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.
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 2021; i.e this award is awarded to education students who have completed their doctorate in the previous year (2021).
Your research presented as a BERA Blog
Complimentary registration at BERA Conference 2022.
Application for the award should consist of
A submitted nomination via the ‘apply now’ button (above left)
An abstract of the thesis
A supporting statement emailed directly to BERA from your supervisor (600 words)
A headshot we can use on the BERA website
After submitting your application using the ‘apply now’ button above please email these documents to firstname.lastname@example.org. 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)
Novelty of research area
Significant conceptual or theoretical contribution
Potential impact of research (for practitioners, policy-makers and other research users such as children and young people)
Thesis: Imaginative travellers in-situ: A case study of Chinese students at a UK transnational Higher Education institution
Jingran Yu won the BERA 2021 Doctoral Thesis Award for her thesis "Imaginative travellers in-situ: A case study of Chinese students at a UK transnational Higher Education institution" You can read the abstract below: This thesis explores the...
Thesis:Learner-Centred Pedagogy and its Implications for Pupils’ Schooling Experiences and Learning Outcomes: A Mixed-Methods Case Study in Tanzania
Nozomi Sakata teaches at the Centre for Education and International Development (CEID), UCL Institute of Education, co-leading online modules in MA Education and International Development and MA Education, Gender and International...
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...
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...
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...