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Current Grad Students Newsletter

Graduate Student News

FGPA typically sends out newsletters to all grad students every Thursday morning. If you have any questions, please email us at:

COVID-19 Updates

Regular updates about how Carleton is coping with the COVID-19 pandemic are available by clicking here. For questions concerning current graduate students, click here. To view FAQs for prospective graduate students, click here. International graduate students, please check out FAQs on the ISSO website. For additional information, please visit the University’s FAQ page. You can find out which buildings are open on campus by clicking here. This COVID-19 screening form must be completed each day you plan to enter a Carleton University building.

Winter Courses Online

All Winter 2021 courses will be offered online or through other methods of distance learning based on the recommendation of the Carleton University Scenario Planning working group. A small number of pilot projects involving some on-campus learning activities may be allowed on a voluntary basis for both instructors and students.

Looking For Support?

Health and Counselling Services remains open virtually and continues to provide counselling opportunities to domestic students through telephone or video options. Please call 613-520-6674 to book an appointment. You will be triaged by telephone to determine the safest way to provide care. Health and Counselling Services has just hired a permanent, full-time Grad Counsellor who will be available 10 months per year for grad students.

Carleton offers virtual support services to all students through TAO Online Self-Help and Therapy. The Graduate Students’ Association is running a healing spaces program, one event per month. Students can register here.

International students residing in their home country can visit this website for a list of resources. ISSO has organized a series of workshops for international students.

If you have ideas about how to cope better during the pandemic, please send them to and we can share with other grad students.

Interested in Pursuing a PhD or Master's Degree?

Are you interested in learning more about applying to Grad Programs at Carleton? General information sessions are being held online throughout November. Program specific sessions in Public Policy and Administration, Communication, and Applied Linguistics and Discourse Studies are also planned. See all of the upcoming webinars on the Events website.

Update Your Skillset

There are still lots of upcoming professional development events and workshops happening over the next week.

November 6:    Time Management
November 6:    Approaches to Coding (NVivo)
November 9:    Establish Your Career Narrative: Explore the Job Market
November 13:  Social Media Analysis with NVivo
November 16:  Establish Your Career Narrative: Enhance Your Employability

You can also tune in our latest Alumni Conversation on November 13 when we feature an interview with Mary Bartram, Director, Mental Health and Substance Use at Mental Health Commission of Canada.

Find out about other upcoming PD opportunities by clicking here. And don’t forget to join the Grad Café tomorrow.

Fall Convocation

Join Carleton President Benoit Antoine Bacon on Saturday, November 14 at 1 PM ET for an online celebration of our Fall 2020 graduates! Details can be found on the Convocation website.

Navigating MacOdrum Library

Find out how MacOdrum Library can help you. Click here to view the video.

Award Deadlines

November 15 is the deadline to apply for an OGS and the Richard J. Van Loon Scholarship. The deadline for Master’s students to apply for a Tri-Council Award (NSERC, SSHRC, CIHR) is December 1. Also Research Data Canada has just announced a $100 US scholarship. Details can be found here. Other awards can be found on this website.

Apply Now to Become an Indigenous Student Mentor

Are you a Carleton student interested in supporting Indigenous elementary and high school students in the Ottawa urban Indigenous community? The Centre for Initiatives in Education is currently seeking to fill multiple positions for the position of Indigenous Student Mentor. The deadline to apply is Tuesday, November 10.

Find Out More →

Mentoring Awards

Why not thank your favourite professor by nominating him/her for a Faculty Graduate Mentoring Award. Nominations are open until November 30. More information is available by clicking here.

Winter Payment

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

Don't Forget to Apply to Graduate

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

For Teaching Assistants

Please take note of the following two workshops. You can register on Carleton Central under the TA Management Tab >> TA Training Registration.

Listen While You Work: How to Benefit from Music and Sounds
Tuesday, November 10, 2020 (Zoom)
11:00 AM — 12:30 PM

Diversity is not Inclusion: a condensed workshop about LGBTQ+ students in the post secondary school system
Wednesday, November 11, 2020 (Zoom)
1:00 — 2:30 PM

And you can also join the TA Café
Monday, November 9
2 to 3:30 PM
Zoom link available on TA Central Hub: Training & Resources. Click here to self-enroll.

Visit for all upcoming workshops and updates.

For International Students Only

Carleton is now able to welcome and support international students who choose and are able to travel to Ottawa to complete their remote studies. Prior to making travel arrangements, they should contact the ISSO at to ensure that they are eligible to travel to Ottawa and to receive additional pre-arrival information and guidance.

The ISSO distributes an International Student Newsletter which is sent out every second Wednesday. You can subscribe to this newsletter by clicking here. You will find important updates regarding  immigration and travel, UHIP coverage, employment and volunteer opportunities, scholarships, wellness supports, social programs, and upcoming events.

Join Us for Our Green Careers Webinar

This hour-long Green Collar Careers webinar will be held November 10 from 1 to 2 PM. It covers a range of topics which are important to people who are looking for a fulfilling career in a green industry. These include:

  • What is a Green Collar Career and why are governments/companies investing in creating green jobs?
  • Which green industries will see growth over the coming decades, including some companies/organizations that operate in sectors with a Canadian focus?
  • A Green Career exploration activity which matches the participant’s individual interests with relevant green jobs.
  • How to write an Elevator Pitch and the importance of online and in-person networking.

Please register in advance by clicking here.

Carleton’s New Five-Year Sustainability Plan Sets Ambitious Targets

Carleton released a new five-year sustainability plan on November 4, setting ambitious targets for emissions reduction, water consumption and waste on campus, while increasing sustainability research, teaching and community engagement.

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Callout Requests for PhD Students & Workshop

PhD students interested in writing for The Conversation should register now for this upcoming session:

What: The Conversation – An Overview with Scott White
Where: Zoom
When: Thursday November 26, 2020 from 1 to 2:30 PM
Registration: Please email Steven Reid at to receive Zoom meeting information.

The Conversation is looking for faculty and PhD students who can write about the following:

Parents are facing a long winter with COVID-19 restrictions. Seeking research-based pitches about specific ways families can nurture and maintain pro-social community connections or hands-on projects families can plan that benefit children’s and parents’ holistic development and positive relationships. Editor: Susannah Schmidt,

Artists and COVID-19:  The research project I lost my gig shows that Canadian artists and other freelancers have lost more than $20 million in income since the pandemic. Seeking research about creative ways arts organizations are managing this, new artistic innovations in diverse disciplines or comparative national studies about global arts responding to COVID-19. Deadline: end of November. Editor: Susannah Schmidt,

They ask authors to please sign up and then pitch an article idea, rather than email a fully written article to the editors.


Inside Senate October 30

The October 30 meeting of Senate was held remotely to comply with social distancing guidelines. The highlight of the meeting was the approval of graduation for 752 undergraduate and 484 graduate students. Senate congratulates the Class of 2020! Senators also passed a series of motions regarding compassionate grading options, and approved two new program concentrations in the Faculty of Engineering.

New Blackness and Anti-Racism Undergrad Course Examines the Institutions that Perpetuate Racism and Inequality

Kisha McPherson, an instructor at Carleton University, is teaching Blackness and Anti-racism—a seminar course being offered for the first time this fall in the Human Rights and Social Justice program. The new seminar is designed to directly respond to some of the issues that we have witnessed over the last few months.

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Carleton Unveils Road Map for the Future in Dynamic Virtual Event

Carleton University President Benoit-Antoine Bacon was part of a dynamic virtual event to launch Carleton’s new Strategic Integrated Plan. The comprehensive year-long collaborative process to create the SIP may be complete, said Bacon, “but now we’re at the place where the ideas in the plan can really take off.”

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Carleton Hosts Healthy Cities Panel – Imagining an Anti-Racist City

Carleton University’s Faculty of Arts and Social Science (FASS) recently hosted Imagining an Anti-Racist City as part of its Healthy Cities 2020 Panel Series. Missed this event? Watch the recorded video by clicking here.

Carleton Drone Decontamination Research, UAV Training Program to Take Flight

From safely delivering vital supplies to remote communities using large-scale drones, to training the next generation of unmanned aerial vehicle experts, two Carleton initiatives will soon take to the skies at Ottawa’s state-of-the-art Area X.O facility in Nepean, ON.

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FAQ Updates

We have not added any new FAQs to the prospective or current graduate student FAQs.