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CSA Awards

The Canadian Sociological Association (CSA) annually presents several awards of recognition for scholarly work and contributions to the field of Canadian Sociology. We want to highlight achievements with awards to honour students, scholars in the early and advanced stages of their career, authors, as well as practitioners in the community.

The CSA is committed to the values and principles of equity, diversity, inclusion, and decolonization (refer to our Operating Standards and Principles on Equity). We recognize and honour the intersectionality of equity-based identities and therefore invite and encourage the nomination (including self-nomination) of members from marginalized groups, including Indigenous peoples, racialized persons, persons with disabilities, persons who identify as women, and/or LGBTQ2+.

Awards offered by the association are listed below and we encourage you to nominate yourself or a colleague!  Nomination season opens October 16, 2024.

Angus Reid Applied Sociology Award

Recognizing sociologists who undertake community action projects that bring social science knowledge, methods, and expertise to bear in addressing community-identified issues and concerns.
Deadline: March 15, 2024

Best Student Paper Award

Students presenting at the annual CSA Conference may submit their paper for consideration. A prize of $500 is awarded to the recipient.
Deadline: April 15, 2024

Canadian Review of Sociology Journal Best Article Award

The award is presented to the author(s) of an article published in the journal that, in the opinion of the selection committee, makes an outstanding contribution to the advancement of sociological knowledge.

Canadian Sociology Book Award

This new Canadian Sociological Association award has been created to honour outstanding publications which advance sociological knowledge as centred on Canadian society or situated in the Canadian context using a sociological approach in research and/or theory.
Deadline: January 22, 2024

Congress Graduate Student Merit Award

Graduate student members of the CSA who have been approved to present a paper at the 2023 Conference are invited to apply for this award. The CSA endorses selected students to Congress who will receive $500 each.
Deadline: April 5, 2024

Early Investigator Award

Sociologists in the early stages of their careers are recognized for research demonstrating high quality, theoretical rigour or methodological innovation, and future potential. Furthermore, the research has made a significant contribution to the applicant’s field.
Deadline: March 15, 2024

Global Sociology Book Award

This award celebrates scholars conducting research outside of the Canadian context. Books authored by those holding a position in, or an affiliation with, a Canadian academic sociology department are eligible. English publications will be considered in 2024.
Deadline: January 22, 2024

Lorne Tepperman Outstanding Contribution to Teaching

This award recognizes the work of members who have made outstanding contributions to the teaching of undergraduate sociology through instructional material and/or teaching techniques.
Deadline: March 15, 2024

Outstanding Contribution Award

Scholars in an advanced stage in their career are recognized for contributions which extend beyond the specialization(s) in which the candidate has primarily worked and is widely recognized within the Canadian sociological community.
Deadline: March 15, 2024

Outstanding Graduating Sociology Student Award

Sociology related departments may select one top student in each academic level (Undergraduate, Honours, MA, or PhD). The selection process is up to the department however, it is hoped that the strength of the student’s research is a priority in the decision.
Deadline: May 3, 2024

Outstanding Service Award

An internal service award in recognition of those who have made exceptional service contributions to the Association.

Award for Excellence in French Language Sociology

Prix d'excellence en sociologie de langue française

La Société souhaite reconnaître le travail de ses collègues francophones par un prix récompensant les publications en français.

Deadline: February 15, 2024

Research Cluster Best Student Paper Awards

Several Canadian Sociological Association Research Clusters present awards for the best MA and/or PhD student paper presented at the annual conference. Information will be posted in January and deadlines vary.


John Porter Award Tradition of Excellence Book Award

The Canadian Sociological Association is no longer accepting nominations for the award.