AAHHE and ETS Outstanding Dissertations Competition (ODC)

Funding Agency:
American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education

The American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE) and Educational Testing Service (ETS) are proud to sponsor their annual Outstanding Dissertations Competition (ODC). AAHHE and ETS recognize the significant need to increase the number of Hispanics receiving doctoral degrees, entering higher education on the tenure track, and eventually serving in faculty leadership and administrative roles.

Although the Hispanic population is the fastest growing population in the country, Hispanics are underrepresented in higher education in all areas: undergraduate, graduate, faculty and administration. Gains are being seen every year in the number of doctoral degrees conferred to Hispanics and in the number in full-time faculty positions, but the percentages are not climbing commensurate with the population's growth.

By sponsoring the ODC, AAHHE and ETS spotlight top doctoral students and, at the same time, are showcase excellence in Hispanic student performance at the doctoral level. The ODC aims to a) encourage greater numbers of Hispanic students to enter and successfully complete doctoral programs and b) enhance the quality of the dissertations they write.


 The deadline for submission of a Dissertation Summary is August 8, 2023.

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

The competition is open to any Latinx who has completed a dissertation as part of a doctoral degree program in the social sciences, broadly defined, and/or anyone whose dissertation research conducted as part of a doctoral degree program in the social sciences focuses on the Latinx community. Additionally, the dissertation needs to have been completed between December 2021 and August 1, 2023.

Funding Type



Grad/Prof Students


Arts & Humanities
Engineering and Physical Sciences
Environmental & Life Sciences
Social Sciences

External Deadline

August 8, 2023