IPAC Student Essay Competition

The Seventh Annual National Student Paper Competition (NSPC) invites Masters and PhD students in any program in Canada to provide fresh ideas for improving the federal public service and service excellence for Canadians. The Competition is hosted by the Canada School of Public Service in partnership with:

  • Canadian Association of Programs in Public Administration;
  • Canadian Federation of Business School Deans;
  • Institute of Public Administration of Canada; 
  • Rowe School of Business, Dalhousie University; and
  • Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy.

For 2019-20, the Grand Prize winner of the competition will receive:

  • an employment opportunity to work within the federal government on two-term assignments in 2 different departments (4 months each, during the period of May 2020 to March 2021) as determined by the Canada School of Public Service and a second host federal government organization or department
  • a certificate to recognize their accomplishment, signed by the Clerk of the Privy Council; and
  • an invitation to attend the Manion Lecture in the National Capital Region (Ottawa) or another applicable keystone event (round-trip travel costs, if applicable, will be reimbursed for the winner(s).

Finally, at the discretion of the Deputy Ministers participating on the selection panel, other finalists may also be offered term employment of four months during the period of May 2020 to March 2021.

Papers must be a maximum of 1,500 words, in English or French, and must focus on challenging and expanding ways the federal government can support Canadians. Click here for more information.

For more details about the competition guidelines, click here. 

The internal deadline for submission for students at the JSGS is February 7, 2020. Please submit your paper to the academic lead on your campus.