Graduate Student Essay Contest

Graduate Student Essay Contest

The Graduate contest is open to all graduate students (Master's and PhD) in a religious studies programme

Subject: A theme in the general field of religious studies

Language: English or French

Length: 3000-5000 words, typed and double-spaced (word count does not include footnotes or bibliography)

Eligibility: Master's or PhD student status in a religious studies programme in a Canadian university or Canadian graduate students registered in programs outside of Canada (include proof of Canadian citizenship) who are members in good standing of the Canadian Society for the Study of Religion (CSSR). There will be two awards given, one for the MA and one for the PhD.

PhD prize: $650

MA prize: $250

Deadline: April 20

Requirements: Essays do not need to be written specifically for this contest. They may be assignments from a religious studies course. Essays that have been previously published or are forthcoming publications are eligible. Essays must be accompanied by a letter of certification from the chairperson or graduate coordinator of the religious studies department certifying the degree and programme status of the candidate, and indicating that the student is in good standing in that university or college. Essays should be sent in Word format or text format. If submitting a PDF, send two versions of the essay: one with your name and full mailing address and one with no name for blind review.

The winners of the graduate essay competition will be invited to read their papers at the next annual meeting.

Students entering the contest must submit the entire essay application, including all forms and letters of certification by email to Heather Shipley (hshipley@uottawa.ca). Students must include their full mailing address on the first page of the essay, attach this form (as a PDF), or this form (as a fillable word document), and a letter of certification from their programme, by midnight on April 20.