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Current Grad Students Newsletter

Graduate Student News

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs typically sends out weekly newsletters. However, please note that the next newsletter will be distributed on August 20th. 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.

Carleton University has been required to adopt a policy to ensure that no member of the public is permitted to enter or remain in a publicly accessible area of a building on campus unless they are wearing a mask in a manner that covers their nose, mouth and chin. Find out the details by clicking here.

Register Now

A reminder that 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.

2021 Viewbooks Hot Off the Press

If you are thinking of pursuing a graduate degree beginning the fall of 2021, check out our new graduate student viewbooks.

Read the Viewbooks →

Contract Instructor Orientation

Contract instructors! Whether you’re getting ready to teach your first course at Carleton, or if you’re returning after a break, you undoubtedly have questions about policies and procedures, teaching tips and educational technology, especially in light of the ongoing pandemic and the university’s move to online and distance teaching. Teaching and Learning Services is offering a two-part Orientation for you.

Read More and Register →

New Students and TAs - Register Now for Fall Orientation

Fall orientation for new graduate students and teaching assistants will be delivered online this fall. 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).

Need Some Support?

Carleton has a number of counselling and other mental health services remotely available. Click here to see what other services are being offered.

Important Dates and Deadlines

We strongly encourage any students who want to graduate this fall to submit their supervisor-approved thesis, in examinable form, to their department by August 1st.

The last day of late summer and full summer classes is August 14th. Classes on this day will follow a Monday schedule.

The deadline date to complete an expression of interest for an Outside Priority TA position is August 15th for the fall term. If you require assistance, please email To express interest, go to Carleton Central. On the Main Menu, look under TA Management, then choose TA Outside Priority Applications and follow the instructions.

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

International Students Please Note

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has revised its study permit program delivery instructions under COVID-19 and posted additional new information for students on its website.  These updates address travel for students, processing applications for initial study permits and extensions, and temporary measures related to work and Post-Graduation Work Permit Eligibility.

The ISSO’s COVID-19 FAQ page has been updated to reflect the IRCC updates.

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.

Join the ISSO’s International Student Immigration Advisor, Carolyn McGill. for an immigration Q and A session. Ask your questions about study permits, co-op work permits, post-graduation work permits, COVID-19 considerations, or anything else on your mind. Please note: your questions and any personal information you give will be shared with all participants. Please register on the event page. If you need a personal consultation with an immigration advisor, please contact the ISSO at

New Website for Indigenous Initiatives

Check out the newly launched Centre for Indigenous Initiatives website by clicking here.

New Award for Indigenous Students

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. The deadline to apply has been extended to August 15th.

The Carleton Pathway Podcast with MSW Student Chris Brown

From police foundations to addictions counsellor, Chris Brown has navigated his Carleton pathway by keeping his doorways open. Today, the MSW candidate is working towards a career in psychotherapy. Chris talks about the services that helped him transition from college to university, his time on campus and the value of participating in mentorship programs.

Listen to the Podcast →

Engineering Hands-on Experience in a Time of Remote Learning

Following the unexpected shift to online learning this spring, multiple academic units within Carleton University’s Faculty of Engineering and Design began developing enhanced strategies for remote education to ensure “hands-on” experiential learning remains a key element of studying online.

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Partners in Refugee Research Network Respond to Pandemic

COVID-19 has brought  an era of unprecedented international mobility to a sudden halt. Borders were shut, fleets of aircraft were parked, and entire cities stood still. Everyone was impacted, some more acutely than others. James Milner, an associate professor of Political Science and project director of The Local Engagement Refugee Research Network, has these thoughts.

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Pandemic Archival Project Will Help Carleton Remember

The questions keep coming in these uncertain times: How are we coping? What more can be done? Where will we be in six months? A Carleton University project, however, revolves around a single question: What will be remembered? The Carleton COVID-19 Archival Collection is a collection of public, corporate or institutional records.

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Biology PhD Student Receives Shark Research and Outreach Award

Jill Brooks, a PhD student in Biology, has been awarded the Eugenie Clark Memorial Award from the American Elasmobranch Society.

Read More →

FAQ Update

No new or revised FAQs have been added during the last week.