Emerging Scholar Awards

A small number of Emerging Scholar Awards are given to outstanding graduate students and emerging scholars who have an active research interest in the conference themes. The Award provides a strong professional development opportunity for early career academics—meeting experts in the field, interacting with colleagues from other parts of the world, and creating networks and lasting connections. Awardees are invited to attend the conference to present their work and play a critical organizational role in the conference by leading discussions, chairing parallel sessions, and providing assistance in session rooms.

Applications are open to those pursuing research degrees, post- and graduate students, as well as early-career faculty.

To apply, follow the link below. You may also view further instructions by selecting our "Step-By-Step Guide."

Final Deadline: 23 June 2021

In Their Words

I learned the importance of listening to other scholars and soaking up the experience. I also learned the importance of being supportive and having an open mind toward multiple worldviews. I learned how to be relaxed even when there were stressful, high stake moments. By talking with the other scholars and conference participants, I felt I was more able to assist other scholars in high stress situations.

Andrew Pratt, 2014 Awardee

My team building and communication skills have been tremendously enhanced by serving as a moderator in an interactive international group setting which the conference provided.

Dellarue Howard, 2015 Awardee

2021 Recipients

For each conference, a small number of Emerging Scholar Awards are given to outstanding graduate students and emerging scholars who have an active research interest in the conference themes. Emerging Scholars perform a critical role in the online conference by commenting and engaging the parallel sessions, and presenting their own research papers. The 2021 Emerging Scholar Award recipients are as follows:

Yating Yu

Yating Yu

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, China

Yating Yu is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of English, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University and a member of the Research Centre for Professional Communication in English (RCPCE). Her research interests are in gender studies, corpus linguistics, critical discourse analysis, and metaphor studies. She has previously published in SSCI-indexed journals such as Social Semiotics, Gender and Language, and Feminist Media Studies.

Izuchukwu Onwusonye

Izuchukwu Onwusonye

International Institute of Journalism, Nigeria

Izuchukwu Raphael Onwusonye is a graduate of Public Administration, strong business development professional with a Post-Graduate Diploma focused in Journalism from the International Institute of Journalism. A self-motivated, hard-working, reliable individual who enjoys working under pressure. An excellent communicator with the inherent ability to rise to any challenge. Also able to work unsociable hours to meet modern employment demands and societal needs. Displays commitment to duty and integrity and harbors interpersonal skills essential in fostering good working relationships. With a demonstrated history of working in the Public Relations and communications industry. Skilled in Journalism, Microsoft office, Creative writing, social media, and writing with years of working experience and very eager to learn more. He is a future leader who possesses good inspirational skills and is a good team player. An Author of four Books accessible on Amazon.com. He is a Member of the NIGERIA UNION OF JOURNALISTS and a Member of the WORLD FEDERATION AGAINST DRUGS –WFAD.

Akosua Frempong

Akosua Frempong

Regent University, USA

Akosua Frempong is currently a Ph.D. in Communication student at Regent University, Virginia. She recently achieved the status of ABD. She also has a master's degree in journalism from the school and a Bachelor's degree in English with French from the University of Westminster, England. Additionally, Akosua is a journalist, having worked in print, broadcast, and digital media across three continents: Africa, Europe, and North America. Her research interests lie in topics related to media cultures and theories. Her most recent scholarly research and works include ones on the topic of fake news reporting and media ecology and theorists.