Young Professionals Grant

Calling All Young Qualitative Researchers:

Want to hear fresh, forward thinking presentations on qualitative research?
Network with quallies from around the world?
Meet other young quallies in the business?

Young Professionals

Follow #YoungQRCA and @qrca on Twitter for updates and news.

November 1, 2016

The online application is now closed.

We look forward to learning about you in your application and hope to be seeing you in LA in January!

Thank you to our 2017 YPG Partners:


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If you're reading this as you take a breather in between focus group sessions, perhaps writing a discussion guide or monitoring online bulletin boards, are 35 or under and looking to attend an inspiring and valuable industry conference FOR FREE, keep reading...

In case you don't know us yet, the QRCA is a not-for-profit association of researchers involved in designing and implementing qualitative research, consisting of moderators, ethnographers, consumer experience specialists, online qualitative professionals, social media experts, branding and strategy authorities and more.

Every year, the QRCA convenes at an exciting location to hear the latest and greatest in qualitative innovation, while meeting others and forming invaluable partnerships. We like to think of the qualitative world as one big yet small happy family - the connections coming out of these conferences are unparalleled. Last year, nearly 300 members met in Orlando, Florida along with our grant winners. Now, we are inviting 10 more enthusiastic young movers and shakers to be our guests at our next conference, January 18-20, 2017, in Los Angeles, California! Check out highlights from last year’s conference here.

"The amount of learning in the sessions has been fantastic. It’s been like drinking water through a fire hose! I wasn’t sure about coming because I just started my business 4 months ago but so glad I did.“ – 2015 participant

"I feel like the experience exceeded my expectations – I made great connections, learned a lot, and came back with some innovative ideas I could share with my team. I’m thrilled I got the grant – it was a great learning and networking opportunity.“ – 2015 participant

"It’s crazy not to apply! If you want to be in the field of qualitative market research, this could be one of the best things you could do for your career. It was for me.“ – 2015 participant

The Young Professionals Grant (YPG) includes all registration fees where recipients can attend any of the 30+ educational sessions led by qualitative experts, Thursday evening Gala, all networking events, and luncheon and evening meals – a USD $1300 value. This grant does not include travel or lodging expenses associated with attending the annual conference.

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 2017 annual conference.


  • Aged 35 years or younger at the time of the conference
  • Your primary professional role must consist of designing, conducting and analyzing qualitative research or you are in training to conduct these activities. Applicants can be independent consultants, employees of strategic consulting firms, product/service development firms, academics or corporate researchers. Recipients cannot work for an advertising agency or manufacturer.
  • Non QRCA members: Must meet our standard membership qualifications.
  • Current QRCA members: Must not have not attended a QRCA annual conference in the past 5 years.

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.

We look forward to learning about you in your application and hope to be seeing you in January!

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