Best Doctoral Thesis in Canadian Studies


We are pleased to announce that the Board of Directors of the ICCS decided to name one of our most important awards under the name of Brian Long who unfortunately passed away on May 26, 2017:

(Brian Long was a good friend of Canadian Studies. He worked for the then Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade from September 1972 until 2000. He served in London doing cultural and information work, then spent some time in NATO, Brussels and Vienna, working on the Mutual and Balanced Force Reduction Talks between NATO and the Warsaw Pact. He returned to Ottawa working in Protocol in respect of the security of embassies and privileges and immunities, then to Buenos Aires, Argentina with accreditation also to Uruguay and Paraguay acting as Second Secretary and Vice Consul. He returned to Ottawa again and worked with international academic relations until his retirement with responsibilities for Canada's scholarship and scholarly exchange programs, the program of Canadian Studies, departmental history, and youth exchanges. He then left to join the Commonwealth of Learning, the only Commonwealth Agency located outside London, UK, with the purpose of helping Commonwealth Governments ensure access to education for all their citizens, especially reaching for the first time those living in extreme poverty.) 

The Brian Long Best Doctoral Thesis in Canadian Studies.



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.


The deadline for submission is November 24 .


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.


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