Convocation Prizes

This section contains a list of Convocation Awards and Prizes including award terms and values. Nominations for GPS administered convocation prizes are put forward by McGill Departments, please visit “Convocation Prizes” for details and timelines. For department- or faculty-internal convocation prizes, please contact your academic unit.

D.W. Ambridge Award

This award was made possible by a gift to the late Douglas White Ambridge from the employees and shareholders on the occasion of his retirement from the presidency of Abitibi Power and Paper Company Limited on February 1, 1963.

Eligibility Awarded to a graduate receiving the degree of Ph.D. in the Physical Sciences or Engineering. The winner is selected from candidates nominated by each department whose academic record, including research and thesis, is judged to be outstanding among all those who graduate during the academic year.
Value Varies. One award available with an engraved plaque.
Deadline April 07 - Departmental nomination to GPS Funding

Don Van Horn / Lallemand Award for the Best Ph.D. Thesis in Food Microbiology/Food Biotechnology in the Faculty of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences

Established in 2012 by Lallemand Inc., in memory of Donald Van Horn, M.Sc. 1975.

Eligibility Awarded by the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Scholarships Committee to doctoral students for the best Ph.D. thesis in the Faculty in the area of food microbiology / food biotechnology, upon recommendation of the Department of Food Science and Agricultural Chemistry. The thesis should be of an excellent standard. Preference will be given to thesis research related to the production, uses and control of microorganisms such as yeast and bacteria in fermented and other foods.
Value Varies

Last update: 28 March 2013


George S. and Ann K. Robinson Space Law Prize

Established in 2015 by friends and family of Dr. George S. Robinson III, a visionary space law scholar who obtained the world's first doctoral degree in space law from McGill University in 1970.

Eligibility Awarded to a graduating student at the Institute of Air and Space Law on the basis of his/her successful doctoral thesis exhibiting advanced research capabilities and constituting an original contribution to space jurisprudence.
Value TBD

Last update: 1 May 2015


Gordon A. Maclachlan Prize

Established in 1990, with gifts from individuals and faculties, in recognition and appreciation of Professor Gordon A. Maclachlan's 10 years of service to McGill as Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research and Vice Principal (Research).

Eligibility Awarded annually by GPS to the most outstanding graduate receiving a Ph.D. degree during the academic year in any discipline of the Biological Sciences or Health Sciences. The winner will be selected from candidates nominated by eligible departments, based on the quality of their academic records, the scholarly significance of their research and the excellence of their theses and other publications.
Value Varies
Deadline April,07 - Departmental nomination to GPS Funding

Governor General's Gold Medal

Eligibility Two medals are presented each year (normally at the Spring convocation) by McGill University, in the name of and on behalf of the Governor General of Canada, to the most outstanding graduating Master's or doctoral students (one in Human Sciences and one in Natural Sciences). A maximum of one nomination per McGill department will be accepted each year, based on truly outstanding academic merit. Nominations are reviewed by a GPS Selection Committee. Nominees for the Governor General's Gold Medal are automatically considered for all the internal Graduation Prizes and Awards listed in this section.
Value Gold medal
Deadline April,07 - Departmental nomination to GPS Funding
Application Nomination forms are available in March. Nominations for the Governor General's Gold medal are often combined with nominations for the Ambridge, Jenckes and Maclachlan prizes described elsewhere in this Calendar. Further details are available from the GPS Funding website.

K.B. Jenckes Prize

Established in 1990 by an endowment from the estate of the late K.B. Jenckes.

Eligibility Awarded annually by GPS to the most outstanding graduate receiving a Ph.D. degree during the academic year in any discipline in the social sciences and humanities. The winner will be chosen from among candidates nominated by eligible departments and faculties, assessed by the quality of their academic records, the scholarly significance of their research and the stylistic and substantive excellence of their theses and other publications.
Value Varies
Deadline April,07 - Departmental nomination to GPS Funding

Lewis A. Fischer Memorial Convocation Award

Established in 1989 in recognition of Dr. Fischer's contributions to the Department of Agricultural Economics and his devotion to young people.

Eligibility Awarded by the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Scholarships Committee to a student in the Agricultural Economics Major, based on high academic achievement. Preference towards a student with a demonstrated interest in international issues.
Value Varies

McGill Alumni Association Graduate Award

Established in 2005, by the McGill Alumni Association.

Eligibility To be awarded by Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies to an outstanding graduate receiving the Governor General's Gold Medal.
Value $1,500
Application April,07 - Departmental nomination to GPS Funding

Standard Life Dissertation Fellowship

Established in 1997 by a generous donation by the Standard Life Insurance Company.

Eligibility This fellowship is awarded to an outstanding graduate student in Health Sciences who will complete their dissertation in the coming academic year and who is not receiving other fellowship funding.
Value $5,000

Disclaimer

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