Emerging Scholar Awards

A small number of Emerging Scholar Awards are given to outstanding graduate students and emerging scholars who have an active research interest in the conference themes. The Award provides a strong professional development opportunity for early career academics—meeting experts in the field, interacting with colleagues from other parts of the world, and creating networks and lasting connections. Awardees are invited to attend the conference to present their work and play a critical organizational role in the conference by leading discussions, chairing parallel sessions, and providing assistance in session rooms.

Applications are open to those pursuing research degrees, post- and graduate students, as well as early career faculty.

To apply, follow the link below. You may also view further instructions by selecting our "Step-By-Step Guide."


Due Date: February 8th, 2017
Emerging Scholar Awardees, Ninth Global Studies, Conference University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, USA

In Their Words

I really enjoyed this experience—it was rewarding and very special. I felt that I really belonged to the event and therefore my whole experience in the 3 days were very significant. I talked to many different people, I learned a lot—with the presenters, I saw a myriad of subjects, as well as with my role in the conference, as a graduate scholar, where I was given the opportunity to understand and see how it works. I was very happy to be part of it!"

Raquel Amin, 2015 Awardee

One of the most important skills I acquired as a Graduate Scholar is networking with fellow participants at the conference. My position as a Graduate Scholar gave me the opportunity (or "excuse") to talk with many delegates, with whom I might not have communicated if I had not chaired their panels, for instance. The experience taught me how to lead discussion amongst panelists and members of the audience and how to summarize the opinions voiced or to add yet another perspective (my own) to the debate."

Lieselot Verdonck, 2014 Awardee

2017 Recipients

Lutfun Nahar Lata

Lutfun Nahar Lata

The University of Queensland, Australia

Lutfun Nahar Lata is currently pursuing a PhD in Sociology at The University of Queensland, Australia. Her PhD thesis focuses on the urban poor’s access to public spaces for earning an income in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Lata is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Dhaka. She did an MSc in Sociological Research from the University of Manchester with a Commonwealth Scholarship. Lata has done research on urban poverty, social class and inequality, cultural capital and education in Bangladesh. Her research interests focus on urban poverty, informal economy, the right to the city, urban space, gendered space, social class and inequality.

Alexandra Maris

Alexandra Maris

University of Toronto, Canada

Alexandra Maris is a PhD student at the University of Toronto at the Exercise Science Department in collaboration with the Women and Gender Studies Institute. She has completed her Master of Arts in Women and Gender Studies at the University of Toronto and has an Honorary Bachelor of Arts with High Distinction. Her research focus is at the intersection of deviance, gender and sport. She primarily focuses on female mixed martial artists and gender fluidity as well as paying attention to exclusionary practices women athletes face through creations of deviance in male dominated sports. She has expanded her work by having a transnational lens to include looking at sporting tourism in the form of martial art camps abroad, she examines destination training camps through critical race theory and post-colonial theory to complicate racial sporting projects. Alexandra has won several awards, scholarships and fellowships for her strong academic record and for being an outstanding candidate in her field. She is a teaching assistant at her home institution in the Exercise Science Department.