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CARFMS/LERRN Lived Experiences of Displacement Essay Award 2024

CARFMS/LERRN Lived Experiences of Displacement Essay Award 2024

Elevate your voice and contribute to the academic field of refugee and forced migration studies with the Canadian Association for Refugee and Forced Migration Studies (CARFMS)-Local Engagement Refugee Research Network (LERRN) Lived Experiences of Displacement Essay Award. Co-sponsored by CARFMS, LERRN, and the Borderless Higher Education for Refugees (BHER), this prestigious award aims to recognize exceptional scholarship from students and early-career researchers who have personally experienced forced displacement. By fostering inclusivity and equity in refugee research, the award seeks to amplify the voices of those directly affected by forced migration.

Award Categories:

  1. Undergraduate students
  2. Graduate and/or law students
  3. Early-career researchers (within six years of completing their highest degree)


  • $500 prize for the winning research paper in each category.
  • Certificate signed by CARFMS, LERRN, and BHER.
  • Opportunity to present the paper at a CARFMS conference or virtual event.

Submission Guidelines:

  • Deadline: June 30, 2024.
  • Submit online: CARFMS Lived Experiences of Displacement Essay Award Online Application
  • Papers accepted in English or French.
  • Length: Not exceeding 7,500 words (12-point font, double-spaced).
  • Include a 150-word abstract and a 150-word biography with a description of lived experience of forced migration.
  • Follow appropriate referencing conventions (e.g., APA, Chicago).

Evaluation Process:

  • Anonymous review by a committee comprising members from CARFMS, a community research partner with lived experience (recommended by LERRN), representatives from LERRN and BHER.

Contact: For inquiries, contact Dr. Julie Young, Canada Research Chair in Critical Border Studies, University of Lethbridge, julie.young@uleth.ca.

Make your mark in refugee and forced migration studies—submit your paper and contribute to a more inclusive and diverse dialogue.