Award Information

The Physical & Health Education Canada Research Council (Research Council) Emerging Scholar Award recognizes graduate students’ commitment to the Research Council, as evidenced through experiences and potential in college/university teaching, research, and leadership/service. It serves as an opportunity to acknowledge the potential of individual student members as future scholars and promoters of physical and health education within Canada.

Award Guidelines

Emerging Scholar Award Criteria can be viewed here. Normally, one award will be presented to a Masters student and one award will be presented to a Doctoral student each time a PHE Canada Research Forum is hosted. It is intended that an award winner will not have been a previous recipient of the Research Council Emerging Scholar Award. However, in exceptional circumstances, applicants may be considered for a Doctoral award after having been a previous recipient of a Master’s award.

Completed applications should be sent to [email protected]

The 2024 nomination deadline is March 13, 2024.

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2022 Emerging Scholar Award Recipient

The PHE Canada Research Council is pleased to announce that Dr. Jodi Harding-Kuriger is the 2022 recipient of the PHE Canada Research Council Emerging Scholar Award.


Photo Emerging Scholar 2022 Dr. Jodi Harding Kuriger









Dr. Jodi Harding-Kuriger (BEd, BPE, MEd, PhD) is a Health and Physical Educator for the joy of learning and moving. She enjoys a country lifestyle with her husband, Mike, and their three active children. Jodi is currently enrolled in a Mitacs Accelerate Postdoc Fellowship with a focus on Research as Service. She is extending her PhD research alongside an Indigenous school on reserve, focusing on the co-creation of a Wellness Hub - mâmawinitowin mîyowâyâwin.
When asked “why is it important to be connected to the PHE Canada Research Council?”, Dr. Harding-Kuriger shared that the PHE Canada Research Council is an invaluable source for continued professional development and connecting with fellow researchers and practitioners.
Jodi’s current research interests and expertise include Physical Education; Meaningful Physical Education; Research as Service and Ceremony; Group Concept Mapping; and Continued Professional Development through research projects.

This award was presented during the 2022 PHE Canada Virtual Research Forum on April 28, 2022. Congratulations to Dr. Harding-Kuriger!