Deadline to apply for the 2020 Dissertation Award is July 6

The W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research invites submissions for its 26th annual prize for the best PhD dissertation on employment-related issues. A first prize of $2,500 is being offered.  Up to two honorable mention awards of $1,000 may also be given.

The Institute supports and conducts policy-relevant research on issues related to employment, unemployment, and social insurance programs. The dissertation award furthers this mission. The dissertation may come from any academic discipline, but it must have a substantial policy focus. Dissertations will be evaluated by a panel of economists using the following criteria:

  • Policy relevance
  • Technical quality of the research
  • Presentation

Any person whose dissertation has been accepted during the 24-month period from July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2020 is eligible for the 2020 prize.

The deadline for submission is July 6, 2020.

Applicants must send a 10-page summary of the dissertation, CV, and a letter of endorsement from their dissertation advisor by email to:

Applicants are advised that they will need to supply a copy of their entire dissertation if they are selected as a finalist, and they may apply for the award only once. Additional information may be obtained by contacting us at

Visit for a complete list of award winners and summaries of their dissertations.

Download the Dissertation Award Announcement.

Date: June 17, 2020