2017 CALACS Graduate Essay Prize: Deadline extended to March 1, 2017

The Canadian Association for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CALACS) calls for submissions for the Graduate Essay Prize for its 2017 Congress in Guelph, with a deadline of March 1, 2017. The Congress will be held on June 3-4, 2017, in conjunction with the University of Guelph’s interdisciplinary Latin American and Caribbean/International Development Studies Program (LACS/IDEV). This award will provide recognition to the most outstanding essay-length contribution by a graduate student scholar conducting research on Latin America or the Caribbean.

A three-person jury will adjudicate papers and the prize will be awarded during the Congress.


  • All applicants must be CALACS student members in good standing ( ), in a graduate program at a recognized university.
  • They must be presenting their paper at the 2017 CALACS Congress. Unlike the CALACS Dissertation Prize, applicants are not required to study at a Canadian University.
  • Both Masters and Doctoral students are eligible to receive the award (though Doctoral candidates must not have defended their dissertation prior to the deadline for submissions).
  • The paper must be unpublished and not yet approved for publication.
  • Students may only submit one paper and must be the sole author. Co-authored publications will not be accepted, including papers co-written with faculty.
  • The recipient is expected to attend Congress and the Award Ceremony. While students are encouraged to apply to CALACS for financial assistance to attend the Congress through the Congress website () these funds are very limited and are thus not guaranteed. Students are strongly encouraged to apply to their home universities, governments and other agencies for travel funding.

Application process:

  1. An abstract of the paper must first be submitted to and accepted by the CALACS 2017 Congress, respecting the usual deadlines for submitting any paper to be presented at Congress.  The deadline for receipt of proposals for panels or individual papers is January 30, 2017. Proposals may be submitted in Spanish, English, French, or Portuguese. Proposals must be submitted through .
  2. If possible, those who plan on submitting an essay for consideration should also indicate this intention by writing to at the time of abstract submission (or as soon as possible after that deadline) also indicating the planned language of the paper. This step is to help us with the jury selection. Please note that students will remain eligible to submit a paper until April 1, even if they have not submitted their intention by the abstract deadline.
  3. Papers should then be submitted electronically and should indicate your program and university affiliation, and include a proof of student status (see below). The deadline for receipt of final papers is April 1, 2017. We will notify participants of the results by May 6.

Guidelines for papers:

  • Papers should be a close approximation to students’ presentations at the 2017 Congress.
  • 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 and with appropriate referencing conventions.
  • Papers will be evaluated following a double blind review process, thus please submit 1) a title page with your name and affiliation and 2) a blind document, that is your paper, but without anything that could give away your identity (i.e. remove your name).
  • Papers may be submitted in English, French, Portuguese, or Spanish. 
  • Papers should be submitted with proof of student status. Only an email or letter from your supervisor or an official within your department (e.g. department chair or secretary) will be accepted. Any letter must be on university letterhead, or come from a university email address and indicate that you are working towards a graduate degree (identify which i.e. MA, PhD) and studying at their University. In the case of a letter, a scanned copy of the document sent by email will suffice.

The evaluation committee will not review papers that do no conform to these basic guidelines. 

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