Canadian Association for Refugee and Forced Migration Studies (CARFMS / ACERMF) 2015 STUDENT ESSAY CONTEST

The Canadian Association for Refugee and Forced Migration Studies (CARFMS) is a community for scholars with an interest in issues relating to refugees and forced migration.


Refugees-1The 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.

Application process and editorial guidelines

  • Papers must be submitted by email to by 5:00 PM EST, December  31st, 2014.
  • 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.

For details about this contest, please visit:

Any questions should be directed to:

Christina Clark-Kazak, PhD

International Studies/Centre for Refugee Studies, York University


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