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Current Grad Students Newsletter

Graduate Student News

Welcome to the latest issue of TheGraduate@Carleton e-newsletter for graduate students. This newsletter is sent to all graduate students on the first and third Wed. of every month (except during the summer). The next issue will be Nov. 1. For up-to-the-minute news, follow us on Twitter @CUGradStudies or visit our website: To comment, email us at:

How to Thank Your Favourite Faculty Member

There is only one month left to nominate your favourite professor for a Faculty Graduate Mentoring Award.

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Psst! Don’t Miss the Rumour Mill

Meet President Alastair Summerlee and Provost Jerry Tomberlin to ask questions and separate fact from fiction when it comes to information circulating on campus. Come on out today (Wednesday, Oct. 18) from noon to 1 p.m. in Residence Commons, second floor. RSVP not required.

Professional Development

No matter how far along you are in your graduate program or how busy you may be, it’s important to develop a clear vision of your long-term career path. To help you plot your course, Carleton offers a range of professional development initiatives that can help you.

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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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Grad Research: Fulbright Award Winner

Sociology PhD student Alexander Castleton won a 2017-18 Fulbright Award that is allowing him to study with a renowned technology scholar at the University of Montana-Missoula.

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PhD Student Wins Eminent HUGO Award

Carleton PhD student Amal El-Mohtar recently received a Hugo Award for her short story Seasons of Glass and Iron.

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Carleton Grad an Outstanding Role Model

Carleton alumna, Daniella Niyonkuru completed her master’s degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) under the supervision of Prof. Gabriel Wainer, head of the CFI-funded Advanced Real-Time Simulation Lab. She is now a successful computer engineer with Shopify and spends much of her time mentoring young women.

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Enter the CFI's #IAmInnovation Twitter Contest

The Canada Foundation for Innovation wants to hear how CFI-funded infrastructure has opened opportunities for you.

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Have You Ever Thought About Participating in Our Student Exchange Program?

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 2018-19 exchange program will open in Carleton Central on November 6 and close December 1 at 4 p.m. To ensure that your application is considered for student exchange, please apply by the deadline.

Looking For a Fun and Affordable Way to Get Around?

You can now access a VeloGO Bike at Carleton for less than $10 a month (with up to 90 minutes use per day). This initiative is part of a new bike share program on campus.

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Board of Governors Meeting Summary for Oct. 5, 2017

Want to know what happened at the Oct. 5th meeting of the Board of Governors?

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Important Dates and Deadlines


October 23-27:  Fall break. Classes are suspended.

November 18:  Fall Convocation

November 25:  Winter term payment deadline. Click here for important payment information. Late charges may be applied to the student account any time after this date.

December 1Last 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 the department.

December 8:  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 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 9:  No classes or examinations take place.

December 10 – 22:  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-January 1, 2018:  University closed

January 2:  University re-opens at 8:30 a.m.

January 8:  Winter term classes begin.

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.


There are still some Grad Navigate workshops posted for the fall term. Register now! There are sessions listed under the following subject headings:
Research & Writing
Professional Skills Development
Career Planning
Teaching Skills

One more full-day Mitacs workshop on Networking Skills will be held on November 6. Register soon while space is still available!

There is a media training session on October 24 and another one on November 21 that can be counted towards paid pedagogical training hours for TAs.

As well, we offer a number of professional development initiatives such as thesis writing bootcamps for master’s and PhD students. Students working on theses or dissertations may also be interested in attending the last of the Library’s Thesis Jumpstart workshops, which covers research data management.

You can also access online training through Please note that these online training modules do not count towards paid training hours for TAs.


October 20:  Deadline for the Vanier scholarship (students who have been nominated will be informed as to how to complete the application)

November 3:  Carleton deadline to apply for a Trudeau Foundation doctoral scholarship

November 15Deadline to apply for a Carleton OGS

November 15:  Deadline to apply for the Richard Van Loon scholarship to an outstanding international student from an African country

November 15:  Deadline to apply for a Fulbright award

December 1:  Deadline for Master’s students to apply for a Tri-council award (CIHR, NSERC, SSHRC)

December 6:  Deadline to apply for a Gates Cambridge scholarship

Mitacs offers several funding opportunities for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. 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 ($55,000 annual grant for two-year postdoctoral fellowships with industry or non-profit partners, plus a customized research management training program valued at 7,500)
(c) Mitacs Globalink Research Awards (Funding to support research collaborations with international universities.)

Note: For information about Carleton awards, go to our awards and funding website.


Now-November 28:  Ottawa Writer’s Festival

October 18The Rumour Mill

Oct. 19:  Carleton to Host the DEAP Project: Probing the Mysteries of Dark Matter

October 22:  From the Sun to the Universe: Your Hidden Connections to the Cosmos

October 26:  2017 Barton Lecture: Daniel Drezner on The Ideas Industry

October 28:  4th Annual Canadian Global Health Students and Young Professionals Summit

October 29:  Physics Show

November 6:  CANCELLED – Faculty of Public Affairs Carleton U. Recruitment Fair

November 8:  Beneath the Waves – Dr. Austin Gallagher

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


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).

Deadline 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). You can apply once you are registered as a full-time student in the respective term (For fall, registration opens June 23).

“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.