Scholarships and Awards

Governor General's Gold Medal

The Governor General's Gold Medal is awarded for academic excellence at the graduate level. At the University of Alberta, the award recognizes the doctoral graduate who achieves the highest academic standing.

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  • Value
    Each recipient is awarded a Gold Medal.One medal is presented at the Spring Convocation and two medals are presented at the Fall Convocation.

    Important COVID-19 Note as of April 3, 2020: Due the virtual nature of the Spring 2020 ceremony, the Governor General Gold Medal for Spring will not be presented in the virtual ceremony. The medal will be available later in the year. However, we would like to inform the winner of their success prior to the June 12, 2020 virtual ceremony. We will update the winner and department as more information comes available.
  • Eligibility
    While selection of the winner is primarily based on academic excellence, attention to the dissertation and cumulative scholarly achievement during the doctoral program will also be considered.
  • Application Procedures
    There is no application form; eligible students will be considered automatically by their home department and nominated to Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research (FGSR) for final selection.
  • Nomination Procedures

    Governor General's Gold Medal Department Memo

    Submissions must be uploaded through GSMS. For instructions on how to submit nominations through the GSMS system, please review the instructions in the Department Resources under Award Resources on our website.

  • Adjudication Procedures
    The FGSR Graduate Scholarship Committee adjudicates the competition and FGSR notifies the winner(s) accordingly.
  • Deadline
    Deadline for Departments to submit one nomination for 2020 Spring Convocation is Friday, May 8, 2020 at 4:00 PM.