McGill University, Montreal
The McGill Refugee Research Group brings together faculty, post-doctoral fellows and graduate students at McGill working on refugee and forced migration issues.


The aim of the McGill Refugee Research Group is to develop the refugee research community at McGill by:

1. Connecting people across different faculties and departments with shared interests in refugees and forced migration;

2. Sharing information about activities and opportunities in this field at McGill and in Montreal; and

3. Hosting talks, workshops, film screenings and other events.

McGill Refugee Research Group activities are supported by an FRQSC team grant "Refugee protection and struggles for justice: From local to global contexts.”

Please visit our Events page for information on upcoming events.

McGill Refugee Research Group – Graduate Student Essay Prize

With a view to supporting graduate students at McGill who are undertaking research related to refugees and forced migration, the McGill Refugee Research Group (MRRG) is accepting submissions for the 2021 MRRG Graduate Student Essay Prizes. MRRG will offer three prizes: 1st place ($2000), 2nd place ($1500), and 3rd place ($1000). The prizes are supported by the FRQSC Emerging Team Grant on “Refugee protection and struggles for justice: From local to global contexts.”

  • At the time of submission, participants must be enrolled in a graduate program at McGill. Students may submit essays completed for a course, their dissertation/thesis or other projects.
  • Papers from any discipline are welcome, but must focus on refugees or forced migration.
  • Submissions must be single authored, or co-authored only with other McGill graduate students. (If a co-authored paper is awarded a prize, it will be divided equally between the co-authors.)
  • Papers may be submitted in either English or French.
  • Students may submit only one paper.

Application process
  • Papers must be submitted by email (Word or PDF file) by 5:00 PM EST, Friday 19 February 2021 to In the submission email, please include your name, the program in which you are currently enrolled, and the title of your paper. Do not include any identifying details in the essay file.
  • Papers must not exceed 30 double-spaced pages (including citations). Please use 12-point font and standard margins. Submissions must include an abstract of no more than 200 words. Submissions that do not meet these guidelines will not be reviewed.
  • The papers will be reviewed by a committee comprised of faculty members affiliated with the McGill Refugee Research Group. Results will be announced in spring 2021.

Questions? Please contact Professor Megan Bradley (