SELF PhD Award

Global SELF Research Network 2017 - PhD Award

Since 2009, the Global SELF Research Network PhD Award has been presented at the biennial international conference for the most outstanding doctoral dissertation(s) in the field over the previous two years. For the 2017 conference, all applicants must have been awarded their doctoral degrees between June 2015 and June 2017; applicants must also be registered for the conference.

This award recognizes outstanding contributions made by doctoral students whose thesis focus lies within the different research traditions that drive self and identity research. Topics could include (but are not limited to):

  • Attitudes
  • Attribution
  • Collective self
  • Goals
  • Identity
  • Locus of control
  • Motivation
  • Self-awareness
  • Self-concept
  • Self-determination
  • Self-efficacy
  • Self-esteem
  • Self-evaluation
  • Self-knowledge
  • Self-presentation
  • Self-regulation
  • Self-relevant emotions
  • Self-values
  • Self-verification
  • Self-worth
  • Social identity
  • Symbolic self 

Additionally, topics could include the application of these constructs to theory, research, and practice in education, educational psychology, and other related fields.


The major criterion will be excellence in the doctoral dissertation as evidenced by its contribution to the extant literature. The contribution can be theoretical, methodological, or empirical. In addition, the dissertation will be assessed according to the following criteria:

1.    Originality and Independence of Research Contributions
The thesis will be assessed in terms of the original and independent contributions of the applicant. Applicants will be evaluated in terms of their unique and active role in developing and executing the program of research. This includes all aspects of the research contribution including: the formulation of the research question; the assembly and use of research methods; the collection of data; and the analysis of the data. This should be addressed by the applicant (in the abstract) and the supervisor (in the nomination letter).

2.    Significance to the Field
The thesis will be assessed on its theoretical and/or practical contribution to the field. Depending on the nature of the thesis topic, the thesis should make an original and significant contribution to existing theoretical knowledge and/or provide practical applications to existing problems.
3.    Excellence in the Canons of Academic Writing
-    Organisation: The abstract should be organised within APA guidelines.
-    Clarity: Writing should be clear, easy-to-understand, and jargon should be minimized.
4.    Excellence in Research
-    Conceptual Framework: The abstract should provide a clear statement of the problem. Specific aims, research questions and/or hypotheses should be provided.
-    Design: The abstract should contain a clear description of the research design.
-    Method: A method section should be included in the abstract. This should contain details of the sample, any apparatus, instrumentation, or materials used, and the procedure employed to collect the data.
-    Analysis and Findings: The method of data analysis and the results should be clearly, but succinctly, stated in the abstract.

5.    Validity of Conclusions
-    Clarity: State all conclusions clearly in the abstract. Conclusions should be substantiated by the evidence gathered in the study.
-    Validity: In the abstract both the limitations of the study and the generalizability of the findings should be stated.

Procedure for Making Nominations

For the 2017 conference, all nominees must have been awarded their doctoral degrees between June 2015 and June 2017; applicants must also be registered for the conference. 

Nominations close on Monday 31st July 2017

To download the nomination form, please click the button below. 

All nominations should include the following four documents:
1.     An extended abstract (2000 words)
2.    A copy of examiners' reports if available
3.    A letter of nomination from the principal supervisor (3 pages maximum - including contact details). 
4.    A narrative autobiography (500 words maximum) describing salient research experiences, publications, presentations, collaborations, post-PhD accomplishments, and career plans

Please email completed nomination forms to by Monday 31st July 2017 to be considered ensuring all documents are saved in the following format: Surname_nomination.pdf, Surname_abstract.pdf, Surname_examinersreports.pdf, Surname_ supervisor.pdf and Surname_ bio.pdf.