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Brian Grant Undergraduate Essay Contest

Department of Philosophy

We invite continuing University of Calgary undergraduate students to participate in our annual philosophy essay contest (approx. $1,000 value).

Are you especially proud of a paper you wrote for an undergraduate philosophy course? A little revising, a little reworking, and you may just have this year's winning entry! Is there a topic in philosophy that you're passionate about, and haven't had a chance to share your thoughts? This is your chance!

Entrants must meet the following criteria to be eligible for the award:

  • Minimum 3.00 GPA
  • 24 units completed in the current Fall/Winter terms
  • Continuing full-time in the upcoming Fall term

Submit your essay (max 1,000 words on a topic in philosophy) by April 19, 2022 to

The annual essay contest runs in the winter term, and is open to undergraduate students in any discipline at the University of Calgary. Each year, a committee of three Department of Philosophy faculty members reviews all entries via an anonymous judging process.

The winner of the essay contest is nominated for the Brian Grant Undergraduate Award, established in honour of Dr. Brian Grant, professor of philosophy at the University of Calgary from 1968-2007.

Visit the Registrar for full details about the university’s award eligibility requirements (including GPA and registration status).

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