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Current Grad Students Newsletter

Graduate Student News

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:

PhD Students! Having Trouble Writing Your Dissertation?

Get inspired and register for upcoming writing workshops. Register now as places are limited!
Gamestorm Your Research Thursday, Nov. 3
AcWriTreats November 18-21  (Academic Writing Retreat)
AcwriTreats November 25-28
Coming December 6-10: PhD Dissertation Writing Bootcamp. Details will be available shortly.

Reminder: You're Invited to the Inaugural Carleton University Medal Lectures

Come hear some of the best of our best graduate student medallists present their research findings at a the inaugural Carleton University Medal Lectures on Nov. 11. Reception to follow.

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These Students Have GRIT

Meet the seven winners of this year’s Graduate Research and Innovative Thinking (GRIT) Awards.

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How to Stay Up-to-Date About Campus News

Here is a list of newsletters and other resources that can help keep you up-to-date about what’s going on around campus. In some cases, you will need to read online.

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Convocation First

On November 12, the first class of students is counting on graduating from the new Master of Accounting (MAcc) program offered by the Sprott School of Business.

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Grad Research: Using Local Media During Emergencies

Grad Student Heather Gilberds is looking at how organizations involved in humanitarian response and reconstruction are being used in emergency situations.

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Last Chance to Nominate Your Faculty Mentor

You only have two more weeks to nominate your favourite professor for a Faculty Graduate Mentoring Award.

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TA Hours

Fall-only Teaching Assistants need to complete their pedagogical teaching hours by Nov. 30. There are still some professional development opportunities left in Grad Navigate.

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You Have to Apply to Graduate

Don’t forget that Dec. 1 is the deadline to apply to graduate in February and also the last day to submit the final draft of your Master’s thesis or PhD dissertation to your supervisor in order to graduate in February.

Have You Been the Victim of a Locker Room Theft?

In October, the Department of Recreation and Athletics experienced an increased number of reported thefts from the men’s change room. If you have experienced a theft, please contact the Department of University Safety.

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Green Revolving Fund: Call for applications

Do you have a great idea that would help make Carleton a more sustainable campus? The Green Revolving Fund Committee is now accepting applications. There is an info session on Nov. 14.

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Important Dates and Deadlines


November 11:  Last day to request formal exam accommodations for December examinations to the Paul Menton Centre for Students with Disabilities. Late requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis

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

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

December 1:  Last day to submit the final draft of your Master’s thesis or PhD dissertation to your supervisor in order to graduate in the winter term.

December 9: Fall term ends. Last day of fall-term classes. CLASSES FOLLOW A MONDAY SCHEDULE!!! Last day for academic withdrawal from fall term courses..

December 9: 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.

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.


January 20:  Deadline to enter the Green Revolving Fund 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.


There are still a few Grad Navigate workshops that are available to claim your pedagogical training hours for the fall term.  If you are a fall-only TA, you need to complete your training by Nov. 30. Check out these remaining workshops:
Media Training: Nov. 18
AcWriTreats: November 18-21  (Academic Writing Retreat)
AcWriTreats: November 25-28
Coming Dec. 6-10: PhD Dissertation Writing Bootcamp. Stay tuned for the details.

Registration is now open for the winter 2017 cohort of Preparing to Teach, the EDC’s 10-week course for upper-year PhD students who are preparing to teach at the undergraduate level. Registration info is available here,

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


Note:  Students and departments will be notified in mid-December of the status of their application for a donor funded award.

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

November 4:  Carleton U. Deadline to apply for a Trudeau Doctoral scholarship

November 9Next deadline to apply for a Mitacs Globalink grant

November 9Deadline to apply for a Mitacs JSPS 10-week internship in Japan

November 15:  Deadline to apply for a one-year research fellowship on microfinance and SME banking at the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management.

November 15  Deadline to apply for a Metis Nation of Ontario award

November 15:  Deadline to apply for a Fulbright scholarship

November 15:  Deadline to apply for a Richard Van Loon scholarship for an outstanding international student from an African country. The application is available by clicking here.

November 20Deadline to apply for a Contract Instructor Teaching Award

November 20:  Deadline to apply for a Contract Instructor Teaching Innovation Grant

December 1:  Deadline to apply for an OGS and Tri-council Master’s award

December 7:  Deadline to apply for a Gates Cambridge scholarship

February 1:  Deadline to apply for a Mackenzie King Scholarship

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:  Dec. 31 (winter term), April 30 (summer term)  (access form via Carleton Central) and Aug. 31 (fall 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 Nov. 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. This is because this process is manual and time-consuming. 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.