What’s this about?

Each year, the Tshepo Institute awards the two prizes-Tshepo Institute Nelson Mandela
Academic Excellence Award for Social Justice and Development and Tshepo Institute Harriet
Tubman Academic Excellence Award for Human Rights and Leadership– in recognition of
academic excellence. A committee of Tshepo members will select the two winning candidates.

What do I have to look forward to?

The two winners will get a prize of $200 each and a certificate of excellence.

What can I write about?

Tshepo invites essays on any topic that addresses contemporary development,
human rights, and social justice issues in Africa. Potential topics may include Health and
Education; Governance; Human Rights and Leadership; and Economic and Social Development.

What do I need to do?

Application package should include:

i. Letter of Application,

ii. An essay suitable to the specific award,

iii. A letter of recommendation from a professor who is able to speak to the candidate’s
merits in relation to the award. The reference letter should state the award the student is
applying for and address the candidate’s suitability for the award, such as evidence of a
strong academic performance and community involvement or leadership.

Is this really for me?

Eligibility: This essay competition is open to all undergraduate students enrolled at Wilfrid
Laurier University from September 2014 to December 2014. Students must have a minimum
GPA of 70% to be eligible for consideration.

More details, please…

Submission Instructions: The student’s name, e-mail address, mailing address, department or
program of enrolment should appear on the first page of the essay only, and all other identifiers
should be removed. The essay length should not exceed 12 double spaced pages or 3000 words
(excluding references and appendices). Please include the note TSHEPO Academic Excellence
Award in the subject line of your email.
The student should send AN ELECTRONIC COPY of their application materials (in pdf or word
format) to: Dr. Oliver Masakure at or Dr. Jeff Grischow at

Deadline: December 20, 2014, 5:00 pm.

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