Western Graduate & Postdoctoral  Studies

Canada’s Distinguished Dissertation Awards (DDA)

Canada’s Distinguished Dissertation Awards (DDA) recognize Canadian doctoral dissertations that make unusually significant and original contributions to their academic field. They were established in 1994 and are presented annually. There are two awards: one for engineering, medical sciences and natural sciences; and one for fine arts, humanities and social sciences. The Awards are granted by the Canadian Association for Graduate Studies (CAGS) and are sponsored by Proquest-UMI (University Microfilms International).


The award includes a $1,500 prize, a Citation Certificate, and travel expenses of up to $1,500 to attend the 2018 CAGS 56th Annual Conference in Winnipeg, Manitoba - Fort Garry Hotel.


Nomination Procedure

Each Western graduate program may nominate one dissertation to the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies by March 1, 2018. Please ensure that a candidate is aware of his or her nomination for the award. Each program’s nomination (single PDF) must include the following:

Submitting Nominations to SGPS

The annual deadline for submissions to SGPS is March 1st.  Please send nomination file (single PDF) electronically to pmenzies@uwo.ca.  The SGPS Executive Committee will select two nominations – one in each Award category. SGPS will prepare the two final nominations, endorsed by the Vice-Provost, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, for submission to CAGS annually by March 31st.


For further information, please contact pmenzies@uwo.ca or visit the CAGS website.