Aziz and Parin Dossa Endowed Essay Prize in Islamic and Muslim Studies

Terms of Reference

  1. The purpose of this essay prize is to recognize innovative graduate research and communication in the area of Islamic and Muslim studies within the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.
  2. At least one essay prize, but no more than two, will be granted annually to a student who fulfills the following criteria:
    1. registered full-time in a graduate program in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Simon Fraser University
    2. has written an essay of 5,000-8,000 words, excluding references, which demonstrates excellence in the analysis of Islamic and Muslim phenomena within social, cultural, and/or political contexts.  The essay will have been written within FASS in the three previous terms and indicate original scholarship, critical thought, and clarity of communication
    3. has been recommended by a faculty member in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences to the Director, Centre for the Comparative Study of Muslim Societies and Cultures
  3. The award may be held in conjunction with other awards made by Simon Fraser University or other agencies where permitted by those agencies.
  4. Application is made on the online Grad Awards, Application and Adjudication System (GA3) and must be accompanied by:
    1. a current, unofficial SFU transcript
    2. one copy of the essay, with a short 150 word abstract
    3. one letter of reference from a faculty member familiar with the applicant’s paper
  5. The completed application and all supporting documents must be received by the Director,  Centre for the Comparative Study of Muslim Societies and Cultures (CCSMSC) in the Department of History at SFU.
  6. If two prize winners are identified, the nomination package will identify 1st and 2nd prizewinners, and what proportion of the available amount will be awarded to each.  If a suitable candidate is not identified, the prize may be awarded in a subsequent term or year.
  7. The award will be granted by the Dean of Graduate Studies on behalf of the Senate Graduate Awards Adjudication Committee, on the nomination of the Director, Centre for the Comparative Study of Muslim Societies and Cultures.

Revised: April 2017 / GESR206

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