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Student Academic Excellence Awards

The Tshepo Institute for the Study of Contemporary Africa (TISCA) invites essays or other written assignments on any topic that addresses contemporary development, human rights and social justice issues in Africa or the global south in general.

Essays and assignments written for course work are welcomed. Potential topics may include but are not limited to: politics, food, hunger, health, education, governance, democracy, human rights, leadership, economic and social development.

Students can submit their essays to be considered for one of the following awards:

  • Nelson Mandela Academic Excellence Award for Social Justice
  • The Harriet Tubman Academic Excellence Award for Human Rights and Leadership
  • The Academic Excellence Award for Information and Communication Technology in Development

Competition Details

Award

Each award recipient will be given $300 and a Laurier certificate of excellence to be presented at the Nelson Mandela Public Lecture.

Eligibility

The competition is open to all undergraduate students currently enrolled at Laurier.

Submission Instructions

The student must email their submission in PDF or Word document format to Andrea Brown at abrown@wlu.ca. In the subject line of the email, include "Tshepo Academic Excellence Award."

The student's name, email address and department or program of enrolment should appear on the first page of the essay only. All other identifiers must be removed.

Deadlines

The submission deadlines every year for each respective award are:

  • Dec. 20: Nelson Mandela Academic Excellence Award for Social Justice
  • May 15: The Harriet Tubman Academic Excellence Award for Human Rights and Leadership
  • July 23: The Academic Excellence Award for Information and Communication Technology in Development

Previous Winners

Nelson Mandela Academic Excellence Award for Social Justice and Development

  • 2017: Emma Chappelle, "Rohingya genocide: Religious ethno-nationalism and post-colonialism in Myanmar"
  • 2016: Heather Smith, "The two Sudans: Rethinking racialized narratives as a path to social justice"
  • 2016: Selena Jones, "Global health emergencies and long term solutions for women: The Zika virus in Brazil"
  • 2015/16: Hillary Kendrick
  • 2015: Abdiasis Issa, "The Stabilization of Somalia: A Case for Optimism and Hope"
  • 2014/15: Kelly Pflug-Back

The Harriet Tubman Academic Excellence Award for Human Rights and Leadership

  • 2017: Dakota Duram, "Victims of U.N. Peacebuilding and the Struggle for Accountability: A Critical Analysis of the Effects of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse by Peacekeepers on Security Sector Reform" 

Contact Us:

Akbar Saeed, Director

E: asaeed@wlu.ca
T: 519.756.8228 x5764

Andrea Brown, Associate Director

E: abrown@wlu.ca