CGS/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award

Council of Graduate Schools (CGS)

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Grant amount: US $2,000

Deadline: Jul 2, 2020

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. 

2020 Fields of Competition

The 2020 fields of competition are:

  • Mathematics, Physical Sciences, and Engineering
  • Social Sciences

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, 2017 to June 30, 
  • 2019, 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.