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The International Society for Performance Improvement

Distinguished Dissertation Award Competition

Click here for 2020 Award Winners

Application deadline is December31, 2020.
Email completed Application to awards@ispi.org
The International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI) is currently accepting applications for the  Distinguished Dissertation Awards. This initiative seeks to promote excellence in student research that focuses on Performance Improvement Technology. The First, Second, and Third place recipient of the Distinguished Dissertation Award will receive a free Conference registration to the upcoming annual conference. The first-place winner will receive $500 and all winners will also have the opportunity to present their research findings during a poster session at the upcoming annual conference.

Only doctoral dissertation research defended successfully within the current calendar year and four previous calendar years are eligible.  Any doctoral students attending an accredited university throughout the world are eligible. Applicants from previous years, who did not receive the award, may re-apply.  Award winners are encouraged to submit their dissertation study to Performance Improvement Quarterly to be considered for publication in ISPI's premiere refereed research journal.


To apply, please submit completed applications to awards@ispi.org by December 31, 2020 with the subject "ISPI Dissertation Award [students' name here]".

  • Completed  Distinguished Dissertation Award Application. Be sure to note the application requires alignment to the Performance Technology Standards and detailed information about your study.
  • A letter of recommendation from your Dissertation Academic Director. Please request that your adviser send the letter of recommendation directly to awards@ispi.org following the instructions listed in the application form.
  • Your current curriculum vitae and contact information. Please note all Award of Excellence applicants must be a Gold Level member with ISPI.

 Email completed Application to awards@ispi.org

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