Developing Country Scholar Award

Award Announcement: AIESEP Developing Country Scholar Award


The AIESEP Developing Country Scholar Award is intended to support scholars from a developing country to attend an AIESEP conference in order to recognize their scholarly work and create stronger connections between AIESEP and developing countries. During 2023 AIESEP congress will be organized first time in Latin America. Therefore, AIESEP will prioritize scholars from Latin American countries in 2023. All Developing Country Scholars are encouraged to apply, preferably emerging scholars in the early stages of their careers. Eligibility is confined to academic faculty located in a Developing Country. The research to be presented at AIESEP should be grounded in Physical Education, Health Education, and Sport Pedagogy and the research presented should be conducted in a developing country.

Note: Researchers from developing countries, who meet the criteria, are encouraged to apply by January 31st, 2023.


Please send your abstract to Joao Martins and Arja Sääkslahti ([email protected] and [email protected]). Members of the AIESEP Developing Country Award committee by email with all the specific information:

  • Author/s name/s and email/s including who is the presenting author
  • Title
  • Abstract (<300 words)
  • Theme
  • Format (oral and/or research symposium. The AIESEP 2023 conference is in-person. This means you must present in-person)

Application Process:


Applicants must submit the following documentation, via email, to Joao and Arja  at: [email protected] and [email protected] no later than January 31st, 2023 .

  1. CV,
  2. One-page description of intention for future involvement in AIESEP Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy research,
  3. Please name and describe why you would like to connect with any AIESEP Board members and/or international scholars that you would like to interact with to support your research,
  4. One-page description of your research study from a Developing Country, and
  5. Abstract submitted to AIESEP 2023 Conference Santiago, Chile.

(Website at:

  1. Letter of recommendation from a senior researcher or an AIESEP member in good standing.



Those receiving the AIESEP Developing Country Scholar Award will be obligated to

(a) deliver a presentation (oral or poster) at the given AIESEP Conference and

(b) participate in the events scheduled for the AIESEP Developing Country Scholar Award at the given conference.

Award details:


Developing Country Scholar Awards will be awarded for the 2023 AIESEP Conference hosted on July 4th -7th, 2023. The award includes that the winners will be waived the membership and registration fee by the AIESEP board.

Developing Country Scholar Award Committee (2023)

Joao Martins, Arja Sääkslahti, Carla Vidoni and Tristan Wallhead.


For questions please email the Developing Country Scholar Award Committee at: Joao Martins [email protected] and Arja Sääkslahti [email protected]


Previous Developing Country Scholar Award Recipients

AIESEP 2022 – Tasleem Arif (Pakistan); Luiz Gustavo Bottanatto Rufino (Brazil)

AIESEP 2021 – Özlem Alagül (Turkey); Céu Baptista (East Timor); Marcos Godoi (Brazil); Chante’ Johannes (South Africa)

AIESEP 2021 – Honorary Developing Country Scholar Award Recipients:

  • Berkcan Boz (Turkey)
  • Donny Wira Yudha Kusuma (Indonesia)
  • Lara Paul (South Africa)
  • Teneille Venter (South Africa)
  • Anggit Wicaksono (Indonesia)

AIESEP 2019 – Luiza Goncalves (Brazil)