Toulouse Dissertation Award

The Toulouse Dissertation Award to be presented annually recognizes individuals who have completed dissertations representing original work that makes an unusually significant contribution to a discipline. The dissertation should be competitive nationally among the top 10% within the field. The competition will recognize up to four individuals per year, assuming the selection committee finds the dissertations of sufficient quality to merit distinction.

The top student in each field will receive a $1,000 award from the Toulouse Graduate School and might have their materials forwarded to the Council of Graduate Schools for the CGS/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award competition.

Fields of Competition

Biological and Life Sciences: Biological Sciences and Environmental Science.

Humanities/Fine Arts: English, Philosophy, Art History, History, Music History, and those aspects of the social sciences that employ historical or philosophical approaches.

Mathematics, Physical Sciences and Engineering:  Mathematics, Statistics, Computer Sciences, Engineering, Systems Analysis, Material Sciences, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Physics, Geology and Astronomy.

Social Sciences:  Anthropology, Art Education, Business, Economics, Education, Information Science, Learning Technologies, Music Education, Theory, Musicology, Political Science, Psychology, Public Administration, and Sociology.

If a dissertation is multi-or interdisciplinary in nature, a significant portion of the work must be comprised by one of these fields.

Award Eligibility

The effective date of the degree awarded, or the completion of doctoral degree requirements and dissertation, must lie in the period of July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2017, inclusive, for each nominee selected.

Nomination Procedures

Nomination materials must be submitted via email to by May 15, 2017 in order to be considered.

The packet should include:

  • An abstract of the nominee’s dissertation (not to exceed 10 double-spaced pages). Appendices containing nontextual material, such as charts or tables, may be included as additional pages.  All pages should be numbered, and each should bear the name of the nominee.

  • Three letters of recommendation, evaluating the significance and quality of the nominee’s dissertation work. 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.

  • The nominee’s curriculum vitae (not to exceed five pages).