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June 21, 2022

American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education: Outstanding Dissertations Competition

Application Deadline: August 9, 2022, 8:59 Pacific Time

  • For recent Latinx PhD graduates and current PhD students
  • Who will have completed a dissertation in social sciences between December 2020 and August 1, 2022
  • Award amounts range from $1,000 to $3,000

The American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE) and Educational Testing Service (ETS) are proud to announce the Outstanding Dissertations Competition. AAHHE and ETS recognize the significant need to increase the number of Hispanics receiving doctoral degrees, entering higher education on the tenure track, and eventually serving in faculty leadership and administrative roles. By developing this competition, AAHHE and ETS are providing an opportunity to spotlight top doctoral students and, at the same time, are rewarding excellence in Hispanic student performance at the doctoral level. The goals are to encourage greater numbers of prepared students to enter and successfully complete doctoral programs and to enhance the quality of the dissertations they write.

The first place winner will receive an award $3,000 and an AAHHE Award. The second place and third place winners will receive an award of $2,000 and $1,000, respectively, and an AAHHE/ETS framed certificate. The three (3) finalists will be formally recognized at 2023 AAHHE National Conference in March 2023. If applicable, AAHHE will pay for travel expenses within the continental U.S. for the three (3) finalists, and should the annual conference be in person expenses will include hotel room for two (2) nights and per diem for two (2) days. All winners will receive complimentary conference registrations.

The three (3) finalists are given the opportunity to present their dissertations in individual concurrent sessions at the conference.


The competition is open to any Latinx person who has completed a dissertation as part of a doctoral degree program in the social sciences, broadly defined, and/or anyone whose dissertation research conducted as part of a doctoral degree program in the social sciences focuses on the Latinx community. Additionally, the dissertation needs to have been completed between December 2020 and August 1, 2022.

Dissertations are eligible if they are in domains that are related to the ETS corporate mission, including education, linguistics, psychology, statistics, testing, and so forth. Studies using any research approach (historical, experimental, survey, quantitative, mixed methods, etc.) are eligible. Dissertations in the humanities, basic sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics are not eligible. Previous applicants are ineligible to apply.

For more information about this opportunity, including how to apply, click here.