View this in your browser
Banner image for Current Grad Students Newsletter

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 the summer). The next issue will be sent to you on Nov. 7. For up-to-the-minute news, follow us on Twitter @CUGradStudies or visit our website: To comment, email us at:

Voting on Campus

The 2019 Federal Election will take place on Mon. Oct. 21. For SOME Ottawa-Centre voters, the polling station will be in Fenn Lounge, Residence Commons. In order to vote, you must be a Canadian citizen and at least 18 years old on Election Day. Voting is an easy three step process: Bring your ID, register and vote. If you do not have an ID, you may still be able to vote.

Nominations Are Open for the Faculty Graduate Mentoring Awards

These awards are presented annually to professors who have done an exceptional job mentoring their graduate students. It’s a great way for students to thank their professors for going above and beyond. The nomination deadline is Nov. 23.

Read More →

Demystifying Literature Reviews

This workshop will be of interest to graduate students at any stage in their program who have to prepare a literature review as part of their academic work. It’s on Oct. 30 from 3 to 4 p.m. in 328 Dunton Tower. Aliya Kuzhabekova, CREWW’s postdoc researcher, will present strategies on how to prepare a literature review for academic work. She will specifically address how to narrow your search for articles to find what you need, how to organize the articles, and how to code articles with a demonstration in NVivo. To Register, please RSVP to

OGS and Tri-Council Master's Award Deadlines

The deadline to apply for an Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) is Nov. 15 while the deadline for Master’s students to apply for a Tri-Council Award (NSERC, SSHRC, CIHR) is Dec. 1. Apply now!

Mental Health Support and Services

Whether you’re away from campus for fall break or here in town, there are many mental health resources available to help Carleton students in need.

Read More →

Want To Go On An Exchange?

Imagine studying and living in another city while earning credit toward your Carleton degree? Check out Carleton’s Exchange Program. To find out more, visit this website. To attend an information session, click here.

"Pedagogical" Training

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 still some Grad Navigate workshops available. Check them out by clicking here.

What do You Think Carleton Should be Known for in 2030?

Carleton is undergoing a broad and consultative strategic planning process to design our next Strategic Integrated Plan. This process is a crucial step in determining the direction of Carleton’s future, because our plans will ultimately become our reality. Contribute your insight and your big ideas to the development of Carleton’s next plan:

Find Out More →

Register for a Coordinated Accessibility Strategy Feedback Session

As part of the process to develop a Coordinated Accessibility Strategy, we are offering feedback sessions to solicit feedback from the Carleton community on the draft version of the strategy. 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. Feedback can also be submitted online or by e-mail and will continue to be collected until Nov. 15. Register here for the next student feedback sessions on Nov. 5. Refreshments will be provided.

How to Promote Your Research

From participating in conferences to blogging, there are many different ways to showcase your research.

Find Out More →

Grad Research: Security, Surveillance and Power Dynamics in the Internet Age

No matter what you do on the Internet, it seems that someone somewhere is able to collect data from you. For her research, Political Economy grad student Meagan Bell is focusing on examining strategies of Internet governance in Canada using a political economic lens.

Read More →

Diabetes and Pollutants: Carleton Lab Makes New Discoveries

What kind of relationship do pollutants have with diabetes? That’s what Prof. Jenny Bruin and her grad students are trying to figure out.

Read More →

Sustainability at Carleton

Check out Carleton’s new sustainability website that features a number of initiatives taking place at Carleton.

Important Dates and Deadlines


October 21-25:  Fall break. Classes are suspended.

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.

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.

October 24-25:  Foundations of Project Management I (Mitacs)

October 30:  Media Training

November 25Media Training


November 15: Deadline to apply for a Fulbright scholarship

November 15Deadline 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)

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

October 18: The Siren’s Call of a Theory of Everything

October 21:  Federal Election

November 7: Celebrating 30 Years of Medical Physics

November 29Moving Towards Trauma-Informed Physical Activity

March 9-10:  Emerging Perspectives: FPA Graduate Conference

March 11: Kesterton Lecture


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