Best Doctoral Thesis in Canadian Studies

Objective

This ICCS Award is designed to recognize and promote each year an outstanding PhD thesis on a Canadian topic, written by a member (or one of his/her students) of a Canadian Studies Association or Associate Member, and which contributes to a better understanding of Canada.

Application Rules

  • Every member association or associate member of the ICCS can submit each year one PhD thesis written in any language, which has been successfully defended within the preceding two years;
  • The thesis must be a scholarly monograph dealing mainly with a Canadian topic. Comparative works are eligible if the Canadian content is 50% or more;
  • The Adjudication Committee of the International Council for Canadian Studies will act as the jury. Its judgment will be based on a 15-20 page summary of the thesis and on an assessment report, written in French or in English, provided by external reviewers it will have contacted;
  • The author or the director of the thesis will include with the submission dossier a list of five specialists (including university affiliation, address, e-mail, etc.), one of whom will be asked to provide a detailed report in French or in English on the merit of the thesis;
  • Works not selected will not be kept on file for the following year’s competition. However, associations will have the right to re-submit works that have not been selected, as long as the two-year period is not exceeded;
  • The Award will comprise a document signed by the President and the Executive Director of the ICCS. It will include travel and lodging expenses, in order for the recipients to travel to Canada to officially receive the Award at the annual general meeting of the ICCS.

Eligibility Requirements

  • The author or the director of the thesis must be a member in good standing of a member association or of an associate member of the ICCS.
  • The application must be presented by the president of a member association or associate member, and include three paper copies or an electronic version of the thesis.

Deadline

The deadline for submission is November 24 .

Procedure

An application must contain the following: 

  1. Two paper copies or an electronic version of the thesis being submitted;
  2. a 15-20 page summary in French or English;
  3. a curriculum vitae of the author;
  4. a letter of recommendation from the thesis director;
  5. a list of five specialists (including address, university affiliation, e-mail, etc.) able to read and provide in French or English a detailed assessment of the work submitted;
  6. a letter from the president of the member association or associate member supporting the application.

Decisions will be announced by March 1st of the following year.

Contact

Requests for further information or submissions may be addressed to:

Best Doctoral Thesis in Canadian Studies
International Council for Canadian Studies
Holland Cross RO, 1620 Scott Street, Unit 8, PO Box 64016
Ottawa ON  K1Y 4V1 CANADA

E-mail: nadyne.lacroix@iccs-ciec.ca