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2021 National Essay Challenge

Published on May 10, 2021

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is launching the 2021 National Essay Challenge (NEC) to support emerging scholars across Canadian universities in research related to IRCC policies and programs. The challenge encourages graduate students to learn more about immigration research and policy, and it raises awareness about the availability of immigration data and supporting resources.

The NEC is open to all disciplines and welcomes empirical research papers related to IRCC’s mandate, using qualitative or quantitative methodologies. The graduate students whose essays are selected will be invited to present their research to policy makers in Ottawa and will receive $500 towards attendance at an academic conference of their choice.

For more information about the NEC, please see the poster available on IRCC’s website. From the poster, the first step is to email IRCC.NEC-CNE.IRCC@cic.gc.ca to access the 2021 NEC group on GCcollab, where you will find more details about the NEC requirements.

Please note that if students are planning to use the Longitudinal Immigration Database (IMDB) or other relevant datasets for their paper, they are required to submit a proposal to Statistics Canada’s Research Data Centres.

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