Dissertation Awards

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

Deadline

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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).

 

How to Apply

Submit documents to the academic unit

Nominations to GPS are made by the academic unit

 

Required Documents

Documents to be submitted by student to Unit:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. A ONE page abstract of the dissertation, not exceeding 350 words, written by the candidate in non-technical language.
  4. An up-to-date c.v. of the nominee.

The following document will be appended to the selected nominee’s application package following the GPS internal review:

5. A letter of support from the Head of Department or Program, 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

 

For information please consult: Canadian Association for Graduate Schools


Prix D'excellence de L'Association des Doyens des Études Supérieures au Québec (ADESAQ)

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

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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)

 

How to Apply

Submit documents to the academic unit

Nominations to GPS are made by the academic unit

 

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

 


Council of Graduate Schools CGS/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Awards (US)

Deadline

Contact your academic unit for information on application submission deadline

Eligible Dissertations (two categories)

Maximum one application per category per unit.

  1. A dissertation in any discipline in Biological Sciences leading to a degree awarded between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2017 inclusive
  2. A dissertation in any discipline in Humanities and Fine Arts leading to a degree awarded between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2017 inclusive

 

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 PhD supervisor, one from evaluation committee, and one of own choosing). Please contact your academic unit for further information.

Nominations are made to GPS by the acacdemic unit

 

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


Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools Dissertation and Thesis Awards

Each year NAGS recognizes an outstanding master’s thesis and an outstanding doctoral dissertation that has been produced by a student at one of its member institutions. The $1,000 award will be presented at the annual meeting’s award luncheon on Friday, April 7, 2017 at the New York Marriott East Side in the Midtown East area of New York City, NY. The recipient will be invited to attend the meeting as a guest of the Association and must be present to receive the award.

Deadline

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Master's Thesis

Eligible Master's Thesis 2017 - Agricultural, Biological & Health Sciences

Nominees must have received the master's degree within three years preceding the year of competition. (completed all requirements for the degree after January 1, 2013).

Required Documents

  1. Copy of Thesis
  2. ​Lay abstract maximum 300 words
  3. Three (3) letters of reference

 

Doctoral Dissertation

Eligible Doctoral Dissertation 2017 - Arts & Humanities

Nominees must have received the doctoral degree within five years preceding the year of competition (completed all requirements for the degree after January 1, 2011)

Required Documents

  1. Copy of Dissertation
  2. ​Lay abstract maximum 300 words
  3. Three (3) letters of reference each explaining the original contribution to the field made by the dissertation.
  4. CV

 

NAGS - For information please consult your academic unit and the Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools