The Canadian Association for Refugee and Forced Migration Studies (CARFMS) seeks to foster an independent community of scholars dedicated to the advancement and dissemination of Canadian refugee and forced migration research.  The Association aims to engage students as active members of the Canadian refugee and forced migration research community, and invites students to participate in the fourth annual CARFMS Student Essay Contest. For the first time this year, there will be two categories: one for graduate and law students; and, one for undergraduate students.

The CARFMS Student Essay Contest will recognize the most outstanding research produced by students in the field of refugee and forced migration studies.  The authors of the shortlisted papers will be invited to present their work at the 8th Annual CARFMS Conference, which will take place May 13-15 in Toronto, Ontario.

Papers submitted to Student Essay Contest may address any issue relevant to refugee and forced migration studies, in Canada or elsewhere.

The selection committee will shortlist three authors in each category: 1) undergraduate students; 2) graduate and law students. Subject to peer review, high quality short-listed papers will be considered for publication as working papers on the CARFMS website and/or in Refuge: Canada’s Journal on Refugees.



  • Participants in the contest must be members of CARFMS, or join the association in advance of the 2015 Conference.
  • Participants must be Canadian students or international students registered at a Canadian university. Papers from any disciplinary background are welcome.
  • The student must be the sole author of the submitted paper.
  • The authors of shortlisted papers are encouraged to present their work in person at the 2015 CARFMS Conference, but students may participate in the competition even if they cannot attend the conference.


Application process and editorial guidelines

  • Papers must be submitted by email to mmillard@yorku.ca by 5:00 PM EST, January  15th, 2015.
  • Papers may be submitted in either English or French.
  • Papers must not exceed 7,500 words. Please use 12-point font and standard margins.
  • Submissions must include an abstract of no more than 150 words, setting out the main arguments or findings of the paper.
  • Papers should follow appropriate referencing conventions.
  • The papers will be evaluated through an anonymous review process. Submissions should include a cover page indicating the title of the article and the author’s name and institutional affiliation. This cover page will be removed before the review process.  Please do not include any identifying information in the rest of the paper.
  • Submissions that do not meet the basic editorial guidelines will not be reviewed by the assessment committee.


Any questions should be directed to:

Christina Clark-Kazak, PhD

International Studies/Centre for Refugee Studies, York University

Email: cclark-kazak@glendon.yorku.ca