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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 Wed. of every month (except during the summer). The next issue will be available on November 21. For up-to-the-minute news, follow us on Twitter @CUGradStudies or visit our website: To comment, email us at:

My Favourite Professor

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

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Follow Dissertation-Writing Blog for Academic Writing Month

This November, PhD student Brittany Amell is contributing a series of blog posts in honour of Academic Writing Month (AcWriMo). Amell is a third-year doctoral student in the School of Linguistics and Language Studies, and her current research focuses on the writing that doctoral students do. She will be writing four blog posts in November, one for each week of AcWriMo.

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Register for the Sexual Violence Policy Review Design-Thinking Workshop for TAs

Carleton is reviewing its Sexual Violence Policy throughout the 2018-19 school year. As part of this process, the university has committed to offering Design-Thinking workshops to solicit feedback from the campus community. Register now for the November 21 workshop for Teaching Assistants.

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TAs Take Note

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: Balancing School, Work and Life (November 13), Managing Stress (November 15), Career Exploration Outside Academe: Get the Job You Want and the Resume You Need (November 23) and Media Training (November 27), along with several NVivo and other workshops on different dates.

Graduating Student Used Skills Acquired During His Degree to Land Job in Cybersecurity

More than 550 graduate students will be graduating at fall convocation this coming Saturday (November 10). Meet one of them.

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Grad Research: Cyber and Physical Threats to the Energy Sector

Cyber and physical threats to Canada’s energy sector have grown exponentially in recent years and they are far from random. Carleton University PhD candidate Casey Babb and Prof. Alex Wilner are spending the next year focused on getting a better sense of potential vulnerabilities within Canada and the United States.

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Reminder - Award Deadlines

There are several deadlines fast approaching for different awards — e.g., both the Fulbright and Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) are due by November 15. Check our Awards and Funding pages for more details.

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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.

When Does a Friday Become a Monday?

Don’t forget that classes follow a Monday schedule on Friday, December 7.

Exemptions From International Tuition Fees

If you are an international student and are 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 starting this current Fall term.

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Unique Networking Opportunity for Public Affairs Students

Graduate students in the Faculty of Public Affairs are invited to Linktank on Nov. 8. 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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A Culture of Accessibility

Carleton will be engaging with the entire community in a collaborative process to develop Carleton’s Coordinated Accessibility Strategy. This strategy will serve as a framework to guide the university’s commitment and continuous improvement as an accessible campus and help to establish Carleton as a Centre of Excellence in Accessibility. The objective of these sessions is to host a supportive and open space wherein members of the community can provide their feedback to inform the creation of the Coordinated Accessibility Strategy.

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Important Dates and Deadlines


November 25:  Winter term payment deadline. Click here for important payment information. Late payment charges and late registration charges will be applied to the student account on or after this date. Interest charges begin to accrue on January 1.

December 1:  Last 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 their department.

December 7:  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 for take-home examinations to be assigned, with the exception of those conforming to the examination regulations in the General Regulations of the Graduate Calendar. 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 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 25, 2018-January 1, 2019:  University closed.

January 2, 2019:  University reopens at 8:30 a.m.

January 7:  Winter term classes begin.

January 14:  OSAP deferral deadline. Late payment charges and late registration charges applied to the student account on or after this date for eligible OSAP students.

January 18:  Last day for registration for winter term courses. Last day to change courses or sections (including auditing) for winter term courses.

January 18:  Graduate students who have not electronically submitted their final thesis copy to the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs will not be eligible to graduate in winter 2019 and must register for the winter 2019 term.

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.


November 7:  Immigration Workshop: Study Permit Renewal (for international students)

November 7:  Ingenious Talks: The Northern Nomad Tiny Home – Pushing the Limits of Sustainability

November 8:  2018 Quality Showcase

November 8:  CU in the City – Nature and the Happy Path to Sustainability

November 8:  LinkTank:  A Networking Night for FPA Graduate Students

November 9:  Shannon Lecture with Kisha Supernant, “Good Intentions, Bad Archaeology: The uses and abuses of Canadian archaeology against Indigenous people”

November 13:  Career Workshop: Marketing Your International Experience

November 15:  FPA’s Author Meets Readers – A Family Matter

November 15:  Deadline to apply for the PhD program at the Max Planck Research School for Molecular Life Sciences

November 21:  Sexual Violence Policy Review Design-Thinking Workshop for TAs

November 23:  Shannon Lecture with Katherine Cook “There is no net neutrality in digital archaeology”

December 8:  Holiday Skate 

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


November 12:  Preparing the Job Application (Part Two): Alternative-to-Academic Jobs

Check out the next media training session (November 27)

Check out the 4-week course in Koru Mindfulness. It’s free but you must attend all four sessions. Details here.

Grad Navigate workshops for the fall term are now posted. You can always access online training through (Please note that these online training modules do not count towards paid training hours for TAs.)


November 15Deadline to apply for a Fulbright award

November 15Deadline to apply for an OGS

November 15:  Deadline to submit an entry to the National Essay Challenge: Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. You must email the group in advance to access the group.

November 15:  Deadline to apply for the Richard Van Loon Scholarship

November 16:  Deadline to apply for an IDRC Research Award

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

July 1, 2019Deadline to apply for a bursary from the Centre for Research and Education on Women & Work

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.


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).

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 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.