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Current Grad Students Newsletter

Graduate Student News

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

COVID-19 News

Regular updates about how Carleton is coping with the COVID-19 pandemic are available by clicking here. For additional information, please visit the University’s FAQ page. 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. You can find out which buildings are open on campus by clicking here. Read the latest message (Sept. 29th) from our president. Check out Carleton’s Updated Mask Policy.

Unveiling Carleton’s New Strategic Integrated Plan

Carleton has launched a new beautifully designed Strategic Integrated Plan 2020-2025, which articulates an ambitious vision for our university inspired by our amazing location, distinctive strengths and community-focused, student-centred history. A printable version of the SIP is also available.

Moving forward, three strategic directions will light the way towards a bright future for Carleton: Share Knowledge, Shape the Future; Serve Ottawa, Serve the World; and Strive for Wellness, Strive for Sustainability.

Upcoming Events

The annual butterfly show is back….virtually. Check it out by clicking here. It’s running from Oct. 3rd to the 11th.

Carleton University’s eighth annual Throwback celebration has gone digital this year.  There are a lot of ways for the Carleton community and alumni to get involved.

You’re invited to attend this virtual workshop Wrapping up Grad School & Transitioning to the Job Market… During a Pandemic on Oct. 2nd. You can register here.

Carleton is developing an institutional Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Action Plan and invites you to review and comment on the draft recommendations before they are finalized. Provide feedback online or participate in a Town Hall on Oct. 14th.

You’re invited to attend the GSA’s community care sessions Healing Spaces, as part of the Graduate Peer Support Program. Students may register HERE or contact for more information. The next two sessions are Oct. 31st and Nov. 8th at 7 p.m.

Psychology Mental Health Day

You are cordially invited to the Psychology Mental Health Day on Oct. 8th, at 1:30. It is a condensed virtual program this year, Details and registration can be found by clicking here,

Also, a reminder that Health and Counselling Services offers virtual counselling services (by phone or video conference). You can book an appointment by calling 613-520-6774.

Award Deadlines

The deadline to apply for an OGS  is Nov. 15th;  Master’s Tri-Council Dec. 1st; Women’s Health Scholar’s Award Dec. 1st;  Autism Award Dec. 1st.  Check the Awards and Funding website for more information.

Professional Development Opportunities

Our popular Grad Café virtual chats have started again. Each one-hour session covers various topics relating to graduate student and postdoc life, with a focus on thesis writing and professional development. Click here to register. There are several other activities that you might be interested in. Click here for more details.

Changes Coming to the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP)

The OINP has three international student streams: International Student with Job Offer, Master’s Graduate, and PhD Graduate. Among other eligibility criteria, candidates must have graduated within the last two years and must show their intent to continue living and working in Ontario. Successful candidates may apply for Canadian permanent residence in the Provincial Nominee Program, an alternative to the Express Entry pathway.

Interest in the OINP is high and nominations per year are limited. OINP recently announced its intent to go to an expression of interest and ranking system to manage application intake. Details of the selection process are not yet available. OINP is currently conducting public consultations on the proposed changes.

Important Info for TAs

For Teaching Assistants who have never been paid by Carleton, you IMMEDIATELY need to set up an account with Payroll Services in order to be paid. Click here for more information.

UHIP Medical Coverage

Studying outside of Canada for Fall 2020?  You can opt out of fall term UHIP fees by going to this web page. If you have dependents with you (spouse and/or children), you must enrol them in UHIP. Email for more details. Were you previously approved for OHIP?  If so, check your student account to ensure you don’t have a UHIP charge.  If so, scan a copy of your OHIP health card to and request your UHIP fee be removed.

Faculty Graduate Mentoring Awards

Here’s your chance to nominate your favourite professor for a Faculty Graduate Mentoring Award. Nominations are open until Nov. 30. More information is available by clicking here.

Are You Eligible for a Scholarship Balance?

If so, you can request your balance through Carleton Central by clicking on “Refund or Scholarship Balance Request”.  Students will also be able to request a refund of the RA amount applied to their account in excess of their tuition fees. Depending on the amount of your scholarship balance, you will have up to four options: campus card transfer, e-transfer, cheque, or donate to Carleton. If you have any questions, please contact Student Accounts at: or phone 613-520-2600 ext. 3626.

Meet Carleton’s New Trans and Non-Binary Inclusion Coordinator

Jaime Sadgrove’s role is to ensure that trans and non-binary students, faculty, and staff are respected and represented on the Carleton campus.

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Rodney's Kitchen Food Truck on Campus

Rodney’s Kitchen is opening today on campus by the O-Train station. The hours of operation will be 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Monday to Friday, and the menu includes a number of their most popular dishes from the University Centre Food Court. They will be closing the Food Court in order to reduce traffic in the University Centre.

Carleton Unveils New Virtual Tour

Carleton has launched a new campus virtual tour, highlighting all the must-see spots and hidden gems on campus. You can self-navigate through Carleton’s buildings and facilities in stunning 360° photography and get a close-up look at the television studios in Richcraft Hall or the SuperLab in Steacie Building– all from the comfort of your home.

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Inside Senate

The latest edition of Inside Senate is now available. The highlights of the Sept. 25th meeting include a presentation on Carleton’s Draft Recommendations for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Institutional Action, as well as a review of the University’s response to COVID-19, which included crucial data from student surveys. Senate also reviewed compassionate grading options for the upcoming 2020 /21 academic year in anticipation of a decision at the next meeting, and formally confirmed the University’s plan to hold courses for the winter semester online. The Carleton Board of Governors met remotely on Sept. 29th. Minutes from the meeting will be posted on the Board of Governors website once available.

A Building that Builds Community

As the new home for Carleton’s Sprott School of Business heads towards completion, we took an opportunity to sit down with Siamak Hariri – a founding partner of Hariri Pontarini Architects and lead architect for the project – to discuss the vision behind Nicol Building’s unique and extraordinary design. You can also read the 2019 Sprott Research Review report by clicking here.

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Grad Research: Conditional Cash Program’s Effect on Gender Equality

Conditional cash transfer programs are one anti-poverty strategy that has gained increasing attention and has been widely implemented by several countries. They give cash to poor households on the condition that enrolled households make certain pre-specified investments in the human capital of their children. Kerry O’Neill, a PhD student in Ethics and Public Affairs is researching international development and the impacts these policies have on gender equality and women’s empowerment.

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The following FAQ was updated on the current graduate student FAQ’s page: Has the university released any plans yet for the 2021 winter term?