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

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Eligible Dissertations (two categories)

Maximum one application per category per unit.

  1. A dissertation in any discipline in Mathematics, Physical Sciences and Engineering leading to a degree awarded between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2018 inclusive.
  2. A dissertation in any discipline in Social Sciences leading to a degree awarded between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2018 inclusive.
    • Please note that for purposes of this competition, history is classed within the humanities and is not a field of competition in 2018

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 academic 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 awards will be presented at the annual meeting’s award luncheon on Friday, April 12, 2019 at the Sonesta Philadelphia Rittenhouse Square. The recipients 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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Eligible Doctoral Dissertation 2019 - Physical Sciences, Mathematics, & Engineering

Nominees must have received the doctoral degree within five years preceding the year of competition (completed all requirements for the degree [GPS approved final e-thesis] after January 1, 2014)

Required Documents

  1. Copy of Dissertation
  2. An abstract of the nominee’s dissertation (not to exceed 10 double-spaced pages)
    • Appendices containing non-textual material, such as charts or tables, may be included as additional pages. All pages should be numbered and each should bear the name of the nominee.
  3. Three (3) letters of recommendation evaluating the significance and quality of the nominee’s dissertation work.
    • 1 letter is to be from the nominee’s dissertation supervisor,
    • 1 letter is to be from a member of the nominee’s dissertation committee,
    • 1 letter is to be from a person of the nominee’s choice.
  4. The nominee’s curriculum vitae (not to exceed five (5) pages).

Eligible Master's Thesis 2019 - Social Sciences & Education

Nominees must have received the master's degree within three years preceding the year of competition. (completed all requirements for the degree [GPS approved final e-thesis] after January 1, 2016).

Required Documents

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

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