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CQ Doctoral Dissertation Award

 
The “Joan Eakin Award for Methodological Excellence in a Qualitative Doctoral Dissertation” promotes and acknowledges the achievements of doctoral graduates who have completed exemplary critical qualitative health research at University of Toronto. In the fall term of each year, CQ posts on this website a Call for Applications.
 
The award recipient is announced in the winter term and is invited to present their theoretically-informed methodological contribution at the opening session of the ‘At the Centre’ Speaker Series early in the subsequent fall term. An Award Certificate and monetary prize are conferred at that time. In addition, an announcement about the award recipient(s) is circulated through CQ mailing list and posted on the website.
 
To be considered, the graduate should:
 
• be a former University of Toronto student who successfully defended their doctoral thesis within the last academic year either in a paper-based or traditional thesis style; 
• have conducted a qualitative research study for their doctoral work on a health related topic (broadly defined); and
• have included in their dissertation dedicated papers/chapters (or sections) that discuss the theoretical and methodological underpinnings of the research.
 
The award will be given to the graduate who best demonstrates in their work:
 
• Strong congruence between theory and critical qualitative methodology
• Strong congruence between critical qualitative methodology and research question
• Methodological innovation
• Depth and breadth of critical qualitative knowledge and understanding
• Creative, sophisticated and coherent deployment of critical qualitative methodological strategies and techniques
• Logical, clear and well-written and well-presented description of the critical qualitative methodology 
• Critical and reflexive insight into the research process, including ethical considerations
• Critical consideration of rigour/trustworthiness as it relates to critical qualitative methodology
• Currency of references, especially in relation to substantive knowledge
 
Applicants must submit the following:
 
1. For traditional thesis format: A completed Application Form, including abstract, table of contents, theory chapter (or section where theory is discussed), methodology chapter, and reference list from the applicant’s successfully defended doctoral thesis. In addition, a brief paragraph should explain the merits of the work submitted and its contribution to critical qualitative research; 
2. For paper-based thesis: A completed Application Form, including abstract, table of contents, theory paper/chapter (or sections where theory is discussed), methodology paper/chapter (or sections where methodology is discussed), and reference list from the applicant’s successfully defended doctoral thesis. In addition, a brief paragraph should explain the merits of the work submitted and its contribution to critical qualitative research.
 

​For more information, view Call for Applications and Application Form

The deadline for submissions is December 10th each year.  The recipient of the award will be announced in April each year. 

Please email submissions and/or any questions to ccqhr@utoronto.ca.