Gunn Award for Best Historical Essay on International Migration in Canada

2018 Gunn Award for Best Historical Essay on International Migration in Canada

In their effort to preserve the legacy of Canada’s immigration history and to support continued excellence in research in Canada on international migration, the International Migration Research Centre (IMRC) and the Canadian Immigration Historical Society (CIHS) are jointly offering a $1,000 award for a fourth-year undergraduate or graduate-level research paper on the historical evolution of Canadian immigration policy or a historical analysis of Canadian immigration related to specific places, events, or communities.

The Gunn Award for the best historical essay on international migration in Canada is an interdisciplinary award, and will therefore consider papers from any discipline in the social sciences and humanities (e.g. sociology, political science, global studies, history, communication studies, etc.) that address international migration in Canada from a historical perspective. The award is national and will accept applications from graduating fourth-year students and graduate students enrolled in Canadian universities, in either French or English, from across the country. Papers are reviewed by a committee consisting of IMRC and CIHS associates/members. The award will be conferred jointly by the IMRC and the CIHS and will be given out annually in the fall.

Submission Format

  • English or French
  • Between 15-20 pages in length
  • Cover page with name/contact information (name should not appear on subsequent pages) as well as the course, degree program and institution for which the paper was written as well as the current program status of the author
  • 1.5 line spacing, one-inch margins in a standard 12-point font such as Times New Roman
  • Thoroughly proofread
  • Citations in APA or MLA style

Please submit electronically to [email protected] by Friday, September 7, 2018.

By submitting their paper, the author consents to it being made public on the IMRC and CIHS websites, should their work be selected for the award.

Prix Gunn 2018 pour meilleur essai historique sur les migrations internationales au Canada

Dans leur effort de préserver l’héritage de l’histoire de l’immigration au Canada et pour soutenir l’excellence continue de la recherche sur les migrations internationales au Canada, le Centre de recherche sur les migrations internationales (CRMI) et la Société historique de l’immigration canadienne (SHIC) offrent conjointement un prix de 1000$ pour un article de recherche de quatrième année du baccalauréat ou d’un cycle supérieur portant sur l’évolution historique de la politique d’immigration canadienne ou faisant une analyse historique de l’immigration canadienne liée à certains endroits, évènements, ou communautés.

Le prix Gunn pour le meilleur essai historique sur les migrations internationales au Canada est un prix interdisciplinaire, et donc considère les travails de recherches de toutes les disciplines des sciences sociales et humaines (p. ex. sociologie, science politique, études mondiales, histoire, communication, etc.) qui abordent le sujet des migrations internationales au Canada avec une perspective historique. Le prix est national et acceptera les demandes d’étudiants de quatrième année universitaire ou d’un cycle supérieur inscrits dans une université canadienne, en français ou en anglais, provenant de partout au pays. Les dissertations sont évaluées par un comité formé des membres et associés du CRMI et de la SHIC. Le prix sera décerné conjointement par le CRMI et la SHIC et sera remis annuellement à l’automne.

Format de soumission

  • Anglais ou français
  • Entre 15 et 20 pages de longueur
  • Page de couverture avec nom et coordonnées (le nom ne doit pas apparaître sur les pages suivantes) ainsi que le cours, le programme d’études, l’institution pour laquelle le document a été rédigé et le statut de programme d’études actuel de l’auteur(e)
  • Interligne de 1,5, marges de 2,5 cm (1 po), avec une police standard (tel que Times New Roman) de taille 12
  • Soigneusement corrigé
  • Citations doivent suivre les styles APA ou MLA

Veuillez soumettre les demandes par courriel à [email protected] jusqu’au vendredi 7 septembre 2018 au plus tard.

En soumettant son document, l’auteur(e) accepte que celui-ci soit rendu publique sur les sites web du CRMI et de la SHIC si leur travail est sélectionné pour le prix.


2017 Gunn Award Winner

The 2017 Gunn Award prize has been awarded to Iain Wilson, an MA student in the Department of History at Queen’s University, Kingston. He has a BA from Victoria College at the University of Toronto. Iain has also won the Michael Bliss Essay Prize in Canadian Political History and the George Metcalfe Memorial Scholarship for High Standing in Canadian History. He is currently studying Canadian state policy towards Indigenous peoples in the late 19th century.

Iain’s essay is titled, “Organic Settlement in Pre-19th Century Newfoundland”. The essay explores why, despite the considerable value of Newfoundland’s fisheries (one of the most potent in the world until recently) and the strong state interest of the English Crown in maintaining this economy, European migration to Newfoundland remained relatively inconsiderable until the 19th century, why those who did settle chose to do so, and how these organic communities created the foundations for future migration influxes. Click here to read the essay.

2016 Gunn Award Winner

The 2016 Gunn Award prize has been awarded to Kassandra Luciuk, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of History at the University of Toronto,  for her research paper on Ukrainians living in Cold War Canada.

Kassandra’s essay is entitled, “‘There is only one Ukrainian People’: Ukrainian Canadians, symbols of self, and the negotiation of legitimacy in Cold War Canada,” the essay explores how Taras Shevchenko, the best known 19th century Ukrainian poet and nationalist, became a symbol for the two Ukrainian Canadian organizations competing for support during the Cold War years, one socialist and communist and the other anti-communist and nationalist. Click here to read the essay.

2014 Gunn Award Winner

The 2014 Gunn Award prize has been awarded to Mr. Geoffrey Cameron, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto.  Click here to read the essay, entitled: “The Political Origins of Refugee Resettlement Policy: Insights from the Policy Process in Canada (1938-1951)”. A five person jury consisting of CIHS members Gerry Van Kessel, Kurt Jensen & Rob Vineberg along with Dr. Jenna Hennebry & Dr. Abel Chikanda made the decision this year.

2013 Gunn Award Winner IMG_2416-300x225

The 2013 Gunn Prize is awarded to Ms Dara Marcus, a graduate student at the University of Ottawa in Public and International Affairs. Click here to read the essay. A jury consisting of CIHS members Dr. Gerry Van Kessel, Dr. Kurt Jensen and Rob Vineberg along with Drs. Abel Chikanda and Andrew Thompson of the Balsillie School of International Affairs (a joint initiative of Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of Waterloo), reviewed submissions and made the decision.

2011 Gunn Award Winner

The 2011 Gunn Prize was awarded to Ms. Alyshea Cummins, Wilfrid Laurier University for her paper entitled:  “A Comparison of Refugee Resettlement of Ugandan Ismaili Asians and Cambodia Theravada Buddhists in Canada”.

2010 Gunn Award Winner

The 2010 Gunn Prize was awarded to Mr. Stephen A. Fielding, University of Victoria for his paper entitled: “We are promoting an up-to-date image of Italy:  The Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Italian Ethnicity in Vancouver, Canada, 1973-1998”.