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Current Grad Students Newsletter

Graduate Student News

The Graduate@Carleton newsletter is typically distributed every Thursday morning. The next newsletter will be available on February 4. If you have any questions, please email us at:

To access FAQs about how Carleton is coping with the COVID-19 pandemic, click here. For questions concerning current graduate studentsclick here. To view FAQs for prospective graduate studentsclick here. International graduate students, please check out FAQs on the ISSO website.

Funding Assistance

If you are in financial need, you may be eligible for an emergency bursary. You can also apply for  a COVID technology bursary which covers up to $500. If you already received this bursary, but not for the full amount, you can re-apply. Please email with your request.

You may also be eligible for the Student Emergency Fund. To be eligible, you will need to demonstrate that you do not qualify for any current federal/provincial programs and that the reason for applying is to cover expenses related to your physiological/safety needs (not necessarily COVID-related). Also, as this is a one-time payment, you are not eligible if you have already received SEF funds since April 2020. More information is available by clicking here.

The Graduate Student’s Association has a number of grants and awards with various deadlines available to students. This includes Emergency grants. For more details, check under services, or email for details and support in applying.

Need Support?

Are you in need of mental health support? Then check out these resources. You can also access a number of other support services on campus. Click here for details. Studying remotely from outside of Canada as an international student can bring unforeseen stress and strain. Carleton is pleased to offer International SOS’s Emotional Support service to help you support your mental emotional and physical well-being. Emotional Support offers 24/7 access to counselling services in more than 60 languages. Counselling methods are tailored to your needs including phone, video-call or face-to-face. Click here for details.

Graduate Student's Association Health and Dental Plan

If you currently don’t have coverage for prescriptions or opted out because you were out of country and now want to opt in as you are in Canada, or you need to opt in dependents or family, please fill out this form before February 16. Coverage is active until August 31.

Are You Eligible for a UHIP Refund?

Are you studying outside of Canada for Fall and/or Winter? If so, you can opt out of your UHIP medical health coverage as it is not required if you are not currently in Canada. The deadline to opt out of the University Health Insurance Plan is Friday, March 12, 2021.  Opt out on this web page.

Thesis Deadline Extended

The date for Graduate students to electronically submit their final thesis copy to the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs has been extended to January 31. If you have not done so by this date, you will not be eligible to graduate in Winter 2021 and must register for the Winter 2021 term. For a complete list of all official academic and financial dates and deadlines, please go to the Registrar’s websiteFor all financial matters, go to Student Accounts.

Professional Development Opportunities

Check out upcoming Professional Development opportunities for graduate students this term. More events will be added in the coming weeks. You can view upcoming events, including tomorrow’s Grad Café, by clicking here. Coming up this week:

January 28: The Hows and Whys of Networking
February 1: Approaches to Coding (NVivo)
February 2: Financial Skills: Portfolio Balancing

Upcoming TA Cafés Winter 2021

Meet other TAs and discuss your TAships at our TA Cafés. Contact Helen Roumeliotis for the Zoom Links or check the announcements in the TA Central Hub (TAs can self-enroll).

Wednesday, February 3:  11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Thursday, February 11:   2 – 3:30 p.m.
Tuesday, March 2:   10 – 11:30 a.m.
Wednesday, March 17:  11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Monday, March 29:   12 – 1:30 p.m.

TA Position for Health Sciences

Health Sciences is looking for a graduate student who would be able to TA this Winter 2021 for HLTH 3102: Indigenous Health in a Global World. If you are interested, please contact

Award Opportunities

The deadline to apply for the Research Impact Canada Engaged Scholarship Award for Graduate Students is February 15. You can check out other awards on our special awards website and our external awards website.

More Callout Opportunities for PhD Students

PhD students and faculty are invited to submit their ideas to The Conversation. Click here to see the latest topics they are looking for.

Information for International Students

If you’re an International student, click here to find out some information specifically of interest to you. Studying remotely from outside of Canada as an international student can bring unforeseen stress and strain. Carleton is pleased to offer International SOS’s Emotional Support service to help you support your mental emotional and physical well-being. Emotional Support offers 24/7 access to counselling services in more than 60 languages. Counselling methods are tailored to your needs including phone, video-call or face-to-face. Click here for details.

Upcoming Events

Carleton’s Department of Psychology is holding its second annual Psychology Let’s Talk Lecture to coincide with the country’s 11th annual Bell Let’s Talk Day on January 28, 2021. Titled Men, Women and the Time-Control Gap, the lecture will explore how women do not advance as quickly as men or climb as far in professional areas like banking, law, consulting and academia. The lecture will be presented by Business Prof. Erin Reid from McMaster University.

There are two events happening today, January 28 as part of Sexual Assault Awareness Week, The Womxn’s Centre is hosting a Bystander Intervention Training Workshop from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. The goal of this workshop is to leave with concrete actions and language that can be used in real time to de-escalate and prevent harmful behaviours while supporting survivors. And you can join the Netflix Watch Party screening of the feminist classic Clueless from 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. There will be a chance to win gift card prizes with fun trivia throughout the movie.

The GSA is hosting another Healing Spaces event on January 29 – Survivor Centric Group Therapy for Sexual Assault Survivors.

Join us Wednesday, February 3 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. for a special evening of virtual “speed-mentoring.” You will be placed in small groups and get face-to-face time with new professionals, managers and senior leaders coming from the public and private sectors, as well as the academic community. Come ready with all your pressing questions about the public service, career goals, job searching, education, skills, and more. Details are available here.

You are invited to the second annual Kinàmàgawin Symposium, which will be streamed online on Thursday, February 25.This day-long symposium includes keynote speakers, panel discussions and Inuit cultural performances—all focused on this year’s theme: The Inuit Relocations: Intergenerational Impacts and Inuit Resilience.

Lack of Collaboration Slows Vaccine Research

Although scientists joined forces quickly to identify the SARS-COV2 virus responsible for COVID-19 through open science, Marc-André Gagnon, a professor of pharmaceutical policy in the School of Public Policy and Administration (SPPA), says pharmaceutical companies regressed to proprietary science and patented research to create the vaccine.

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Carleton Journalism Students Document Lives Lost in the COVID-19 Pandemic

It was one of the hardest phone calls Carleton journalism student Megan Costa ever had to make. Costa was given the names of two Toronto women who died from COVID-19 — mother and daughter Doris and Dianne Chin. Her assignment was to locate and interview their next of kin. Costa is one of hundreds of journalism students across the country who are writing obituaries about COVID-19 victims for the “They Were Loved” obituary project, published by Maclean’s magazine. The project is a partnership between Carleton’s Future of Journalism Initiative and journalism schools across Canada.

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Smart Homes for Aging in Place

Researchers in Ottawa, including from Carleton University, are working with Canadian startups, multinational companies and other partners to develop smart technologies to transform our homes and support aging in place—a concept that is widely embraced in these COVID times.

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Helping Refugees to Feel at Home in Canada

Prof. Nimo Bokore is involved in a collaborative health project funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Promising Practices in Accessing Virtual Mental Health: Supporting Refugees during COVID-19. Working with medical service providers, the aim is to enhance access to virtual mental health services for refugees and newcomers to Canada during the Pandemic.

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There have been no updates to the FAQs for current or prospective graduate students over the past week.