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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 Updates

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. For additional information, please visit the University’s FAQ page.

You can find out which buildings are open on campus by clicking here.  Effective immediately, this short COVID-19 screening form must be completed each day you plan to enter a Carleton University building.

Gentle Reminder

This is a reminder that students who have not registered in the past two terms should register for the next term. If there are extenuating circumstances that will impact your registration, please contact your Graduate Administrator.

Final 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.

Professionalize Yourself

There are lots of upcoming professional development events and workshops happening over the next 10 days. Today, we encourage all grad students and postdocs to join us for the following special event:

Alumni Conversations  October 22 at 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

We’ll be speaking with Matthew Falconer, Knowledge Exchange Analyst with Natural Resources Canada. Matthew earned his PhD in Applied Linguistics and Discourse Studies in 2019.

Find out about other upcoming PD opportunities by clicking here.

The next Grad Café is tomorrow, October 23 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM.

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.

You Can Book a Counselling Appointment

Just a reminder that Health 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.

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:


Deadline to apply for an OGS is November 15. 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. The deadline for Master’s students to apply for a Tri-Council Award (NSERC, SSHRC, CIHR) is December 1. Apply now! Other awards can be found on this website.

Inclusion Week - Ends October 23

Inclusion Week, which explores solutions to pandemic and social justice challenges, is already underway.  But there are still some great events to attend. Both are taking place TODAY: Accessibility in Times of Transition and The African Diaspora in the Academy.

Government of Canada’s Recruitment of Policy Leaders Program

Each year, the Government of Canada’s  Recruitment of Policy Leaders (RPL) program recruits accomplished Canadians with the potential to lead positive change and make significant contributions to Canada’s federal public service. Successful candidates are hired into a variety of mid to senior level positions, launching directly into a stimulating and diverse career as a policy leader. There is no standard academic background, but all candidates must hold (or be nearing completion) a Master’s degree or a Doctoral degree in any discipline, or a law degree, complemented by an undergraduate degree in any discipline. For more information, please visit their website. The 2020 application period for this program will run from October 27 to November 9, 2020.

Virtual Community Hub: Carleton Dominion-Chalmers Centre Tackles the Future During COVID

The Carleton Dominion-Chalmers Centre welcomed more than 85,000 people in the 10 months leading up to the COVID lockdown. It will now be fulfilling its cultural and academic role in an entirely unexpected way.

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Carleton Collaboration Creates Automated Access to Elevators

Have you ever used closed captioning on video, automated doors when your hands were full, or curb cuts for baby strollers or bicycles? Originally, these innovations were designed with people with disabilities in mind; an approach known as accessible design. Now, in Carleton’s Paterson Hall, a new way to call an elevator without touching its panel buttons offers a kind of curb cut effect.

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Carleton Hosts EDI Town Hall

On October 14, Carleton University hosted a virtual town hall to gather feedback from students on recommendations that will inform an Institutional Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Action Plan.

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A First for ATLAS: Carleton’s Manuella Vincter Reappointed Deputy Spokesperson

Carleton University’s Manuella Vincter, professor in the Department of Physics, has been reappointed for another term as Deputy Spokesperson for ATLAS at CERN, the European organization for nuclear research. Vincter’s mandate will be extended until March 2023.

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Carleton Journalism Graduate’s Documentary Series Hits the Small Screen

Nicolina Lanni, who graduated from Carleton University with a Master of Journalism degree in 2007, has found her niche as a documentary filmmaker. She is one of the directors on the second season of Discovery Canada’s Disasters at Sea, a six-part docudrama series focused on mysterious marine disasters in recent history.

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Grad Research: Bullying and Racism of Indigenous Students in Northern Ontario

PhD Candidate Robyn O’Loughlin is researching the effects of Ontario’s anti-bullying framework under the Education Act in regards to so-called bullying behaviours. She is looking at how these legislative frameworks impact Indigenous students who move to attend high school in Northern Ontario.

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FAQ Updates

There have been no updates to either the current or prospective student FAQs over the past week.