Research Grants
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MAXQDA grant recipient Bruno Miguel de Jesus Cardoso

Bruno Miguel de Jesus Cardoso, PhD Student

“Energy consumption in the Portuguese water sector: benchmarking, barriers and driving forces to energy efficiency”

MAXQDA grant recipient Sara Aly El-Sayed

Sara Aly El-Sayed, PhD Candidate

“Honoring Regenerative Practices in Arid Regions”

MAXQDA grant recipient Andreas Holzinger

Andreas Holzinger, PhD Student

“Peacebuilding in West Africa”

MAXQDA grant recipient Brittany D. Jones

Brittany D. Jones, PhD Candidate

“Empowerment through Consumption: Land Banks, Land Ownership, and Black Food Geographies”

Each of these talented researchers will be conducting sustainability or sustainable development-based projects that engage the community they are working with. Learn more about the #ResearchforChange Grant recipients and their projects, as well as see comments from the 2020 MAXQDA Research Grant Selection Committee about why they were chosen here:

Learn More in the MAXQDA Research Blog


Supporting students conducting fieldwork for
sustainability and sustainable development research projects

MAXQDA Research Grants is a VERBI Software initiative that seeks to support researchers, research projects, and networks for research collaboration. As a part of this initiative, the #ResearchforChange Grant was created to offer financial support and methodological training to student-researchers whose fieldwork aims to study, bring awareness to, and contribute to empowerment initiatives. Based on one of VERBI Software’s core company values, this semester’s grant theme is sustainability and sustainable development.

Aligned on this semester’s theme, VERBI Software is very happy to be partnering with the Global Nature Fund for this semester’s grant!

The Global Nature Fund (GNF) is a non-profit, private, independent international foundation that works to support the protection of environment and nature. To do so, the GNF focuses on initiating and carrying out conservation projects for animals and their habitats. Stakeholder engagement is the key for success of GNF’s initiatives. It ranges from partnerships with local communities to secure livelihoods by conserving mangrove forests to collaboration with the food sector to stop the loss of insects in agriculture. GNF coordinates the international Living Lakes Network with over 100 organizations striving for the protection of water resources and sensitive ecosystems.
A full #ResearchforChange Grant has been awarded to support GNF’s important sustainability and sustainable development projects.

Photos by: Gattenlöhner

For further information, and/or to donate to the GNF, please visit their website here:

What does the #ResearchforChange Grant consist of?

With an $850.00 USD Mobility Scholarship, MAXQDA Analytics Pro Student license, two professional MAXQDA training sessions, and more, VERBI Software is offering students conducting qualitative and mixed methods research each a grant totaling $1,600.00 USD in value.

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 identity, nationality, ethnicity, or religious affiliation will not affect the selection process.

The $1,600.00 #ResearchforChange Grant includes:

Research Scholarship

A one-time $850.00 USD cash scholarship (in the currency of your home banking institution) to be received before the researcher’s fieldwork commences.

MAXQDA License

A MAXQDA Analytics Pro Student license (or upgrade for current MAXQDA users), valid for 24 months, includes 2 installations ($110.00 value).

MQIC Funding

The admission fee will be waived for recipients who choose to attend the next MAXQDA International Conference in Berlin, Germany (up to $350.00 value).

Professional Training

2 online training sessions conducted by a Professional MAXQDA Trainer (up to $300.00 value).

MAXQDA Support

Full technical and function support from the MAXQDA Support Team.

Exposure & Publicity

The grant recipient and their research will be featured on the MAXQDA website and social media.

Eligibility requirements

  • The applicant must currently be an undergraduate student, graduate student, or Ph.D. student/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 focused on sustainability and/or sustainable development.
  • The (online) fieldwork will begin by September 30th, 2020 at the latest.
    Please read here if your fieldwork has been delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • The applicant will be using MAXQDA to analyze their research data.
  • VERBI Software GmbH employees, Professional MAXQDA Trainers, and previous MAXQDA Research Grant recipients are not eligible to apply.

No previous MAXQDA experience is necessary.
Students with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
SUBMISSIONS HAVE CLOSED: Applications submitted after May 27th, 2020 will not be accepted.


Application deadline 12:00 midnight, 27 May 2020
Grant announcement ca. 1 July 2020
Scholarship bank transfer 31 August 2020 at the latest
Fieldwork begins
My fieldwork has been delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic
30 September 2020 at the latest
First training session 14 October 2020 at the latest
First fieldwork diary entry submission 4 November 2020 at the latest
Application deadline 12:00 midnight, 27 May 2020
Grant announcement ca. 1 July 2020
Scholarship bank transfer 31 August 2020 at the latest
Fieldwork begins
My fieldwork has been delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic
30 September 2020 at the latest
First training session 14 October 2020 at the latest
First fieldwork diary entry submission 4 November 2020 at the latest

#ResearchforChange Grant Conditions

The scholarship provider is:

VERBI Software – Consult – Sozialforschung GmbH
Invalidenstraße 74
10557 Berlin

Acceptance of the MAXQDA Scholarship requires that you agree to the following terms and conditions:

  1. The research project shall be carried out professionally and according to ethical standards.

  2. You will submit at least two research reports (“Fieldwork Diary Entry” 750 -1,500 words each) in English to VERBI Software GmbH and complete the necessary edits with the MAXQDA webteam.

    a. These research reports can cover any topic related to the research project and the use of MAXQDA in data collection, analysis and the presentation of results. The exact content and format of the contribution will be agreed individually in advance. The first research report must be submitted by 4 November 2020 at the latest and edits from the MAXQDA webteam must be worked through in a timely manner.

    b. Each contribution should be submitted together with 5 high-resolution images showing both the field research and the work with MAXQDA (e.g. screenshots). VERBI Software GmbH has the full right to publish the material on different platforms without time limit.

    Please note: VERBI Software GmbH may use the name, description of the research project, and submitted image of the scholarship holder for their online and offline marketing materials.

  3. The two training sessions must be completed within 6 months of the trainer’s contact information being sent to the winner.

  4. If the above conditions are violated or the research project is prematurely terminated, VERBI Software GmbH reserves the right to terminate the contract and reclaim the financial support already provided. The repayment must be made within 3 months.

  5. VERBI Software GmbH processes the personal data (name, address, bank details, e-mail, telephone number) of the grant recipient exclusively for the purposes of the grant. The basis for data processing is thus Art. 6(1)(b) GDPR. Further information on data protection and your data protection rights can be found at

  6. German law shall apply to the scholarship conditions.
    The agreed place of jurisdiction is Berlin.

Submissions have closed – thank you for your applications!

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