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Current Grad Students Newsletter

Graduate Student News

The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs (FGPA) distributes this newsletter to all graduate students on the first and third Thursday of every month (except during December and the summer months). The final issue for 2019 will be sent to you on Dec. 5. For up-to-the-minute news, follow us on Twitter @CUGradStudies or visit our website: To comment, email us at:

Mentoring Awards - Deadline Extended

The deadline to submit a nomination for the Faculty Graduate Mentoring Awards is now Nov. 30. We have extended the deadline one week to give you time to thank your favourite professor for their support and mentorship.

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Storyteller Workshop Today

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) is now accepting submissions for its annual Storyteller Competition. FGPA is hosting an information and coaching session TODAY, Thursday, Nov. 21 from 10 a.m. to Noon in 512F Tory. If you haven’t already registered, just come by.

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Record Research Results

The latest Re$earch Infosource rankings of Canada’s top research universities show Carleton posted the country’s biggest increase in research funding among all comprehensive and medical universities.

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Check Out Carleton's New Graduate Programs

Over the past month, Carleton has launched six new graduate programs.

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Graduate Peer Support Program Now Offering Drop-In Support

The Graduate Peer Support Program (GPSP) is for Carleton graduate students who are facing personal or academic difficulties or who want to maintain wellness as they face the challenges of graduate school. Visit the GPSP page to find out more about the GPSP, including drop-in times and locations, as well as general information about counselling and other services available for grad students at Carleton.

Library Launching New Search Tools

Later this semester, the library will be launching a new set of search tools for finding and accessing books, articles and other materials in its collection. The new search tools will be available on the library web site on Dec. 10. These tools will replace the existing search interface, the catalogue, as well as the library’s listing of journals and databases. Check out what will be changing.

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Apply Now to be an Out-of-Priority TA

All undergraduate and full-time graduate students who have NOT been awarded a TA for the Winter 2020 academic term can now express interest in becoming a TA. Deadline is Dec. 15.

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Convocation Congratulations!

The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs congratulates the more than 500 grad students who graduated at Fall Convocation on Nov. 9. A list of the graduate student medallists is available on Carleton’s Convocation website. Ying He won both the Governor General’s Gold Medal and the University Medal for Outstanding Graduate Work at the Doctoral Level.

Convocation: Inuk Social Work Grad Travels Far for Degree

Jessica Lyall is a new Master of Social Work graduate who pursued a degree her own way— finding placements that continued her professional work in support of Indigenous people while also starting a family.

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Convocation: First Graduate From the Health Sciences Master's Program

David Roy first realized he wanted to pursue a master’s degree when he looked around the HIV clinic where he worked for nine months in Johannesburg, South Africa. He understood the need for research that would help improve the lives of the mothers and children he served. Now, he is the first MSc graduate from the Health Sciences program.

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Grad Research: The Hills Are Alive With the Sound of "Hippy Music"

Music and Culture grad student Heather Horak has been awarded a major grant, in partnership with her local heritage centre, Maison Fairbairn House, to explore the musical subculture of the hippy era (‘60’s and 70’s) and its influence on community identity and values in the Gatineau Hills/West Quebec area.

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Important Dates and Deadlines


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

December 1:  Last day for receipt of applications to graduate 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 6:  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 7 – 8:  No classes or examinations take place.

December 9 – 21:  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 15:  Deadline to apply to be an Out-of-Priority TA.

December 24:  Deadline for course outlines to be made available to students registered in winter term courses.

December 24, 2019-January 2, 2020: University closed. Re-opens on Fri. Jan. 3.

January 6:  Winter term classes start

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.


Check out our final Grad Navigate listings. Please note that online training modules or workshops advertised outside of Grad Navigate do not count towards paid training hours for TAs. TAs, your 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.

November 25Media Training


November 27:  Deadline to apply for a 10-week research opportunity in Japan

November 30:   Revised deadline to submit nominations for the Faculty Graduate Mentoring Awards

December 1:  Deadline for master’s students to apply for a Tri-Council award

December 1Deadline to apply for a Women’s Health Scholars Award (scroll down)

December 2:  Deadline to apply for an Autism Award (scroll down) deadline

December 18:  Deadline to apply for a Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation i2020 Scholarship

January 28:  Deadline to enter the SSHRC Storyteller competition

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)

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



Now-March 13, 2020:  FPA Research Series

Now-November 29, 2019:  Shannon Lecture Series

November 26:  Michel’s Den

November 27: Science Café: A Retrospective Look at the Power of Natural Products – 50 years of Chemical Dabbling and Some Stories

November 29:  Register now for the next Azure Bootcamp

November 29Moving Towards Trauma-Informed Physical Activity

December 3:  Giving Tuesday

December 4:  Indigenous Winter Market

December 5:  European Funding Opportunities for Students, Postdocs and Researchers of All Nationalities

December 7:  Holiday Skate

March 9-10:  Emerging Perspectives: FPA Graduate Conference

March 11: Kesterton Lecture

For other events, please check out the University Events Calendar.


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

Deadlines 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).

“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. 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.