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Mini Grant Fund

Mini Grant Fund for Students & Young Professionals

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Grant Status: OPEN for applications

Want to attend a QRCA educational seminar but can’t afford the fee?

Whether you are a graduate student, an independent consultant or an employee with a limited budget, the QRCA Young Professionals Committee has your back.

Apply now for a Mini Grant so you can attend a QRCA webinar or Chapter session to keep your education going.

Awards are granted throughout the year – so apply today!




About the Mini Grant Fund

The Mini Grant Fund aims to support the continuing education of graduate students and young professionals at QRCA (Qualitative Research Consultants Association) events throughout the year.  It recognizes that accessing quality, paid education regularly can be challenging at times for early career professionals.

This new award fund will cover the cost of in-person or remote attendance at a QRCA educational seminar (not including the QRCA Annual Conference or the QRCA-AQR Worldwide Conference on Qualitative Research). Grants are available on an ongoing, rolling basis to ANY student in graduate school or professional 35 years or younger – whether they are a QRCA member or not – as long as they meet the requirements.

Application Requirements

  • Aged 35 years or younger at the time of the event
  • Primary professional role is or those in training to design, conduct, analyze or support the conduct and analysis of primary qualitative research and function as research suppliers and/or consultants OR are individuals who are employed by, or are in graduate studies at, an academic institution and who, themselves, instruct and/or specialize in the conduct and analysis of qualitative research
  • Have not been awarded a Mini Grant in the current calendar year

Grants will be awarded based on age, interest and need based on a short questionnaire.

How and When to Apply

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis as long as the grant status listed above says ‘OPEN.’ They will be reviewed one business week before any and every paid QRCA educational event. We recommend applying within two weeks of the desired event. Applications received less than one business week before an event will not be reviewed.


Look for a paid event on the QRCA calendar. Check back often as it’s updated regularly!

Complete the online Mini Grant application at least five business days before your desired event.


You will be notified by email once your application has been successfully sent.


The Young Professionals Committee leadership reviews applications and makes award decisions.


You will be notified of grant approval or declination by email at least three business days in advance of the event. If approved, a code will be provided for you to enter during online event registration to remove the fee.


Create a short 1:00 or less video or a written 3-paragraph summary about the event to be posted on the Mini Grants webpage and/or QRCA social media to share what you took away from the session with other young pros and how it can apply to our work in the soon to launch QRCA young pro newsletter and website.

Note: One application cannot be submitted for more than one event; however, one may submit for multiple events. There is a one-time cap on the number of Mini Grants one individual may receive in a calendar year. One grant will be awarded per chapter event or two grants per mini-conference. The Mini Grant Fund does not cover travel or lodging expenses associated with attending in-person events. Applications for the Mini Grant will be closed once funds available in a calendar year are exhausted.

Contact Us

If you have any questions, contact us at or email the Mini Grant Fund lead, Anne Lee Groves at

Interested in receiving a grant to attend the QRCA Annual Conference? Learn more about the Young Professionals Grant or the Global Outreach Scholarship.

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St. Paul, MN 55114

phone:  651. 290. 7491
fax:  651. 290. 2266

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