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MAXQDA Research Grants for Early Career Scientists

The #ResearchforChange grant is an initiative of VERBI Software that aims to support researchers, research projects, and networks. The grant provides financial support and methodological training for early career researchers whose work aims to investigate, support and raise awareness of empowerment initiatives.

What‘s in it for me?

Research Scholarship

A one-time $1,000.00 cash scholarship (in the currency of your home banking institution)

Free License

A free two-year license for MAXQDA Analytics Pro (min. $350.00 value)

2 Online Training Sessions

Conducted by a Certified MAXQDA Trainer (up to $300.00 value)

VIP Customer Service

VIP customer service from the MAXQDA technical support

Professional Exchange

Participation in the MAXQDA Community

Exposure & Publicity

Your research will be featured on the MAXQDA website and social media

This Year‘s Grants Theme: Empowering Women and Girls

As a contribution to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal #5 ‘Gender Equality’, we dedicate this year’s MAXQDA #ResearchforChange grants program to the empowerment of women and girls in the areas of economic, social, political, cultural, legal and environmental participation. In recognition of the indispensable role of equal participation of men and women in all dimensions of development, we at VERBI GmbH want to support young scientists conducting research in this area with 3 Research Grants totaling $1,650.00 each.

  • Grants Application Requirements
    • The applicant must currently be an early career scientist: an undergraduate or postgraduate (Masters/PhD) student or a scientist who received their highest educational degree within the past 3 years.
    • The applicant must be conducting or intending to conduct qualitative or mixed-methods research focused on womens’ and girls’ empowerment in the areas of political participation, peace and conflict, economic participation, social development, health, environment, human rights, or other related areas.
    • The applicant uses or intends to use MAXQDA to analyze their research data. Knowledge of MAXQDA is not required but is an advantage in the application process.
    • The applicant must be willing to submit one research report or research blog article (700-1000 words) in English to VERBI Software GmbH and complete the necessary edits with the MAXQDA team.
    • VERBI Software GmbH employees, Professional MAXQDA Trainers, and previous MAXQDA Research Grant recipients are not eligible to apply.
  • Grants Timeline
    Application deadline11:59 pm (CET), July 15, 2022
    Grant announcementSeptember 1st, 2022 at latest
    Scholarship bank transferSeptember 31st, 2022 at latest
    Public presentation of research projectsBetween October 1st, 2022 – February 1st, 2023
    Training sessionsBetween October 1st, 2022 and March 1st, 2023 (first session to be completed by December 31st, 2022
    Research report or blog articleBy April 1st, 2023
  • How to apply for the Grant?

    We are accepting online applications until 11:59 pm, July 15, 2022. Applicants must complete the online application form in English and upload the following documents:

    • Research expose including the section on motivation (max. 1000 words) as one PDF file. The research proposal should:
      • identify concise research goal(s)
      • address the research question(s) in a sound theoretical and methodological way
      • entail a detailed methodology section with a data analysis plan using MAXQDA
      • contain a realistic and manageable work plan
      • elaborate on your motivation to participate in the MAXQDA Research Grants Program 2022
    • Professional/Academic Resume/CV as a PDF file
  • #ResearchforChange Grant Terms and 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 according to the highest ethical standards of research.
    2. Grant receivers should conduct a 30-min online public presentation of their research for the MAXQDA user community.
    3. Grant receivers must also submit 3-5 high-resolution images showing the field research or research context, grant receivers’ photography and their analysis work with MAXQDA. 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.
    4. The two training sessions must be redeemed by March 1st, 2023.
    5. 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.
    6. 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
    7. German law shall apply to the scholarship conditions. The agreed place of jurisdiction is Berlin.

Previous Themes and Grant Recipients

  • 2020: Sustainability and Sustainable Development

    Sara Aly El-Sayed

    Sara researched regenerative practices that farmers in arid regions in Southwest and North Africa are creating.

    Brittany Jones

    Brittany investigated Land Banks to highlight the barriers they create through racial and capitalistic land transfer programs that slow progressive urban food governance.

    Andreas Holzinger

    Andreas investigated how people-centered external actors such as the African Union and European Union to construct their peace efforts.

    Bruno Miguel de Jesus Cardoso

    Bruno’s work focused on the questions of the barriers forestall energy efficiency in the water sector.

  • 2021: Climate Change and Climate Action

    Camila Gonçalves Castro

    Camila researched the environmental, economic and social rebound effects of implementing digital technologies.

    Lucien Wobembong

    Lucien analysed what the forces of change are behind pushing society’s desire to decarbonize.

    Tan Nguyen Quang

    Tan’s research looked at how small-scale tourism enterprises response to climate change in Vietnam’s coastal destinations.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What do we mean by women’s and girls’ empowerment?

    One of the goals of the #ResearchforChange Grants is to embody our values in action, thereby striving for a better world. With this goal in mind, we have chosen women’s and girls’ empowerment as this year’s grant theme.

    Women and girls face significant discrimination based on their gender that limits their economic, social, political, cultural legal and environmental participation. Therefore, realizing gender equality is one of the sustainable developmental goals of the United Nations. Empowering women and girls entails ending all forms of gender-based discrimination and violence, recognizing the consequences of unpaid labor and ensuring equal participation in all areas of life.

    We encourage you to apply for this year’s #ResearchforChange Grant if your work focuses on furthering gender equality and equal participation of women and girls in any area of life. The grant is open to researchers from varies disciplines.

  • I am conducting research, but I am not focusing on women’s and girls’ empowerment. Do I still qualify?

    No, not this year. The #ResearchforChange Grant has a different thematic focus every year, it will be awarded in the future to researchers working on another topic. Click here to subscribe to our newsletter and be the first to hear about our latest projects, including grants.

  • I am not registered as a student this semester. Am I still eligible to apply?

    Yes. The #ResearchforChange Grant is awarded to early career researchers. This includes all of those currently enrolled as a student in any higher education program, or recent graduates who have received their degree no longer than three years ago.

  • I am collecting my data in a language different from English, and will be writing my thesis in a different language as well, am I still eligible?

    Yes! We welcome applicants working on any languages. MAXQDA is available in 13 languages and is used by thousands of researchers in more than 150 countries. It is also a fully Unicode-compliant software meaning that you can import, code and analyze your data in any languages you choose.

    We require that the application form is filled out in English and that any material submitted to us is in English. This does not exclude non-native speakers! However, you should feel confident enough in your language abilities to write texts and present your research in English.

  • We are conducting research in a team. Can we apply together?

    No. The #ResearchforChange Grant is to be applied for and received as an individual researcher. If the research is done in conjunction with a team and the grant recipient wishes to pass on their scholarship, then that it is up to their discretion. However, the MAXQDA license and training sessions will only be issued to the grant recipient and are non-transferable.

  • I am applying for/receiving other scholarships/grants. Am I still eligible to apply?

    Yes! The #ResearchforChange Grant can be in combination with another scholarship or grant, if you so wish. The grant will be awarded based on the following criteria:

    • Relevance and applicability of the theme „Women’s and Girl’s Empowerment“ which should be described in the letter of motivation
    • Originality and creativity of the research proposal
    • A well-defined research question
    • Description of the research methods in the field and analysis methodology using MAXQDA.
  • When will the research scholarship be awarded?

    The application deadline for this year‘s #ResearchforChange Grant is the 15th of July, 2022. We will select the three grant recipients shortly thereafter (September 1st at the latest) and then the researchers will receive their cash scholarship by the 30th of September 2022 at the latest.

    VERBI Software will wire $1,000.00 (converted into the researcher’s preferred/home currency) via bank transfer. The MAXQDA Analytics Pro Student licenses will be awarded via e-mail and the training seminars will be scheduled between the Professional MAXQDA Trainers and the individual researchers directly. The first training session must be redeemed by the 31st of December 2022 at the latest.

  • If I am awarded the grant, what deliverables do I need to submit?

    We ask our #ResearchforChange Grant recipients to share their research with the MAXQDA community in the form of expert talks. This entails giving a short online presentation and including a discussion. We will also ask you to provide us 3-5 high resolution pictures of you and your project to use it on our website and social media to present your research. Additionally, we will ask you to submit a research report or blog post (approximately 750-1000 words) by the 1st of April 2023.