Future Scholars Program

The purpose of the TALS Future Scholars Program is to provide graduate students who are interested in pursuing a doctorate in an area related to recreation and leisure studies the opportunity to meet some of the outstanding scholars in the field by attending The Academy of Leisure Sciences Annual Conference on Research and Teaching.

2020 Application Packet

The Future Scholars will receive $1,000 to cover transportation, lodging, and meal expenses. Future Scholars are expected to register for The Academy of Leisure Sciences Annual Conference on Research and Teaching at the student rate.     

The 2020 conference will be held in February in Urbana-Champaign, IL at the University of Illinois. At the conference, Future Scholars will be paired with a mentor and have an opportunity to interact with scholars in the field. In addition, Future Scholars will attend meetings hosted by The Academy of Leisure Sciences and are encouraged to attend sessions. This will be an excellent opportunity for Future Scholars to ask questions about the field and inquire about doctoral program opportunities.

This application packet includes:

  • Eligibility criteria
  • Selection criteria
  • Application instructions
  • An application form
  • A note for faculty sponsors

Please download 2020 TALS Future Scholars Application Packet HERE.

Applications should be submitted to Dr. Kindal Shores (shoresk@ecu.edu) as an email attachment in .PDF format) by midnight September 30, 2019.

Quotes from Past Award Winners

"Attending the NRPA conference gave me a real sense of the dynamism and energy of the people in our field, which was inspirational. I loved the opportunity to learn about different choices of PhD programs all in one place. Thank you for your confidence in my potential." -- Former Future Scholar

"I didn’t know what to expect but it turned out to be one of the most significant turning points in my professional career. I met so many leaders in our field. The experience was a turning point professionally." -- Dana Kivel, Former Chair of the Department of Recreation, Parks and Tourism Administration at California State University, Sacramento and Board

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