2018-2019 Essay Competition

Each year Canadian students in Masters and PhD programs are invited to submit their research papers on issues that impact the Canadian Public Service and service excellence for Canadians.

The National Student Paper Competition is open to all faculties. Past years of the competition have drawn the interest of students across a variety of disciplines (where they have a focus on public administration, public policy, political science, business management and other domains) who bring forward ideas which challenge and expand how our government supports Canadians. Participants are encouraged to focus on developments and new methods in their field. As well, the competition seeks research papers on new developments in evolving fields such as:

  • artificial intelligence, gig economies and economic displacement;
  • Indigenous relationships in the 21st century and new models of self-government;
  • implications of the Cannabis Act, the Indigenous Languages Act, the Accessibility Act, and other new and potential legislation on the lives of Canadians;
  • new approaches to national infrastructure, procurement, and project management;
  • regulation, security, privacy, and infrastructure integrity in a digital world;
  • trust in government, transparency, accountability, and new media landscapes;
  • energy strategies, renewable technology, and environmental research
  • policy effectiveness and equity – the current state of peer-reviewed research, use of new evidence, big data, and Gender-Based Analysis Plus.

This competition is administered through the Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC) and is implemented by various university coordinators across the country.

For more information, see the full document on IPAC.