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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 7. For up-to-the-minute news, follow us on Twitter @CUGradStudies or visit our website: To comment, email us at:

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.

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Professionalize Yourself

There are still lots of great workshops available that will help you gain additional professional skills. Check out our Grad Navigate offerings.

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More About Media Training

Senior graduate students! Are you interested in doing media interviews about your research? Then why not attend one of our upcoming media training sessions?

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Why Not Consider a Student Exchange?

There are many reasons to go on a Student Exchange. You can find out more by reviewing the My Exchange website and attending an information session. Online applications for the 2019-20 exchange program opened in Carleton Central on October 9 and will close December 7 at 4 p.m. To ensure that your application is considered for student exchange, please apply by the deadline.

December Exam Schedule Now Available

The 2018 fall term final and fall/winter mid-term exam schedule is now available. You can access your personalized exam schedule via Carleton Central or through the Carleton Mobile app. The public exam schedule is available for viewing on the Scheduling and Exam Services website.

Carleton Sexual Violence Policy Review Consultation

For an update on Carleton’s Sexual Violence Policy Review, read this message from our President. Feedback about the policy is welcome.

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Have Your Say About Transportation on Campus

Over the next few months, Carleton University will develop a five-year Transportation Strategy for the campus. As part of the process, you will have the opportunity to provide input. Find out how.

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Cannabis and Carleton U.

Cannabis is legal in Canada as of today (October 17). Find out more about Cannabis on the Carleton U. campus.

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Queen Elizabeth and Other Awards

Please note that there will be an information session regarding the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship on October 18 for PhD candidates conducting research on climate change and societal transformation who want to conduct research in Sub-Saharan Africa. You can check out information and deadlines for other awards on our awards and funding website.

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Grad Research: A Bird's-Eye View of Ottawa

What did more than one thousand people say was one of the most important predictors of their neighbourhood satisfaction? You might be surprised!

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Board of Governors Talk Exchange: Register Today

Join Carleton’s Board of Governors on Tuesday, October 30, at the Talk Exchange event. This is an opportunity to sit down with Board members, staff, faculty, alumni and students to have an open discussion about Carleton University.

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Submit Your FutureFunder Project in Time for Giving Tuesday

Have a project that you think would work on a crowdfunding platform? If so, you might want to check out the FutureFunder site at Carleton. Submissions need to be received by November 1.

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Carleton Makes Top 10 in 2019 Employability Ranking

Carleton has been ranked as one of the top 10 of the Best Canadian Universities for Graduate Employability in the latest QS Graduate Employability Rankings.

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Meet Carleton's New Therapy Team

This fall, Carleton welcomed six new furry friends to join Blue, the Carleton Therapy Dog, in the new Carleton Therapy Dogs program. Find out more about this unique program.

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Update - CU Indigenous Strategic Initiatives Committee

Carleton is convening a broad and inclusive committee to revitalize its Indigenous strategy and re-energize its relationships with Indigenous communities in the region and across the country.

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Important Dates & Deadlines


October 22-26:  Fall break. Classes are suspended.

November 25:  Winter term payment deadline. Click here for important payment information. Late payment charges and late registration charges 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.


October 18:  FPA’s Author Meets Readers – Diaspora and Media in Europe   

October 18:  Psychology Mental Health Day

October 19:  Shannon Lecture with Steph Halmhofer “#InventedFantasies – Using Social Media to Talk About Pseudoarchaeology”

October 25-26:  (For senior PhD students) Scott White from The Conversation will address faculty and PhD students. There are five sessions to choose from.

October 30:  Here Be Dragons Artists and Curator Walk-Through

October 30:  2018 Peeter Kruus Memorial Lecture 

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

November 8:  2018 Quality Showcase

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

November 13:  Career Workshop: Marketing Your International Experience

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

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


Check out media training sessions for this fall.

Click here for list of mandatory health and safety workshops

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.)


October 25:  Deadline to apply for the IBM PhD Fellowship  

November 15Deadline to apply for a Fulbright award

November 15Deadline to apply for an OGS

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

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

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: Dec. 31 (winter term), April 30 (summer term) and Aug. 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 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.