Barbara Godard Dissertation Prize: For the Best Dissertation on a Canadian Topic

The Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies offers a prize for the best dissertation on a Canadian topic each year. This award is offered in memory of a former colleague who made substantial contributions to the study of Canada. The criteria are as follows:

“This prize is awarded to the doctoral dissertation on a Canadian topic defended at York University in the course of the calendar year that best advances our knowledge of Canada. Special attention will be given to dissertations that transcend disciplinary boundaries and demonstrate innovation in thought and/or methodology.”

The wording of the criteria is not intended to exclude comparative studies.

The award is accompanied by a prize of $500. The winner of the Godard Prize will also be nominated for the dissertation prize of the Canadian Studies Network – Réseau d’études canadiennes.

At this time of year, we compile the pool of outstanding dissertations defended in the 2017 calendar year. Please contact the Graduate Programme Director in your discipline if you would like to suggest an outstanding dissertation.

We welcome one nomination from each graduate programme at York University. Please provide with the nomination:

  •  An electronic copy of the dissertation
  • CV of nominee
  •  Nominee’s York Student number and current email

Submit applications to by April 20, 2018.

We wish to decide on a winner of the prize by end of May of this year.

Nomination deadline: 20 April 2018

For any question please email