Young Professionals Grant
2014 conference qrca

The 2014 Application Form is Now Closed.

Conditions and Qualifications

Thank you to our sponsoring organizations:

The YPG is designed to strengthen the engagement of young qualitative practitioners

The Qualitative Research Consultants Association (QRCA) is a not-for-profit association of researchers involved in the design and implementation of qualitative research.  Our member composite includes focus group moderators, ethnographers, consumer experience specialists, online qualitative professionals, social media experts, branding and strategy authorities and more.  Our members develop inspired and innovative qualitative research approaches that make a real impact in the market research industry.

The QRCA’s goal is to promote excellence in the field of qualitative research by pooling our members’ expertise to create a base of shared knowledge and experiences.  We provide industry-leading resources that are essential to its members and the professionals who use qualitative research.

The QRCA wants to continue to attract young qualitative research professionals to engage with our members and organization in order to strengthen the research community

To support this initiative, the QRCA has partnered with Steve Schlesinger of Schlesinger Associates and Merrill Dubrow of M/A/R/C Research to provide 15 enthusiastic young qualitative research professionals the chance to attend our 2014 annual conference in New Orleans, October 15-17, 2014 at no charge to them. 

The Young Professionals Grant includes full registration fees to attend any of the 30+ educational sessions, Thursday evening Gala and all networking events. This grant does not include travel or lodging expenses associated with attending the annual conference. 

QRCA is welcoming individuals, 35 years or younger, to apply for the YPG.  In order to qualify, your primary professional role must consist of designing, conducting and analyzing qualitative research or you are in training to conduct these activities, and you do not work for an advertising agency, manufacturer or service firm outside the research industry.

YPG is open to:

  1. Qualified non-members who meet our standard membership qualifications
  2. Current members who have not attended a QRCA annual conference in the past 5 yrs.
  3. Lapsed QRCA members who have not attended our annual conference in the past 5 yrs. and still meet standard membership qualifications

Grants will be awarded based on age, experience level and a personal statement provided by the applicant.  All individuals must meet standard membership qualifications for attendance at the time they apply.  Conference attendees include anyone who qualifies for membership and/or anyone who spends the majority of their time as a professional qualitative practitioner. Only one grant will be awarded to a single company or firm.  Grant awards are non-transferable.

Bonus:  All qualified individuals who apply, but are not awarded a grant, will receive a 25% discount on the regular registration fee if they decide to join QRCA and attend the 2014 annual conference.

Before submitting your application, please refer to the qualifying criteria and other important information about the Young Professionals Grant provided above.  Please ensure your application is complete and provides all required information.  You will be asked later to include proof of age or personal reference to complete your application.

Completed applications must arrive on or before August 14, 2014.  Your application can be completed by using the online form below or downloaded and sent by email to Darrin Hubbard, Assistant Executive Director, at

Closing Date for applications is August 14, 2014.  Winners will be notified by September 1, 2014.

Please include a short personal statement (no more than 250 words) in support of your application. Your Personal Statement will be one of the key criteria for selection of the recipient. Your Personal Statement should include one or more of the following: 
  • information regarding your future career plans in the field of qualitative research,
  • personal passion or commitment to the field of qualitative research,
  • detailed reasons why you are applying for this Grant and why you feel the Grant should be awarded to you, and
  • any additional information about you that is relevant and not covered elsewhere in this form.

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