Mushkat Memorial Essay Prize


The Mushkat Memorial Essay Prize was established by Mr. William Mushkat in 1942 to foster academic excellence and scholarly research into the meaning and principles that define “tolerance.”  Researchers are encouraged to examine topics that promote amity and good relations among people and or nations of the world. Papers can be of any subject of national or international importance, but your research must demonstrate how tolerance and goodwill among people and nations are inextricably linked.  

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




The Mushkat Memorial Essay Prize is open to all registered full-time (full time, for undergraduates, that is defined as minimum of three courses per term) Dalhousie University Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences students regardless of your year of study (both graduate and  undergraduate students are eligible). Recipient will be registered with their primary degree in FASS. 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 a 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.

Selection committee

The Selection committee is composed of the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (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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