Deadline: June 30, 2018

Purpose

The purpose of the SMAANZ Student Research Award (SRA) program is to encourage and support the development of the next generation of scholars in the field of sport management. The SMAANZ SRA is open to Australia/New Zealand based students. It provides financial support to attend a SMAANZ conference through an annual competitive award program.

The award is aimed at research-based honours, masters and doctoral degree candidates (full-time or part-time) who have completed or are completing the research component of their degree in the field of sport management. The purpose of the award links with three purposes of SMAANZ which are to:

  1. encourage scholarly inquiry in sport management;
  2. provide a forum to present and communicate results of sport management related  research; and
  3. enhance the application of management theory to the sports context.

 

Eligibility

  • An applicant’s research must be in the area of sport management.
  • Eligibility is open irrespective of gender, age, race, nationality, ethnic or national origin.
  • An applicant must be currently enrolled or have completed an honours, masters or doctoral (e.g., PhD, EdD, DBA or equivalent) degree program by research or by coursework with a research component equivalent to at least 50% of the program in an Australian or New Zealand University or Institute of Technology (New Zealand).
  • If completed, the award of the degree must be no more than one year prior to the award closing date.
  • Applications are limited to those who were not employed (full-time) in a teaching and/or research-related position at a university for the majority of their postgraduate studies. If an applicant was employed at a university during their PhD enrollment, details of this employment should be provided in the application.
  • An applicant must not have previously received the award.

 

Conditions of the Award

Applicants for this award must submit a maximum 1500 word Executive Summary and a maximum 500 word abstract of their near completed research project which includes an outline of:

  • The purpose of the research
  • Theoretical background and significance of the research
  • The research methods
  • Key findings and conclusions or those anticipated
  • The (anticipated) contribution of the research to the sport management field
  • Key references only must be in APA

In addition applicants need to provide:

  • A brief statement from the primary thesis supervisor direct to the SRA Award Chair (email is OK) confirming the research component of the degree is at least 50% and a statement about the credit point value of the thesis relative to the degree. And a statement that the student has met or is likely to meet all requirements to graduate with their degree.
  • A cover page must detail the name, institution, email and phone contact details of the student, supervisor, the title of their project and the name of the research-based degree in which the research project was or is being conducted.

The SMAANZ Student Research Award Committee will judge applications on the criteria above (taking into account whether the research is at honours, masters or doctoral degree level) and the overall quality of the executive summary and application. No feedback or comments shall be given to the applicants.

 

Application Procedure

  • Applications close 30th June 2018 (no late applications accepted).
  • Applications and queries should be sent directly to the SMAANZ Awards Coordinator, Dr. Lisa Gowthorp – lgowthor@bond.edu.au
  • The Award Committee, Chaired by a SMAANZ Board member, will recommend a recipient to the SMAANZ Board.
  • The conferral of the award is dependent on the quality of the applicant in relation to the criteria and thus the Award Committee/Board reserves the right not to confer the award in any given year.
  • The recipient of the Award will be notified no later than August 31st 2018.

 

Deliverables

  • The successful applicant must present the findings of their research at the annual SMAANZ conference to be held in the year of the award being granted. Failure to adhere to this condition will result in the financial component of the award being forfeited.
  • The successful applicant is also expected to prepare a summary article about their research for the SMAANZ Newsletter or associated communication. They may be invited to submit a manuscript to the Sport Management Review to be reviewed for possible publication after the usual blind peer review process.
  • The successful applicant will receive $2000 to be applied to conference registration (student rate) and costs incurred in relation to travel and accommodation for the award recipient to present their research findings at the SMAANZ conference in the year in which the award is won.