Fraser Institute International Student Essay Contest

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Fraser Institute International Student Essay Contest

Fraser Institute is pleased to announce the Student Essay Contest to study high school, undergraduate, and graduate level. The contest is open to all international students who are studying in Canada and to Canadian students who are studying abroad.

Showcase your ideas on public policy and the role of markets in entering the essay competition. The mission of the institute is to improve the quality of life for Canadians, their families, and future generations.

$9,000 in cash prizes will be awarded! Winning essays may be published in Fraser Institute journals and authors will have the opportunity to experience the peer-review process.

Who May Eligible:

To eligible, the candidates must be following all the eligibility criteria:

  • The contest is open to students studying in Canada and to Canadian students studying abroad.
  • Upon request, Canadian students studying abroad will be expected to provide proof of
    citizenship. A student is defined as someone who attends school in the 2020/2021 school year or is enrolled to attend in 2021/2022.
  • Submissions will be considered from secondary and post-secondary (undergraduate and
    graduate) students in all disciplines.

How to Apply & Competitions Rules:

To participate, students must complete the form with your current information and upload their essay online.


  • The essay must be between 1,000-1,500 words, not including references.
  • Entry must be a single document; the header of each page of the essay must include the author’s full name and a page number.
  • Entries must be submitted online in .pdf or .doc format.
  • Entries may only be submitted once.

Supporting Documents:

Essay entry must include all the following:

  • A cover page, which the name of the author(s), mailing address, phone number, and e-mail address.
  • High school students should include school and grade.
  • Postsecondary students should include school, major, and year of graduation.

While constructing your essay, consider the following questions:

  • Should provincial governments increase the minimum wage?
  • What impact would such an increase have on the Canadian economy?
  • Is raising the minimum wage an effective way to provide assistance to vulnerable Canadians?
  • Is there an alternative to raising the minimum wage that targets low-income earners more precisely?


High School:

  • 1st Prize: $1,500,
  • 2nd Prize: $1,000, and
  • 3rd Prize: $500


  • 1st Prize: $1,500,
  • 2nd Prize: $1,000, and
  • 3rd Prize: $500


  • 1st Prize: $1,500,
  • 2nd Prize: $1,000, and
  • 3rd Prize: $500

Application Deadline:

The application deadline is June 1, 2021.

Original Website

For more information, please call: 1-800-665-3558, ext 549 or email

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