2021 CALACS Graduate Essay Prize

2021 CALACS Graduate Essay Prize  

Final essay due: June 15, 2021 

The Canadian Association for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CALACS) calls for submissions for the 2021 Graduate Essay Prize to be awarded at the 2021 CALACS Congress in Toronto, Ontario, held August 23-25, 2021 at the University of Toronto. This award recognizes the most outstanding essay presented by a graduate student at the 2021 CALACS Congress. 


  • Applicants must be registered in a graduate program at a recognized university and be CALACS student members. 
  • Applicants must present their paper at the 2021 CALACS Congress. 
  • The paper must be unpublished and not yet approved for publication. 
  • Co-authorships will be accepted as long as the students are affiliated with community organizations or are presented together with community researchers. The co-authors cannot be professors or have already obtained a PhD. 
  • The recipient is expected to attend Congress and the Award Ceremony (virtually or in person).  
  • While students are encouraged to apply to CALACS for financial assistance to attend the Congress through the Congress website, these funds are limited and are thus not guaranteed. 
  • The applicant may be registered in a masters or doctoral program inside or outside of Canada. Doctoral students must not have defended their dissertation prior to the submission deadline. 


Application process:

  1. Papers should be submitted electronically through the CALACS website (can-latam.org).  
  2. Applicants must log in to their member account, navigate to USER ACCOUNT > MY SUBMISSIONS, and under AWARDS, click on GRADUATE ESSAY to access the submission form. You must upload an anonymous copy of the essay and a title page with your name, program and university affiliation as a separate document. Students may be asked to submit a proof of student status after the essay's submission. The deadline for receipt of final papers is June 15, 2021. We will notify participants of the results on July 15,2021. 


Guidelines for papers:

  • Papers should be no longer than 20 double-spaced pages including bibliography, footnotes, figures and appendices. 
  • Papers should be submitted using standard margins in 12-point font with appropriate referencing in Word format. 
  • Papers will be evaluated following a double-blind review process, thus please submit 1) a title page with your name and affiliation and 2) an anonymous copy of theessay. 
  • Papers may be submitted in English, French, Portuguese, or Spanish. 
  • The evaluation committee will not review papers that do not conform to these guidelines: all papers not responding to these criteria will be automatically disqualified.