Barbara Godard Prize


The Barbara Godard Prize for the Best York University Dissertation in Canadian Studies honours Barbara Godard, a committed feminist, talented critic and dedicated citizen. Professor Godard was a dedicated academic. A professor emerita in York University’s Department of English, the Avie Bennett Historical Chair in Canadian Literature, a member for the graduate programs in Women’s Studies and Social and Political Thought, and a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (inducted posthumously). Barbara Godard was known worldwide for her important work as a researcher, translator and critic of Canadian literature. A prolific writer and editor who did groundbreaking theoretical research, she shared her passion for literature and the politics of culture by supervising an astounding number of graduate students during her career. Barbara Godard was a dynamic woman and her sudden passing in 2010 left a hole in all of our lives.

Value and Duration

  • One award of $ 500


  • Have successfully defended a dissertation in the field of Canadian Studies at York University during the preceding calendar year;
  • Nominated by the Graduate Program Director.


  • No deadline.

How to Apply

  • Graduate Program Directors will identify students to be considered to the Robarts Centre.
  • This prize is awarded to the doctoral dissertation on a Canadian topic defended at York University in the course of the calendar year that best advances our knowledge of Canada. Special attention will be given to dissertations that transcend disciplinary boundaries and demonstrate innovation in thought and/or methodology. A Robarts Centre committee will adjudicate the prize from the nominated dissertations.