CALACS Outstanding Dissertation Award 2021

The Canadian Association for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CALACS) is pleased to publish its call for submissions for its 2021 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: Wednesday January 20, 2021

The winner will be announced at the annual meeting of CALACS, at the University of Toronto hybrid (in person and online) conference, August 23-25, 2021. 

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 2020. 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 must be submitted through the CALACS website ( Candidates must log in to their member account, navigate to USER ACCOUNT > MY SUBMISSIONS, and under AWARDS, click on Outstanding Dissertation to access the submission form. The required supporting documentation (2 reference letters) may be uploaded with the dissertation in either PDF or MS Word file format and the file should be no bigger than 8 MB in size. Alternatively, reference letters may be sent directly by the referee to dissertation.prize(at) All documents should clearly identify the candidate for the award being supported. All supporting letters must include the position and contact information of the referee. 

All applicants must be CALACS members in good standing.

If you have any other questions, please contact us at: dissertation.prize(at)