Graduate Student Competition CIDA-CFHSS Collaborative Program
2005 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences
The University of Western Ontario
London, Ontario, Canada
May 28 - June 5, 2005

Entering the fourth year of their partnership, the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences (CFHSS) are seeking to expand the traditional dialogue between established academics, policy makers and practitioners to include dynamic «new scholars» currently enrolled in a graduate program by launching its first «Graduate Student Competition».

In order to tap this rich source of creative thinking and innovative ideas, the CIDA-CFHSS Graduate Student Competition invites graduate students from around the world to submit proposals for research papers for presentation at the 2005 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. Research papers will be judged, and winner(s) selected and invited to present his/her findings at the Congress by the end of January 2005.

The Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences – to be held at the University of Western Ontario from May 28 to June 5, 2005, with an expected 7,000 delegates from more than 70 scholarly associations – remains an ideal forum to explore ideas, present and debate research findings with scholars, policy makers and stakeholders from all levels of government, the private sector, national and international research institutions dedicated to the advancement and dissemination of humanities and social sciences research.

We are seeking new perspectives and fresh ideas on a research topic that addresses issues related to international development as well as the 2005 Congress theme, «Paradoxes of Citizenship» and one or more of the sub-themes, «Environments,» «Exclusions,» and «Equity.»

Citizenship is itself a paradoxical concept. Underlying its apparent meaning of belonging are the conflicting notions we attach to it - rights versus duties, freedom versus responsibility, local allegiance versus global affiliation - and the tensions that arise from these notions. Not constrained by political or geographical boundaries, the concept of citizenship extends to communities of interest, sexual orientation, disability, gender, ethnicity, and a host of variously defined identities. The paradox of citizenship is further reflected in the differences in citizenship over time - from the historical experience of citizenship as something bestowed upon individuals and reflective of imperialism and colonialism to present perceptions of citizenship as self-defined, self-appointed and democratic. The way we define citizenship, and our sense of belonging (or exclusion), is influenced by the social, economical, cultural and physical environments we inhabit, while artistic and literary creation often serves to express, examine or resolve the inherent paradoxes we perceive. This range of definitions is a reality that lends itself to exploration from a multi-disciplinary angle.

«Environments,» «Exclusions» and «Equity» provide further points of departure for academic investigation. As a collective citizenry we share the responsibility for our natural and social environments. Environmental sustainability has become an increasingly pressing concern for governments at all levels, and individual citizens of all countries. What constitutes the paradox of citizenship is that it is at once inclusive and exclusive - intentional, explicit, covert or unintended, individual and groups' exclusion from the citizenry carries clear implications for the society at large. Finally, questions of equity remain at the centre of most debates surrounding social issues.

The CIDA-CFHSS 2005 Graduate Student Competition Requirements: This competition is open to graduate students in both developed and developing countries. For an application to be considered, it must include:
- A current curriculum vitae;
- A research proposal (between 500 and 1,000 words) that identifies and demonstrates: the relationship between your research, international development, and the Congress theme; the particular set of sub-issues that will constitute the paper's focus; the key questions, assumptions and hypotheses; and, an understanding of how the research may advance thinking in relation to the existing bodies of scientific and scholarly research.
- Two letters of reference confirming that the applicant is actively engaged in the research and/or writing of a master's thesis or doctoral dissertation in the humanities or social sciences. The applicant's advisor and/or Dean or Department Head should write at least one letter of reference.
- Format: entries must be written in English or French on 8 1/2 X 11 inch paper; title to appear as heading on each page; no name on any page except on the cover page that must accompany each entry.

Deadline: Applications must be post-marked no later than Friday, January 7, 2005, and should be sent to:
Marianne Fizet
Manager (Congress), Programming and Partnerships
Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences
151 Slater, Suite 415
Ottawa, Ontario K1P 5H3 Canada

Evaluation: Research papers will be evaluated on the basis of style and content.

Content: Appropriateness of content to the topic selected and extent to which the author addresses the topic selected.

Style: Includes adherence to the rules of style. Organization and logic of the content, unity of thought, logical development, language used, sentence structure, accomplishment of purpose/conclusions, and material related to subtopic. Clarity of expression, conciseness of writing: Conveyance of thought and meaning; also, extent to which the paper is interesting, understandable, convincing, pleasing, and holds attention. Use of references includes: Importance and appropriateness of the references, suitability of the material used, and accuracy of the statements.

Selection Process: A panel consisting of CIDA-CFHSS members will judge the entries, complete the adjudication, select up to six (6) proposals for presentation at the Congress, and inform successful applicants by January 31, 2005. The award recipients will be required to finalize and send their papers by May 6, 2005, and present the paper at the Congress. Following the presentation, award recipients will be required to prepare a journal-length manuscript that may be published in CIDA's Journal of Development Policy and Practice. Final texts are due by August 31, 2005.

The Award will include: Expenses incurred in traveling to and from London, Ontario, Canada; Registration fees for the Congress; Two (2) nights' hotel accommodation at the meeting site; plus, A cash prize of $2,000 Canadian, to be awarded following the presentation of the paper at the Congress.

<h1>The Competition Co-Sponsors: CIDA and CFHSS</h1>

The Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) is the federal agency charged with planning and implementing most of Canada's development cooperation program in order to reduce poverty and to contribute to a more secure, equitable and prosperous world. CIDA supports projects in more than 150 countries, which represent four fifths of the world's population, and works in partnership with developing countries, Canadian organizations, institutions and businesses, as well as international organizations and agencies to help achieve the United Nations' Millennium Development Goals.

For more information about the Agency, its mandate and priorities, please visit the CIDA website:

The Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences (CFHSS) is the voice of the human sciences in Canada. With a membership of 69 learned societies and 71 universities and colleges, it represents over 24,000 researchers, scholars, graduate students and practitioners active in the study of languages, sociology, literatures, religion, geography, psychology, anthropology, history, philosophy, classics, law, economics, education, as well as linguistics, women's issues, industrial relations and international development. The CFHSS promotes research, scholarship, and teaching in the humanities and social sciences and a better understanding of the importance of such work for Canada and the world. It works for the advancement and dissemination of knowledge in the humanities and social sciences, and, as a federation of learned societies, provides infrastructure for the Canadian scholarly community.

To find out more about the Federation and the Congress, please visit the CFHSS website:

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