Halifax Overseas Club Essay Prize


The focus of this essay prize is to demonstrate the relationship between a place in the Overseas Dominions and the British Commonwealth. Research papers can be either historical or critical in nature, but they must speak to matters that stimulate the study of and an interest in the closer relations of the constituent parts of the British Commonwealth.  Examples include but are not limited to:

  • Role of India in the Modern Commonwealth
  • Canada and the World
  • Atlantic exchange and migration
  • Changing ideas of multilateral engagement
  • Immigration policy
  • Peace keeping
  • Origins of Canada’s multiculturalism policy


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




The Halifax Overseas Club Essay Prize is open to all registered full-time (minimum of three courses) undergraduate Dalhousie University Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) students regardless of your year of study. 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.

*Amendment (as of December 16, 2021): Recipient will be enrolled with a FASS program; this includes students who are enrolled as a Major/Honours with FASS and/or students who are registered as Majors with another Faculty, but are completing a second/double major, minor or Certificate within the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

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 FASS@Dal.Ca accompanied by a letter of recommendation from a current Dalhousie faculty member by 4:30pm on February 27, 2023. 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 by late-March. 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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