International Institute for Qualitative Methodology

Dissertation Awards

The IIQM Dissertation Awards

* Masters Level Award *
* PhD Level Award *


Submission period for the 2017 Dissertation Awards is now over.

Good luck to everyone who applied. Winners will be announced in January 2018.

 The International Institute for Qualitative Methodology (IIQM) will annually present an award to an outstanding Masters level dissertation and PhD level dissertation, from any academic discipline, containing research based on qualitative methodology.


Each winner receives:

  • $2,000 cash award (Canadian funds)

  • Complimentary 1 year membership for IIQM Member Scholar Program
  • Complimentary registration to QM 2018 or QHR 2018

Award presentations for the IIQM Dissertation Awards will take place at the Qualitative Methods (QM) Conference in Banff, Alberta, Canada in May 2018 or at the Qualitative Health Research (QHR) Conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada in October 2018. The award recipients will also be showcased on the IIQM website. Please note that the recipients will be required to present major findings at the conference of their choice. Complimentary conference registration will be provided.

Applications for the awards will be evaluated in the following areas:

  • Sophistication of the theoretical approach
  • Innovativeness of research method
  • Clarity of research procedures
  • Quality of writing
  • Rigor
  • Impact

Dissertations must have been successfully defended within 18 months of the award's submission deadline in order to be considered. Receiving or being considered for other awards does not preclude a student from applying for this award.