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Current Grad Students Newsletter

Graduate Student News

The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs (FGPA) distributes this newsletter to all graduate students on the first and third Thursday of every month (with a few exceptions). The next issue will be sent to you on Thursday, March 5. For up-to-the-minute news, follow us on Twitter @CUGradStudies or visit our website: To comment, email us at:

You Still Have Time to Enter the 3MT

There is still time to participate in Carleton’s Three Minute Thesis competition and to participate in our training sessions (Feb. 24, 1-3 p.m. and Feb. 26, 9:30 -11:30 a.m.)

Register Now →

Awards Update

Graduate students will be informed of their scholarship status by the following:

  • OGS:  TBD – March 1
  • NSERC PhD:  End of March
  • SSHRC PhD:  End of April
  • CIHR PhD:  End of April
  • CGS Master’s (all):  April 1 through the portal

Information Session on Curatorial Studies GDip Program

As featured in Maclean’s 2018 College and University Program Guide, Carleton’s Graduate Diploma in Curatorial Studies offers students both the disciplinary expertise and applied skills sought by today’s cultural institutions. For more information, attend our information session on Feb. 28.

GSA Elections Coming Soon

The Carleton Graduate Student Association elections are coming soon! The nomination period will start Feb. 24 to March 6. Visit for more information.

Establish Your Career Narrative with an Individual Development Plan

FGPA is introducing a new career development initiative for graduate students. To participate in this initiative, begin by attending a 2-hour session on how to create an Individual Development Plan – a tool used to track and plan professional development activities. You will then be invited to schedule a one-on-one consultation to help you enhance your IDP and to guide you through your professional journey. A form-fillable Carleton IDP template is available.

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How to Publish With IEEE

Register now for a session called How to Publish With IEEE on Monday March 9.

Register Here →

Upcoming Career Development Workshops: Job Hunting and Entrepreneurship

In early March, FGPA will be hosting two special workshops for graduate students on career development: Job Hunting from Posting to Interview, and Things to Know Before Starting a Business. Learn how to find work or how to work for yourself! Both workshops are part of Grad Navigate.

Graduate Peer Support Program

The Graduate Peer Support Program (GPSP) is for Carleton graduate students who are facing personal or academic difficulties or who want to maintain wellness as they face the challenges of graduate school. Drop-in peer support is available. To find out more, visit this website.

Impact of Stage Two O-Train LRT Construction on Carleton

The City of Ottawa has issued a notice to residents confirming plans to remove some trees between the Greenboro Station and Carleton University. This work is required before construction of stage two of the new light rail transit (LRT) line. The work is being done during Reading Week.

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O-Train to Shut Down in May

As part of the Phase 2 Light Rail Transit (LRT) project, the City of Ottawa will shut down the Trillium Line that services Carleton University for a two-year period beginning May 2020. During the project, the City and OC Transpo will provide the R2 replacement bus service. This service will run along the entire O-Train Line 2 route during the closure and will stop at all Line 2 stations.

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Planning to Graduate in June?

You need to apply to graduate by April 1 in order to graduate in June.

BOG Award for Outstanding Community Service

Nominations open in March for the Board of Governors Award for Outstanding Community Achievement. The award is worth $2,000. You can nominate yourself or another student.

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Celebrate Ombudsperson Jim Kennelly's Retirement from Carleton

Provost and Vice-President (Academic) Jerry Tomberlin is hosting a reception on March 5 from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. in 2017 Dunton Tower to celebrate Jim Kennelly’s retirement as Carleton’s Ombudsperson. Please register online to confirm your attendance.

Register Now →

Working Group Callout for Sexual Violence Education and Prevention

Equity and Inclusive Communities is looking for people to join one of three working groups to help execute Carleton’s Sexual Violence Prevention and Education Plan.

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Diversity Matters: Raven Magazine Profiles An Outstanding Grad Student

A Syrian-born Political Science grad student at Carleton is one of the first student researchers with the Local Engagement Refugee Research Network, an initiative that helps partner universities in four other countries conduct homegrown research projects that are relevant and meaningful to them.

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Grad Research: The Digitization of Ancient Tombs

Michelle Duong, a Master’s student in the School of Architecture, is part of a team at the Carleton Immersive Media Studio (CIMS) which is implementing, developing, and improving site recording data processing workflows for heritage site documentation.

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Grad Research: Educating the Public About Forgotten Histories

Learning about our histories and heritage is an important part of being Canadian, even the histories that are not usually found in school history books. Two master’s students in Public History have both focused their research on educating the public on forgotten histories.

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Important Dates and Deadlines


Until February 21:  Winter Break. Classes are suspended.

March 1:  Last day for graduate students to submit their supervisor-approved thesis, in examinable form to the department.

March 13:  Last day to request formal exam accommodations for April examinations to the Paul Menton Centre for Students with Disabilities. Note that it may not be possible to fulfill accommodation requests received after the specified deadlines.

March 26:  Carleton Central opens at 8:30 a.m. for registration for all Carleton University degree students. Check your time-ticket here.

April 1:  Students wanting to graduate in June must apply before this date.

April 25:  Deadline for fee payment or assignment of funding to ensure payment is processed to your account without incurring a late charge. Payment of fees is due by the posted deadlines.

May 4:  Early summer and full summer courses begin.

May 8:  Graduate students who have not electronically submitted their final thesis copy to the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs will not be eligible to graduate in Spring 2020 and must register for the Summer 2020 term.

For a complete list of all official academic and financial dates and deadlines, please go to the Registrar’s website. For all financial matters, go to Student Accounts.


February 243MT Training Session One

February 26:  3MT Training Session Two

March 9:  How to Publish With IEEE

Check out our Grad Navigate offerings. Please note that online training modules or workshops advertised outside of Grad Navigate do not count towards paid training hours for TAs.


February 24:  Revised deadline to submit your proposal to present at CRIW’s Conference on equity and inclusion in organizations

March 3:  Deadline to apply for the W.L. Mackenzie King Memorial Scholarships

March 8:  Deadline to Apply for Internships with Ecotrust Canada’s North Coast Innovation

April 20 or May 5Deadline to apply to the Kosovo International Summer Academy

Mitacs offers several funding opportunities for graduate students. You can apply any time, except there are two deadline dates each year for the Mitacs Elevate program. Check out:
(a) Mitacs Accelerate (Funding starts at $15,000 for research internships with industry or non-profit partners)
(b) Mitacs Elevate ($57,500 annual grant for two-year postdoctoral fellowships with industry or non-profit partners).
(c) Mitacs Globalink Research (Travel funding for research projects with international universities)

Note: For information about Carleton awards, go to our awards and funding website.



February 24-28:  FPA Research Series

February 24:  Arab Diaspora Conference 2020

February 26:  Science Café – Harmful Algal Blooms: Knowns and Knowledge Gaps

February 26: Public Lecture: Treaty Relations and the Politics of Decolonization

February 28  Life Sciences Coffee and Conversation – Why Trade-Offs Matter: Understanding the Evolution of Flight Behaviour and Social Networks in Birds

March 2:  Discovery Lecture

March 3: Dick, Ruth and Judy Bell Lecture: Rachel Notley

March 4:  Turning the Tide for Women in Science: Untold Stories and Ideas for Change

March 9-10:  Emerging Perspectives: FPA Graduate Conference

March 11: Kesterton Lecture

March 11Science Cafe: Predicting Volcanic Eruptions

March 13:  Grad Student Symposium: Reflecting Back and Thinking Forward in ALDS (Celebrating 15 Years)

March 30:  Life Sciences Day 4.0 – The Ottawa Opportunity

March 31:  Data Day 7.0

April 25:  15th Annual Graduate Student Heritage Conservation Symposium

For other events, please check out the University Events Calendar.


The deadlines to apply for a Leave From Duties are:  April 30 (summer term), Aug. 31 (fall term) and Dec. 31 (winter term). You can access the form via Carleton Central.

Deadlines to apply to be an “out-of-priority” TA are as follows:  April 15 (Spring/Summer term), August 15 (Fall/Winter term) and December 15 (Winter term),

“Pedagogical” training hours must be completed by March 30 for a full academic year TAship or a winter-only TAship.

TAs – Please note that it can take up to two weeks before your attendance at workshops is recorded. You are strongly encouraged to track your progress independently of the TA Management System in order to ensure its accuracy. In the event of a discrepancy, you are responsible for ensuring your training is captured in Carleton Central