Western Graduate & Postdoctoral  Studies

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

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.


Nomination Package

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:

Submitting Nominations to SGPS

The deadline for submission of nominations to SGPS is Friday, June 1, 2018.  The nomination package must be submitted to pmenzies@uwo.ca. 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 (anaranjo@cgs.nche.edu).