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2017 Emerald/HETL Education Outstanding Doctoral Research Award

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Image: Dr Micah Modell"This award means ... that it gains this important line of research visibility within the scholarly community. It validates for me the significance of the problem in the eyes of those whose judgement matters the most."

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International recognition for the best doctoral research in education

Emerald Group Publishing and the Higher Education Teaching and Learning Association (HETL) are delighted to offer a grant award for a doctoral research project in the field of education. The award recognizes excellence in research in the field of education.

The winner will receive a cash prize, an award certificate, free registration to a HETL conference where they will have the option to present their paper, and one free copy of an Emerald/HETL book. In addition to the research award it is also hoped that the findings of the research can be published in the Journal of Applied Research in Higher Education (JARHE).

Up to two Highly Commended Doctoral Research Awards will also be bestowed. Each winner will receive an award certificate and one free copy of an Emerald/HETL book.

Awards topics

The dissertation topics should be in the areas of higher education, teaching/instruction, learning, curriculum, assessment, service, or any directly related area such as educational leadership, management, policy, development, research, technology, internationalization, teacher preparation, counselling, etc. See Journal of Applied Research in Higher Education for topic examples.

The competition is open to anyone who has completed, or will complete, their doctorate between 1 October 2014 and 1 March 2018.

Judging criteria

The entries will be judged by a panel of experts chosen from the JARHE Senior Editors and Editorial Advisory Board as well as the HETL Research and Innovation Advisory Board. Entries are judged on the following criteria:

  1. Significance/implications for theory, practice, and policy.
  2. Originality, innovation, and potential impact.
  3. Appropriateness, application, and rigor of methodology.
  4. Quality of data collection/analysis and research findings.

Short-listed applicants may be required to answer further questions as appropriate from the judging panel. Winners will be required to submit an unpublished paper, sole- or joint-authored, derived from the research, within six months of winning the award. The panel reserves the right not to select a winning paper if, in their judgment, none of the entries are considered satisfactory.

The competition is open to anyone who has completed, or will complete, their doctorate between 1 October 2014 and 1 March 2018.

Please note that the decision of the judges is final.

Submission requirements and how to apply

  1. Researchers must apply online using the application form.

  2. The following documents will be required electronically:

    Covering letter: as part of this please state whether or not your doctoral research has been published and/or will be published in any form (conference paper, article, peer reviewed journal, etc)

    Executive Summary: paper that summarizes the doctoral research. The Executive Summary should not exceed 2,000 words (reference lists and presentation of data, as neither tables nor figures count towards this total). Please download the Executive Summary template.

    Letter of recommendation/reference from a supervisor/senior faculty member: the letter should state why your supervisor feels that your work is outstanding and what impact it will have. For shortlisted applicants, further contact may be made with the referee.

Key dates

  • The closing date for applications is 1st March 2018.
  • Winners will be announced in May 2018.

For further information, please read the Frequently Asked Questions.


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