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.


  • An applicant’s research must be in the area of sport management.
  • Open irrespective of gender, 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 not be more than one year prior to the award closing date.
  • Applications are limited to those who are 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

  • The successful applicant must present the findings of their research at the annual SMAANZ Conference (i.e. the year in which the award is won). 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 award will consist of (AUD)$500 and a certificate presented during the conference.
  • The award will also include free registration for the SMAANZ Conference in the year following 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 acceptable) confirming that 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 meet, or is likely to meet, all the 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

  • 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 applicants in relation to the criteria and thus the Award Committee/Board reserves the right not to confer the award in any given year.
  • Applications for 2021 have now closed.