The International Mentoring Association’s (IMA) Hope Richardson Memorial
Dissertation Award recognizes scholarly work on mentoring. This recognition seeks to
disseminate research on the practice of workplace learning and performance. It is
presented to the person who has submitted the best doctoral dissertation for which a
degree has been granted. All research methodologies will be considered on an equal
basis, including, for example, field, laboratory, quantitative, qualitative, or mixed methods investigations.


Recipient Benefits

  • Commemorative plaque presented at the awards ceremony during the IMA
    Conference in Florida, USA on February 22-24, 2021
  •  1-year paid membership in the IMA with all associated benefits.
  • US $1,000 travel stipend to attend the IMA conference
  •  Designated session at the 2021 IMA conference to present the research.
  •  Announcement of the award and a summary of the findings in IMA publications
    and on the IMA Website.


1. The dissertation must report a study for which a doctoral degree was granted
between January 1, 2019 and December 31, 2020.
2. The study must focus on mentoring, its application or evaluation; and may
include higher education, business and industry, government, or youth based
mentoring program.
3. Current IMA Board of Directors are ineligible.