Please direct any enquiries about the Scholarships to Darrin Hubbard, Assistant Executive Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Each year QRCA offers two Global Outreach Scholarships which makes it possible for qualitative researchers from outside the USA, UK or Canada, who otherwise would not be able to do so, to attend the QRCA Annual Conference in the autumn of the year in which their Scholarship is awarded. This initiative supports the career and personal development of international researchers, while helping to raise QRCA’s profile internationally. The Scholarship recipients are chosen by the International Committee from candidates who have submitted applications, and the award is announced prior to the QRCA Annual Conference.
- The Foundation Scholarship is awarded to a qualitative researcher who is relatively new to qualitative research, but is already establishing a career path in this field. For instance, they should have developed some experience of moderating group discussions and IDI’s and of analyzing the results.
- The Advanced Scholarship is intended for a qualitative researcher who is already well established in their career, but wants to expand and deepen their knowledge of methods and techniques, and to maximize the value of the projects that they plan and execute for their clients.
The 2014 Scholarship recipients will each receive:
- Free conference registration (valued at up to US $1,425) to attend the QRCA Annual Conference in New Orleans, LA, from 15-17 October 2014.
- Travel and accommodation expenses associated with attending the conference, up to a total of US $1,000.
- Free membership of QRCA for the remainder of the 2014 membership year.
Applicants may only apply for one Scholarship each year. Applications must be submitted on the QRCA Application Form below, and each application must be accompanied by the following:
- One (1) page Personal Statement indicating career plans, reasons the Applicant is applying for the Scholarship and why the Applicant feels they merit the award, and any additional information about the Applicant that is felt to be relevant and that is not otherwise included in the Application Form.
- Two (2) completed, signed and dated Referee Forms, one of which must be from the Applicant's current employer, or if self-employed, your previous employer.
- Proof of completion of University level degree or local equivalent.
The Personal Statement and Referee Forms will provide the most important criteria for selection of the successful Recipients.
Preference will be given to Applicants who fulfill the following qualifying criteria:
- Resident of a country outside the USA, UK and Canada. (International qualitative researchers who are living or working in the USA, UK or Canada do not qualify.)
- Have completed University level degree study, or local equivalent.
- Currently employed in qualitative research.
- Have demonstrated a commitment to qualitative research.
- Fluent in English language (oral and written).
- Have not attended any previous QRCA Annual Conference or been selected as a speaker at the QRCA Annual Conference.
- Member of QRCA or non-member who qualifies for membership.
Submitting Completed Documentation
Closing date for all applications is Friday, May 30 2014. All applications must be received, in electronic form (either by email to email@example.com or uploaded using the upload function below), no later than midnight (GMT) on this date. Applications must be complete and received by the deadline to be considered. Applications received after this deadline will not be considered.
- Scholarships must be applied for on an annual basis.
- There is no limit on the number of years a person may apply.
- No Applicant can be awarded a Scholarship more than once – previous recipients will be specifically excluded from future consideration.
- The Scholarships must be taken in the same year they are awarded.
- Applications are on a competitive basis. Following receipt, each application will be carefully reviewed by the International Committee and the best two Applicants will be awarded a Scholarship. Decisions will be made solely at the discretion of QRCA and all decisions are final. No correspondence will be entered into after decisions have been made.
- Availability of Scholarship monies will be published through QRCA and on the Association's website.
- The recipients of the QRCA Global Outreach Scholarships will be notified by Friday, 25 July 2014.
- The name of the Scholarship recipients will be published in QRCA's newsletters and on the QRCA website after judging has been finalised and the recipients personally notified.
- The amount of the award due for travel will be made payable to the recipients on presentation of an invoice for travel. Any amount left over for accommodation will be paid directly to the hotel up to a total of US $1,000 for all travel and accommodation expenses.
- QRCA will undertake to pay all fees associated with electronic transfer of funds.
- The successful recipients are required to agree to all terms and conditions in writing, including an undertaking to refund all monies received should they not be able to attend the designated conference.
- Attendance is not transferable to future conferences, unless the International Committee and QRCA Board of Directors are in unanimous agreement that there have been extenuating circumstances.