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Three Minute Thesis 

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) challenge is an opportunity for students to talk about their research and why it matters in a way that will inform and captivate people outside of their disciplines. Along with keeping to the three-minute time frame, the contestants are limited to using only one static PowerPoint slide for the duration of the presentation.
Submission form opens: Monday January 13, 2020.

Past Challenges

Data VizArt Challenge 2020

Data VizArt Student Challenge (DVA), nationwide competition for data visualization, storytelling and analytics, open to undergraduate and graduate students from post-secondary, full-time programs across Canada.
Submission form opens: January 10, 2020 at 12:00 p.m.
Submissions close: January 24, 2020 at 8:00 p.m.

SSHRC’s Storytellers

SSHRC’s Storytellers is a spoken word video challenge to show Canadians how social sciences and humanities research affects our lives. Three minutes or 300 words.
Submission deadline: January 28, 2020, at 5:00 p.m. (Eastern).

Top 25 finalists receive $3,000 cash prize, Congress registration & lodging, communications master class.

Stephanie Beni, PhD student in Applied Health Sciences was a finalist in 2019. To watch her video, click here.

The story should be creative, push boundaries, surprise them with something new, compelling and clear. For more details view the Storytellers’ Website.

Science Exposed

Science Exposed is a photographic competition organized by NSERC and devoted exclusively to images of scientific research.
Submission deadline: January 13, 2020, 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time.

3 jury prizes of $2000 and a peoples choice prize of $1000. Find out more details about Science Exposed here.

See 2018 finalist, Master of Sustainability student, Dana Harris’ image (entitled, ‘Exploring the Jack Pine Tight Knit Family Tree’ ) and story in the Brock News.

International Policy Ideas Challenge

Global Affairs Canada, in collaboration with the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), is pleased to announce the fourth edition of the International Policy Ideas Challenge. The objective of the program is to draw on the network of talented Canadian graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and early-career civil society researchers to identify concrete, innovative solutions to emerging international policy challenges faced by Canada.The program offers applicants a chance to test their skills at translating academic expertise into policy language. Applicants are invited to submit brief proposals.

Call for Proposals DEADLINE:  TBD, announcement coming in early 2020.

Full contest rules can be found on the Global Affairs Canada website.

IHDCYH Talks Video Competition

The Institute of Human Development, Child and Youth Health (IHDCYH) Talks Video Competition is a unique opportunity to submit a short video that presents a clear evidence-based message to a lay audience that is designed to have a positive impact on the health of children, youth and families. The objective of the competition is to profile research and ideas within IHDCYH’s mandate to improve knowledge translation and help demonstrate the impact that evidence can and does have on maternal, reproductive, child and youth health in Canada.
Submission deadline: October 15, 2019.