Student Essay Contest

The Fraser Institute hosts an annual Student Essay Contest to promote student participation in economic discourse on current events and public policy. This contest affords students the opportunity to have their work peer-reviewed and published early on in their academic career. In addition, we offer exciting cash prizes for the top five winning submissions!

The Fraser Institute’s 2024 Student Essay Contest is now closed. Thank you to all the students who submitted their work. We look forward to reading your essay and your contributions to economic and public policy discourse. Due to the volume of submissions, we will announce winning essays in early fall 2024. All participants will receive an email in regards to the status of their submission.

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Learn more about essay contest requirements and submission process by reading our Contest Rules and FAQ Student Essay Contest.


Categories and Prizes:

PrizesHigh SchoolUndergraduateGraduate
1st Prize$1,500$1,500$1,500
2nd Prize$1,000$1,000$1,000
3rd Prize$750$750$750
4th Prize$500$500$500
5th Prize $250$250$250

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2023 Essay Contest Winners

 1st Place ($1,500)
High School CategoryEthan Yang,
St. George's Senior School
UndergraduateLouis Mercier,
HEC Montreal
GraduateJoseph McKinnon,
Carleton University
 2nd Place ($1,000)
High School CategorySaqib Syed,
Cresecent Heights High School
UndergraduateJoseph Cressatti,
McGill University
GraduateYasser Elfahli,
University of Ottawa
 3rd Place ($750)
High School CategoryFiona Weiler,
Lord Beaverbrook High School
UndergraduateMartin Edwini-Bonsu,
University of British Columbia
GraduateAnais Blanchard,
HEC Montreal
 4th Place ($500)
High School CategoryEmma So & Lucas Orfanides,
St. Augustine Catholic High School
UndergraduateMelanie Chan,
University of British Columbia
GraduateMatthew Taylor,
University of Saskatchewan
 5th Place ($250)
High School CategoryWilliam Clarke,
A.Y. Jackson Secondary School
UndergraduateIsaac Bahler,
Dalhousie University
GraduateDavid Jones,
University of Toronto

Previous winners archive:

2023 Student Essay Contest Winners

2022 Student Essay Contest Winners

2021 Student Essay Contest Winners

2020 Student Essay Contest Winners

2019 Student Essay Contest Winners

2018 Student Essay Contest Winners

2017 Student Essay Contest Winners

2016 Student Essay Contest Winners

2015 Student Essay Contest Winners


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