Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada: 2022 National Essay Challenge

Join the discussion on immigration in Canada by participating in the 2022 National Essay Challenge (NEC), now in its fourth edition to promote policy-relevant research by emerging scholars. New this year, the contest will accept applications from graduating fourth-year students, in addition to graduate students enrolled at a Canadian university.


  • You must be a graduating fourth-year student or a graduate student enrolled at a Canadian university for the 2022 to 2023 academic year.
  • Your essay must be a research paper in English or French between 10-12 pages in length, using qualitative and/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 2022 National Essay Challenge group on GCcollab, where you will find information about the Challenge requirements.
  • Once you are a member of the 2022 National Essay Challenge GCcollab group, you must submit your expression of interest by October 10, 2022.

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 expenses paid or via videoconference)
  • a prize of $750 towards participating in an academic conference

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