CGS/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award

Council of Graduate Schools (CGS)

Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Anticipated deadline: Jul 30, 2019

Applicant type: PhD Student

Funding uses: Research

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: United States

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First presented in 1981 and sponsored jointly by CGS and ProQuest Dissertations Publishing (a Division of ProQuest Information and Learning), 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 awards are given annually in two different broad areas (biological sciences; social sciences; mathematics, physical sciences and engineering; and humanities and fine arts). Individuals must be nominated for these awards by a member institution.


The CGS/ProQuest Award operates on a two-year cycle with regard to fields of competition. 

2018 Fields of Competition

There are two broad fields of competition for the 2018 dissertation awards. Under each broad field, we provide a non-inclusive list of fine fields that are considered to belong to the broader fields under consideration. If you have questions about whether a dissertation qualifies for consideration, please contact Anna M. Naranjo.

  • Mathematics, Physical Sciences and Engineering: Mathematics, statistics, computer sciences, data processing, systems analysis, chemistry, earth sciences, physics, geology, meteorology, astronomy, metallurgy, geophysics, pharmaceutical chemistry; aeronautical, architectural, biomedical, ceramic, chemical, civil, and electrical engineering sciences; environmental health engineering; geological, mechanical, mining, nuclear, and petroleum engineering.
  • Social Sciences: agricultural economics, geography, anthropology, archaeology, economics, education, sociology, government (political science), demography, and psychology. Please note that for purposes of this competition, history is classed within the humanities and is not a field of competition in 2018.

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.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • "Regular” institutional members of CGS may submit nominations.
  • Each eligible member may nominate one person in the field of humanities and fine arts and one person in the field of biological sciences. (for a total of two nominations maximum, per institution).
    • A separate nomination form and package must be submitted for each institutional nominee.
  • The effective date of the degree awarded, or the completion of doctoral degree requirements and dissertation, must lie in the period of July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2018, inclusive, for each nominee selected.
    • Such degree award or completion is to  be confirmed by the institution's graduate dean or other administrative officer responsible for doctoral degree programs.