Paper Prize

J.W. Dafoe Writing Award

The J.W. Dafoe Foundation was established by the friends and admirers of John Wesley Dafoe, editor of the Manitoba/Winnipeg Free Press from 1901 until his death in 1944. He was Canada’s most distinguished journalist and editor with a special interest in Western Canada and in Canada’s place in the world.

In honour of John Wesley Dafoe, the Dafoe Foundation offers $1,000 annually to a fulltime undergraduate or graduate student in any year of his or her studies who has demonstrated outstanding research and writing ability and whose written work is of publishable or potentially publishable quality.

The purpose of the Award is to support scholarship and research on any issue in the field of Canada on the world stage, or of Western Canada. If you wish to apply for the J.W. Dafoe Writing Award, you must submit

1. your paper by July 10, 2023 to the Secretary of the J.W. Dafoe Foundation (addresses below), and

2. the name of the faculty member who has agreed to supervise the revisions to your paper. Papers submitted without the name of a supervisor will not be accepted.

Recipients of this award are expected to use the funds to cover research and living costs to enable them to do whatever additional research and writing is necessary to enhance the prospect of publication of their written work in a reputable academic journal.

Submit your paper, and the name of the faculty member who has agreed to supervise your work, no later than July 10, 2023, by mail to Dr. Andrea Rounce, Secretary, J.W. Dafoe Foundation, Department of Political Studies, University of Manitoba, R3T 2M8, or electronically to