MAXQDA Research Grants
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Supporting fieldwork research that empowers the Global South

VERBI Software supports you in using professional research software from the very beginning. Our team is committed to both helping students unlock their research potential and supporting empowerment initiatives throughout the world. MAXQDA Research Grants seek to facilitate the creation of international networks for research collaboration, thereby encouraging accountable data collection and self-reflective work products.

The #ResearchforChange Grant has been created to give financial support and methodological training to student-researchers whose fieldwork aims to study, bring awareness to, and contribute to empowerment initiatives in the Global South. 

If you are a teacher and would like to pass this information along to your students, please download our grant info flyer (PDF).

What does the Research for Change Grant consist of?

With a $800.00 cash Mobility Scholarship, MAXQDA Analytics Pro Student software license, and two professional training seminars, MAXQDA is offering three qualitative and mixed-methods student-researchers a grant totaling $1,200.00 USD in value each.

While we do require that all information be submitted in English, the location of the researcher’s home institution, personal characteristics such as age, gender, nationality, ethnicity, or religious affiliation will not affect the selection process.

Students conducting South-South research are encouraged to apply. 

How to Apply

Apply for a MAXQDA Research Grant using our application form. Please send in your application and all accompanying files (preferably as one combined) PDF document to grants@maxqda.com before November 15th, 2017.

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$1,200.00 Grant Includes

Mobility Scholarship

A one-time $800.00 USD research mobility scholarship (converted into the currency of your home banking institution) to be received before the researcher’s fieldwork commences.

MAXQDA License

MAXQDA Analytics Pro Student software license for 12 months with two installations of the latest version of MAXQDA ($109.00 value). Fully compatible with Windows and Mac.

MAXQDA Training

2 online training sessions conducted by professional MAXQDA trainers (max. $300.00 value).

Full Support Rights

Full MAXQDA technical online support as provided by VERBI Software for MAXQDA license holders.

Exposure & Publicity

The grant recipient and their research will be featured on the VERBI Software website and social media (including academic articles written in post).


Eligibility Requirements

  • The applicant must currently be a student or PhD candidate enrolled at a higher learning institution (college, university, trade school, etc.).
  • The applicant must be conducting, or be about to conduct, qualitative or mixed methods fieldwork in the Global South.
  • The applicant will be using MAXQDA software to analyze their research data.

No previous MAXQDA experience necessary.

Students with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Please note: any applications submitted after November 15th, 2017 will not be accepted!

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • Q: I am/will be conducting fieldwork in ____________________. Does this qualify as the Global South?

    One of the goals of MAXQDA Grants is to facilitate the creation of international networks for research collaboration, thereby encouraging accountable data collection and self-reflective work products. With this goal in mind, we have purposefully used the term “Global South” for the #ResearchforChange Grant to include as many geographic (fieldwork) locations as possible.
    The notion of the Global South is seen by most scholars as more of a concept than a geographic delineation. The term is used fluidly and is often contested. Because the definition of the Global South varies between different organizations and scholars, we will decide the relevancy of the research proposal on a case-by-case basis.

    If you are unsure if your fieldwork location is considered to be in the Global South, please feel free to send us an e-mail to grants@maxqda.com and we will be happy to discuss your eligibility.

  • Q: I am conducting research about an empowerment initiative but it is not in the Global South, are you also offering a grant for this type of research?

    Unfortunately, not this semester. Hopefully we will be able to continue to provide MAXQDA Research Grants in the future with a wide variety of themes. Please feel free to click here to subscribe to our newsletter to be the first to hear about our latest projects, including MAXQDA Grants.

  • Q: I am not registered as a student this semester, but will be by the time I start my fieldwork next semester.
    Am I still eligible?

    Unfortunately, no. The #ResearchforChange Grant has been specifically created to support student-researchers who are conducting qualitative or mixed methods fieldwork. The applicant must be a student or PhD candidate enrolled at a higher learning institution (college, university, trade school, etc.) at the time of application.

  • Q: I am currently a student and have already had my research proposal approved, but I will not be conducting fieldwork until the fall semester 2018, am I still eligible?

    No, not for this semester’s grant. MAXQDA Grants has launched with the #ResearchforChange Grant, which is to be applied for, and received during the fall/winter semester 2017/2018. This means, that we expect the fieldwork to commence by March 1st 2018.

  • Q: I have already started the fieldwork portion of my research, but plan to continue/go back into the field.
    Am I still eligible?

    Yes! The #ResearchforChange Grant contains a $800.00 mobility scholarship that is to be received before the researcher’s fieldwork commences. This means that, as long as you plan on remaining in/returning to the field to continue your research, you will still qualify, even if you have already begun conducting fieldwork.

  • Q: I am conducting my interviews/survey in a language different from English, and will be writing my thesis in a different language as well, am I still eligible?

    Yes! MAXQDA is available in 15 languages and is used by thousands of researchers in more than 150 countries. It is also a fully Unicode-compliant software, allowing you to import, code, and analyze data in any language you choose.

    We do require that the application form be submitted in English and that three fieldwork diary entries submitted by the research grant recipients be written in English. This does not exclude non-native speakers! However, you should feel confident enough in your language abilities to write texts (between 500-700 words each) about your academic research methods and data analysis methodologies using MAXQDA.

  • Q: What do I need to submit as “proof of current or up-coming field work abroad”?

    As a part of the application process, you must prove that you will be conducting fieldwork abroad. The Grant contains an $800.00 USD research mobility scholarship, which is specifically designated to help researchers cover the financial costs of travel.

    We have given the following examples of how to prove this in the application form: correspondence with the host institution, interview confirmation e-mails, or an internship contract. You can also have your research supervisor write a formal confirmation, or request an official letter from your home institution’s international office, for example. Please note: a ticket from a transportation company will NOT be sufficient.

    If you are still unsure if you qualify, please feel free to send us an e-mail explaining what documentation you have now, or give us an idea of what you will be submitting, and we will be happy to confirm if it sufficient for our application requirements.

  • Q: When will the $800.00 Research Mobility Scholarship be awarded?

    The application deadline for the #ResearchforChange Grant is November 15th 2017. We will be selecting the three grant recipients shortly after and then the researchers will receive their cash mobility scholarship right away (by January 31st 2018, at the latest). VERBI Software will wire $800.00 USD (converted into the researcher’s preferred/home currency) via bank transfer. The MAXQDA Analytics Pro Student licenses will also be awarded via e-mail, and the training seminars will be scheduled between the professional MAXQDA trainers and the individual researchers.

  • Q: If I am awarded the Grant when do I have to submit the first fieldwork diary entry?

    One of the main conditions of the #ResearchforChange Grant is that the recipients submit 3 fieldwork diary entries (between 500-700 words each) to MAXQDA at the beginning, middle, and end of the research process. The timeline as to when these will be submitted is therefore dependent on the individual’s research timeline. However, the first fieldwork diary entry is to be submitted no later than March 31st 2018. The content of the diary entry will be discussed on a case-by-case basis, as will the submission dates of the following two entries and any other texts/articles the researcher wishes to submit.


If you have any further questions about MAXQDA Research Grants, please contact us at: grants@maxqda.com