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BERA Doctoral Thesis Award

Every year BERA recognises academic excellence and rigour in research by a Doctoral student. This underscores BERA’s commitment to developing capacity, advancing quality and methodological originality within the field of educational research.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The applicant should be a fully paid up member of BERA at the time of nominations.
  • The institution at which the student submitted their dissertation should have confirmed the degree awarded by 31st December 2019; i.e this award is awarded to education students who have completed their doctorate in the previous year (2019).


  • £500
  • A 1,000 word double page spread to be featured in Research Intelligence.
  • Complimentary registration at BERA Conference 2020.
  • A BERA Blog

Application Details

Application for the award should consist of

  1. A submitted nomination on the BERA website below
  2. Supporting documents
    1. An abstract of the thesis
    2. The thesis
    3. A supporting statement emailed directly to BERA  from your supervisor (600 words)
    4. A headshot we can use on the BERA website

 After submitting your application below please email these documents to PDFs will not be accepted.


Nominations will be scored by a BERA selection panel. The panel’s judgement will be framed by the following criteria:

  • Research quality, including rigour, transparency and validity
  • New area of research
  • Methodological originality
  • Significant conceptual or theoretical contribution to its field
  • (Potential) impact for policy-makers, practitioners and other research users


The deadline to apply is 9 January 2020.

Applicants will be notified by w/c 2nd March 2020.

Apply now

2019 Winner

Yasamin Alkhansa, Dr

University of Sussex

Yasamin completed her PhD at Center for International Education (CIE) at Universy of Sussex, in September 2018. Her thesis, supervised by Prof. Mario Novelli and Prof. Yusuf Sayed, explored the politics of teaching history in the Islamic Republic...

2018 Winner

Arunthathi Mahendran, Dr

Goldsmiths’ College, University of London

Arunthathi Mahendran was awarded the 2018 BERA Doctoral Thesis Award for her thesis Surgeon Education, Engaging with the Immanence of Events Of Practice: An Exploration of the Ontological and Ethical Dimensions of Surgical Training and...

2017 Winner

Sophina Choudry, Dr

University of Manchester

Sophina Choudry was awarded the 2017 BERA Doctoral Thesis Award for her thesis: Mathematics Capital in the Classroom and Wider Educational Field: Intersections of Ethnicity, Gender and Social Class. The abstract for her thesis is...