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The purpose of the SMAANZ Three-Minute Thesis Award (SMAANZ 3MT) is to encourage and support the development of the next generation of scholars in the field of sport management. The SMAANZ 3MT is open to all SMAANZ student members. It provides financial support to attend a SMAANZ conference through an annual competitive award. 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. 

  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.


  • An applicant’s research must be in the area of sport management.
  • 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.
  • For PhD candidates, if completed, the applicant’s conferral of their degree must not be more than three months prior to the award closing date.
  • An applicant must not have previously received the award.


The SMAANZ 3MT Award takes the form of a two-stage three-minute thesis competition. Applicants must submit a three-minute thesis-style (3MT) presentation summarising their research via pre-recorded Mp4 format.

The SMAANZ 3MT Award Committee will recommend three finalists to deliver their 3MT presentation in a live format at the SMAANZ Conference

The requirements/specifications for this submission are as follows:

  • Presentations are limited to three minutes and submissions exceeding three minutes will not be considered.
  • Presentations are considered to have commenced when a presenter starts their presentation through speech.
  • Videos must meet the following criteria:
    • Filmed on the horizontal (landscape);
    • Filmed on a plain background;
    • Filmed from a static position;
    • Filmed from one camera angle;
  • A single static slide is permitted in the presentation (no slide transitions, animations or ‘movement’ of any description). This can be visible continuously, or ‘cut to’ (as many times as you like)
  • The three minute audio must be continuous – no sound edits or breaks.
  • No additional props (e.g., costumes, musical instruments, laboratory equipment and animated backgrounds) are permitted within the recording.
  • Presentations are to be spoken word (e.g., no poems, raps or songs).
  • No additional electronic media (e.g., sound and video files) are permitted within the video recording.

Please note: Submissions will not be judged on video/ recording quality or editing capabilities (optional inclusions). Judging will focus on the presentation, ability to communicate research to a non-specialist audience, and the PowerPoint slide.

In addition, applicants need to provide:

  • A brief statement from their primary thesis supervisor direct to the SRA Award Chair (email is acceptable) confirming  that the student meets all eligibility conditions of the award.

Application Procedure

  • All applications must be submitted via the "Apply Now" button above.
  • Applications are due on the SMAANZ Abstract due date. 
  • The SMAANZ 3MT Award Committee, chaired by a SMAANZ Board member, will review all submissions alongside a panel of two other reviewers, and this panel will recommend three finalists to deliver their presentation at the SMAANZ Conference.
  • The three finalists will then be judged at the conference by the same panel of three judges based upon their delivery of their presentation during the session.
  • The conferral of the award is dependent on the quality of submissions, and thus the Award Committee/Board reserves the right not to choose any finalists in a given year in advance of the conference.

Conditions of the Award

  • The three finalists will deliver their presentations at the SMAANZ Conference within a session exclusively dedicated to this award.
  • The winner is also expected to prepare a synopsis of their research for the SMAANZ Newsletter or associated communication.
  • The award will consist of (AUD)$500 and a certificate presented during the conference.
  • All finalists will have their conference registration paid for to attend the conference and present.