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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 Thursday of every month (except during the summer). The next issue will be sent to you on Oct. 17. 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 Professor

Why not nominate him/her for a Faculty Graduate Mentoring Award? Nominations are open until Nov. 23.

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Vote on Campus

It’s time to let your voice be heard by making sure you vote! The 2019 Federal Election will take place on Mon. Oct. 21. Special voting stations where students, faculty and staff with valid ID will be able to vote for candidates in their place of residence will be available on the Carleton campus from Sat. Oct. 5 to Wed. Oct. 9.

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Check Out Award Deadlines

For some external and special awards, you need to apply almost a year in advance. Check out details on our awards and funding pages. You can also scroll down to Important Dates and Deadlines in this newsletter to find some upcoming award deadlines.

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Professionalize Yourself

We have added several more workshops that will help you gain additional professional skills. Check out our Grad Navigate offerings.

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How to Navigate the Job Market

It’s never too early to think about your career, even if you have just started your graduate studies. Career Services prepared this video to help graduate students prepare to find work outside academia. You can also find out what several alumni did to find a job and their best advice for you.

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Exchange Opportunities

Carleton’s Exchange Program allows its students to attend a partner institution abroad while paying tuition to Carleton and earning credit toward their Carleton degree. To find out more, visit this website.

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Register for a Coordinated Accessibility Strategy Feedback Session

As part of our process to develop a Coordinated Accessibility Strategy, we are offering feedback sessions to solicit feedback from the Carleton community on the draft version of the strategy. The objective of these sessions is to host a supportive and open space wherein members of the community can provide their feedback to inform the creation of the Coordinated Accessibility Strategy. Feedback can also be submitted online on this website or to this e-mail and will continue to be collected until Nov.15, 2019. Register for one of the upcoming student feedback sessions on Oct. 10 or Nov. 5, 2019. Refreshments will be provided.

Register Now! →

Walk Safely on Campus

Campus Safety Services and the Carleton University Students’ Association offer different services to help you navigate the campus safely. You can watch a video and find out more about what Campus Safety Services has to offer by clicking here. Check out CUSA’s Foot Patrol and other programs by clicking here.

Are You Prepared?

Emergency Preparedness Week is Oct. 7 to 11. Throughout the week, you will be able to visit with Campus Safety Services staff, including Student Safety Patrols and members of CUSERT, for great giveaways, games and a chance to win daily and weekly prizes.

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Life Sciences Coffee and Conversation

Life Sciences Coffee and Conversation is a new monthly series at Carleton University that brings together faculty, staff and graduate students from the life sciences disciplines to share their research and cultivate existing or future collaborations. Check out what is happening this fall.

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An Opportunity for Freelance Arts Writers

The Artifice, an online magazine that covers a wide spectrum of art forms, is looking for freelancers.

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Grad Student Delivers Inspiring Speech at Freedom Day

Grad student Jeremy Dias inspired more than 2,000 people at the 10th Annual Freedom Day event. He shared his story of growing up in northern Ontario, and how he became socially- and politically-minded.

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PhD Student Wins Inuit Cultural Repatriation Award

PhD Cultural Mediations student Krista Zawadski received the Inuit Cultural Repatriation Award from the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami at the AGM in Rankin Inlet. This award is presented to an organization or an individual who demonstrates leadership in recognizing and respecting Inuit cultural rights and works to overcome the misappropriation of Inuit cultural heritage.

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Grad Research: To Bee or Not To Bee

Sam Davidson, a Master’s student in Social Work, has been looking at the therapeutic effects of beekeeping. As part of her research, she launched a program at the Collins Bay Penitentiary working with inmates and teaching them beekeeping techniques.

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BOG and Senate Summaries

Click here to find out what happened at the Sept. 30th meeting of the Board of Governors and the Sept. 20th meeting of the Senate.

Important Dates and Deadlines


October 11:  December examination schedule (fall term final and fall/winter mid-terms) available online.

October 14:  Statutory holiday. University closed.

October 21-25:  Fall break. Classes are suspended.

November 8:  Last day to request formal exam accommodations for December examinations to the Paul Menton Centre for Students with Disabilities. Note that it may not be possible to fulfill accommodation requests received after the specified deadline.

November 22:  Last day for summative tests or examinations or formative tests or examinations totaling more than 15% of the final grade before the official examination period (see examinations regulations in the General Regulations of the Graduate Calendar.)

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

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

December 1:  Last day for graduate students to submit their supervisor-approved thesis in examinable form to the department.

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.


More Grad Navigate workshops have been posted. Please note that online training modules or workshops advertised outside of Grad Navigate do not count towards paid training hours for TAs.

October 24-25:  Foundations of Project Management I (Mitacs)

Mitacs also 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)


November 15 Deadline to apply for a Fulbright scholarship

November 15Deadline to apply for an OGS

December 1:  Deadline for master’s students to apply for a Tri-Council award

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


Now-Nov. 21:  Cinquecento: Carleton Celebrates Leonardo da Vinci  

Now-March 13, 2020:  FPA Research Series

Oct. 5-13:  Annual Butterfly Show

October 10:  Psychology Mental Health Day

October 17 and November 7: Celebrating 30 Years of Medical Physics

March 9-10: Emerging Perspectives: FPA Graduate Conference

March 11: Kesterton Lecture


The deadlines to apply for a Leave From Duties are:  Dec. 31 (winter term), April 30 (summer term) and Aug. 31 (fall term). You can access the 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.