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Current Grad Students Newsletter

Graduate Student News

TheGraduate@Carleton newsletter is sent to all graduate students and postdoctoral fellows on the first and third Wed. of every month (except during the summer). For up-to-the-minute news, follow us on Twitter @CUGradStudies or visit our website: To comment, email us at:

You're Invited to Attend the Inaugural Carleton U. Medal Lectures

At Fall Convocation, an elite group of graduate students will be presented with university medals. Come hear some of our top graduate student medallists present their research findings at a special event on Nov. 11. Reception to follow.

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Two Carleton Grad Students Win Prestigious Vanier Awards

Congratulations to Carleton PhD Students Joanne Farrall and Rawan Alkurd for winning one of the top awards given to Canadian graduate students – the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship.

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And Another Award Winner!

Congratulations to Phoebe Mannell who has been selected as the Garth Wilson Memorial Fellow in Public History by Carleton University and the Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation.

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Apply Now for a Contract Instructor Teaching Award or Contract Instructor Teaching Innovation Grant

Valued at $1,500, there are five awards to recognize teaching excellence by Contract Instructors at Carleton University. Deadline to apply is November 20.  Nominations are also welcome. Click here for more details. Valued at $6,000, there is one innovation grant to provide support to a Contract Instructor for investigating student learning and alternative approaches to teaching and assessing student learning at the individual, departmental, faculty, or institutional levels. Deadline to apply is November 20. Nominations also welcome. Click here for more details.

Grad Student and Two Grad Alumna Part of CU75 Campaign

Engineering innovator and PhD Candidate Bruce Wallace is being featured in Carleton’s CU75 reputation campaign this fall, along with two graduate alumni.

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How to Thank Your Favourite Faculty Member

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

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Applications Are Open for a Graduate Student Exchange

Have you ever thought about studying overseas? Why not attend an information session about our student exchange program to find out the details?

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Why Apply for a Collaborative PhD in Political Economy?

Find out what a PhD in Political Economy is all about. The application deadline is fast approaching.

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Grad Student Pitches a Silver Medal Game

Grad Student Melissa Armstrong has now pitched two silver medal games for Canada.

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Expert Tips on How to Do Effective Presentations

On Nov. 8, McMaster Professor Emeritus John Bandler shares tips about effective presentations. He explains the importance of your crucial first few seconds, your first few slides and how to identify and avoid potential traps and pitfalls. His talk is entitled You, Your Slides and Your Posters: Allies or Foes?

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Grad Student Research: Easing Chronic Pain

Did you know that one in five Canadians suffer from chronic pain? A Carleton graduate student is researching ways to alleviate the pain.

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Calling All Carleton Artists

The Carleton University Art Gallery is gearing up for its next Carleton Community Art Exhibition. You have an opportunity to participate.

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Laptops on Loan

Did you know that you can borrow a laptop to use in the library?

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Call for Feedback on the Draft Policy on Sexual Assault

We want your feedback on the new draft policy for sexual assault. You have until Oct. 28 to respond.

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Important Dates and Deadlines


October 24-28:  Fall break. Classes are suspended

November 1:  Application deadline to study at another institution on a letter of permission for the winter term

November 11:  Last day to request formal exam accommodations for December examinations to the Paul Menton Centre for Students with Disabilities. Late requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis

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

December 1:  Last day for receipt of applications from potential winter (February) graduates

December 1:  Last day to submit the final draft of your Master’s thesis or PhD dissertation to your supervisor in order to graduate in the winter 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.


November 8: You, Your Slides and Your Posters: Allies or Foes?  McMaster Professor Emeritus John Bandler shares tips about effective presentations. He explains the importance of your crucial first few seconds, your first few slides and how to identify and avoid potential traps and pitfalls.

October 29:  Annual Physics Show

For information about Carleton events, go to the university events calendar.  For information about events targeted at or promoting graduate student research, go to Grad Research Link.


There are still several Grad Navigate workshops that are available to claim your professional hours for the fall term. Check out the two upcoming Media Training workshops:
Oct. 28
Nov. 18

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


Note:  Students and departments will be notified in mid-December of the status of their application for a donor funded award.

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)
(d) Mitacs Step (Professional development workshops facilitated by industry leaders

October 19:  Deadline to apply for a Vanier Canada Graduate scholarship (PhDs only)

November 4:  Carleton U. Deadline to apply for a Trudeau Doctoral scholarship

November 9Next deadline to apply for a Mitacs Globalink grant

November 9Deadline to apply for a Mitacs JSPS 10-week internship in Japan

November 15  Deadline to apply for a Metis Nation of Ontario award

November 15:  Deadline to apply for a Fulbright scholarship

November 15:  Deadline to apply for a Richard Van Loon scholarship for an outstanding international student from an African country. The application is available by clicking here.

November 20Deadline to apply for a Contract Instructor Teaching Award

November 20:  Deadline to apply for a Contract Instructor Teaching Innovation Grant

December 1:  Deadline to apply for an OGS and Tri-council Master’s award

December 7:  Deadline to apply for a Gates Cambridge scholarship

February 1:  Deadline to apply for a Mackenzie King Scholarship

March 10:  Deadline to apply for a Dan David scholarship

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)  (access form via Carleton Central) and Aug. 31 (fall term).

Deadline to apply to be an “out-of-priority” TA for the winter term is Jan. 1, 2017 and for the fall term 2017 is Sept. 1.

“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. This is because this process is manual and time-consuming.  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.