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In addition to these awards, the University supports graduate students through teaching, research, and service fellowships and assistanceships. For these, contact your graduate chair or administrator for details.

University of Saskatchewan Graduate Thesis Awards/Governor General's Gold Medal

Value$500 (offered by the College of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies and the Office of the Vice-President Academic). Subject to change.

The top two Ph. D. students will also each receive a Governor General's Gold Medal.
Number offeredVaries
EligibilityTo recognize excellence and original quality in graduate student research. To be awarded based on the recognition of outstanding academic performance in the graduate program. Components of the graduate program to be considered by the selection committee includes the thesis, coursework, publications and presentations related to their field of research and awards received. The report of the external examiner is particularly important.

Open to all students who will be convocating in a Master's or Ph.D. at Spring Convocation or who graduated the preceding Fall. One award will be made for each of the five disciplines: Humanities and Fine Arts, Social Sciences A, Social Sciences B, Life Sciences, Physical and Engineering Sciences.

Nominations are limited to one per program.

Departments wishing to nominate a student must submit the following nomination package in PDF format online:

  • A letter from the Department Head* giving a detailed rationale for the nomination, including under which category the thesis should be considered
  • A non-technical abstract or summary prepared by the student (1,000 to 1,500 words) describing the research and its significance. The abstract/summary should be written for a general academic audience of non-specialists
  • The abstract and table of contents for the nominated thesis
  • A letter from one additional faculty member*
  • A CV or resume from the student nominee

*These letters should include information regarding the significance of the thesis, the contribution of the thesis to the University of Saskatchewan program, and the impact of the thesis on the knowledge base of the discipline.

Note:  The External Examiner reports will be used by the Awards Committee to adjudicate this competition. Please ensure that the Pre-defense Report of the External Examiner (Form 403.1, PhD degree) and the Oral Defense Report of the External Examiner (Form 403.2, Master’s & PhD degrees) for the student you wish to nominate are included in the nomination package. A letter from the External Examiner that covers the topics found in the Nomination Letter Guidelines may be accepted as well.

Graduate Awards & Scholarships


DeadlineThe call for applications for this award will open annually in the Winter term.