Wallace E. Oates Outstanding Doctoral
Dissertation Award: Nomination Instructions

The Wallace E. Oates Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award was initiated in 2013 and first awarded in 2014.  The award is given at the AERE Luncheon and Business Meeting held each year at the Allied Social Science Associations (ASSA) annual meeting in early January.  The winner receives a $1,500 cash award along with a $500 travel grant to attend a recognition ceremony at the luncheon.  The winner’s dissertation abstract is also published in the Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (JAERE).  A list of prior awardees can be found here.

Criteria for selection:  Dissertations will be judged by a panel of AERE members who will emphasize originality of research, quality of implementation, expositional clarity, along with the intellectual and practical significance of research findings.

Nomination Process:  Nominees must have written a doctoral dissertation in environmental or resource economics.  Nominations must come from the chair (co-chairs) of the nominee’s dissertation committee and must include (1) a nominating letter from the chair outlining the particular strengths and intellectual contributions of the dissertation, and (2) an electronic version of the final and completed doctoral dissertation. For dissertations with coauthored chapters, the nomination letter must detail the relative contributions of the nominee relative to other coauthors. The nominating chair of the dissertation committee must be a current AERE member at the time of nomination.

Nominees must have completed all the requirements for their doctoral degree by August 15 of the year in which they are being considered for the award, which includes acceptance of the final and complete dissertation by the nominee's university (the degree may be officially conferred in a graduation ceremony at a later date, usually no later than the end of the calendar year). 

Submit your nomination>> Receipt of nomination packages will be confirmed via email.

Please refer to the schedule below to determine which award a nominee is eligible for:

Date (location) of
AERE Lunch at which
the award is given
Dates between which all degree
requirements must be completed.
Date nomination
is due
2022 January 7, 2023
(New Orleans, LA)
August 16, 2021 to August 15, 2022 September 1, 2022
2023 January 6, 2024
(San Antonio, TX)
August 16, 2022 to August 15, 2023 September 1, 2023
2024 January 4, 2025
(San Francisco, CA)
August 16, 2023 to August 15, 2024 September 1, 2024
2025 January 4, 2026
(Philadelphia, PA)
August 16, 2024 to August 15, 2025 September 1, 2025
2026 January 4, 2027
(Washington, DC)
August 16, 2025 to August 15, 2026 September 1, 2026
2027 January 8, 2028
(Atlanta, GA)
August 16, 2026 to August 15, 2027 September 1, 2027
2028 January 6, 2029
(San Diego, CA)
August 16, 2027 to August 15, 2028 September 1, 2028


Awards Ceremony:  The Outstanding Dissertation Award ceremony takes place at the AERE Luncheon and Business Meeting held each year at the Allied Social Science Associations (ASSA) annual meeting in early January.  Awardees will be notified in advance to provide ample time to make travel arrangements to attend the luncheon.

Questions? Email [email protected]