Established in 2002 with Professor Peter Stoicheff as its first recipient, the Distinguished Graduate Mentorship Award aims to recognize USask's graduate faculty who have a reputation of being exceptional mentors. Outstanding mentors not only inspire their graduate students to be creative in their thinking, but also encourage their students to reach in new directions and to positively impact and influence the future. 

The Award

The recipient will receive a framed certificate and a $1000 one-time graduate funding allocation awarded by the College of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies (CGPS) to support their graduate program. A plaque listing past recipients is displayed prominently in the entrance of the Murray Building.

One award is made annually each spring.


All members of the faculty of the College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies with a minimum of 10 years of graduate mentorship experience are eligible for the award. 

Nominations must be submitted using the nomination template [new template required for 2021 submissions], be no more than a total 20 pages and include:

  • One co-authored student support letter that includes passionate compelling evidence of why the nominee should receive this award.
  • A maximum of two supporting letter(s) from academic colleagues.
  • The nominee’s abbreviated C.V.
  • The nominee's graduate mentorship philosophy *new*
  • A statement from a department head/dean/assocaite dean in the same field as the nominee speaking to the discipline's norms. (e.g. typical research/artistic work outcomes expected of students) *new*


Excellence in graduate student mentorship has many dimensions. Five key criteria include:

  • A reputation, among students and colleagues, as being an outstanding mentor which includes, but not limited to having the ability to interest, stimulate and excite students and to motivate them to achieve high standards.
  • A demonstrated excellence in scholarship undertaken with students which would include a record of encouraging and aiding students to present their material at conferences and to publish their scholarly work or display/perform their artistic work in suitable outlets.
  • Scholarships, awards and/or other recognition earned by graduate students on the basis of work completed under the direction of the nominee.
  • Employment successes of former students attributable, at least in part, to the mentorship provided by the nominee.
  • Other elements that the nominator considers important to contributing to a positive learning/research environment and contributor to USask's graduate community.

Selection Committee

The award winners shall be chosen by a selection committee including the Dean of the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, the Director of the Gwenna Moss Teaching and Learning Centre, three past recipients of the award appointed by the Dean, and a representative from the Graduate Student Association.

Application Deadline

December 31 annually

The CGPS nominates recipients of this award to the Canadian Association for Graduate Studies Mentorship (est 2018). A national award recognizing graduate faculty members with a record of excellent mentorship of graduate students under their supervision.