Outstanding Award

Outstanding Doctorate Award for thesis read during 2015-2016 academic year

  • Call
  • Procedures 
  • Call
  • Procedures
  • Requirements. In order to be eligible for the Outstanding Doctorate Award, the applicant must have achieved the academic distinction of ‘cum laude’ and received a minimum sum total of 27 points granted by each member of the committee on a scale of 0-10, in their respective individual and anonymous reports.
  • Application. Candidates who request an evaluation of their theses to compete for the Outstanding Doctorate Award may obtain an application form from the Doctoral School within the dates of 15 and 31 October of the academic year following the year of their thesis completion, presenting the corresponding documentation at the General Registry of the University, Patio de Escuelas 1, 37008 Salamanca in accordance with the procedure established in Art. 38.4 of the Law 30/1992 of 26 November for the Public Administration and the Common Administrative Procedures (BOE 27 November 1992). If sent by regular mail, the document should be placed in an unsealed envelope and stamped prior to sending by certified mail. Applications prepared in a foreign country must be processed through diplomatic channels or through the corresponding Spanish consulates (a copy of the application must be sent via electronic mail to the following address: n.tesis@usal.es). Applications sent via electronic mail will not be accepted in any other instance except when presented in the consulate offices:

a) Completed application form for the Outstanding Doctorate Award.  There are two application forms depending on the area or branch of knowledge to which the Committee assigned the thesis for defence.

- Application for Arts and Humanities, Legal and Social Sciences 

- Application for Science, Health Sciences, Engineering, Architeceture and Economics 

b)  Description of alleged merits, assessed according to Annex II .

c) Copy (or authoritative reference, in case of books or special formats) of publications or patents related to the doctoral thesis, as well as justification of all alleged merits.  No merit preceding the registration to the doctorate program will be evaluated.

  • Areas of knowledge.  The Doctoral School will classify the applications for the Outstanding Doctorate Award according to the areas of knowledge established in  Annex I.

The joint report prepared by the doctoral thesis evaluation committee members will indicate the unique area of knowledge to which the thesis is assigned for the purpose of the Outstanding Doctorate Award.

  • Limitation of the number of Outstanding Doctorate Awards per year.  It is necessary to have a minimum of 5 doctorate theses in each area of knowledge in order to bestow an award, cumulative to a maximum of 3 years when the minimum is not met in a given year.  After that period of time an award can be conferred from among the applications presented in the particular area of knowledge, even if the minimum number is not reached.

      For each area of knowledge and academic year there will be one outstanding award for every 10 theses (or fraction thereof) defended in that particular area of knowledge.

  • Evaluation criteria.  Applications for awards in each area of knowledge will be evaluated according to the following criteria:
  • Up to 50 points: depends on the points granted by each member of the committee in their individual and confidential reports about the recognitions that the thesis may merit.  The minimum number of points to achieve an outstanding doctoral thesis award is 27, as a sum total of the points given by the committee members.
  • In order that the sum of points granted by committee members allows for a better distinction in the evaluation of this criterion, the Doctoral School will convert the 27 to 30 raw point range to an interval of 38 to 50 points, according to the following scale:


    Points from committee 27 28 29 30
    Points converted 38 42 46 50

    With the corresponding intermediate punctuations.

To obtain the Outstanding Doctoral thesis award it is necessary to achieve points in two sections

  • Evaluation.  The Doctoral School will evaluate the applications from each area of knowledge according to the established criteria.  The School may seek the advice of external experts, who cannot be the authors, tutors or Supervisors of the theses being evaluated.


Number of Theses defended per Field of Knowledge and number of Outstanding Awards per Field 

List of students who may apply to the Call for Outstanding Award for Areas of Knowledge:

Art and Humanities


Health Sciences

Social and Legal Sciences


Engineering and Architecture

All students must submit a request to be considered for the xxx including those for previous years.

List of requests received by area of knowledge  (14 November 2016)


Resolution of the Vice-Rectorate for Research and Transfer for which the Extraordinary Prizes for the academic year  2015-16 (14  december 2016)

Contact details

Doctorate: + 34 923 29 44 00 Ext. 1548
Thesis: +34 923 29 44 00 Ext. 1182
Finance: +34 923 29 44 00 Ext. 3069

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