2019 SAFRIG Student Paper Award

The Sociology of Agriculture and Food Research Interest Group (SAFRIG) will present a Student Paper Award in Richmond at the annual meeting of the Rural Sociological Society. Requirements for this award include that the paper:

1) Is authored by a student or group of students (no faculty co-authors)

2) Focuses on an agrifood topic

3) Uses the Rural Sociology journal guidelines for style, formatting, and references

Papers will be particularly competitive if they demonstrate effective use of innovative theories, methods, and/or attention to unique geographic, cultural, and political contexts. Submissions for the Student Paper Award competition can be under initial review at a peer-reviewed journal, but cannot be already accepted (in press) or published in a peer-reviewed journal. In order to compete, all authors must be members of the Rural Sociological Society. The winner(s) will receive a certificate and monetary award. The winner(s) must present the paper at the RSS Annual Meeting in 2019. The award will be presented during the SAFRIG Business Meeting at the 2019 conference. Submissions for this competition should be sent as an e-mail attachment by May 15, 2019 to Dani Deemer at [email protected].

Major funding opportunity on food hardships from UKCPR

Understanding Food-Related Hardships among Older Americans

The University of Kentucky Center for Poverty Research (UKCPR), with underwriting from the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) in the U.S. Department of Agriculture, will competitively award grants to qualified individuals and institutions to provide rigorous research that expands understanding of, and the attendant policy implications for, food-related hardships among older persons in the United States. For purposes of this RFP, older persons are defined as those ages 60 and older. We seek research proposals in one of three topical domains: (1) Describing households with food insecure seniors, including, but not limited to, factors such as functional status and ability to live independently, access to transportation, mental function, spousal health status, and social network and family connections; (2) Understanding factors underlying participation and recertification in food assistance and other safety net programs; and (3) Evaluating the causal impact of food and non-food assistance programs on health and nutrition outcomes, as well as related outcomes such as consumption tradeoffs. Total anticipated funding under this mechanism is $1.2 million for one large grant at $500,000, two large grants at $250,000 each, and four small grants at $50,000 each.

A requested letter of intent to submit a proposal is due by December 12, 2018. Full proposals are due January 23, 2019, with award dates on or about March 27, 2019.

The full RFP is available here, or paste the address directly in your browser:

Conformance to all application requirements is required. Please direct administrative questions to Mr. Jeff Spradling at [email protected], and reference RFP on Food Hardships in the subject line. Further information about UKCPR and its programs is available at
Call for Submissions: Rural Sociological Society Awards


The RSS Awards Committee is seeking submissions for the following awards:

  • Distinguished Service to Rural Life
  • Distinguished Rural Sociologist
  • Excellence in Research
  • Excellence in Instruction
  • Excellence in Extension and Public Outreach
  • Certificate of Appreciation
  • The Fred Buttel Outstanding Scholarly Achievement Award 2019 (Article)
  • The Olaf Larson Graduate Student Paper Award

Deadline: February 15, 2019

Distinguished Service to Rural Life 

The purpose of the Distinguished Service to Rural Life Awards is to recognize a person, organization, or collective who has made an outstanding contribution to the enhancement of rural life, rural people, or rural policy. Nominees should be individuals, organizations, or collectives whose activities exemplify the goals of the RSS. Nominees may or may not be RSS members. This award is intended to recognize excellence in non-academic settings, such as a non-governmental organization, government agency, or private firm.

When nominating someone for any award, nominators should consider whether the candidate meets the standards outlined by the RSS Code of Ethics. RSS award winners are expected to meet these standards:

Submit the following materials by February 15, 2019 to Matthew Sanderson, Kansas State University, Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work, 204 Waters Hall, 1603 Old Claflin Place, Manhattan, KS 66506-4003Email submissions of compiled .pdf application packets encouraged: [email protected] 

  1. A cover letter from the principal nominator outlining the major contributions of the nominee.
  2. A biographic sketch of the candidate/organization.
  3. Brief materials (e.g., brochure, report, etc.) describing the project or program if nominee is an organization or collective.
  4. Two to four letters of support
Natural Resource Research and Interest Group (NRRIG) Awards

Award Guidelines

The previous year’s award winners are asked to serve, alongside our RIG’s chairs, as reviewers for the following year’s submissions. Award winners are expected to attend the annual meeting as well as the NRRIG business meeting. Paper award winners are also expected to present their winning paper at the annual meeting.


The William R. Freudenburg Award of Merit is presented to recognize exceptional contributions to the sociology of natural resources and the environment. The award is given to recognize an outstanding legacy / collective body of work that has demonstrably impacted natural resources and environmental sociology.

Recipients will have the following qualifications: outstanding research and scholarship as evidenced not solely by numbers of publications, but their impact: simply put, we are looking for recipients who have substantively affected the trajectory of thinking within natural resources and environmental sociology. Such impact may also be evidenced via application of work beyond the academy, such as work with a natural resources agency, organization, or other partnerships. Other contributions to the NRRIG or sociology of natural resources and environment, such as an outstanding legacy of outreach, graduate student mentorship, and/or instruction are also envisioned as important criteria for consideration. Nominees are not required to be present or past members of the NRRIG.

2019 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 Richmond, Virginia. 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 Richmond.

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 nonstudent, 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. Cope by the letter writer.

Completed applications should be submitted to Michael R Cope via e-mail to [email protected] (please note the “r” in the email address) no later than February 15th, 2019, 11:59 p.m. (EST).

The Membership Committee will make selections and announce decisions by March 29th , 2019.

To download the application, click here.

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