The Outstanding Dissertation Award recognizes an outstanding scientific contribution from a doctoral thesis in health services research or health policy in 2018. Judging by the innovative research, this doctoral candidate shows exceptional promise as a health services researcher. The award will be presented at the Annual Research Meeting and the winner will receive complimentary registration and one night lodging to attend the conference.

Nomination Timeline


  • Nominations Open: Late-January
  • Nominations Close: Friday, March 15, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. ET

Eligibility and Nomination Criteria


  • Nominations must include a copy of the dissertation
  • Nominations must include a letter of endorsement from the nominee's mentor, who may also be the nominator
  • A synopsis of the dissertation (no longer than two pages)
  • If applicable, nominations must include a description of the funding source
  • The effective date of the degree awarded, or the completion of doctoral degree requirements and dissertation, must be between December 1, 2017 to January 1, 2019.
  • Self-nominations are accepted
  • Nominees and nominators must be members of AcademyHealth

Review Criteria


  • Importance of topic
  • Quantity, Breadth, and Quality of Research
  • Importance of Policy Implications of Results
  • Promise as a HSR’er

More Information


For awards related questions, please contact Amy Hammer.