply for two RSAI awards

  • 2017 RSAI Best Dissertation in Regional Science
  • The Stan Czamanski Prize (best Ph.D. dissertation)

2017 RSAI Best Dissertation in Regional Science

The winner of this annual competition will be decided by the Selection Committee and will receive a cash award of 750 Euros.


  1. A dissertation completed in any Ph.D. program in any country is eligible,
  2. A dissertation written in English,
  3. A dissertation successfully defended, with official graduation date between July 1st 2016 and June 30th 2017,
  4. A dissertation on a single or multiple general regional science topics. The Selection Committee reserves the right to determine whether a dissertation is relevant to the field of regional science.

Application (in either PDF or MS Word format):

  1. A two-page curriculum vita;
  2. A letter of support and nomination from the major professor (also known as dissertation committee chairperson or supervisor) on stationary paper and with signature. The letter should clearly explain the dissertation’s originality and contributions to the field of regional science;
  3. The dissertation.

Application Deadline : July 31, 2017 to the Selection Committee Chair, Dr. Laurie Schintler (


The Stan Czamanski Prize

The Stan Csamanski Prize is awarded to the author of the best Ph.D. dissertation proposal judged to exemplify the philosophy and approach of Professor Czamanski.

The selection will be made by a panel of three persons: a senior and long-standing member of the regional science community, a representative of the field of Regional Science at Cornell and a member of the RSAI Council.

The US$1,000 prize is awarded to the student and a plaque to the student’s advisor.


  1. A statement in six pages or less that clearly sets out the research question(s) and issues to be addressed, approach to be used, and product expected from the dissertation research. The six-page limit is exclusive of references, tables and figures. This text and references should be in 12 point or larger font and single-spaced. In addition, a summary (maximum one page) describing the intellectual merit of the proposed research and why the proposed approach may be regarded as implementing Professor Czamanski’s philosophy and approach, as described below.
  2. A curriculum vita of no more than two pages.
  3. Copies of the candidate’s transcripts for all graduate study. Unofficial copies are acceptable.
  4. A separate, confidential letter from the dissertation supervisor assessing the quality and significance of the proposed dissertation research.

Application Deadline : October 2, 2017 to