The Irving and Jeanne Glovin Award


The Oskar Schindler Humanities Foundation established The Irving and Jeanne Glovin Award in 2003, to foster research into the meaning and underlying principles for “good human conduct.”  The Foundation is interested in stimulating scholarly work that defines “good human conduct” with which all persons could agree, to explore its sources, and develop pragmatic educational strategies and ways of teaching children, to show by action, respect and acceptance of others by peoples of the world regardless of circumstances or background. The spirit of the research may be illustrated by the words of Confucius: “Do not do unto others what you would not have them do unto you.”  Researchers are encouraged to demonstrate the importance of acceptance and mutual respect of others and the impact this behavior has on our society.

In order to be considered for this award, submitted essays must explicitly address the research topic as outlined in this Background statement.

Please find previous winners of the Irving and Jeanne Glovin award in this e-book of collected essays.




The Irving and Jeanne Glovin Award is open to all registered full-time (full time, for undergraduates, that is defined as minimum of three courses per term) Dalhousie University students who are presently enrolled in a graduate program or in their final year of undergraduate study (for undergraduate students, all Bachelor's degree requirements and all requirements for declared academic programs are either fulfilled or in progress). Students enrolled in any major discipline, for example, Languages, Social Sciences, Humanities and Performing Arts, or any interdisciplinary program, for example, Canadian Studies, European Studies, Gender and Women Studies and IDS are encouraged to apply. The recipient will preferably have broad general education and interdisciplinary interests appropriate to the research topic chosen. All papers are to be submitted in electronic form (please send as a Word document) following the standards of the APA style guide in 12 point font, double spaced, and must be between 4,000 and 5,000 words in length.

Application and deadline

Candidates are to submit a copy of their essay in electronic form to accompanied by a letter of recommendation from a current Dalhousie faculty member by the deadline (the 2024 competition submission deadline was: 4:30 pm on February 26, 2024). The award winner will be asked to make a public presentation of their research essay.

Submitting your essay to this competition means you agree to have your essay, alongside previous award winners as part of an electronic book, published in collaboration with the Dalhousie Libraries, as part of their digital editions initiative: We do not intend to profit from this work, but will make your work available as a freely-available open access publication under the terms of a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No-Derivatives license. For the details of this, see here: If you have any questions about the copyright in relation to this publication, please contact the Copyright Office (

The Irving and Jeanne Glovin Award e-book of collected essays can be accessed HERE.

Selection committee

The Selection committee is composed of the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (or designate), the Dean of Graduate Studies (or designate), and two additional members of the Dalhousie University faculty or support staff. 

The Office of the Dean will notify all award winners before the spring academic term ends. Winners' names, their essays and a video recording of their presentation will be posted online to the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Essay Competition webpage.

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