Encouraging Academic Excellence: Tourism Students Invited to Apply for Two Awards

As part of its efforts to foster growth and innovation in tourism, Tourism HR Canada is delighted to sponsor the Master’s Researcher Award, coordinated by the Tourism and Travel Research Association – Canada Chapter (TTRA Canada).

This award is to encourage and recognize excellence in—and the usefulness of—research on travel and tourism at the Master’s level.

With a founding objective of conducting comprehensive, timely research to inform policy and personnel decisions, Tourism HR Canada looks forward to supporting inventive studies that help shape a globally competitive, sustainable tourism sector.

The winning student will receive a $1,000 cash award, complimentary TTRA Canada conference registration, and up to $1,000 towards travel and accommodation (based on submitted receipts) from TTRA Canada. For group submissions, only one student will receive funding to attend the conference and present a summary of the work.

Eligibility: Work completed as a Master’s student or post-graduate student while enrolled at a Canadian institution between May 31st, 2018, and June 1st, 2019, will be considered.

Requirements: Eligible students must submit:

  • A one-page cover letter that outlines the role of the study author(s) and a description of the student applicant’s previous involvement in tourism (academic or industry), as well as their future career goals.
  • A 500-word abstract that clearly describes the rationale, methods, and results of the research study.
  • An original electronic version of the completed research study in PDF format. The theses or research report may be in English or French. All authors’ names and their academic institution must be redacted from the study to facilitated blind review of the submission. Multiple authors may have contributed to a research report, and they may be all awarded the Tourism HR Canada Master’s Researcher Award, but only one student will be funded for travel to the annual TTRA Canada conference.
  • If multiple authors have contributed to a research report, all authors should sign a brief statement that outlines which author is the “official submitter” (i.e., the individual who will travel to the conference if the report wins the reward).

Criteria: The papers will be judged by a review committee consisting of members of TTRA Canada and of Tourism HR Canada. The review committee will examine and judge the submissions based on the quality of research, creativity of approach, relationship to travel and tourism, usefulness and applicability, and quality of presentation.

TTRA Canada also offers the Gordon Taylor Award for Undergraduate Research, sponsored by Ryerson University’s Ted Rogers School of Hospitality and Tourism Management.

This award recognizes an interest and potential for excellence in tourism studies and encourages undergraduate students to pursue research excellence through employment in industry and/or graduate studies.

The winning student will receive a $1,000 cash award, complimentary TTRA Canada conference registration, and up to $1,000 towards travel and accommodation (based on submitted receipts) from TTRA Canada.

The deadline for submissions for both awards is June 30th, 2019.

Submissions and questions should be directed to:

Frederic Dimanche, Ph.D.
Chair, TTRA Canada Awards Sub-committee
Director, Ted Rogers School of Hospitality and Tourism Management
Ryerson University
Phone: (416) 979-5117
Email: fdimanche@ryerson.ca