CARFMS Student Essay Contest


CARFMS Graduate Student Essay Contest Winners

CARFMS Undergraduate Student Essay Contest Winners


 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 eighth annual CARFMS Student Essay Contest. There are two categories: one for graduate and law students; and, one for undergraduate students.

The CARFMS Student Essay Contest will recognize the most outstanding scholarship produced by students in the field of refugee and forced migration studies. A $500 prize will be awarded to one winner in each category (Graduate or Law and Undergraduate).

Papers submitted to the 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 (note that papers in the graduate/law category must be based on the analysis of empirical data). 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 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.
  • Authors of shortlisted papers will be required to join the association, if they are not already members, in order to receive any benefits: to collect their prize and/or to have their papers published on the CARFMS website or in the Working Paper Series. 

 Application process and editorial guidelines

  • Papers must be submitted on-line at by 5:00 PM EST, April 30th, 2021.
  • 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. Please do not include any identifying information in 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:

Morgan Poteet, PhD
Research Associate, Centre for Refugee Studies (CRS)
Director, Canadian Association of Refugee and Forced Migration Studies (CARFMS)
Associate Professor, Sociology, Mount Allison University