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Current Grad Students Newsletter

Graduate Student News

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs is sending out weekly newsletters. If you have any questions or concerns, please let us know by emailing us at:

COVID-19 Updates

You can read regular updates about how Carleton is coping with the COVID-19 pandemic by clicking here. For additional information, please visit the University’s FAQ page. For questions concerning current graduate students, click here. To view FAQ updates for prospective graduate students, click here. No new changes have been made to the FAQs since last week.

Are You Taking a Leave of Absence This Summer?

If you are not registered as a current graduate student, you will not receive this newsletter. You can always keep up-to-date by visiting our graduate newsletter online by clicking here.

Grad Cafés Continue

Due to the popularity of last week’s Grad Cafés, we are scheduling more. All Carleton graduate students and postdocs are welcome. This series of online Zoom chats focuses primarily on topics relating to thesis writing and professional development. Feel free to bring tea, coffee or a snack to your computer or device and join in. To register, visit this website.

A reminder that FGPA continues to offer career workshops, one-on-one writing consultations, and Individual Development Plan consultations, all online. For more information, please visit the professional development website.

Awards Information

OGS winners need to select which start date they want in the acceptance form (available in Carleton Central). If they are not able to complete that acceptance form, please complete this acceptance form available on FGPA’s website. Your award will be built once the term has started and you are registered full-time. Tri-council Master’s awards recipients need to fill in this acceptance form. NSERC PhD results have been announced. SSHRC PhD results will be announced once the agency has provided an updated timeline.

The new Indigenous Graduate Student Award is given annually by the Dean of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs to Canadian First Nation, Metis or Inuit Master’s or Doctoral  graduate students. Recipients will be selected based on demonstrated financial need and academic merit. Applicants will be required to provide supporting documentation to verify ancestry. This “proof of ancestry” documentation should be uploaded in their application as a supporting letter. Students can apply in Carleton Central under the heading “Graduate Online Award Application”.

Are You Graduating This Spring?

University Communications is looking for story suggestions from students who are graduating this spring. If you think your story would be of interest to others, please send an email to explaining why.

International Students - Find Out About Post Grad Work Permits

The International Student Services Office (ISSO) is offering an online workshop today, April 30 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. EDT called All About Post-Graduation Work Permits. For more information, please go to the ISSO’s events page.

Important Information for TAs

  • The EDC will be offering an Online TA: Q and A for Spr/Summer 2020 Teaching Assistants. You have your choice of one of three sessions through Zoom (the second and third sessions are repeated material). For details, click here.
  • For the summer term, TAs must apply for a Leave From Duties no later than the last date to register for classes.
  • A reminder that the Educational Development Centre has created the TA Resource Exchange on cuLearn for TAs to share anything they think other TAs would appreciate. You can join by emailing
  • TAs may also be interested in going to this page with many resources about everything a TA needs to work in an online environment. You can access The Online TA by clicking here or by going to this website.


Reminder - O-Train Shutting Down

If you happen to be riding the O-Train to campus at this time, a reminder that the O-train will be shut down on May 2 for two years.

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The Carleton Pathway Podcast

The Carleton Pathway Podcast is a new podcast that examines life on campus and the people in our community. The podcast features interviews with current students, recent alumni, faculty and staff all talking about current events, their time at Carleton and their pathway through life and their career. Episode one explores PhD student Alicia Gal’s journey from volunteer firefighter to award winning researcher.

Carleton Graduate Students Provide Support for Homeless Youth

Master’s Student Charlotte Smith and PhD Student Cora MacDonald are both doing their research on ending and preventing youth homelessness. Like much of the world, their work looks a little different in the time of COVID-19.

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Sprott School Helping Businesses

The Sprott School  of Business has launched the Crisis Management and Recovery (CMR) initiative to struggling organizations during The COVID-19 pandemic.

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Privacy vs. Public Health

Tracking the locations of people with COVID-19—and those near them—is an urgent issue for our society. Not only are governments trying to slow the spread of infection, they are looking for ways to restart the economy while keeping those who are infected away from people who aren’t immune. As Sandra Robinson from the School of Journalism and Communication explains, there is an easy answer to this: tracking cellphones.

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Carleton University’s Institute for African Studies Celebrates 10 Years of Impact

Earlier this year, the Institute of African Studies at Carleton celebrated 10 years of impactful scholarship, teaching and community engagement.

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Inside Senate

The latest edition of Inside Senate is now available. The April 24 meeting was held remotely to comply with physical distancing guidelines. Highlights from this meeting include the approval of two motions pertaining to the SAT/UNS grading system to better support our students through the pandemic, new concentrations for the Bachelor of Science Linguistics Program, and two Graduate Diplomas in Economic Policy. Senators also received a presentation on the preliminary 2020-2021 operating budget, and were consulted on the second draft of the new Strategic Integrated Plan.