ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award
The ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Awards are designed to recognize exceptional and unusually interesting work produced by doctoral students in the last phase of their graduate work. The nominees’ overall academic accomplishments will also be taken into account.
Eligibility: Nominees must be awarded the doctoral degree during the 2021 calendar year, which includes commencements held in May, August, or December. Students who defended the dissertation in 2020 but received the degree in 2021 are eligible to be nominated.
Pre-nomination phase: Faculty should submit their letter of intent to nominate a student and requested materials by Monday, October 4, 2021.
Materials needed for the pre-nomination phase (October 4, 2021):
The faculty advisor should submit a nomination statement (limit 1 page) via the link- https://tinyurl.com/yctw75hq.
The nomination statement must include:
1. Expected graduation date and title of the dissertation
2. Brief description of the dissertation topic
3. General comments about the nominee, including overall scholarly credentials
4. Degree of innovation, creativity, and insight shown by the author
5. Scope and importance of the work to the field of study
6. Effectiveness of the writing
- Student will need to submit their CV, dissertation abstract via email to SEAS-Financial-Aid@umich.edu
- OAP will provide the UM transcript
*Each school may only nominate one (1) student; two if we can argue persuasively that the dissertations are distinctly different in intellectual content. In the event that more than one student is identified, the SEAS Scholarship Committee will make a final decision. The selected nominator(s) and student(s) will then be instructed on how to proceed with a full nomination.
SEAS Nomination Deadline: 9:00 a.m., Monday, October 4, 2021
Rackham Review Process: A faculty review committee identifies the finalists and the members of the Michigan Society of Fellows make the final selections. Up to eight nominees will be selected to receive the award, which includes a $1,000 honorarium. The reviewers also have the option of assigning an Honorable Mention. Recipients will be notified by March 2022, and the awards will be formally presented at a public ceremony in April 2022. Finalists will be required to submit a hard copy of their dissertations to their nominating department so they can be forwarded on to Rackham. The dissertation will be returned once the final selections have been made.
Rackham Submission Deadline: 5:00 p.m., Monday, November 8, 2021