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Annette Karmiloff-Smith Thesis Award 2016-2017

Competition for outstanding PhD theses

Application deadline: July 15th, 2018 [closed]


Prizes will be awarded for up to 2 outstanding doctoral dissertations. Each recipient will receive an honorarium of Euro 1000. The topic of the dissertation must be in the field of Down syndrome.



Participation in the 2017 competition is limited to candidates who obtained the PhD title during the period January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2017. Applicants must be members of T21RS (


Required documentation

Documentation accompanying the application must be submitted exclusively in an email to in PDF format and must be written in English.

The candidates must state their current title and provide full mailing address, email and telephone numbers.

Candidates must also include:

  1. Dissertation Summary Page

  2. A short description of the dissertation research and its conclusions, written by the nominee. Format requirements: Up to 2 double-spaced pages with 12-point font, each page bearing the nominee's name and page number. Minimal appendices containing nontextual material, such as charts or tables, may be included in addition to the 2 pages.

  3. Brief (3-page) curriculum vitae highlighting:

    1. education history

    2. honors and publications

  4. Documentation from the Registrar of the awarding University attesting completion of all requirements for a PhD.

  5. A letter of recommendation from the dissertation advisor. The dissertation advisor must be member of T21RS at the time of submission ( The letter should comment on:

    1. the originality and importance of the research

    2. the potential for significant contribution to the field of Down syndrome research

  6. A letter of recommendation from another member of T21RS who must be member of T21RS at the time of submission (

  7. A copy of the full dissertation (PDF format)


Selection and Announcement of Awards

The T21RS Committee for Education and Training will be responsible for the selection procedure and will identify the winners of the competition. Selection will be based on the originality and importance of the research, and the potential for the student to make an unusually significant contribution to the discipline. In assessing candidates, the Committee will also take into account their letters of reference and academic curriculum. The decision of the Committee shall be final, no correspondence relating thereto shall be allowed, and the decision shall not be subject to appeal. The Committee can assign a number of prizes lower than the number foreseen, or none if the theses were to be considered not particularly outstanding in any particular year. Authors of awarded dissertations will be notified by November 30, 2018. Registration will be waived for the next T21RS meeting following the award and the winners will be asked to present their main findings at that meeting.


T21RS Thesis Award 2014-2015

Competition for outstanding PhD theses


The T21RS Committee for Education and Training (chair: prof. Renata Bartesaghi) has evaluated the PhD theses submitted for the Dissertation Award Program (defended in 2014 and 2015), and awarded two prizes for the best doctoral dissertations in the field of Down syndrome research. The winners of the two prizes of 1,000 Euro each are (in alphabetical order):



The Executive Board, and the Committee for Fellowships, Education and Training congratulate both winners with their PhD thesis and the T21RS Thesis Award. The winners presented their main findings at the T21RS International Conference 2017 in Chicago (USA).