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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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 Notice Regarding the Academic Medal
Production of the 2020–21 Governor General’s Academic Medal is presently on hold until the installation of the next governor general. However, the Chancellery of Honours is pleased to advise you that secondary and post-secondary schools participating in the program should still receive their certificates before the end of the school year.

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 for Departments to submit one nomination for 2021 Spring Convocation is Thursday, May 6, 2021at 4:00PM.