Arts Dissertation Awards

The Arts Insights Dissertation Awards recognize excellence in doctoral research in the Faculty of Arts and are awarded at the April Arts Faculty Council Meeting.  PhD students who defended their dissertation during the previous calendar year may be nominated for this award. Since 2011, two awards are given: one in the Humanities and one in the Social Sciences. Only one nomination per Department will be considered.

Dossiers must include:

  • a letter of recommendation from the GPD, which must indicate either a humanities or social sciences nomination, and explain the selection process;
  • reports of the internal and external examiners;
  • a copy of the candidate’s c.v.;
  • a copy of the dissertation’s Abstract, Table of Contents, first chapter and one other representative chapter.
  • a copy of the unofficial McGill graduate transcript

Please address your nomination letter to the Committee on Graduate Studies and submit it by email to adr.arts [at], no later than March 9, 2020.  Please contact Nozomi Kanekatsu at adr.arts [at] or at 514-398-1447 if you have any questions.

Past Winners


Reilley Caitlin Bishop- Stall, Arts History and Communication Studies

Ilyan Ferrer , Social Work                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            


Fadia Bahgat, Islamic Studies
Oriana Kilbourn-Ceron, LInguistics


Sean Desjardins, Anthropology
Shaun Ross, English


Claudia Bouliane, Département de langue et littérature françaises
Jose Ignatio Nazif-Munoz, Sociology


Benjamin Ferland, Political Science
Robert Stephens, Philosophy


Marjorie Silverman, Social Work
Ian Whittington, English


David-Etienne Bouchard, Linguistics
Samantha Burton, Art History and Communication Studies


Katayoun Baghai, Sociology
Christina Smylitopoulos, Art History and Communication Studies


Amy Scott, English


Leach Clark, Art History and Communication Studies


Renée-Claude Breitenstein, Département de langue et littérature françaises


Liisa Stephenson, English


Petra Kalshoven, Anthropology

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