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September/October 2019

Send Nominations for the ASA Dissertation Award

Deadline January 1

The ASA Dissertation Award honors the best PhD dissertation from among those submitted by advisers and mentors in the discipline. Dissertations from PhD recipients with degrees awarded in the current year, will be eligible for consideration for the following year’s award (e.g., PhD recipients with degrees awarded in the 2019 calendar year will be eligible for consideration for the 2020 ASA Dissertation Award.) 

Nominations Procedure: 

Nominations must be received from the member student’s adviser or the scholar most familiar with the student’s research. Nominations should explain the precise nature and merits of the work.

To be eligible for the ASA Dissertation Award, candidates’ dissertations must be publicly available in Dissertation Abstracts International or a comparable outlet. Dissertations that are not available in this fashion will not be considered for the award. 

Nominations should include a digital copy of the dissertation attached in an email. 

In addition to the nomination materials described above, complete and submit the required nomination form available for download at Send all nomination materials via email to  with the name of the award and nominee in the subject line. The deadline for nominations for the 2020 award is January 1, 2020

ASA members are encouraged to submit nominations. Award selection committees, appointed by ASA Council, review nominations and select awardees. Nominations are not carried over as nominees are only eligible for one year.