Alberto Madella Scholarship

About the Award

The Alberto Madella Scholarship Fund was created in recognition of the contribution to EASM and the field of sport management by our colleague Alberto Madella. The award is designed to support colleagues to participate in EASM conferences and help promote the work of the Association. The Scholarship Committee will make decisions based on participants’ needs and plans for contributing to the conference. The award is highly competitive and only well-developed proposals will be considered.
The Alberto Madella Scholarship Fund allows individuals to apply for 500 Euros to help them attend the EASM Conference and/or EASM Student Seminar or EASM PhD Student Seminar.

Alberto Madella

Alberto Madella (1956 – 2008) was appointed an EASM Honorary Member in recognition of the commitment, enthusiasm and energy he demonstrated in the field of sport management. He worked for many years with EASM in various roles and served as General Secretary from 1996 to 2004. His passion for the subject and his dedication to teaching and research inspired many scholars, students and academics throughout the world.

Applicant criteria

Send in your complete application according to the proposal below before 6th February. We welcome applicants from all over the world, however, we only provide scholarships to a maximum of one person per country, to achieve more diversity in scholarship recipients. (Two of the three scholarships should be awarded to individuals from European countries.) An application’s country refers to the institution the individual is associated with, not the country of origin.

How to apply

Please submit your application (motivation letter, CV, references etc.) as one pdf-file (max. 8 MB) via email to Zohreh Abdollahkhani ( until February 2023.


The Alberto Madella Scholarship Fund Committee will inform all applicants with the decision before March 2023 via email.

Applicant proposal
  • Submit a brief proposal (max. 500 words, including your name, country of residence, current occupation or student status) outlining why you think you should be awarded the scholarship. Please refer to the criteria detailed below to indicate why you would be eligible for the funding. The proposal should:


    • Confirm that you are studying Sport Management in Higher Education (Diploma, Degree, Masters, PhD)
    • Outline the motivation for your attendance at the EASM Conference and/or respective Seminar
    • Indicate the expected outcome of the EASM Conference attendance for the future individual career, including the EASM Student Seminar or EASM PhD Student Seminar
    • Outline plans for disseminating learning from the conference attendance experience
    • Confirm that you are not able to attend the EASM Conference and/or EASM Student Seminar or PhD Student Seminar without this funding
How the scholarship works

When the winners have been contacted, they need to register for the EASM Conference 2022. EASM will pay the 500 Euros once the respective conference fee is paid by the candidates. The remaining money has to be paid by the scholarship recipient. EASM will not transfer the money to the recipient, instead EASM will pay to the conference organisers and EASM will not transfer the money before the recipient has paid his or her part.

If the recipient requires a visa, he or she can apply for the visa as soon as the confirmation of the payment and the final acceptance for the conference is completed.

Award Winners

Piotr Pietras, MSc, International University of Monaco


“I really have to highlight the brilliant management and entire communication from the organising team. Speaking about Student Seminar , it was a great experience and interesting insight on the Innsbruck’s approach to the sport events strategy and venue management especially that I will remember and will hopefully use in my future as a sport management professional.


Working on the project was demanding, considering the context of it and time constraints we had, but on the other hand it was a great challenge to tackle. Being declared a winner of the 2022 EASM Student Seminar was just a perfect ending of this journey.


To conclude, I am beyond happy and grateful for receiving 2022 Alberto Madella Scholarship that allowed me to be part of 2022 EASM Conference. This experience has shaped me in a positive way and has made me learn a lot, that will definitely help me in the future!”


Piotr’s report: Final Report – Piotr Pietras

Carlos Eugenio Zardini Filho, PhD, Griffith University


“The EASM 2022 Conference and PhD Seminar provided a unique experience for my development as a sport professional and academic. In particular, the PhD Seminar not only allowed me to present part of my research obtaining detailed feedback from my colleagues, but also it offered a chance to observe how other PhD research has been conducted in Europe and North America.


Overall, the Conference helped me to further improve my study, mainly in terms of new concepts and approaches regarding the literature review and method. Moreover, the opportunity to introduce myself and my research to more experienced researchers at the Conference resulted in new insights for my study and possible research partnership in the near future.


The Conference not only showed new research trends worldwide but also created a perfect moment to broaden my network and finally meet researchers that I have followed for decades. As the first Conference after the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, the EASM 2022 Conference became a highly expected event to meet new people and resume personal interactions somehow lost in the last 2 years.”


Carlos’ report: Final Report – Carlos Zardini

Award Winners 2021

(Alternative format: for EASM Summer School due to the cancelled conference)

Makenna Thrasher
Sintija Misina
Aaron Nieder
Bettina Rodenberg
Olga Yurina
Marios Beqiri
Leopold Koch
C Deep Prakash
Award Winners 2020

Samuel López Carril(Spain) & Luiz Gustavo Nascimento Haas (Brazil)

Award Winner 2019

Mahdieh Seraji


Award Winners 2018

A third scholarship was sponsored by Taylor & Francis


Charitomeni Tsordia                        Kimberley Hardcastle                   Seth Kirby


Award Winners 2017

Nima Farajpour Bakhtiari                         Veronica Lo Presti


Award Winner 2014

Elisabeth Emana


Award Winners 2013

Lilla Szijj (Hungary)                                 Ahmed Alafandi (Egypt)


Award Winner 2012

Sanjay Tewari (India)


Award Winner

Javad Yousefian (UK)