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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 next issue will be sent to you on Nov. 21. For up-to-the-minute news, follow us on Twitter @CUGradStudies or visit our website: To comment, email us at:

Convocation Stories

Congratulations to the hundreds of Master’s and PhD students who will be graduating this coming Saturday. Meet Malek El Kouzi, who is graduating with his Master’s degree in Information Technology and also Sam McEwan, who is graduating with her Master’s degree in Music and Culture.

Only Two More weeks

The clock is ticking to nominate your favourite professor for a Faculty Graduate Mentoring Award. The nomination deadline is Nov. 23.

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Graduate Student Wins Inaugural Pius Adesanmi Award

Grad student Kagiso Molope has won the inaugural Pius Adesanmi Award for Excellence from the African Studies Association of Africa, which “honours an outstanding single-authored book focused on Africa and/or the global African world biennially, submitted by or on behalf of a scholar, activist, and/or artist.” Prof. Adesanmi, was a valued Carleton professor who passed away tragically in the Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 crash on March 10, 2019.

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SSHRC Storyteller Competition Now Open

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council is now accepting submissions for its annual Storyteller Competition. Lots of prizes! FGPA will be hosting an information and coaching session on Thursday, Nov. 21 from 10 a.m. to Noon in 512F Tory. To register, please visit this web page.

New PhD Program

Check out our new PhD program in Linguistics, Language Documentation and Revitalization.

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Final Reminder - OGS and Tri-Council (Master's) Awards

The deadline to apply for an Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) is Nov. 18 while the deadline for Master’s students to apply for a Tri-Council Award (NSERC, SSHRC, CIHR) is Dec. 1. Other award deadlines are listed on our Awards and Funding website.

Upcoming Grad Navigate Workshops

TAs, please note that 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. There are some great Grad Navigate workshops coming up, including a special set of workshops on financial skills on Nov. 13 that will help prepare you for life after graduation: Budgeting and Expense Planning and Debt and Credit Scores. Also, check out upcoming workshops on Exploring Careers Outside Academia (Nov. 12) and Op Ed Writing and Social Media Engagement (Nov. 25). All graduate students, TAs and non-TAs, are welcome. You can see the full list by clicking here.

Graduate Peer Support Program

The Graduate Peer Support Program (GPSP) is for students who are facing personal or academic difficulties or who simply want to maintain wellness as they face the challenges of graduate school. It is a combined effort of the Graduate Students’ Association, CUPE 4600, the Department of Equity and Inclusive Communities, the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs, and Health and Counselling Services. This program provides one-on-one support and group events, and addresses such topics as mental health and wellness, graduate life, and sexual and gendered violence. Drop-in peer support is also available. Visit the GPSP website for times and locations.

Don't Forget to Apply to Graduate

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.

When Friday Becomes a Monday

Don’t forget that classes follow a Monday schedule on Friday, Dec. 6.

How to Stay Up-to-Date About Grad Studies

Why not join our Twitter feed? We post tweets daily and retweet relevant information from other sources. All you have to do is follow us @CUGradStudies.

Exemptions From International Tuition Fees

If you are an international student in the process of applying for Permanent Residence with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada and have received documents from IRCC, you may be eligible to pay domestic rather than international tuition fees.

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Grad Research: Creating Opportunities For Blind and Low-Vision Individuals to Experience Art

Recently two Carleton doctoral students were among 20 recipients of a scholarship presented by The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation. Patricia Bérubé a PhD student in Cultural Mediations, is working towards making museums more accessible for those who are blind or who have low-vision.

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Grad Research: Online Hate Groups Affecting The Trans Community

Sociology PhD student Abigail Curlew was also presented with a scholarship from The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation. Curlew is looking at Internet “doxxing” and far-right digital vigilantes affecting the trans community.

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Grad Research: Jumbo Squids and Zombie Genes

A school of jumbo squid is scarier than a Sharknado from those cult movies and it’s mostly because they’re an actual thing. In Mexico, fishermen nicknamed them “diablo rojo” – the red devil. They’ve attacked submarines and scuba divers. Two PhD students are delving into a better understanding of these creatures.

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Consultation on the Campus Sexual Violence Prevention Strategy

Carleton’s draft Sexual Violence Policy is intended to be a living document and provide a three-year roadmap of activities that every member of our community can engage in, as we continue to strive to enhance the education, prevention and response to sexual violence on our campus. Over the next few months, we will be engaging the entire community in a collaborative consultation and review of the draft strategy which will serve as the starting point of our three-year roadmap. You can view the draft strategy on our website. You are encouraged to provide feedback through our survey questionnaire. Students are invited to take part in a design-thinking session on Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019.

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CUISIC Invites Your Feedback on Draft Calls to Action

Since December 2018, the Carleton University Indigenous Strategic Initiatives Committee (CUISIC) has conducted more than 40 consultations – on campus and off – that included more than 450 people. Based on the feedback gathered during these consultations, the committee has published a set of 41 draft Carleton-specific Calls to Action as part of an institutional response to the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The committee invites you to provide your feedback on the draft Calls to Action online, or to participate in an upcoming consultation session on Tuesday, Nov. 12 or Wednesday, Nov. 13. Please register online to confirm your attendance.

Inside Senate

Read about the highlights from the Oct. 18 Senate meeting.

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Important Dates and Deadlines


November 8:  Last day to request formal exam accommodations for December examinations to the Paul Menton Centre for Students with Disabilities. Note that it may not be possible to fulfill accommodation requests received after the specified deadline.

November 22:  Last day for summative tests or examinations or formative tests or examinations totaling more than 15% of the final grade before the official examination period (see examinations regulations in the General Regulations of the Graduate Calendar.)

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

December 24, 2019-January 2, 2020: University closed.

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 Grad Navigate workshops. Please note that online training modules or workshops advertised outside of Grad Navigate do not count towards paid training hours for TAs.

November 18Deadline to apply for internships in Prince Rupert offered by Ecotrust Canada

November 25Media Training


November 15: Deadline to apply for a Fulbright scholarship

November 18Deadline to apply for an OGS

November 23  Deadline to submit nominations for the Faculty Graduate Mentoring Awards

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

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:  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 7:  TA Mentorship Series:  Psychological Assessments and the Determination of Accommodations for University Students with Dr. Tina Daniels. 12:30-1:30 p.m. in ME4325

November 11:  Remembrance Day at Carleton U.

November 12 & 13:  Consultation sessions on Carleton’s Indigenous Strategic Initiatives Draft Calls to Action

November 13:  Science Cafe:  Leonardo’s Excursions into Mathematics

November 15:  Hockey Analytics Conference

November 19:  Session for students on the Campus Sexual Violence Prevention Strategy

November 21Annual Herzberg Lecture: Leonardo’s Salvator Mundi: The Story and the Research by Martin Kemp

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

November 29Moving Towards Trauma-Informed Physical Activity

December 3:  Giving Tuesday

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