CAGS/ProQuest- Distinguished Dissertation Awards & John Leyerle-CIFAR Prize for Interdisciplinary Research
The CAGS/ProQuest and Leyerle-CIFAR awards both recognize Canadian doctoral dissertations that make significant, original contributions to both the academic community and to Canadian society.
The CAGS/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Awards annually present two awards:
1) fine arts, humanities and social sciences; and
2) engineering, medical sciences and natural sciences.
The Awards are granted by the Canadian Association for Graduate Studies (CAGS) and are sponsored by ProQuest.
The John Leyerle-CIFAR Prize for Interdisciplinary Research was established to honour John Leyerle, the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) in the late 1970’s, who played an instrumental role in founding the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) in 1978. This prize recognizes an excellent student who is clearly performing outstanding interdisciplinary research.
CGS/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Awards
The CGS/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Awards recognize Canadian doctoral dissertations that represent original work, making an unusually significant contribution to their disciplines. Two awards are given annually in rotating fields of study. Both methodological and substantive quality of the dissertation will be judged.
Two awards are given annually in two different broad areas (mathematics, physical sciences and engineering; and social sciences; and the biological sciences; and humanities and fine arts).
The 2023 fields of competition are:
- Biology and Life Sciences
- Humanities and Fine Arts
Doctoral Completion Award (DCA)
The aim of the DCA is to support full-time PhD and SJD students who are beyond the funded cohort but within the time limit for the degree.
Students who have experienced a delay in their program due to unfortunate personal circumstances should refer to the SGS Emergency Grant program.
Changes were made to the DCA in the 2012-2013 academic year. The award is now administered by individual graduate units. Please be sure to check with your home unit about applying.
Governor General’s Gold Medals
The Office of the Governor General annually awards Gold Academic Medals to students who achieve the highest academic standing at the graduate level. The assessment of highest academic standing includes an examination of the following:
- Academic performance in degree courses (first class average);
- Evaluation of the thesis and the thesis defense; and
- Originality and significance of the research.
Three (3) gold medals are available at the University of Toronto.
One medal will be awarded to a candidate from Division I or II; one medal will be awarded to a candidate from Division III or IV; the third medal will be awarded to an outstanding candidate from any division. The medals will receive a Gold Academic Medal and personalized certificate signed by the Governor General of Canada
NEW: All nominees for the GG Gold Medals will automatically be assessed for eligibility by the Graduate Awards Office, with recipients/nominees selected by the SGS Awards Committee for the following awards:
- Donna Hayden Memorial Fellowship – one award of $10,000 to a top female domestic graduate student registered in Engineering or Dept of Computer Science with financial need.
- Chorafas Prize – two awards of $5,000 to a graduating doctoral student age 32 or under in engineering sciences, medicine and the natural sciences, completing research that impacts humanity.
- CGS/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Awards – two nominees to Council of Graduate Schools for two $2,000 prizes for doctoral dissertations making significant contributions to the fields of biology and life sciences or humanities and fine arts. Fields of study awarded rotate every other year.
- NAGS Master’s Thesis and Doctoral Dissertation Awards – two nominees to Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools (NAGS) for $1,000 prize for outstanding master’s thesis (Arts & Humanities) or doctoral dissertations (Social Sciences & Education). Fields of study awarded rotate every five years.
NAGS Master’s Thesis and Doctoral Dissertation Awards
SGS Master’s Completion Bursary (MCB)
The Master’s Completion Bursary (MCB) is a financial aid program that serves to assist master’s students who have experienced a delay in their program due to unanticipated factors beyond their control, and must therefore register as a full-time student beyond the program length to complete a small or minimal amount of work in order to graduate.
COVID-19 related delays: Students who were registered during or before the Winter 2020 session and whose academic progress has been significantly impeded due to COVID-19 related disruptions may be eligible for an SGS Tuition Fee Exemption. More information is available here: https://www.sgs.utoronto.ca/admissions/graduate-fees/#section_13