The National Opera Association Dissertation Competition is open to all doctoral candidates whose degrees were or will be conferred between September 1, 2008 and August 31, 2010. Degree-granting institutions may submit one nomination, and the nominating party must be either an individual or organizational member of NOA. The award also requires that you be a member of the NOA as well. Each entry should include one copy of the dissertation and a letter of nomination from the dissertation committee chair and the department head of the granting institution. The author of the winning dissertation will be recognized at the annual NOA convention and will receive a certificate of recognition and an invitation to publish an article digested from the dissertation.