The 1000minds Decision-Making Scholarship is awarded for a research project by a post-graduate student where decision-making is central to the research. The research may use multi-criteria decision-making (MCDM) / multi-criteria decision analysis (MCDA) tools, but that’s not a requirement (though the project must be about decision-making).


Applications are open to post-graduate students, e.g. Masters or PhD, enrolled at any university worldwide.

The applicant must be the lead researcher on the research project (e.g. their thesis, dissertation, etc).


The scholarship winner will receive $2000 USD, without any restrictions on how the money is spent.

The winner will receive free access to 1000minds software for their project, if they wish to use it (e.g. research using 1000minds).


Applications close on 24 November each year. The scholarship will be awarded by 25 December.

Application process

Applicants must email (with “1000minds Decision-Making Scholarship” in the subject line):

  • A research proposal (2000 words maximum) – e.g. outlining the ‘What?’, ‘Why?’, ‘How?’ and ‘When?’ of the project
  • Resume / CV
  • Academic transcript

Selection criteria

  • Overall merit, e.g. including significance and novelty, of the decision-making application
  • Applicant’s academic record and relevant experience
  • Quality of the research proposal

Selection process

Applicants will be short-listed by a panel of at least two 1000minds staff. Short-listed applicants may be asked to present their research proposal in a 20-minute Zoom call. The panel will make the final decision.

The panel is not obligated to make an award in any year if it determines there are no applications of sufficient merit.