Graduate Dean's Distinguished Dissertation Award

Nomination Opens: February (annually)

Deadline: May 24, 2019

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Contact: Aura Young, Doctoral Student Services Specialist

Only the very best research dissertations are picked each year for the Graduate Dean's Distinguished Dissertation Award. This award is presented by the Graduate School to recognize outstanding research and scholarship by a doctoral student at UNC Charlotte. Award recipients receive a cash prize and possible participation in the annual meeting of the Council of Graduate Schools. Each winner – one from each category - will receive $1,000 and an award plaque.*

*Nominees may be considered for the CGS award and be eligible for an honorarium of $2,000 and a certificate of citation, which will be presented at the annual meeting of the Council of Graduate Schools. This information is based on the national CGS competition information.

Nominations Process:

  • Each nominee must prepare an abstract (not to exceed 10 pages) of his or her dissertation. In addition, appendices containing non-textual material, such as charts or tables, may be included (not to exceed 10 pages). The pages should be numbered, and each should bear the name of the nominee. These materials should be sent to as ONE PDF.
  • Letters from three references selected by the nominee, evaluating the significance and quality of his or her dissertation work, are to be included in the nomination materials. One of these letters is to be from the nominee's dissertation supervisor, another from a member of the nominee's dissertation committee, and the third from a person of the nominee's choice. These should in in PDF form and emailed to
  • The nominee’s curriculum vitae (not to exceed 5 pages).


Field of Competition for 2019

● Biological Sciences- broadly defined

● Humanities and Fine Arts- or topics appropriate for these fields

To be considered, applicants must have completed their doctoral degree requirements and dissertation during the period of July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2019, inclusive.

Selection Process:

The nominated dissertations should represent original work making an unusually significant contribution to the disciplines. Both methodological and substantive quality will be judged.