The Kari Polanyi-Levitt Prize

The Kari Polanyi-Levitt (KPL) Prize is CASID's annual Graduate Student Essay Contest. The KPL Prize is awarded annually to the best original graduate student essay in the field of international development studies. The Prize includes $1000 cash, and consideration of the essay in the regular editorial process of the Canadian Journal of Development Studies (CJDS).

Guidelines for Submissions

  • Submitters must be, or become, members of CASID.
  • Submitters must be Canadian graduate students or international students registered at a Canadian university or post-secondary institution.
  • The student must be the sole author of the paper submitted.
  • Submissions may be received in either English or French; submissions in French are encouraged.
  • Please note that candidates who are eligible for both the KPL Prize and the Institutional Membership Prize will be considered for both awards.

Editorial Guidelines

  • Ensure that your article is no longer than 9000 words and double-spaced.
  • Please submit your paper in two documents: 1. A cover page stating the title of the article, author’s name, author’s current degree status (i.e. Masters or PhD candidate), and author’s institution. 2. Your full paper as a separate document. Do not include any identifying information on the paper itself. The cover page is removed for the review process, which is anonymous. 
  • Include an introduction, a conclusion, and a bibliography or list of references.
  • Language should be respectful of diversity and difference.
  • Check for grammar and spelling errors before submission.

Essays not meeting the basic editorial guidelines may not be assessed by the Prize Committee. Detailed editorial guidelines will be provided on request, or view at the CJDS web site at

Deadline and Submissions:

Complete papers must be submitted in electronic form (MS Word) by April 22, 2024.

Submissions and questions should be directed to with the subject line “KPL Prize”.

All submissions received by the due date will be reviewed prior to a short-listing of the papers to be considered for the prize. Due to the volume of submissions received, non-short-listed papers will not receive any comments.