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International Academy for the Study of Tourism
Emerging Scholar of Distinction
Call for Nominations

The Academy is an international organization created to further the scholarly research and professional investigation of tourism. Its membership of Fellows is comprised of highly accomplished tourism researchers from throughout the world. Fellows are elected and the number of such Fellows is limited to a maximum of 75 at any given time.

The Emerging Scholar of Distinction is not a membership category of the Academy, rather it is recognition of the contribution of an emerging scholar to tourism research and a one-time invitation to visit the Academy Conference, meet the Academy Fellows and present work.


  • Applicants must be within ten years of completing their PhD.
  • Applicants can submit a maximum of two self-nominations over that ten-year period.
  • Applicants should have a substantial publication track record of innovations, ground breaking research in top tier journals.


  • Candidates self-nominate.
  • Nominations can be submitted any time via email to the Academy Secretariat (leslie.fung@polyu.edu.hk). All nominations received by the 30th of September 2018 will be considered for Emerging Scholar of Distinction awards at the May 2019 conference of the Academy.
  • The nomination document should include
    • Key contributions to tourism knowledge (maximum one A4 page, 12 point Times New Roman, 2.5 cm margins)
    • Up to three signed letters of support (each limited to one A4 page)
    • Complete CV
    • Complete publication list, including journal impact factors and citations

Selection Procedure

A committee will review all nominations and select up to three Emerging Scholars of Distinction. Nominees will be informed about the outcome of their application by 31st of December the year before the conference takes place.

Academy Conference Attendance

Successful candidates (Emerging Scholars of Distinction) commit to attending the biennial Academy Conference which is traditionally held in May in odd numbered years. Emerging Scholars commit to presenting their research – preferably the key contributions they have made to tourism research during the course of their careers so far – to the Academy Fellows attending the conference. Emerging Scholars commit to attending the conference for the entire duration of the conference.

For more information about the Academy please visit www.tourismscholars.org