CAGS/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Awards

Deadline

Applicants: check with graduate program (likely February 2020); Graduate program nomination deadline: 21 February 2020 at 4:00p pm PST

Annual Value

$1,500 plus travel expenses to CAGS conference

Citizenship

Canadian
Permanent Resident
International

Degree Level

Doctoral
 

The CAGS/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Awards recognize exceptional doctoral dissertations that make significant, original contributions to both the academic community and to Canadian society. There are two awards: one for engineering, medical sciences and natural sciences; and one for fine arts, humanities and social sciences. They include a $1,500 prize, a a Citation Certificate, travel expenses of up to $1,500 to attend the 2020 CAGS 58th Annual Conference in November in Ottawa, and the opportunity to connect with scholars from across Canada.

 

Eligibility

Eligibility

  • A dissertation in any discipline in engineering, medical sciences and natural sciences completed and accepted by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies between 1 January 2019 and 31 December 2019.
  • A dissertation in any discipline in the fine arts, humanities, and social sciences completed and accepted by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies between 1 January 2019 and 31 December 2019.

Nomination Procedures

Each UBC graduate program may nominate one dissertation to the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies by 4:00 pm on Friday, 21 February 2020. A complete nomination package must include the following:

  • a letter of support from the graduate 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 Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
  • 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
  • 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.
  • an abstract of the dissertation, not exceeding 350 words, written by the candidate in non-technical language
  • an up-to-date c.v. of the nominee

Submitting nominations to G+PS:

Graduate programs are to submit all nomination materials as electronic, rather than hard-copy, files.  Graduate programs are to upload their files to their UBC Workspace folder (named G+PS Awards – GradProgram; e.g., G+PS Awards - EDST).

Please follow our file naming conventions:

  • For a dissertation in engineering, medical sciences or natural sciences ("NSE"):
    • CAGS_NSE_PROGRAM_Last-Name_First-Name.pdf
    • ex. CAGS_NSE_EECE_Smith_Nancy.pdf
  • For a dissertation in the fine arts, humanities and social sciences ("SSH"):
    • CAGS_SSH_PROGRAM_Last-Name_First-Name.pdf
    • ex. CAGS_SSH_CNER_Blackstock_Norman.pdf

 

Adjudication Procedures

The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies will convene an adjudication committee which will nominate one dissertation in each category to the national competition.

Further Information

For further information, please visit the CAGS website.

Questions about this award opportunity should be directed to Graduate Awards Clerk Angela Rizzo.