Doctoral Research Awards

Doctoral Research Awards by Emerald and HETL

Doctoral Research Awards are announced by “Emerald and HETL”  for doctoral researchers who address the grand challenges.  These institutions are supporting the global research community through an award program that recognizes exceptional doctoral research that addresses the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).The SDGs are an urgent call for action by all countries to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. They address the global challenges we face including poverty, inequality, climate change, peace, and justice.

Doctoral Research Awards Key highlights:

  • How does the awarded work?
  • The prize
  • How to submit
  • Submission deadline
  • Eligibility
  • Judging criteria

They believe in quality education for everyone, everywhere.

Emerald and HETL’s goal is to help find solutions to the disparities across the world by supporting researchers working in this area.

This is why they are pleased to announce the launch of an award in partnership with the HETL that supports the work of doctoral students whose research can create a positive impact on education.

How does Doctoral Research Awards work?

They champion the work of those who share their goal for quality education for all.

They are offering a prize and two runners up prizes for the best doctoral research from the last three years that demonstrates research excellence in any of the following areas:

  • The future of learning
  • Educational leadership
  • Sustainability in higher education
  • Remote teaching, learning, and collaboration
  • Lifelong learning
  • Reducing inequality in education

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 leading scholars working in the field of education.

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

The prize

The winner will receive:

  • A cash prize of £500.00
  • A certificate
  • A published interview on the Emerald website
  • An opportunity to work directly with our partners Editage to create a bespoke and engaging research summary
  • Runners up will receive a certificate and a published interview on the Emerald website.

How to submit application forms?

  1. You will need to apply online using this application form
  2. The following documents are required electronically:– Research Summary: A paper that summarises your doctoral research. 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).– 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.

Submission deadline for “Doctoral Research Awards”

The deadline for submission is 10 September 2021. Entries submitted after this deadline will not be considered for the award.

Eligibility for “Doctoral Research Awards”

To be eligible for the Doctoral Research 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 15 Jan 2018 and 28 February 2021, and have not applied previously for one of these awards.

Judging criteria for “Doctoral Research Awards”

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.

Shortlisted applicants may be required to answer further questions as appropriate from the judging panel. If suitable, winners will be invited 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. Unfortunately, due to a large number of submissions, we are unable to provide individual feedback to unsuccessful applicants.


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