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Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Awards

2020 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Awards International recognition and cash awards for doctoral research

Emerald and EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Awards

We’ve partnered with the EFMD, a global organisation dedicated to management development as an accreditation body for business schools, business school programmes, and corporate universities to award doctoral research in management with a cash prize of €1,000.

How does it work?

We’re offering 10 cash prizes of €1,000 for the best doctoral research from the last three years that addresses an issue that is of importance to management in the areas below.

You don’t need to submit your full thesis to enter, but you need to succinctly summarise the most important parts of your research. Entries will be judged by the editor and editorial board of the sponsoring journal.

If you’ve completed your doctorate within the last three years, apply now!

Operations and production management
Category sponsored by International Journal of Operations & Production Management
Leadership and organization development
Category sponsored by Leadership & Organization Development Journal  
Logistics and supply chain management
Category sponsored by International Journal of Logistics Management
Health care management
Category sponsored by Journal of Health Organization and Management  
Educational leadership and strategy
Category sponsored by Journal of Educational Administration
Tourism and Hospitality Management
Category sponsored by Tourism Review  
Management and governance
Category sponsored by Management Decision
Category sponsored by European Journal of Marketing  
Human resource management
Category sponsored by Personnel Review
Category sponsored by Managerial Finance


Each category will award a winner who will receive a cash prize of €1,000, a certificate and a winners’ logo to attach to correspondence. In addition, a number of highly commended awards will be given.

How to submit [applications now closed]

  1. You will need to apply online using this application form.
  2. The following documents are 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 summarises the doctoral research. The Executive Summary should not exceed 2,000 words (reference lists and presentation of data, as either tables or figures, do NOT 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. Please note that applicants must only submit to one of the categories. If you are unsure of which category to submit to please feel free to contact us, and after consultation with our editorial team, we can suggest which is most appropriate.

Key dates

  • The closing date for applications is 28th February
  • Winners will be announced in July 2020.


To be eligible for the awards, the research must address an issue that is of importance to one of the subject areas listed. The awards are open to those who have completed and satisfied examination requirements for a doctoral award, between 1 Jan 2017 and 28 February 2020, and have not applied previously for one of these awards.

Judging criteria

The entries will be judged by the Editor(s) and at least one Editorial Advisory Board member of the sponsoring journal. Entries will be judged on the following criteria:

  1. Originality and innovation.
  2. Appropriateness and application of the methodology.
  3. Quality of data/research.
  4. Significance/implications for theory and practice.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What category should I submit to?

Click the link of the sponsoring journal in your subject area to find out if the scope of the journal matches your research. You may find that you research can fit into more than one category. In this case please send a summary of your research to the publisher of the potential journals who will advise you as to whether your research is suitable for their category.

  1. Do I need to submit my full thesis?

No. You do not need to submit your full thesis. The judges’ decision will be based on your ability to succinctly summarise the most important parts of your research in relation to the judging criteria.

  1. Am I eligible to apply if my thesis is not in English?

Yes. You can apply provided that your application, cover letter, summary and reference letter are all in English.

  1. Am I eligible to apply if my viva data is scheduled for after 28th February 2020?

No. However, this is an annual award and you can apply next year. Please e-mail Lynsey Henshall if you want to be notified when the 2021 award opens for submissions.

  1. I have already published a paper based on my research. Am I still eligible to apply?

Yes. You can apply whether or not you have published a paper from your doctoral research. If you have published, please provide details in your Covering Letter.

  1. What should I include in my “Covering Letter”?

    • Statements as to why your research fits with the category you have chosen.
    • Brief details of why your research is outstanding.
    • Details of any papers published or presented based on your thesis research, if applicable.
    • Any applications in practice, if applicable.
    • Any other information of relevance to the application.
  1. What shall I include in my “Executive Summary”?

Please refer to the template.

  1. What should be included in the “Letter of recommendation/reference from a supervisor/senior faculty member”?

NB This should be from your doctoral supervisor, or any member of the committee / judging panel deciding on your thesis, depending on how your doctorate is conferred in your country or university.

It should answer the following three questions:

  • What is outstanding about the thesis?
  • What is the substantive contribution to the field?
  • Is the data of good quality and how difficult was it to obtain?

Shortlisted applicants may be required to answer further questions as appropriate from the judging panel. If suitable, winners will be invited by the editor to submit a paper, sole or co-authored, from their research within six months of winning.

Please note that the decision of the judges is final. Due to the large number of submissions, applicants will not receive any feedback.


Lynsey Henshall

Marketing Executive

E-mail: [email protected]

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