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Dissertation - Awards



IRA Outstanding Dissertation of the Year Award

  • Sponsor: International Reading Association (IRA)
  • Post-Dissertation: Dissertation Awards
  • Deadline: October 1, 2012
  • Program requirements: Studies using any research approach (ethnographic, experimental, historical, survey, etc.) are encouraged. 
  • Citizenship: Any.
  • Eligibility: Applicants must be current members of the IRA.  Dissertations in reading or related fields, completed between May 15, 2011 and May 14, 2012.
  • Award: $1,000
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Psychometric Society Dissertation Prize

  • Sponsor: Psychometric Society
  • Post-Dissertation: Dissertation Awards
  • Deadline: January 18, 2013
  • Program requirements: The purpose of this award is to recognize the best Ph.D. thesis that was accepted at a university during the past year, written in any field covered by the journal Psychometrika.  Submitted theses will be evaluated by a panel of three judges comprised of past presidents of the Psychometric Society, focused on level of originality in the ideas and techniques, the possible applications and their treatment, and potential impact.
  • Citizenship: Any.
  • Eligibility: Thesis/dissertation must be accepted in the prior year.
  • Award: Certificate, monetary prize of $500, and free one-year membership in the Psychometric Society.  The winner will be invited to present a summary of their thesis at the annual meeting of the society.  A stipend of up to $1,000 will be given to defray expenses to attend the meeting and registration fees will be paid.
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IREX Short-Term Travel Grants (STG)

  • Sponsor: International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX)
  • Post-Dissertation: Dissertation Awards, Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • Deadline: February 6, 2013
  • Program requirements: The Short-Term Travel Grants Program (STG) supports postdoctoral scholars and professionals to conduct independent or collaborative research in Eastern Europe and Eurasia. With its flexible format and quick turnaround time, this program meets an important need for the scholarly and policy communities, and makes a direct impact on the formation of U.S. foreign policy through the support of policy-relevant, “open-source” research on current regional issues of importance to the United States.  STG is designed to allow scholars to conduct short, targeted projects without significantly affecting their teaching and work schedules.
  • Citizenship: U.S. citizens.
  • Eligibility: Applicants must have a graduate degree (Ph.D., MA, MD, MBA, MFA, MPA, MPH, MLIS, MS, JD) at the time of application.  STG applicants may not be pursuing a degree at the time of application.
  • Award: Up to $10,000, based on length of stay as well as cost of living in the location of research.
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NACADA Student Research Award

  • Sponsor: National Academic Advising Association (NACADA)
  • Pre-Dissertation: Research Grants
  • Post-Dissertation: Dissertation Awards
  • Deadline: March 4, 2013
  • Program requirements: The Student Research Awards annually recognize student research that significantly adds to the body of knowledge on academic advising.
  • Citizenship:
  • Eligibility: Any current NACADA member who is completing or has recently (within one year) completed research at either the Master's level or at the Ed.D. or Ph.D. level that significantly adds to the body of knowledge on academic advising is eligible.
  • Award: A check for $500.00 and a plaque may be awarded in each category (master’s degree level, doctoral degree level) at the Annual Conference in the fall.
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Social Issues Dissertation Award ** ANTICIPATED **

  • Sponsor: The Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI)
  • Post-Dissertation: Dissertation Awards
  • Deadline: May 10, annually
  • Program requirements: Established to encourage excellence in socially relevant research.
  • Citizenship: Not specified.
  • Eligibility: Any doctoral dissertation in psychology (or in a social science with psychological subject matter) accepted between March 1st of the previous year and up to the deadline of the current year is eligible. Applicants must have successfully defended their dissertation prior to the current year's award deadline. 
  • Award: A first prize of $1000 and a second prize of $500 will be awarded to the dissertations that best demonstrate scientific excellence and potential application to social problems.
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Bobby Wright Dissertation of the Year Award ** ANTICIPATED **

  • Sponsor: Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE)
  • Post-Dissertation: Dissertation Awards
  • Last Deadline: July 6, 2012
  • Program requirements: Named in memory of Irvin Lee (Bobby) Wright, this award recognizes one or more dissertations that serve as exemplary models of the methodology employed. While submissions from any disciplinary genre are welcome, the study must focus specifically on some aspect of postsecondary education.
  • Citizenship: Not specified.
  • Eligibility: Dissertation must have been successfully defended and officially deposited to the nominee’s university by May 31. Dissertations nominated previously cannot be reconsidered.  The nominee is not required to hold membership in ASHE.
  • Award: Not specified.
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Currently Suspended

Badges, Trophies, and Achievements: Recognition and Accreditation for Informal and Interest-Driven Learning – Student Prize ** SUSPENDED **

  • Sponsor: Digital Media Learning Competition (DML)
  • Post-Dissertation: Dissertation Awards
  • Last Deadline: January 6, 2012 (as of 1/16/13)
  • Program requirements: A prize for the best dissertation or publishable paper for innovative and groundbreaking work on “Recognition and Accreditation for Information and Interest-Driven Learning”.
  • Citizenship: Not specified.
  • Eligibility: Completed dissertation.
  • Award: 1, $5,000 prize, which includes travel, accommodation and registration cost for DML conference
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Educational Testing Service (ETS) Postdoctoral Fellowship ** SUSPENDED **

  • Sponsor: Educational Testing Service (ETS)
  • Post-Dissertation: Dissertation Awards, Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • Last Deadline: March 1, 2011 (PROGRAM SUSPENDED as of 1/16/13)
  • Program requirements: Goal to provide research opportunities and increase number of women and minority professionals conducting research in educational measurement and related fields.
  • Citizenship: Not specified.
  • Eligibility: Unknown.
  • Award: up to three fellows, up to two years, renewable after first year.  Stipend and reimbursement of limited relocation expenses.


Sylvia Taylor Johnson Minority Fellowship in Educational Measurement ** SUSPENDED **

  • Sponsor: Educational Testing Service (ETS)
  • Post-Dissertation: Dissertation Awards, Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • Last Deadline: January 1, 2011
  • Program requirements: One fellowship offered to a postdoctoral fellow to conduct independent research under the mentorship of ETS senior researchers. Studies focused on issues concerning the education of minority students are especially encouraged.
  • Citizenship: U.S. citizens
  • Eligibility: Applicants must have received their doctoral degree within the past ten years.
  • Award: One, for a period of up to two years, renewable after the first year. Compensations include a competitive salary, a $5,000 one-time relocation incentive for round-trip relocation expenses, and employee benefits, vacation, holidays and other paid leave in accordance with ETS policies.