Ken Holt Memorial Undergraduate Research Scholarship

Amount: $2500

The Ken Holt Memorial Scholarship is available every second year, beginning in 2020.


This award is for undergraduate students in the Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation. It supports students wishing to do a research project focusing on youth sport. The award is provided for one term. Eligible applicants must:

  • Be full time students in the Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation
  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Have completed at least 24 credits prior to the commencing the award
  • Have completed KIN 209 (Research Methods in Kinesiology) or RLS 210 (Recreation and Leisure Scholarship)
  • Propose a research project focusing on youth sport, from any disciplinary perspective.

Students may apply for this award for a research project being undertaken as part of a practicum or part of a course, for a project that is part of a larger research program (e.g., supervisor's research program), or for a stand-alone project.

Conditions of Funding

Students who receive this award must agree to the following:

  • Spend 8-10 hours per week working on the research project.
  • The first installment of the award ($1250) will be paid upon submission and approval of an interim report (approximately 6 weeks after the project commences). The second and final installment ($1250) will be paid upon submission and approval of a final report, which must be provided within 10 days of completion of the project. The reports must be approved by the supervisor then sent to the Associate Dean (Research) for final approval.
  • Present findings at the Research Revealed!undergraduate conference (usually held in April).
  • Work with the Faculty marketing and communications team to promote their research activities
  • Acknowledge financial support from the Ken Holt Memorial Scholarship in all publications and presentations arising from the research project. Specifically, award winners must state: "This project was supported by funding from the Ken Holt Memorial Scholarship, provided by the Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation at the University of Alberta".

Application Process

  1. Identify a supervisor and work with the supervisor to develop a research proposal.
  2. Write research proposal. Have the supervisor approve the proposal
  3. Submit application to the Associate Dean (Research) via e-mail ( by August 1st at 4 pm or at 4 pm on the following business day if the deadline falls on a weekend or public holiday.

The application form for the Ken Holt Memorial Scholarship is available HERE (Word doc)


Adjudication Criteria

  • Cumulative GPA.Particular attention will be given to grades achieved in research methods and other courses directly relevant to the proposed research (60% weighting).
  • Research proposal.The review committee will consider if the proposal is clearly supported by the supervisor, is novel, and is viable in the time frame (30% weighting). Note that the student's project may be part of a larger project, but the student's portion of the larger project must be viable within the time frame of one academic term. The proposal must focus on youth sport.
  • Other awards or scholarly activities.The committee will consider other awards the student has achieved along with other evidence of scholarly engagement, such as previous work on research projects, presentations, and scholarly activities in the wider community (10% weighting). Particular emphasis will be placed on the student's commitment to youth sport (e.g., coaching, volunteering, or research).