CALACS Outstanding Dissertation Award 2019

Dear members,

The Canadian Association for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CALACS) is pleased to publish its call for submissions for its 2019 Outstanding Dissertation Prize Competition.

The purpose of the best dissertation prize is to provide recognition to an emerging scholar who has significantly advanced our understanding of Latin America or the Caribbean.

Deadline for submissions: Friday, March 1, 2019.

Eligible dissertations may be in any discipline in the social sciences and humanities, and must have been completed at a Canadian university between January and December 2018. Dissertations may be nominated by a Ph.D. committee or by individual candidates. In the latter case, candidates are strongly encouraged to request supporting letters from their committee or other scholars capable of assessing their work.

An electronic copy of the dissertation and all supporting documentation (2 reference letters) must be sent through the CALACS website in either PDF or MS Word file format and should be no bigger than 10 MB in size. All documents and emails should clearly identify the candidate for the award being supported.

All supporting letters must conform to the following rules:

  • The message must be sent from a valid institutional or corporate e-mail address (they should NOT be sent from HOTMAIL, GMAIL, YAHOO, etc.).
  • The person sending the letter should indicate his/her position and contact information.

All applicants must be CALACS members in good standing. For all membership information, please visit:

The 2019 prize will be awarded during the 2019 CALACS meeting at York University in Toronto.

For more information on the dissertation prize, and to see a list of past winners, please visit our website at: