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Early career award


Sponsored by Routledge/Taylor and Francis, and the journal Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health, we are pleased to announce the "Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise Early Career Researcher Award". The award will be bestowed to an early career scholar "in recognition of their significant scholarly contributions to qualitative research in sport and exercise sciences."

The winner of the award will receive a one-time QRSE2022 conference registration fee waiver, 2 nights accommodation at Durham University, and be recognized at the 8th International Conference on Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise.

The recipient of the award must attend the 2022 conference to be held July 26-28th, 2022 in Durham, United Kingdom. They will make a 20-minute (approximate) presentation at a general session to summarise their qualitative research activity that spans empirical, theoretical, and methodological qualitative work.  The presentation will centralise developments related to the impact the recipient’s work has had on the field of qualitative research, and/or the impact the qualitative work has had on the innovation or application of knowledge.


The recipient will be invited to submit a sole authored paper from their presentation to the journal, Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health. The submission will be peer reviewed for inclusion in the section, ‘Contemporary Views and Provocations.’ The award is open to all who have received a PhD within the previous five (5) years of the Award year (i.e., for 2022, an individual would have had to receive their PhD between January 2016 and December 2021). Applicants must also be a member of the International Society of Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise. 


An individual shall be considered for the Award if they are a member of QRSE and the following documents are received by March 31, 2022:

1. A one page letter from the candidate outlining the accomplishments in qualitative research to date, and anticipated future contributions to the field;

2. A copy of the candidate’s most recent curriculum vitae;

3. Two representative scholarly publications pertaining to qualitative research by the nominee; (please provide description of role/contribution if work is co-authored)

4. Two supporting letters from referees who can speak to the quality and contributions of the candidate’s work in qualitative research and future potential to advance qualitative research in sport and/or exercise.

Please submit all of the above documents to

(Note: this is not the QRSE2022 conference address)


The criteria for evaluation includes publication record and other scholarly contributions to qualitative research in sport and exercise (e.g., scholarly journal articles, scholar book chapters, books, research reports, etc. that demonstrate an impact on the qualitative research knowledge base; scholarly presentations, invited talks, and/or keynote addresses; public engagement/public community translation; journal reviewing; graduate supervision and mentoring; and other awards the nominee may have received).


Productivity does not necessarily lead to a distinguished record. It should be clear that your work has impacted on and advanced qualitative research, and that the record of scholarship has been subjected to critical review of established scholars in the individual’s area of scholarship. In all cases, the collected works of the individual should demonstrate excellence in scholarship as it relates to qualitative research in sport and/or exercise.

Dr Victoria Goodyear
University of Birmingham, UK
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