Forsey Graduate and Undergraduate Prizes

Eugene A. Forsey Prizes in Canadian Labour and Working-Class History:  Graduate ($1000) and Undergraduate ($500)

The Canadian Committee on Labour History invites submissions for the Eugene A. Forsey Prize for graduate and undergraduate work on Canadian labour and working-class history.

Prizes are awarded annually for the best undergraduate essay, or the equivalent, and for the best graduate thesis completed in the past three years. The awards are determined by separate committees established by the executive of the CCLH. In the spirit of the journal LabourlLe Travail itself, the committees interpret the definition of Canadian labour and working-class history broadly.

Undergraduate essays may be nominated by course instructors, but nominators are limited to one essay per competition. Additionally, authors may submit their own work. Essays not written at a university or college may be considered for the undergraduate awards.

For the graduate prize, supervisors may nominate one thesis per competition or an author of a thesis may submit a copy. Submissions of both MA and PhD theses are welcome. Theses defended on or after 1 May three years before the year's competition (i.e. for the 2021 prize: May 2018) are eligible for consideration in the current competition. 

The Prize is supported by an anonymous donor. With the consent of the late Dr. Forsey's family, the CCLH chose to name the Prize in his honour because of his pioneering work in the field of Canadian labour history. Dr. Forsey was Research Director of the Canadian Congress of Labour and later the Canadian Labour Congress and also served on the committee which founded LabourlLe Travail.

The deadline for submissions in the competition is 1 January of every year.

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Prizes will be announced in a forthcoming issue of Labour/Le Travail and on the CHA/SHC website. The graduate prize is $1000 and the undergraduate prize $500.