Applying For The Emerging Scholar Award

How and when to submit your application.

Step-by-Step Guide

Chair sessions and meet scholars from around the world by submitting an application for the Emerging Scholar Award.

All Common Ground Research Networks conferences have an Emerging Scholar Award associated with the conference. To view all of our upcoming conferences, click here.

To apply for the Emerging Scholar Award fill out the application form found here. To view conference specific deadlines and information, please visit the Research Network website (located at the bottom of this page), navigate to the current year conference, and click ‘Emerging Scholar Awards’ at the top of the page.

Important Information about the Application and Award
  • There are two application deadlines for all Emerging Scholar Award Applications. The early application deadline is 7.5 months prior to the conference start date and the final deadline is 3.5 months before the start of the conference. Application deadlines for specific conferences can be found in the conference section of the Research Network under 'Emerging Scholar Awards'
  • Early applicants will be notified 7 months before the conference start date
  • Final applicants will be notified 3 months before the conference start date
  • All Emerging Scholar Award Winners are required to attend an orientation session the day before the conference.
  • All Emerging Scholar Award Winners are provided with complimentary registration
  • Award Winners are required to be present and physically onsite throughout all days of the conference.


What is the Emerging Scholar Award?

For each conference, a small number of Emerging Scholar Awards are given to outstanding graduate students or early career academics who have an active academic interest in the conference area. Emerging Scholars perform a critical role in the conference by chairing the parallel sessions, providing technical assistance in the sessions, and presenting their own research papers. The Award, with its accompanying responsibilities, provides a strong professional development opportunity for graduate students and early career academics at this stage in their academic careers. Meeting experts in the field, interacting with colleagues from other parts of the world, and creating networks and friendships are all additional benefits of this Award. Emerging Scholars are entitled to free registration and are given special recognition during the conference proceedings. Awardees must be available on-site the day prior to the conference (for orientation and training) and throughout all days of the conference.

Who can apply for the award?

Anyone who is currently enrolled in a graduate studies program or an early career scholar is welcome to apply for the award.

Should I register for the conference if I have applied for the award?

Applicants should wait for the results of their application before registering for the conference. Should an applicant win the Emerging Scholar Award, they will be provided with complimentary registration. Should an applicant not receive the award, they will still have time to register and attend the conference. Applicants should submit their application for the Emerging Scholar Award by the Early Application Deadline to ensure the lowest registration rate possible, should the applicant not receive the award. Refunds will not be provided to Emerging Scholar Award Winners; instead a credit will be made to your Scholar Wallet which can be used at a future conference or in our bookstore.

Have I been selected as an Emerging Scholar?

All recipients of the Emerging Scholar Award will be notified at either seven months or three months before the date of the conference, depending on whether they submitted their application by the early or final application deadline.

What does the Emerging Scholar Award include in terms of financial assistance?

Emerging Scholars are entitled to free registration and are given special recognition during conference proceedings. No other financial assistance is provided.