Western Graduate & Postdoctoral  Studies

Governor General's Gold Medals

For more than 140 years, the Governor General’s Gold Medals have recognized the outstanding scholastic achievements of students in Canada. They are awarded to master’s or doctoral students who have achieved the highest academic standing in their degree programs. The purpose of the Academic Medals Program is:



How to Apply: Eligible students are nominated by their graduate programs

A complete application consists of:

Timeline and Deadlines

Overview of Competition

The number of Gold Medals awarded by each university is determined by its full-time equivalent (FTE) graduate enrolment:

Based on the above model, Western University annually awards three (3) Governor General's Gold Medals, one to each of three outstanding graduate students who have completed their degree programs with the highest academic standing as determined by the university committee. 

Each graduate program is allowed to nominate its most meritorious candidate to the Faculty Office by an internal deadline set by the Faculty Associate Dean, Graduate.

Members of each Faculty Committee will review and rank their nominations and submit only the top-ranked nomination to SGPS.


To be eligible for nomination for a 2017 Gold Medal, a candidate:

Administering the Gold Medal Competition

Graduate Program Responsibility

Faculty Responsibility

SGPS Responsibility

Office of the Registrar Responsibility

The Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Autumn Convocation Ceremonies

Two (2) ceremonies of the annual Autumn Convocation program are dedicated to graduates of the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. The annual recipients of the Governor General’s Gold Medals will be recognized at these ceremonies.


All information updated May 15, 2017