Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada: 2021 National Essay Challenge

To promote policy-relevant research by emerging scholars, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is running the 2021 National Essay Challenge for graduate students in Canadian universities.


  • You must be a graduate student enrolled at a Canadian university for the 2020 to 2021 academic year.
  • Your essay must be an empirical research paper, using qualitative or quantitative methodologies.
  • The essay cannot be co-authored and you must have the support of a professor.

How do I enter?

  • First, send an email to to access the 2021 National Essay Challenge group on GCcollab, where you will find information about the Challenge requirements.
  • Once you are a member of the 2021 National Essay Challenge GCcollab group, you will need to submit your final paper by the new deadline of November 1, 2021.

Selected students will receive

  • an IRCC certificate of achievement
  • an invitation to present their essay at an IRCC Research Matters event (in Ottawa with travel paid or via video conference)
  • a sum of $500 going toward participating in an academic conference
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