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CAGS/UMI Distinguished Dissertation Award

Value$1,500 prize, Citation Certificate, up to $1,500 travel expenses

Winners of this award will be granted a $1,500 cash prize, a certificate of recognition, and an opportunity to attend the 61st Annual CAGS Conference, to be held in Victoria, B.C., in November 2023.

Dissertations may be submitted in either official language.

This year, a first-place winner will be selected from each of the following categories:

  • Engineering, Medical Sciences, and Natural Sciences
  • Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

Eligible dissertations include:

  • A dissertation in any discipline in engineering, medical sciences, and natural sciences completed and accepted by the Graduate School between 1 January 2023 and 31 December 2023.
  • A dissertation in any discipline in the fine arts, humanities, and social sciences completed and accepted by the Graduate School between 1 January 2023 and 31 December 2023.

Note: In interdisciplinary domains or in fields that overlap the two broad areas in which the prizes are given, the Dean of Graduate Studies must decide for which prize it is appropriate to submit the dissertation.

Note: If nominated to the national competition, dissertations must be disseminated in full text format via the ProQuest Dissertation & Thesis Global database (PQDT Global) prior to jury selection.


The CAGS-ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award recognizes Canadian doctoral dissertations that make unusually significant and original contributions to their academic field. They were established in 1994 and are presented annually by the Canadian Association for Graduate Studies (CAGS), with sponsorship support provided by ProQuest.


To nominate a student for this competition, please use our online application and provide the following documents:

  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 and post-defence reports. The examiner’s reports must be dated and signed or otherwise authenticated by the Dean of Graduate Studies
  3. An 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
  5. The name and coordinates of the person to contatct for questions relating to the nomination

The candidate should be made aware of their nomination for the award and provide the information in items 3 and 4. If this isn’t possible, provide the reason(s) in the appropriate space in the online nomination

Further information:

Graduate Awards & Scholarships



Telephone: 613-562-0949


DeadlineOpen for application at the beginning of each Winter term.

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