Young Professionals Grant (TEST)
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QRCA Wants to Boost Your Skills and Strengthen Our Community

What some of last year’s grant recipients had to say:

"The learning and networking opportunities as well as inspiration that came from the conference is unparalleled to other experiences I have had in my career thus far. For some, this conference could be a launching pad for their careers, for others, this could be a catalyst in their already-developed career. Win-win either way."

"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."

"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 and it helps me create a case for myself about the importance of attending conferences and getting more outside learning opportunities."

"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."

The Qualitative Research Consultants Association (QRCA) invites individuals, 35 years or younger, to apply for the Young Professionals Grant. Up to 10 enthusiastic young qualitative research professionals will be awarded this opportunity. The grant includes full registration fees to attend our 2015 annual conference in Orlando, Florida, October 7-9, 2015. 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 $1200 value. This grant does not include travel or lodging expenses associated with attending the annual conference.

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. Recipients cannot work for an advertising agency or manufacturer. This year we are also welcoming individuals who are employed by strategic consulting firms or product/service development firms.

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 years.

  3. Lapsed QRCA members who have not attended our annual conference in the past 5 years 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.

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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 2015 annual conference.

The Qualitative Research Consultants Association (QRCA) is a not-for-profit association of researchers involved in the design and implementation of qualitative research. Our members are 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 that makes a real impact in the market research industry.

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 may be asked later to include proof of age or personal reference to complete your application.

Completed applications must arrive on or before August 14, 2015. Your application can be completed by using the online form below or downloaded and sent by email to Shannon Pfarr Thompson, Executive Director, at

Closing Date for applications is August 14, 2015. Winners will be notified by September 1, 2015.

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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