Participation in four awards programs are a benefit of institutional membership in CGS. We present annual awards at the CGS Annual Meeting to young scholars in recognition of their work, and we recognize member institutions for innovative programmatic efforts that benefit their graduate communities.


    CGS Gustave O. Arlt Award in the Humanities

    This award, established in 1972, is presented annually to a scholar-teacher in the humanities. The award and the fields of competition are determined each year.


    CGS/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation

    These awards are made annually to individuals nominated by a member institution, who have completed dissertations representing original work that makes an unusually significant contribution to the discipline.


    Debra W. Stewart Award for Outstanding Leadership in Graduate Education

    Created by the CGS Board of Directors to recognize outstanding leadership in graduate education, this award is given annually to a full graduate dean who exemplifies the leadership qualities of the Council’s fifth president, Debra W. Stewart.


    ETS/CGS Award for Innovation in Promoting Success in Graduate Education: From Admission through Completion

    This program recognizes promising efforts in initiating or scaling up innovations in graduate education that occur from admission through successful completion of a degree program, focusing especially on innovations that promise success of a diverse and inclusive student population.


    CGS is the leading source of information, data analysis, and trends in graduate education. Our benchmarking data help member institutions to assess performance in key areas, make informed decisions, and develop plans that are suited to their goals.
    CGS Best Practice initiatives address common challenges in graduate education by supporting institutional innovations and sharing effective practices with the graduate community. Our programs have provided millions of dollars of support for improvement and innovation projects at member institutions.
    As the national advocate for graduate education, CGS serves as a resource for policymakers and others on issues concerning graduate education, research, and scholarship. CGS members receive regular updates of legislative and regulatory proposals impacting graduate education and are provided resources to use in advocacy efforts on their campuses and with policymakers and other constituents. 
    CGS is an authority on global trends in graduate education and a leader in the international graduate community. Our resources and meetings on global issues help members internationalize their campuses, develop sustainable collaborations, and prepare their students for a global future.