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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 News

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.  This short COVID-19 screening form must be completed each day you plan to enter a Carleton University building.

How to Thank Your Favourite Professor

You can say thank you to your favourite professor by nominating him/her for a Faculty Graduate Mentoring Award. Nominations are open until November 30. More information is available by clicking here.

Need Support?

Health and Counselling Services remains open virtually and continues to provide counselling opportunities to domestic students through telephone or video options. Please call 613-520-6674 to book an appointment. You will be triaged by telephone to determine the safest way to provide care. Health and Counselling Services has just hired a permanent, full-time Grad Counsellor who will be available 10 months per year for grad students.

Carleton offers virtual support services to all students through TAO Online Self-Help and Therapy. The Graduate Students’ Association is running a healing spaces program, one event per month. Students can register here.

International students residing in their home country can visit this website for a list of resources. ISSO has organized a series of workshops for international students. Please note their upcoming Stress Management workshop on November 3 at 11:15 AM.

If you have ideas about how to cope better during the pandemic, please send them to and we can share with other grad students.

Fall Convocation

Join Carleton President Benoit Antoine Bacon on Saturday, November 14 at 1 PM ET for an online celebration of our Fall 2020 graduates! Watch for more details and registration information in the near future.

FutureFunder Deadline Fast Approaching

Carleton students, faculty and staff are leading projects that make an impact in the communities we serve. Are you part of an initiative like this? Are you looking for philanthropic funding to meet your goals?  

Submit a project at before November 1, and your project will be eligible for Giving Tuesday—December 1, 2020.

More Professional Development Opportunities

There are lots of upcoming professional development events and workshops happening over the next week.

November 2: Establish Your Career Narrative: Identify Your Skills
November 3: Business Writing for Today’s Professionals (Mitacs) 
November 4: Professional Writing: Writing Academic Papers
November 6: Time Management
November 6Approaches to Coding (NVivo)

Find out about other upcoming PD opportunities by clicking here.

Carleton Students May Travel to Canada With Support From CU’s COVID-19 Readiness Plan

Carleton is now fully prepared to welcome and support international students who are able and choose to come to Carleton. Read this message on the International Student Services Office website.

Callout Requests for PhD Students

The Conversation Canada is looking for academics, including PhD students, who can write the following articles for the general public:

Politics:  For the second time this year, the RCMP in Nova Scotia is under fire for its handling of a terrible event in the province, this time after an angry mob attacked Indigenous fishing pounds. What is going on? Deadline:  ASAP. Editor: Lee-Anne Goodman,

Arts:  The 100th anniversary of the Group of Seven is being celebrated at the McMichael gallery. Seeking an art historian who can explain whether at the time the artists of the group were emerging and forming their identities the idea existed that the group’s stature would grow over the decades. How deliberate was their rise as a cohesive “group” and how did it arise? How did it become heavily associated with images of Canada?  Deadline: by mid-November. Editor: Susannah Schmidt,

The Conversation asks authors to please sign up and then pitch an article idea, rather than email a fully written article to the editors.  Shortly, we will be offering a training session…stay tuned!

Awards - Upcoming Deadlines

Deadline to apply for an OGS is November 15. The Richard J. Van Loon Scholarship application deadline is also November 15. The deadline for Master’s students to apply for a Tri-Council Award (NSERC, SSHRC, CIHR) is December 1. Other awards can be found on this website.

Opportunity for Policy Students

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.

Upcoming Sustainability Workshops

You are invited to attend these two sessions:

Fairtrade Campus Week Webinar Brewing up a Fair Deal for Farmers
October 29 – 1 to 2 PM
This hour-long session, hosted by Sustainability Carleton and Dining Services, is part of Fairtrade Campus Week. The session will enable you to learn about Bridgehead Coffee’s journey in sustainable business and the impact of the Fairtrade certification in the coffee industry. You will hear from Kate Burnett, Chief Operating Officer at Bridgehead and Garine Aintablian, Coffee Account Manager at Fairtrade Canada. Register here.

Green Career Webinar – Free webinar
November 10 – 1 to 2 PM
This hour-long Green Collar Careers webinar covers a range of topics which are important to people who are looking for a fulfilling career in a green industry. These include:

  • What is a Green Collar Career and why are governments/companies investing in creating green jobs?
  • Which green industries will see growth over the coming decades, including some companies/organizations that operate in sectors with a Canadian focus?
  • A Green Career exploration activity which matches the participant’s individual interests with relevant green jobs.
  • How to write an Elevator Pitch and the importance of online and in-person networking.

Please register in advance by clicking here.

Job Posting: Indigenous Student Mentor

Are you a Carleton student interested in supporting Indigenous elementary and high school students in the Ottawa urban Indigenous community? The Centre for Initiatives in Education is currently seeking to fill multiple positions for the position of Indigenous Student Mentor. The deadline to apply is Tuesday, November 10.

Find Out More →

Carleton’s Michael Petrou Named Editor-in-Chief of Open Canada

Michael Petrou, professor in Carleton’s Department of History and School of Journalism and Communication, has been named the new Editor-in-Chief of Open Canada. Open Canada has become an award-winning, highly influential digital publication with the mission of engaging everyday Canadians in national conversations on global affairs.

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Canadian Accessibility Network’s Governing Bodies Hold Inaugural Meetings

The Canadian Accessibility Network’s (CAN) inaugural Governing and Advisory Councils are in place and the teams have hosted their first meetings. CAN is a pan-Canadian initiative representing post-secondary leaders, community service providers, government champions and corporate collaborators who are invested in advancing accessibility for people with disabilities. Carleton University’s READ Initiative is serving as CAN’s operational hub and hosts its national office.

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Carleton Students Contribute Design Ideas to The Ottawa Hospital

Carleton University students in the Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism have contributed design ideas to The Ottawa Hospital for a planned new facility on the edge of the Central Experimental Farm.

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FAQ Update

There are no updates this week to the FAQs for current and prospective students.