The Association for Qualitative Research
The Hub of Qualitative Excellence

The AQR Qualitative Excellence Award 2024


Winning the AQR Qualitative Excellence Awardis a prestigious badge which sends a powerful message to your existing and potential clients. In these extraordinary times, standing out from the crowd has never been more important. So, now's the time to shine.

Celebrating its 22nd year, the AQR Qualitative Excellence Award is recognised as the UK's premium Qualitative Research award and acknowledges the vital contribution that qualitative research makes to marketing, strategy and societal issues, with a distinguished judging panel which includes representatives of AURA, MRS, ESOMAR, CORE, and AQR.

What we are looking for

Share your case study with us and illustrate its excellence in line with what the judges are looking for, which is great qualitative thinking, engaged and empowered clients, significant impact on your client's business, and a compelling story. We are looking for case studies that that demonstrates the very best in qualitative thinking and practice, and combines creativity, insight and business application.

Entry criteria

It's good to be able to tell the whole story about the research and its outcomes, so we accept case studies up to three years old (max). Your entry is only shared with the judges so confidentiality is assured. Entry is open to all AQR members of all levels from the UK and internationally. If you can involve the client then do. At least one author needs to be an AQR Member.

The prize

The winner receives the much sought after "Prosper" plus a prize of 1000, together with speaker opportunities at industry events and the winner's logo to add to your email signature. The winner will have the chance to present their case study in an AQR Hub webinar and also have conference presentation opportunities.

How to enter

To find out more download an entry form and pay the entry fee of 300 plus VAT.

Timetable and key dates

Closing date for applications
4pm Monday 2nd September 2024

Announcement of shortlist (six entrants)
End of September 2024

Announcement of finalists (three finalists)
Mid-October 2024

Announcement of winner and award presentation
Monday 2nd December 2024 at the MRS Awards Dinner

Judging panel 2024

We are most grateful for the time and support given by this year's Judging Panel who represent MRS, AURA, ESOMAR, CORE, and AQR.

Lucy Hobbs

Lucy Davison

Chloe Fowler

Jane Frost

Shazia Ginai

Ruth Hinton

Tom Kerr

Oli Sweet