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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: PLEASE NOTE: There will be no newsletter on July 16th.

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.

Fall and Winter Registration Opens Tomorrow

A reminder that Carleton Central opens for registration for new and returning graduate students on July 3. 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.

Tri-Council Award Extensions

The federal government is offering students who’s NSERC, SSHRC or CIHR awards, that end between March and August, a four-month extension, provided they meet certain conditions. For details, click here. Please note that, although instructions will be sent to eligible students, they must still complete an online form through the Tri-Council.  Award extensions will not be applied to student accounts until the decisions are sent to the institution. Completing the online document is only the first step in the process.

Deferring Your Tri-Council Award

You can defer your registration for a term by taking a Leave of Absence and your funding will be moved to the next term.

Incoming students who request to defer their admission and have an external award, may only defer by FOUR months or they lose the funding and must reapply next year. The following information is posted on the Tri-Agency website.

“Training award recipients (master’s, doctoral, and postdoctoral) may defer the start date of their award, or request an unpaid interruption of up to four months for reasons related to the COVID-19 situation. For master’s and doctoral award holders, this can be adjusted to align with the next available start date (May 1, 2020; September 1, 2020; or January 1, 2021).”

Equity and Inclusive Communities Advisory Group Summer 2020 Update

Since the first meeting of the Advisory Group on May 26th, the killing of George Floyd and other police-involved incidents in the United States and Canada have jarred the public consciousness and renewed calls to accelerate anti-racism and equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) efforts within our institutions and in the broader culture. The work of the EIC Advisory Group has thus taken on elevated importance as Carleton University seeks to embrace this moment to improve those outcomes.

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Need Support?

The COVID-19 pandemic is not an easy time for most of us. Carleton has a number of counselling and other mental health services remotely available. Click here to see what other services are being offered.

Grad Café On Hiatus

Please note that FGPA’s weekly Grad Café sessions will be on hiatus for the month of July, but keep an eye out for when they return in August.

Fall Orientation

This year, fall orientation for new graduate students and teaching assistants will be delivered online. Incoming students can register for the general orientation session and TA Orientation sessions by clicking here. Registered students will receive further information about how to access the orientation materials before Academic Orientation Day (September 8).

Information for International Students

International students: The International Student Services Office has created this list of FAQs just for you. Note these upcoming events that may be of interest to you.

New Award - Final Reminder

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. Applicants need to go to Carleton Central (under “financial aid and awards” and then “online graduate award applications”), and search under the correct name.

Convocation Story: Master of Architecture Students Maya Jarrah, Kareem Mitchell and Jesse Bird

More than 600 grad students graduated last week. Meet three Carleton University Master of Architecture graduates who are ready to pursue their dreams of becoming licensed architects and see their design ideas come to life.

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Convocation Story: PhD Management Student Becomes 100th Business Graduate

This year marks the 25th anniversary since the launch of the PhD in Management program at the Sprott School of Business and Dhanachitra Kannan recently became the 100th graduate of the program.

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FAQ Updates

We updated the answers to the following FAQs on the current student site:

  • How do I get an extension for my Tri-Council (NSERC/SSHRC/CIHR) Award?
  • Do students also need to contact SSHRC, NSERC or CIHR to defer their award?

We added these new FAQs on the prospective student site:

  • As announced in mid-May, all scheduled graduate courses for the fall term will be delivered online.  Do I have to live in Ottawa if my courses are online?
  • Who can help me with an immigration question such as study or work permits?