Friday, February 19, 2016

Diss/grad awards (I know I'm not a student any more, but...)

The Joan Pavelich CASDW Annual Award for the Best Dissertation in Writing and Discourse Studie srecognizes the most outstanding PhD dissertation in Writing Studies, Discourse Studies, Rhetoric, or a cognate field for the preceding year. The award will be given to a student in a Canadian university or to a Canadian student studying outside Canada.  To be eligible, dissertations must have been defended between January 1, 2015, and December 31, 2015. An announcement of the winning dissertation will be made at the CASDW Annual General Meeting.
The award includes a prize of $100 and a one-year free CASDW membership for the following year.
The deadline for nominations is April 1, 2016. Self-nominations are accepted. The assessment criteria for the award are the following: (1) the overall quality of the writing and thinking; (2) the significance of the question(s) addressed in the research; (3) the importance of the new knowledge presented in the thesis; and (3) and methodological rigour and/or innovation.
Applicants/nominators should send the following items to each member of the selection committee listed below: a pdf file containing the dissertation (or a link to an online repository), a CV, and a cover sheet with the applicant’s full name, citizenship, institution and degree program, and the contact information for their primary supervisor.

Check for Jun 1 2016?

Call for AAAL Best Dissertation Award Nominees

AAAL invites nominations for the first annual AAAL Best Dissertation Award for 2016.

Dissertations completed in the two years prior to this call (2013-present) are eligible for nomination. All dissertations must be successfully defended by the nomination deadline of June 1, 2015.

Submissions need the following materials
    A 17-20 page (double-spaced) summary of the dissertation
    Most recent CV
    A confidential nomination letter from the dissertation supervisor
    A confidential letter of support from another faculty member

Nomination and support letters are limited to 1350 words. Nomination letters need to include the following criteria:

1.    How does the dissertation make a significant contribution to the field of the applied linguistics?
2.    How has and what is the future potential for the nominee to contribute to the field?
3.    How is the dissertation situated within the field of applied linguistics?
4.    What is the impact of the theoretical framing and/or methodological rigor?
5.    Comment on the innovation and originality of the dissertation.
6.    How would you evaluate the clarity in writing of the dissertation for the breadth of audiences within the field of applied linguistics and related fields?

To limit the number of submissions, institutions are restricted to two nominations in a single year.  

Three finalists will be notified in November. At that time nominees will need to submit their completed dissertation.

The Best Dissertation Award will be given at AAAL 2016.


March, 2015        Call for nominations announced
June 1, 2015        Round one submissions deadline
November 1, 2015    Announcement of finalists
January 1, 2016    Notification of awardee
Nominees for the award must be an AAAL nember at the time of both nomination and award. To verify membership status, please contact Please email with questions.


(Check for Sept 1 2016 - NB it seems to me I missed this one but I could go for the 2017 one in 2016?)
The CCCC James Berlin Memorial Outstanding Dissertation Award Committee honors a graduate whose dissertation improves the educational process in composition studies, or adds to the field's body of knowledge, through research or scholarly inquiry. Applicants must submit to CCCC the following items: (1) title page; (2) abstract; (3) summary of the dissertation (maximum length 10 pages; summary must be in manuscript form); (4) an unbound copy of the dissertation. To be eligible for the 2016 Berlin Dissertation Award, the dissertation must have been accepted by the degree-granting institution, and the writer of the dissertation must have received the degree between September 1, 2014, and August 31, 2015Submissions must be received by September 1, 2015. Send submissions to the following address: CCCC James Berlin Memorial Outstanding Dissertation Award Committee, c/o CCCC, NCTE, 1111 W. Kenyon Road, Urbana, IL 61801-1096 or submissions are accepted and encouraged.

The editors of the Canadian Modern Language Review invite submissions for the Annual Award for the Best Paper by a Graduate Student. The competition is open to students who are currently registered or have graduated in the previous academic year.

Papers should present original, theoretically motivated research, with an analysis supported by a review of the relevant empirical literature. The topic of the paper must be related to second language teaching and learning. Graduate course papers, theses, and dissertations may be source material for the paper submitted. A note from the professor of the relevant course or the thesis/dissertation supervisor supporting the submission and briefly outlining the place/nature of the paper within the student’s graduate studies program must also be included.

Papers will be evaluated by the CMLR Editors and members of the Editorial Board. The assessment criteria will include relevance to the mandate of the journal, originality and significance of research, currency of references, and quality of the writing.

Authors should refer to the Submission Guidelines in the CMLR when preparing their manuscripts. Previously submitted papers are not eligible.

The Best Paper will be published in volume 73 of the CMLR and the author will receive a one-year subscription to the journal. The winning article may be selected for a double publication in the Canadian Modern Language Review as well as in Recherches et applications-Le fran├žais dans le Monde, CMLR’s partner in the support of research and publishing of quality articles in French.
Papers should be submitted no later than November 30, 2016.

Manuscripts should be submitted online