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Current Grad Students Newsletter

Graduate Student News

Welcome to the winter term!  TheGraduate@Carleton newsletter is sent to all graduate students on the first and third Wed. of every month (except during the summer). For up-to-the-minute news, follow us on Twitter @CUGradStudies or visit our website: To comment, email us at:

Have You Registered Yet for Winter Orientation?

New graduate students and new TAs are highly encouraged to attend FGPA’s Winter Orientation on Friday, Jan. 13. You can also review the new grad student checklist.

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To Do List For New and Current Teaching Assistants

The Education Development Centre is hosting a TA training day on Jan. 21. Click here to view the schedule. If you are a new Teaching Assistant this term, there are several things you need to know.

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Scholarship Balance

If you are eligible to receive a scholarship balance, you can request your balance through Carleton Central by clicking on the request refund link. Depending on the amount of your scholarship balance, you will have up to four options: campus card transfer, e-transfer, cheque, or donate to Carleton. Although you can submit your request prior to the financial drop date, it will not be processed until after January 31, 2016. If you have any questions, please contact Student Accounts at: or phone 613-520-2600 ext. 3626.

Unpaid Internships

Are you currently on or thinking about participating in an unpaid placement? If so,you need to read this.

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U-Pass Opt-Out

For students wanting to opt out of the U-Pass, you need to do so before Jan. 14, 2017 to receive a full refund. Read on to find out if you are eligible.

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Professional Development

Looking for a way to enhance your employability skills? Check out our new professional development listings on our Grad Navigate page.

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3MT Info Session and Training

Carleton’s 2017 Three Minute Thesis Competition will take place on March 15 in Richcraft Hall. Registration is now open for both the competition and our two training sessions in February. Participating in the 3MT can help you build confidence, develop your presentation skills and focus your research. If you are unsure about entering, we invite you to come to our information session on Jan. 17 from 1:30 to 2:30 in 506 Tory Building. Please email if you plan to attend.

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SSHRC Storyteller Training Session Next Monday

The 2017 Storyteller competition kicks off on Jan. 9. You have until Jan. 31 to submit your entry. SSHRC is awarding a prize of $3,000 to 25 winners! FGPA is holding a training session for all interested students on Jan. 9 from 1:30 to 3:30 in 506 Tory.

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NSERC Science Action Competition

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council is again hosting its Science Action competition for grad students engaged in NSERC research. The deadline to apply is January 18. Great prizes!

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Grad Research: Toxic Work Environments

Have you ever felt that your workplace was an unbearable place, filled with stress, emotional tension and anger? You may have been working in what is commonly referred to as a toxic work environment. Grad student Ashley McCulloch researched this subject for her thesis.

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It's Finally Here! Carleton's 75th Anniversary

This year, Carleton University celebrates its 75th anniversary. CU75 will be officially launched on Jan. 18 at 11:30 a.m. in the Galleria. You can also click here to view what will eventually be 75 feature stories about alumni in the Faculty of Public Affairs.

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CU75 Expo - Call for Proposals

The Committee for the CU75 Community-Academic Expo is inviting you to submit a proposal for its upcoming event that will showcase Carleton’s rich history of community partnerships.

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Ideas from the Trenches

CBC Radio is looking for PhD research to showcase in their Ideas from the Trenches segment on CBC Radio’s Ideas program.

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Calling All Artists and Performers

The Carleton University Art Gallery is hosting two events in Jan. to celebrate performers (on Jan. 19) and artists (Jan. 13-22). Find out if you are eligible and how you can participate.

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Important Dates and Deadlines


January 5:  Winter term classes begin

January 9:  Deadline to apply to be a Residence Fellow

January 18:  Last day for registration for winter term courses. Last day to change courses or sections (including auditing) for winter term courses.

January 18:  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 Winter 2017 and must register for the Winter 2017 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.


Now-January 10:  New Subway Outlet in Athletics

Now-Summer, 2017O-Train Construction Work

January 9 (revised):  Deadline to apply to the Carleton Community Art Exhibition

January 9:  Training for the SSHRC Storyteller Competition

January 13:  Winter Orientation for new TAs and graduate students

January 17:  Information session about the upcoming Carleton Three Minute Thesis Competition

January 20:  Deadline to enter the Green Revolving Fund competition

February 6:  Deadline for papers “Pathways & Intersections: Navigating the Social”. 5th annual Sociology/Anthropology Grad Student Caucus.

February 10:  Deadline to enter Digifest Student Showcase

February 27:  Deadline to enter CU75 Community-Academic Expo

March 15:  Carleton’s Three Minute Thesis competition

For information about Carleton events, go to the university events calendar.  For information about events targeted at or promoting graduate student research, go to Grad Research Link.


Grad Navigate workshops are posted for this term. You can always access online training through Please note that these online training modules workshops do not count towards paid training hours for TAs.

You might want to consider Media Training workshops – you need to register in advance. Please click on the session for more info.
Monday, Jan. 23 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. in 617 Southam.
Tuesday, Feb. 28 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in 617 Southam.


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)
(d) Mitacs Step (Professional development workshops facilitated by industry leaders

January 20:  Deadline to enter the Ontario Graduate Policy Research Challenge

January 31:  Deadline to apply for the ThinkSwiss scholarship program

January 31:  Deadline to apply for a DAAD RISE professional internship 1:

February 1:  Deadline to apply for a Mackenzie King Scholarship

March 6Deadline to apply for the Canada-China Scholars’ Exchange Program

March 10:  Deadline to apply for a Dan David scholarship

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


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

Deadline to apply to be an “out-of-priority” TA for the winter term is Jan. 1, 2017 and for the fall term 2017 is Sept. 1.

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