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Canadian Association of Graduate Studies CAGS/Proquest UMI Distinguished Dissertation Awards

Overview

Program

Canadian Association of Graduate Studies CAGS/Proquest UMI Distinguished Dissertation Award

Deadline

Contact your academic unit to learn more about deadlines

How to apply

Submit documents to the academic unit.

Apply to

Nominations to GPS are made by academic unit.

Eligible Dissertations (two categories)

Maximum one nomination per category per unit.

  1. A dissertation in any discipline in engineering, medical sciences, & natural sciences completed and accepted by the Graduate School in the previous calendar year (date on certificate of acceptability of thesis).
  2. A dissertation in any discipline in the fine arts, humanities, & social sciences completed and accepted by the Graduate School in the previous calendar year (date on certificate of acceptability of thesis).

Required Documents

  1. A letter of support from the Dean of Graduate Studies, which also includes the following information:

    • a description of the process used to select the nominee;
    • the name and departmental affiliation of the nominee’s research supervisor;
    • the name and affiliation of the external examiner;
    • the date of the defence and the date of final acceptance of the dissertation by the Graduate School1;
  2. A letter from the student’s supervisor or program director describing the reasons for the nomination, and why the dissertation constitutes a significant piece of original work.

  3. A copy of the external examiner's pre-defence report. The examiner’s report must be dated and signed or otherwise authenticated by the Dean of Graduate Studies.

  4. A ONE page abstract of the dissertation, not exceeding 350 words, written by the candidate in non-technical language.

  5. An up-to-date c.v. of the nominee.

For information please consult: Canadian Association for Graduate Schools


Prix d'excellence de l'Association des doyens des études supérieures au Québec (ADESAQ)

Overview

Program

Prix d'excellence de l'Association des doyens des études supérieures au Québec (ADESAQ) offers a $2500 prize for the best thesis in each of the categories outlined below.

Deadline

Contact your academic unit to learn more about deadlines

How to apply

Submit application form and all supporting documents to your academic unit.

Apply to

Nominations to GPS are made by academic unit.

Eligible Dissertations (three categories)

Maximum one application per category per unit.

  1. A dissertation in any discipline in the social sciences & humanities completed and accepted by the Graduate School in the previous calendar year (date on certificate of acceptability of thesis);
  2. A dissertation in any discipline in the natural sciences & engineering completed and accepted by the Graduate School in the previous calendar year (date on certificate of acceptability of thesis);
  3. A dissertation in any discipline in the health sciences completed and accepted by the Graduate School in the previous calendar year (date on certificate of acceptability of thesis).

Required documents

  • ADESAQ Application Form
  • A complete and updated curriculum vitae;
  • A ONE page abstract of the thesis in lay terms (maximum 300 words);
  • A letter from the Head of the department or program, supporting the nomination (3 pages maximum) with reference to each of the four criteria; originality, quality, impact of the dissertation on the discipline, and potential contribution to the development of society
  • A copy of the external referee’s report of the thesis (and on the defense, if applicable);
  • A presentation of the external referee of 20 lines maximum (including his/her complete name and affiliation) and the reasons justifying his/her selection.

Canadian Association of Graduate Studies CGS/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Awards (US) 

Overview

Program

Council of Graduate Schools/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award

Deadline

Contact your academic unit for information on application submission deadline 

How to apply

Applicants are responsible for providing an abstract of the dissertation (max. 10 pages, double-spaced, on white letter-sized paper), and three reference letters attesting to the quality and significance of the work (one from the supervisor, one from evaluation committee, and one of own choosing). Please contact your unit for further information.

Apply to

Nominations are made to GPS by unit.

Eligible Dissertations (two categories)

Maximum one application per category per unit.

  1. A dissertation in any discipline in biological & life sciences leading to a degree awarded between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2015 inclusive;
  2. A dissertation in any discipline in humanities & fine arts leading to a degree awarded between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2015 inclusive.

Required documents

  1. Each nominee must prepare an abstract (not to exceed 10 pages) of his or her dissertation, typed double-spaced on 8-1/2" x 11" white paper. 

  2. In addition, appendices containing nontextual material, such as charts or tables, may be included.

  3. The nominee may also choose to include a brief CV as an appendix. 

  4. The pages should be numbered, and each should bear the name of the nominee. 

  5. Letters from three referees selected by the nominee, evaluating the significance and quality of his or her dissertation work, are to be included in the nomination materials. 

  • One of these letters is to be from the nominee's dissertation supervisor, another from a member of the nominee's dissertation committee, and the third from a person of the nominee's choice. 

CGS- For information please consult:  Council of Graduate Schools