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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 News

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. You can find out which buildings are open on campus by clicking here. Check out Carleton’s Updated Mask Policy. For additional information, please visit the University’s FAQ page.

New COVID-19 Screening Requirement for Building Access

Under Orders from the Government of Ontario and guidance from Public Health Ontario and Ottawa Public Health, Carleton University is required to implement COVID-19 screening for all employees, students, and visitors. Effective immediately, the short COVID-19 screening form must be completed each day you plan to enter a Carleton University building. An email confirmation of your submission will be sent to your Carleton email account.

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Please Read: Three-term Non Registration

If you have NOT REGISTERED for the past two terms, then you MUST register in the next term or you will be withdrawn from the program. Please note this does not include students with an approved Leave of Absence.

Reminder - RA Payments

A reminder to all Type A RAs that, unlike past years, your RA payment has been made in a lump sum directly to your student account. Please check with Student Accounts if you have any questions.

Faculty and students both still use the Grad RA Payment System to set up the funding. Data from that system will be applied to the student account.

For domestic students, a T4A will still be issued. For international students, a T4A-NR (same form, for a non-resident) will be produced. Students will be able to request a refund of the amount applied to their account in excess of their tuition fees.

Unfortunately, we cannot offer a Type B income RA (salary for hours worked) to any student who will not be resident in Canada.

Carleton Athletics Closures

The Carleton Athletics Fitness Centre, Recreational Leagues and Intramurals are closed to all members of the public for a minimum of 28 days. All memberships will be suspended immediately and a pro-rated credit for the remainder of the month will be placed on your accounts. The safety of the Carleton community, including our customers and their families, continues to be our top priority. Our fitness centre will reopen when it is appropriate to do so.

Professional Development Opportunities

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

Find out about other upcoming PD opportunities, including the Grad Café, by clicking here.

Carleton has also extended its LinkedIn Learning license for an additional year. If you are looking for access to on demand courses in areas such as Excel, Teams, or even photography, check out LinkedIn Learning.

Are You Having a Tough Time?

Carleton continues to offer a wide variety of virtual support services, such as TAO Online Self-Help and TherapyHealth and Counselling Services remains open virtually and continues to provide counselling appointments through telephone or video options.  You can book a virtual counselling appointment by calling 613-520-6774.

Virtual 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! Watch for an email in mid-October with more details and registration information. CU there!

Carleton University Ranks High in Maclean’s 2021 Ranking of Universities

The 2021 university rankings published in Maclean’s magazine on October 8, 2020 confirm Carleton University’s significant momentum in the post-secondary sector, particularly in the areas of research, student satisfaction and student awards.

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Info. for International Students

International students! If you will continue winter term classes from outside Canada for Winter 2021, you can opt out of the winter UHIP fee by filling in THIS FORM. If, however, you find you are eligible to travel to Canada at any point, you must notify the ISSO and UHIP Administrator ( so you can be re-enrolled in UHIP.

Please note the following upcoming events:

Update on Carleton's International Exchange Program

The International Exchange Program allows Carleton students to attend a partner university abroad while paying Carleton tuition and earning credit toward their Carleton degree. There are still several exchange information sessions that you can attend. While the ISSO will be accepting applications for the 2021/2022 exchange program, a final decision on the status of the Fall 2021 exchange will not be made until June 2021. You can also visit the My Exchange website for more information or email

ITS is Here to Help

ITS is happy to introduce a new Chat feature that allows customers to interact with Service Desk agents in real time.  All staff, faculty and students can sign onto the Customer Portal and click on the Chat icon in the lower right corner to start a conversation. Each interaction is transcribed into a Jira ticket that users can reference in the Customer Portal at a later time. For more information, please visit our Online Help Centre, or contact the ITS Service Desk.

Nominations Are Open for the Faculty Graduate Mentoring Awards

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

Award Updates

The Richard J. Van Loon Scholarship is awarded annually to an outstanding international student from an African country. The deadline to apply is November 15. You can find out more by clicking here. Other awards can be found on this website.

Inclusion Week Oct. 19-23

Check out activities for this year’s Inclusion Week that will investigate subjects and experiences related to inclusion at a time of pandemic response, racial reckoning and technological transformation. Registration is now open for the Inclusive Leadership Workshop, as well as three high-profile panel events: Neuroscience of Inclusion, Accessibility in Times of Transition and The African Diaspora in the Academy.

Submit Your Project Idea to FutureFunder

Carleton students, faculty and staff are leading projects that make an impact in the communities we serve. Are you part of an initiative like this? Are you looking for philanthropic funding to meet your goals? Submit a project at before November 1, and your project will be eligible for Giving Tuesday—December 1, 2020.

Carleton Becomes First University to Adopt Rick Hansen Foundation’s Accessibility Certification

In a swiftly aging country where one in five people have a disability, the need for increased accessibility grows. In response to this reality and to fully commit to an accessible campus, Carleton University has adopted the Rick Hansen Foundation’s Accessibility Certification (RHFAC) program as its own.

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COVID-19 Monitoring of Wastewater Keeps Carleton Campus Safe

Carleton is taking extra measures to ensure the safety of staff and students in many ways, including the recommendation of best practices for students, faculty and staff regarding access to campus, social gatherings and other scenarios. Since September, Banu Örmeci and her team have added to these efforts by taking a preventative stance by testing the campus’ wastewater for genetic traces of SARS-CoV-2.

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Carleton Journalism Kicks Off Its 75th Year with a Nod to History

On October 9, 1945, the first-ever class of Carleton journalism students gathered in a small room in downtown Ottawa. Exactly 75 years later, on October 9, 2020 at 10 a.m., Carleton’s journalism program marked that date in a way those original students could never have imagined—by streaming a virtual event on the school’s Instagram site amid a global pandemic.

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Carleton Prof. Creates Virtual Sedimentary Geology Field Trips

Ottawa is fortunate to have a rich geological history and is home to many unique rock features. In a typical fall term, Earth Sciences Prof. George Dix would be taking his students on weekly field trips to explore Carleton’s backyard firsthand. But this year, he came up with a very different approach.

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Sprott School of Business Student Consulting Group

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in organizations of all stripes facing extremely tough challenges. And, students in the Sprott School of Business’ Student Consulting Group (SSCG) have stepped in since the pandemic struck to assist organizations in navigating these uncertain waters through the art, science and craft of management.

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FAQ Update

We added one new FAQ to our current graduate student FAQs this past week:  What is happening with Fall Convocation?