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Best Dissertation Award

The basic requirement for eligibility for the Best Dissertation Award is evidence of completion of a doctoral dissertation at a recognized university in the last two years of the application to that award. The dissertation topic has to be directly related to QOL research. Short versions of dissertations are submitted to the annual conference chairs, who in turn review the dissertations with the assistance of the Vice-President for Academic Affairs and an ad hoc review committee. The top-ranked dissertation is selected for the award.


2019 ISQOLS Best PhD Dissertation Award on Quality of Life, Well-being, and Happiness

The International Society for Quality of Life Studies (ISQOLS) calls for nominations for the “2019 ISQOLS Prize for the Best Dissertation on Quality-of-Life, Well-being, and Happiness.” The deadline for nominations is December 31st, 2018 (31/12/2018).

The aim of the prize is to promote the activity of young researchers working on quality-of-life, happiness, and well-being issues. All dissertations that have been successfully defended during the two calendar years prior to the award deadline are eligible for consideration. Resubmissions of unsuccessful nominations from prior years are welcome, as long as the dissertation defense date remains within the period of eligibility. Dissertations must be written in English.

The member student’s advisor or the scholar most familiar with the student's research must send the nomination. Nominations must be sent via email to office@isqols.org with the title “Dissertation Award Nomination” in the subject line. The deadline for the submission is December 31st, 2018 (31/12/2018).


The nomination letter should be written in English and it should include the following information:

  • The title and abstract of the dissertation;
  • The name of the candidate;
  • The name of the candidate’s primary advisor;
  • The name of the institution where the dissertation was defended;
  • The date of the dissertation defense;
  • A two page summary of the significance of the dissertation research. Nominations should explain the precise nature and merits of the work.
  • An electronic copy of the full dissertation in Word or .pdf format;
  • A list of publications produced from the dissertation work.


ISQOLS awards the best dissertation with a lump sum of $1,500 USD, one-year free membership to ISQOLS, one-year free access to the journal Applied Research in Quality of Life Studies, and free registration to the 17th ISQOLS conference that will be held in Granada (Spain) from the 4th to the 7th of September 2019.


To further promote the research on quality-of-life, well-being, and happiness, ISQOLS may award up to five second best candidates who will receive a lump sum of $300 USD, one-year free membership to ISQOLS, one-year free access to the journal Applied Research in Quality of Life Studies, and free registration to the 17th ISQOLS conference.


The submissions will be reviewed by a committee chaired by ISQOLS’s Vice-President of Academic Affairs.


Successful candidates will receive their prizes at the concluding ceremony of the 17th ISQOLS conference. They are expected to present a summary of their work during a special session of the conference. Successful candidates are also expected to acknowledge ISQOLS in their publication.


Winners will be notified by March 30th, 2019.




Past Recipients:

2012: George Mackerron

2009: Melania Calestani

  • Honorable Mention: Adrian John Tomyn; Mehrdad Mazaheri

2007: Anke C. Zimmerman

  • Honorable Mention: Monica Gonzales

2006: Michael F. Steger

  • Honorable Mention: Ralph Kober; Cathy Rozel Franworth

2004: Karen Hwang

  • Honorable Mention: Marjan Drukker; Shannon Michele Suldo

2003: Peggy Schyns

  • Honorable Mention: Kyungmi Kim

2001: Eunkook M. Suh

  • Honorable Mention: Whitney Boling; Janet Davis Neal; Jiyeon Park; Ann P. Turnbull; Nansook Park

2000: Sirpa Sarlio-Lahteenkorva
1998: Barbara Ann Sherman
1997: Martha Kay Parker

The International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies (ISQOLS)





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