American Distinguished Dissertation Awards
Sponsored jointly by the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) and ProQuest Dissertations Publishing, these awards are made each year to individuals who, in the opinion of the award committee, have completed dissertations representing original work that makes an unusually significant contribution to the discipline.
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. Reasonable travel expenses of award recipients will be covered. Only the winners and the nominating deans will be notified of the outcomes of the competition prior to the Awards Luncheon.
2018 Fields of Competition
- Mathematics, Physical Sciences, and Engineering
- Social Sciences
If a dissertation is multi- or interdisciplinary in nature, a significant portion of the work must be comprised by at least one of the 2018 fields of competition.
Graduate programs may each submit one nomination to the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. Please ensure that the candidate is aware of his or her nomination for the award. Each program’s nomination must include the following components:
- An abstract of the candidate's dissertation (not to exceed 10 double-spaced pages). Appendices containing other material, such as charts, tables, and/or references, may be included as additional pages. All pages must be numbered, and each bear the name of the nominee.
- Three (3) letters of recommendation evaluating the significance and quality of the candidate's dissertation work. One of these letters must be from the nominee's dissertation supervisor, another from a member of the candidate's dissertation committee, and the third from a person of the candidate's choice. (no page limit indicated)
- The candidate's curriculum vitae (not to exceed 5 pages)
Submitting Nominations to SGPS
The deadline for submission of nominations to SGPS is Friday, June 1, 2018. The nomination package must be submitted to email@example.com. Please indicate the field of competition in the subject line of email. The SGPS Executive Committee will select two candidates for nomination, one in each competition category, and submit them to CGS by the June 30th deadline.
For further information, please visit the CGS website or email Anna Naranjo (firstname.lastname@example.org).