Best PhD Dissertation in Canadian Studies (2019)

This prize is awarded annually to an outstanding interdisciplinary doctoral dissertation completed at a Canadian university on a Canadian subject that best advances our knowledge and understanding of Canada and Canadian Studies, and is defended during the preceding calendar year.

Award: The winner will receive a $250 prize and a one-year membership in the CSN. The winner will have his or her dissertation submitted by the CSN to the International Council for Canadian Studies - Conseil international d'études canadiennes for consideration for that organization's Best Doctoral Thesis in Canadian Studies Award.

Nomination: The nomination must come from an institutional member in good standing with the CSN. A list of institutional members is available on the CSN website. Institutional members may submit only one doctoral dissertation for consideration each year.The completed application must be submitted to the CSN no later than 15 July. Entries must be sent to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Eligibility: The doctoral dissertation must have been written and successfully defended as part of a doctoral program at a Canadian university in 2018. Doctoral dissertations that are comparative works will be considered.

The application must include the following:
1. An electronic copy of the doctoral dissertation
2. An abstract of the doctoral dissertation written by its author
3. A copy of the curriculum vitae of the author of the doctoral dissertation
4. A letter of nomination from the director or chair of the institutional member unit.

Selection: A three-member interdisciplinary panel drawn from the CSN Executive Members and its Advisory Council will select the winner. Special attention will be given to dissertations that transcend disciplinary boundaries and demonstrate innovation in thought and-or methodology. The selection panel reserves the right not to award the prize in any given year. The winner will normally be announced by the CSN in November. There will be no appeals of the decision of this interdisciplinary panel.