Call for Nominations: CGS/Proquest Distinguished Dissertation Award


Internal deadline: May 31, 2023

This award is very competitive – PhD dissertations from universities across North America are forwarded to this competition. UBC graduate programs are strongly encouraged to only forward nominations that are competitive with those from top PhDs throughout North America.

CGS/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award – Graduate School – University of British Columbia – Vancouver – Canada (

CGS/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award

The CGS/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Awards are made to individuals who have completed PhD dissertations representing original work that makes an unusually significant contribution to the discipline. Graduate programs may submit up to two nominations: one in Biological Sciences/Life Sciences and one in Humanities and Fine Arts.

To be eligible, the nominee must have completed their doctoral degree requirements in the period of July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2023, inclusive. UBC will forward one nominee in each category to the international competition (open to all institutions who are members of the Council of Graduate Schools in the US and Canada).

Two CGS/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Awards, each consisting of an award of $2,000 and a certificate of recognition, will be presented at the CGS Annual Meeting Awards Luncheon in December 2023, in Washington, DC.  Reasonable travel expenses of award recipients will be covered.

Application deadline: May 31, 2023

Graduate program nomination deadline: Wednesday, June 14 at 4:00 pm PT

Application procedure

Applicants must submit to their graduate program the following:

  • An abstract of the applicant’s dissertation (not to exceed 5 double-spaced pages). Appendices containing nontextual 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.
  • Three letters of recommendation evaluating the significance and quality of the applicant’s dissertation work. One of these letters is to be from the applicant’s dissertation supervisor, another from a member of the applicant’s dissertation committee, and the third from a person of the applicant’s choice.
  • The applicant’s curriculum vitae (not to exceed 5 pages).

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