Call for Submissions to Essay Prizes – due May 5th!

Did you write an essay this academic year that received a grade of 85% or higher? If yes, you may be eligible for one of the Prizes below:

Mack Eastman Prize

A prize of $350, given in memory of Dr. S. Mack Eastman, is available to all students in the University. Dr. Eastman was the first Head of the History Department until 1925 when he left to become the Chief of Research in the International Labour Office in Geneva. He was instrumental in establishing the League of Nations Society of which he was Secretary. In recognition of his outstanding work and influence, the United Nations Association has endowed this prize. The prize is awarded for the best essay on a problem related to international peace and security or international cooperation in economic or social areas.

United Nations Prize

A $150 prize has been endowed by the late Annie B. Jamieson, B.A., LL.D. It is awarded to a student writing an essay on a problem relating to international peace and security or international cooperation in economic or social areas.

Gitanjali Stevens Prize in International Relations

A $1,000 prize is offered annually by the Goel Family Charitable Foundation to an undergraduate student studying International Relations with a focus on India. Essays submitted for this award should have a focus on India. In addition to submitting an essay, we also ask that you submit a paragraph statement highlighting the focus on India within your overall degree. (More details below)

Sir Winston Spencer Churchill Memorial Fund Scholarships

The Churchill Society of British Columbia (the “Society”) administers an annual Essay Contest open to undergraduates at either of the University of British Columbia (‘UBC”) or Simon Fraser University (“SFU”). Any essay submitted must be on (i) an important topic of contemporary political relevance OR (ii) related to Churchill’s life and times (1875 to 1965). For the purposes of this Essay Contest, contemporary shall mean from 1900 onwards. The Committee shall give preference to topics related to Churchill’s life and times and to issues with which he was or would likely be especially concerned. The Society’s Scholarship Committee, at its discretion, selects a First Prize winner and a Second Prize winner from the eligible papers submitted. The First Prize winner is awarded the Churchill Communication Challenge Trophy and a Scholarship in an amount of $2000. The Second Prize winner receives a Scholarship in an amount of $1500.

Submission Guidelines for all Essay prizes listed:

  • Essays should focus on the subject matter outlined in the award descriptions
  • Essays must have been written by you during the current academic year (2018W)
  • Essays should have received a mark of 85% or higher
  • Essays should be submitted as a word document

Additional Submission Guidelines:

  • For the Sir Winston Spencer Churchill Memorial Fund Scholarships – The essay’s author must have been an undergraduate student at UBC or SFU taking courses in History, Political Science or International Relations at some time during the current academic year. Any submission must identify the name or names of such courses and not exceed 32 pages in length, excluding appendices and bibliography.
  • For the Gitanjali Stevens Prize – As mentioned above, in addition to submitting an essay focused on India, to be considered for this prize you must also submit a paragraph (or up to one page double-spaced) highlighting the focus on India within your overall degree. This could be through classes taken, extracurricular activities engaged in, talks/seminars attended, or other papers/presentations you wrote or gave.

Please submit your essays by email to irmajor.program@ubc.ca. For each essay submitted please indicate the title, which course you wrote the essay for, and which prize(s) you would like it to be considered for – you can ask to be considered for more than one. We look forward to receiving your submissions by the end of day on May 5th, 2019.

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