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Doctoral Dissertation Prizes

Doctoral Dissertation Prizes

The awards, prizes and distinctions covered in this section are for doctoral students only. Details on internal deadlines, application guidelines and forms, and links to agency sites are provided.

Competitions include CAGS/UMI Distinguished Dissertation Awards, Prix d’excellence de l’Association des doyens des études supérieures au Quebec (ADESAQ), the CGS/UMI Distinguished Dissertation Award, and the Concordia University Doctoral Dissertation Prizes.

Governor General Gold Medal Award

"The Governor General’s Academic Medal was first awarded in 1873 by the Earl of Dufferin, and has since become one of the most prestigious awards that a student in a Canadian educational institution can receive. The governor general of Canada continues this tradition of encouraging scholarship across the nation and recognizing outstanding students" (Source: The Governor General of Canada website).

At Concordia University, Governor General Gold Medal Awards are aligned with the key axes of our Strategic Research Plan, namely: The Person and Society; and Technology, Industry and the Environment. This structure affirms the link between graduate students and the research mission of the university. The School of Graduate Studies awards one Gold Medal to an outstanding graduate student in “The Person and Society” category at the June Convocation, and one Gold Medal for “Technology, Industry and the Environment” at the November Convocation.

Eligible Dissertations:

To be eligible for the November 2019 Governor General Gold Medal competition, applicants must have had their dissertation under the category “Technology, Industry and the Environment” completed (with either an excellent or outstanding ranking) and accepted by the School of Graduate Studies between September 16, 2018 and September 1, 2019.

Nomination deadline dates are determined by the Dean’s Office of each Faculty.

Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools

Each year NAGS recognizes an outstanding master’s thesis and an outstanding dissertation that has been produced by a student at one of its member institutions. Nominees must have received their degree within three years preceding the year of competition.

Deadline for Nominations: Faculties are to submit their nominations to the School of Graduate Studies by December 20th for this year. 

Awards Schedule

Year Master's Doctoral
(competition closed)
Physical Sciences, Mathematics, & Engineering Agricultural, Biological & Health Sciences
2019 Social Sciences & Education Physical Sciences, Mathematics, & Engineering
2020 Arts & Humanities Social Sciences & Education
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