Purpose of Award

The ATD Dissertation Award is given to foster and disseminate research in the practice of developing talent in organizations. It will be presented to the person who has submitted the best doctoral dissertation for which a degree has been granted between August 1, 2018, and September 30, 2019.

The 2018 winner will be announced in March 2019.

The 2017 winner was Marcella Gonsalves, from Drexel University for "Being a Leader, a Woman, and a Survivor of Childhood Bullying: A Phenomenological Study."

2019 Award Schedule

Entry Window Opens: July 1, 2019
Application Deadline: November 30, 2019
Notification: On or by March 15, 2020
Presentation of Award: May 2020
Award is presented at ATD Awards Ceremony during the ATD International Conference & Exposition.


1. The dissertation must report a study for which a doctoral degree was granted in the previous year between August 1, 2018, and September 30, 2019.
2. The study must focus on some issue of relevance to the practice of developing talent in organizations. Illustrative areas of concentration include:

  • training and development
  • organizational development/learning
  • performance improvement/analysis
  • work design
  • career development
  • human resource planning.

3. All research methodologies will be considered on an equal basis, including, field-, laboratory-, quantitative-, and qualitative-investigations.

4. The candidate must be recommended and sponsored by his or her committee chair. A committee chair may nominate more than one candidate who meets the criteria noted above in points 1 and 2.

5. All materials must be in English, in Word format, and submitted by email. Submissions should adhere to the format and guidelines prescribed below.