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Current Grad Students Newsletter

Graduate Student News

The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs typically sends out weekly newsletters. If you have any questions or concerns, please let us know by emailing us at:

COVID-19 Updates

Regular updates about how Carleton is coping with the COVID-19 pandemic are available by clicking here. For additional information, please visit the University’s FAQ page. For questions concerning current graduate students, click here. To view FAQs for prospective graduate students, click here.

If you are coming on campus, please be aware of Carleton’s Mask Policy.

Reminder to Register for Fall/Winter Courses

Carleton Central is open for fall/winter registration for new and returning graduate students. Be sure to visit Step 1 of Registration in Carleton Central to view your registration start time. You can view fall and winter Special Topics by clicking here.

Fall Orientation - Register Now!

Fall orientation for new graduate students and teaching assistants is online this fall. Incoming students can register by clicking here. Registered students will receive further information about how to access the orientation materials before Academic Orientation Day (September 8).

Transition Supports for International Graduate Students

Incoming international graduate students are invited to attend the International Student Welcome Event on Friday, September 4th. This online event provides an opportunity for incoming international students to meet their peers in icebreaker spaces, connect directly with university services during our University Services Fair, and hear from international graduate student panelists on their experiences of navigating university life. The event will take place from 7:30 am to 11:30 am ET. Please register here.

The International Student Services Office (ISSO) provides a number of programs to support international graduate students throughout their time at Carleton. The office provides an online international student orientation program, live immigration Q&A sessions, opportunities to connect with peers, and much more. Please visit the ISSO Events page for more details on all their upcoming events and programs.

Please read this message about quarantine supports and resources.

More Information for International Students

Although the University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP) is normally mandatory for all international and/or non-residents (and their dependents) studying or working at Carleton University, international students studying in the Fall 2020 term who are residing outside of Canada are eligible to opt out of UHIP. The Fall term fee of $240 will be removed from your student account. The online opt-out form can be found on this web page.

If you have OHIP (Ontario health insurance), then you are not required to have UHIP.  Scan a copy of your OHIP card to and the UHIP fee will be removed from your student account.  Please be sure to include your Carleton student ID number in your email.

You can stay up-to-date on ISSO news, events, workshops and programming by going to the FAQ page on the ISSO website and by signing up for the ISSO newsletter.

RA Payments for Fall 2020-21

The following explains the process by which Research Assistants will be paid for 2020-21. Payments for all Type A Research Assistants (fixed payment not linked to specific hours worked) will be applied directly to their graduate student account for this year, rather than what happened in the past e.g. being paid over four months via payroll. The full amount of the RA (rather than the 92% that Payroll limits the grads to) will be applied to their student account.

Faculty and students both still use the Grad RA Payment System to set up the funding. Data from that system will be applied to the student account.

For domestic students, a T4A will still be issued. For international students, a T4A-NR (same form, for a non-resident) will be produced. Students will be able to request a refund of the amount applied to their account in excess of their tuition fees.

Unfortunately, we cannot offer a Type B income RA (salary for hours worked) to any student who will not be resident in Canada this fall.

Applications for the OGS Are Now Open

The Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) application for the 2021-22 academic year is now available through Carleton Central.  Please note that students will find the application under the Fall 2020 term in Carleton Central. Deadlines are November 15th for students to submit their applications and December 1st for Referees to submit their letters. Students who do not have access to Carleton Central can find a paper application on the OGS information page on the FGPA webpage.

To find out if you are eligible and to apply for the Google PhD Fellowship Program, go to this website and check out the FAQ page. The fellowships open on September 1st.  PhD students must be nominated by their department chair’s office in their field of study by September 30th, 2020.

Check out details and deadlines for other awards by going to this website.

Library Now Offering Limited In-person Services

The Library is now ready for a limited reopening. Level 2, the ground level, is now open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with limited staff. This is the next stage in their reopening plan and has been guided by public health. Several precautions are being taken.

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Final Reminder - Leave From Duties

August 31st is the last day for TAs to apply for a Leave From Duties. You can access the form on Carleton Central.

Grad Student Supports

Just a reminder that there are many virtual services that can assist graduate students during the pandemic.

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Planning on Graduating This Fall?

September 1st is the last day for receipt of applications from potential fall (November) graduates.

CuLearn Outage This Weekend

Carleton will be upgrading its learning management system, cuLearn, this weekend to enhance performance ahead of the fall term. You can find out more about the changes here. While we complete this upgrade, cuLearn will be unavailable starting at noon on Saturday, August 29th until 4 p.m. on Sunday, August 30th. There will be no impact to any content contained within cuLearn. If you have any questions about the upgrade, please contact the ITS Service Desk at

Inside Senate August 21, 2020

The latest edition of Inside Senate is now available. The August 21st meeting was held remotely to comply with social distancing guidelines. The main purpose of this special meeting of Senate was to discuss preparations for the fall semester and preliminary planning for the winter semester. Senators also received an update on SMA-3 negotiations and saw a draft layout of the new Strategic Integrated Plan.

Enjoy the New Dining Services Magazine

Dining Services is pleased to announce the release of the 2020-21 Dining Services Magazine which highlights their Iron Chef Team with their second championship title, placing second nationally (again!) with their “great food” experience, and how they are adapting to the challenges that this year will bring.

Welcome to Sustainability at Carleton University

Sustainability at Carleton is an important program that overlaps with our day-to-day activities. This could be through your course and teaching, through how you travel across our city, the energy you use or just the waste you throw away. It’s important to remember we can all still have an impact and contribute to a sustainable world. Find out more about sustainability at Carleton.

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COVID-19 Research: International and Indigenous Communities

In Canada, we do not have a complete picture of who has been impacted the most by the COVID-19 pandemic. Several months into the pandemic, we had not even begun to collect race-based data on COVID-19 infections and deaths. We overestimated how many Canadians have access to the Internet, and even as the virus was tearing through our country’s elder care homes, we did not have a comprehensive list of where these homes were or exactly how many of them there were. Check out the related research being done by these Carleton faculty.

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Prof. Alex Wong Works Toward Reusable Face Masks by Eliminating COVID-19 with Ultraviolet Light Technology

Carleton University Biology Prof. Alex Wong is working on a unique research initiative to decontaminate medical face masks exposed to COVID-19 with ultraviolet light technology.

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Grad Research: The Racialization of Immigrant Care Workers in Canada

PhD student Prince Owusu’s research explores the relationship between “whiteness’’ and the experiences of immigrant care workers in rural Canadian residential facilities. Until now, racialization of long-term care workers focused on urban areas.

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The FAQs for current grad students were updated to include the following question:  How will RA payments be made this fall? Check under the “funding” section.