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Current Grad Students Newsletter

Graduate Student News

Welcome to the latest issue of TheGraduate@Carleton e-newsletter for graduate students. This newsletter is sent to all graduate students on the first and third Wed. of every month (except during December and the summer). The next issue will be Nov. 15. For up-to-the-minute news, follow us on Twitter @CUGradStudies or visit our website: To comment, email us at:

Only Two Weeks Left!

The deadline to nominate your favourite faculty member for a Faculty Graduate Mentoring Award is Nov. 14.

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A Convocation First

The first student to graduate from Carleton with a PhD in Social Work will be graduating at the Nov. 18th Convocation ceremony.

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Grad Research: Graduating PhD Student Focuses on Saudi Women Drivers

PhD candidate Lama Altoaimy had just uploaded her revised dissertation on how Twitter users in Saudi Arabia were debating the country’s ban on women driving when an amazing coincidence happened.

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Winter Graduation Deadline

If you are thinking of graduating in February, you need to apply to graduate by Dec. 1. This is also the last day for you to submit your supervisor-approved thesis in examinable form to your department.

Taking the Lead: Cultural Mediations PhD Student Curates National Gallery Exhibit "Canadian Biennial"

Carleton University PhD student Jonathan Shaughnessy is the lead curator for the 2017 Canadian Biennial exhibit featuring the work of more than 50 Canadian, Indigenous and international artists. The exhibit is on now until March 18, 2018.

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Grad Research: A Tiny House With Big Style

At one point Ben Hayward was Canada’s top ranked whitewater kayaker. Now, the Master of Architecture student is building an energy-efficient solar-thermal tiny house on campus.

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Enhanced Mental Health Initiatives

Carleton has launched several new initiatives to help with the health and well-being of all students, including the piloting of an online counselling program.

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TA Training

Fall-only teaching assistants have until Nov. 30 to submit their training hours, in order to be paid. There are still some Grad Navigate workshops left including Managing Stess on Nov. 2, the Mitacs one-day Networking workshop on Nov. 6. and Media Training on Nov. 21.  Grad Navigate workshops are open to all graduate students.

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Final Reminder - OGS and Tri-Council Master's Applications

You have until Nov. 15 to apply for an Ontario Graduate Scholarship and Dec. 1 to apply for a master’s scholarship from the Tri-Council (CIHR, NSERC, SSHRC). Deadlines for other awards are listed on our awards and funding website.

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Revised Deadline for the Ontario Women's Health Scholarship

Please note that the deadline is now Dec. 1 to apply for a 2018-19 Ontario Women’s Health Scholarship.

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Apply Now for a Contract Instructor Teaching Award or Contract Instructor Teaching Innovation Grant

Valued at $1,500, there are five awards that recognize teaching excellence by Contract Instructors at Carleton University. The deadline to apply is November 20.  Nominations are also welcome. Click here for more details. Valued at $6,000, there is one innovation grant to provide support to a Contract Instructor for investigating student learning and alternative approaches to teaching and assessing student learning at the individual, departmental, faculty, or institutional levels. The deadline to apply is November 20. Nominations also welcome. Click here for more details.

An Intriguing Networking Event for Public Affairs Graduate Students and Alumni

Graduate students in the Faculty of Public Affairs are invited to Linktank on Nov. 2. This is a networking mixer for FPA grad students and alumni and will feature a “speed dating” format that will pair professionals with students. Register now!

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Important Dates and Deadlines


November 18:  Fall Convocation

November 25:  Winter term payment deadline. Click here for important payment information. Late charges may be applied to the student account any time after this date.

December 1Last day for receipt of applications from potential winter (February) graduates.

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

December 8:  Fall term ends. Last day of fall-term classes. Classes follow a Monday schedule. Last day for academic withdrawal from fall term courses. Last day to pay any remaining fall tuition fees to avoid a hold on access to marks through Carleton Central and the release of transcripts and other official documents.

December 9:  No classes or examinations take place.

December 10 – 22:  Final examinations in fall term courses and mid-term examinations in fall/winter courses may be held. Examinations are normally held all seven days of the week.

December 25-January 1, 2018:  University closed

January 2:  University re-opens at 8:30 a.m.

January 8:  Winter term classes begin.

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.


There are still some Grad Navigate workshops posted for the fall term. Register now! There are sessions listed under the following subject headings:
Research & Writing
Professional Skills Development
Teaching Skills

One more full-day Mitacs workshop on Networking Skills will be held on November 6. Register soon while space is still available!

There is a Media Training Workshop on November 21 that can be counted towards paid pedagogical training hours for TAs.

Students working on theses or dissertations may also be interested in attending the last of the Library’s Thesis Jumpstart workshops, which covers research data management.

You can also access online training through Please note that these online training modules do not count towards paid training hours for TAs.

There are two mandatory training workshops for all students volunteering or working in a lab at 9 a.m. and also Noon on Nov. 7.


November 3:  Carleton deadline to apply for a Trudeau Foundation doctoral scholarship

November 15Deadline to apply for a Carleton OGS

November 15:  Deadline to apply for the Richard Van Loon scholarship to an outstanding international student from an African country

November 15:  Deadline to apply for a Fulbright award

December 1:  Deadline for Master’s students to apply for a Tri-council award (CIHR, NSERC, SSHRC)

December 1: Note NEW DEADLINE for the Ontario Women’s Health Scholars Awards for 2018-19

December 6:  Deadline to apply for a Gates Cambridge scholarship

Mitacs offers several funding opportunities for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. 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 ($55,000 annual grant for two-year postdoctoral fellowships with industry or non-profit partners, plus a customized research management training program valued at 7,500)
(c) Mitacs Globalink Research Awards (Funding to support research collaborations with international universities.)

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


Now-November 28:  Ottawa Writer’s Festival

November 1:  Career Fair for Indigenous Students

November 1Herzberg Lecture: Signalling through DNA

November 4:   Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering: Behind The Scenes

November 3:  The Ethics of Big Data, Artificial Intelligence and Human-centric Science (featuring Carleton Prof. Jim Davies)

November 6:   2017 Peeter Kruus Lecture TSES- Dr. Steven Cooke

November 7:  CUAG Afternoon Intersections: Re-thinking “alternative” histories

November 8:  Beneath the Waves – Dr. Austin Gallagher

November 27:  READi Launch and Symposium

December 1:  Shannon Lecture Series with Janine Marchessault: “The Missing Archive of Expo 67”

December 9:  Holiday Skate

For information about Carleton events, go to the university events calendar.


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

Deadline to apply to be an “out-of-priority” TA are as follows: December 15 (Winter term), April 15 (Spring/Summer term) and August 15 (Fall/Winter term). You can apply once you are registered as a full-time student in the respective term (For fall, registration opens June 23).

“Pedagogical” training hours must be completed by November 30 for a fall-only TAship and 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.