The Society (CIHS) makes an annual award, the Gunn Prize, in partnership with the International Migration Research Centre (IMRC) at Sir Wilfrid Laurier University. The Gunn Prize is a national interdisciplinary award that recognizes a winning paper from any discipline in the social sciences and humanities that addresses international migration to Canada during the post World War II period. The award is named after Al Gunn one of the founding members of the CHIS and its longstanding Secretary until his death in 2009.
The $1000 Award is made for the best essay on immigration or refugee history by a junior, senior or graduate university student in Canada. The CIHS and IMRC each contribute $500 toward the prize.
The call for essays is made annually by the International Migration Research Centre. A panel of distinguished persons with knowledge and experience in writing and immigration and refugee issues assesses all submissions and selects the winning essay by June of each year. The winner receives the Award in the fall.
Visit the IMRC website for the criteria and other details about submissions for the Gunn Award.