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Young Professionals Grant

Young Professionals Grant

The Young Professionals Grant is Now Open!

Deadline to Submit is September 24, 2019


Young Professionals Grant

The Young Professional Grant (YPG) celebrates the next great generation of young quallies.

This program was created in 2014 to help advance young qualitative researchers’ careers via access to networking and educational sessions at the QRCA’s Annual Conference. Since 2014, we have awarded 68 ambitious qualitative researchers that are making a difference in the world this valuable opportunity.

Grants cover all conference registration fees, a USD $1,300 value, plus a one-year QRCA membership, a USD $175 value, and are awarded to up-and-coming young adults aged 35 years and younger.

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.

QRCA's 2020 Conference will be held in Austin, TX from January 29-31.


Questions? Contact

Past Young Professionals Grant Recipients

  • Vidhika Bansal, UX Research & Strategy Lead, CARFAX
  • Katy Carew, Research Manager, KNow Research
  • Kari Casciano, Marketing Researcher & Strategist, Founder, Elevate Insights
  • Kelly Donohue, Design Researcher, Credit Karma
  • Annette, Esquibel, Design & UX Researcher, The Brightly Co.
  • Saransh Gupta, User Experience Researcher, Department of Work and Pensions
  • Molly Hagan, Qualitative Associate, Corona Insights
  • Jack Fleming, Product Designer,
  • Allison Kuperman, Product Designer, Medisas
  • Meghan Lazier, Design Researcher and Strategist, US Federal Government
  • Tyler Maltbie, Senior Consultant, C Space
  • Abby Miller, Sr. Qualitative Research Manager, Magid
  • Barb Paszyn, Research Management Associate, Sklar Wilton & Associates
  • Sonya Shen, Independent Research Consultant & Storyteller
  • Erin Wagner, Research Analyst II, Edge Research

See full bios and photos of 2019 winners.

  • Philippe Boutros, Senior Research Analyst, Cascade Insights, United States
  • Warren Ciabattoni, Director, Qualitative Research, 7th Sense Research, United States
  • Elizabeth Dengal, Senior Project Manager, Fulcrum Research Group, United States
  • Aimée Douglas, PhD, Senior Specialist, Qualitative Research, Bain & Company, United States
  • Jessica Fennell, Research Manager, Northstar Research Partners, United Kingdom
  • Reece Jones, Senior Research Analyst, Qualitative Insights, Buzzback, United States
  • Anne Lee Groves, Director, Lee Groves Consulting, Canada
  • Marlena Mattei, Manager, Research & Insights, KUDZU Research & Insights, United States
  • Amye Parker, Research Manager, Northstar Research Partners, United Kingdom
  • Jeanne Penn, Research Executive, Cello Health Insight, United States
  • Meagan Peters, Qualitative Director, Solution Partners Consulting, United States
  • Angel Requena, Associate Project Director, InsightsNow, United States
  • Andrew Russell, Design Researcher, Sylver Consulting, United States
  • Rebecca Bukele Samour, Associate Director of Research & Insights, Collage Group, El Salvador
  • Dr. Brittany L. Stalsburg, Founder & President, BLS Research & Consulting LLC, United States
  • Leigh Wright, Research Manager, Bad Babysitter Productions, United States

See full bios and photos of 2018 winners.

  • Sarah Brown, Senior Analyst, Qualitative Researce, Kelton, Los Angeles, CA
  • Russ Edwards, PhD Candidate, University of South Florida and Research & Customer Experience Analyst, Precision Dialogue, Tampa, FL
  • Rebecca Fowler, Senior Marketing Specialist, FedEx Services, Memphis, TN
  • Caitlin Homstad, Research Analyst, Research Partnership, Philadelphia, PA
  • Bernadette Lockamyier, Consumer Insights, Rochester, New York
  • Jennifer Myers, Project Manager, Ipsos RDA, Macomb, Michigan
  • Brandon Richard, Research Manager, The Link Group, Durham, North Carolina
  • Keith J. Romer, Research Consultant, The Garage Group, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Daniela Rubio, Independent Bilingual/Bicultural Qualitative Consultant, San Francisco, California
  • Kelsey Segaloff, Qualitative Associate Researcher, Chadwick Martin Bailey, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Nathalia Vega, Project Director, Blackstone Group, Chicago IL
  • Ashleigh Williams, Senior Qualitative Analyst, C+R Research, Chicago, Illinois
  • Laura Albers, Kaleidoscope LLC, Santa Monica, California
  • Tory Rebecca Gentes, The Palmerston Group, Lebanon, New Hampshire
  • Kayte Hamilton, Brado Creative Insight, St. Louis, Missouri
  • Ellen Hart, Vivisum Partners, Durham, North Carolina
  • Heather Hilgenkamp, iModerate Research Technologies, Denver, Colorado
  • Emily Hoffman, Research Partnership, Ambler, Pennsylvania
  • Elizabeth Marconi, GfK, Conshohocken, Pennsylvania
  • Margaret Mariani, The Strat Lab, Tampa, Florida
  • Meghan Morales, Cocker Fennessy, Seattle, Washington
  • Shatha Richards, PSEARCH Associates Company Ltd., Kingston, Jamaica
  • Colleen Berg, The Sound Research
  • Karin Chrisville, Edge Research
  • Katie Davis, Hall & Partners
  • Chelsea Gibbons, iModerate
  • Karlene Hanko, Slover Linett Audience Research
  • Susan Lackey, Fulcrum Research Group
  • Alexa Megna, The Pert Group
  • Beth Preece, Burke, Inc.
  • Peter Schamp, Market Dynamics Research Group
  • Kim Schonfeld, Lieberman Research Worldwide
  • Anisha Shetty, HawkPartners
  • Sarah Tax, Research Partnership
  • Arielle Trammel-Fisher, Galileo Research & Strategy LLC
  • Berkley Wooten, The Link Group
  • Anya Zadrozny, Self-Employed

Thanks to our 2019 Program Partners:

FocusVision MARC       Schlesinger

Thanks to our 2019 Media Partner

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2020 Application

Deadline: September 24, 2019


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.

  • Aged 35 years or younger at the time of the conference
  • Your primary professional role is those in training who design, conduct, analyze or support the conduct and analysis of primary qualitative research and function as research suppliers and/or consultants.
  • 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. Only one grant will be awarded to a single company or firm. Grant awards are non-transferable.

Live outside of North America? Consider (also) applying for the Global Scholarship which, in addition to a free conference pass, also covers lodging and hotel.

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 responses to ALL of the following: 
  • Why you are applying and why you feel the grant should be awarded to you
  • How attending the QRCA Annual Conference will benefit your development
  • What is it about qualitative research that interests you
  • Your future goals or plans in the field of qualitative research
  • Any additional detail you believe is relevant

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