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: 10 June 2020

2020 Recipients

Sarah Assaad

Sarah Assaad

University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

Sarah is a public health researcher from Lebanon currently pursuing her PhD at the University of Cambridge, UK. Her project aims at describing the patterns of change in health and social care needs of the older olds and the role of social well-being in healthy ageing. She is analyzing longitudinal data from a rare cohort study of 28 years of follow up, the Cambridge City over - 75s Cohort (CC75C). She holds a BS in medical laboratory sciences and a master's in public health with emphasis on epidemiology and biostatistics from the American University of Beirut, Lebanon. She also coordinated the implementation of the first 10/66 dementia cohort study in Lebanon (2016-17).

​Samantha Oostlander

​Samantha Oostlander

University of Ottawa, Canada

Samantha Oostlander is a first-year doctoral student at the University of Ottawa in the Population Health program. Samantha completed a bachelor of science in neuroscience and mental health from Carleton University in 2016 and a masters of science in occupational therapy from Queen’s University in 2018. She practices as an occupational therapist in an acute care setting on a causal basis. Within the Population Health Program, Samantha acts as the communications and social media lead for the graduate student’s association. For her doctoral research program, Samantha is interested in pursing research that explores the impacts of climate change on health service delivery with a specific focus on older adults. She is supervised by Dr. Tracey O’Sullivan in the EnRiCH lab at the University of Ottawa.

​Jonathan Lai

​Jonathan Lai

University of Alberta, Canada

Jonathan Lai is a graduate student in the Department of Human Ecology at the University of Alberta. His master’s thesis is concerned with ageism in the workplace and its effects on worker engagement. Jon’s education background is in the social sciences, and he believes in the power of social innovation to create a more equitable society. When he is not conducting research, Jon enjoys cycling and visiting art galleries.

Gemma Wells

Gemma Wells

Canterbury Christ Church University, United Kingdom

Dr. Gemma Wells is a senior lecturer and professional lead in occupational therapy at Canterbury Christ Church University, England. She was awarded her PhD in 2018 following the successful completion of her thesis titled "Older women as occupational beings: exploring the meanings of occupations within the home environment for older women living alone." Gemma’s research interests include older women, narratives of engagement in occupations, and the use of photo-elicitation as a research method.

Irtiqua Ali

Irtiqua Ali

Tata Institute of Social Sciences, India

Irtiqua Ali is a research scholar at Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India. She completed her MPhil in social work (Batch 2018-2020). Her MPhil thesis is "Living Alone in Old Age: A Narrative Study on Life Experiences of Elderly in Delhi." She gained interest in the field of gerontological social work during her master’s coursework. She has an MA in social work from the Department of Social Work at the University of Delhi (2014-2016). She is a Gold Medallist for her MA in social work at the University. She also has two years' work experience (2016-2018) at a Delhi-based, non-governmental organization, Chetanalaya, after which she decided to pursue research-based higher education in 2018.

Fathin Hanani

Fathin Hanani

Universiti Putra Malaysia, Malaysia

Fathin Hanani is a doctoral candidate at the Universiti Putra Malaysia, Malaysia. She holds a master's degree in economics from Universiti Putra Malaysia. She also holds a bachelor's degree in mathematical science from the International Islamic University Malaysia, Malaysia. The focus of her present research is the economics and retirement life of the retirees in Malaysia. Her research project aims at understanding the socioeconomic factors that influence retirement adjustment and life satisfaction of the retirees’ and measuring the retirees’ economic contribution. Her research interests are economics of ageing people, retirement adjustment, and life satisfaction of the elderly.

In Their Words

I gained a whole new perspective on sharing scientific findings from different specialties. The different approaches in talking circles and garden talks gave me experiences that I've never had in any other scientific conference."

Nor Jannah Raduan, 2016 Awardee

I learned a lot about the experiences of the elderly in different societies. This prepared me to work with the elderly in different communities and to better understand their challenges."

Magen Mutepfa, 2014 Awardee

It was an excellent experience for me as I met participants from different regions and countries around the world. I learned how to interact with the presenters which gave me a lot of confidence to talk and to lead in such a nice event."

Chia-Ming Yen, 2014 Awardee