View this in your browser
Banner image for Current Grad Students Newsletter

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 Wed. of every month (except during the summer). The next issue will be available on October 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 November 23.

Read More →

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. Please note that there will be an information session regarding the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship on October 18 for PhD candidates conducting research on climate change and societal transformation in sub-Saharan Africa

Read More →

Did You Miss Grad Orientation?

If you missed our Orientation for graduate students on September 4, you can still check out the general orientation session online.

Watch Video →

Did You Miss the New TA Orientation on Sept. 4?

If you are a new TA and you missed the TA Orientation session on September 4, you can attend a special showing of the video of this session in Room 482 MacOdrum Library (Discovery Centre Multi-Media Lab) on Friday, October 5, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Please email if you would like to attend. By attending this session, you may claim one hour towards your paid pedagogical training hours.

Enhancing Your Professional Experience

It’s never too early to start thinking about where you want to be after graduation, and the skills and experience you’ll need to get there. We offer a range of workshops on professional development that are open to all graduate students. Students working as TAs can also claim many of these workshops for five of their paid pedagogical training hours.

Read More →

Have Your Say About Writing Support for Grad Students

The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs and Writing Services will be offering writing supports to grad students working on theses/dissertations. What kinds of support would be most beneficial to you? Workshops? Regular group writing sessions? Writing bootcamps? Please tell us by filling out this questionnaire that will help us tailor the support we provide. Anyone who fills out the questionnaire will be placed on our email list and will receive announcements regarding upcoming events or other initiatives related to writing support.

Media Workshops

University Communications is offering several media training sessions this fall. Training will be of particular interest to upper-year graduate students who are interested in learning how to discuss their research effectively in media interviews. PhD students: Check out the special talks with Shari Graydon from Informed Opinions on October 10 and Scott White from The Conversation October 25-26.

Safety on Campus

Carleton Safety and the Carleton University Students’ Association offer two different services to help you navigate the campus safely. Check out the Safe Walk and Foot Patrol programs. As well, University Safety has released a new awareness video that highlights some of Carleton’s services that are offered to the campus community.

View Safety Video →

Carleton Sexual Violence Policy Review Consultation

Over the course of the year, the university will be engaging the entire community in a collaborative review of its Sexual Violence Policy, which was approved in December 2016. As a first step, members of the Carleton community are encouraged to review a draft plan outlining the proposed consultation and review process and to provide feedback.

Read More →

Carleton U. and Cannabis Legislation

Although it is currently illegal to buy, possess or use cannabis for anything other than authorized medical or research purposes, things will change as of October 17, 2018. Pursuant to the Cannabis Act of Ontario, Carleton University has introduced new legislation about cannabis on campus.

Read More →

How to Promote Your Research

From participating in conferences to blogging, there are many different ways to showcase your research.

Read More →

Grad Research: The Legal Aspects of Cyborgs

From Terminator to Darth Vader, Hollywood has cast cyborgs as villains of a frightening future, but as grad student Tamara Banbury sees it, this fear of body augmentation is misplaced.

Read More →

The Many Faces of Conflict Resolution

Four alumni of the Graduate Diploma in Conflict Resolution explain how this qualification helped them achieve career success.

Read More →

Summary of the Sept. 26th Board of Governors Meeting

Find out what happened at the latest Board of Governors meeting.

Read More →

Carleton Transportation Strategy

Over the next few months, Carleton University will develop a five-year Transportation Strategy for the campus. As part of the process, you will have the opportunity to provide input. Find out how.

Read More →

Important Dates and Deadlines


October 5:  Deadline to opt in or out of the GSA’s medical, dental and accident insurance plan.

October 5:  December examination schedule (fall term final and fall/winter mid-terms) available online.

October 8:  Statutory holiday. University closed.

October 15Deadline to apply for funding to support conferences run by graduate students on campus.

October 22-26:  Fall break. Classes are suspended.

November 25:  Winter term payment deadline. Click here for important payment information. Late payment charges and late registration charges applied to the student account on or after this date. Interest charges begin to accrue on January 1.

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.


Now-October 7:  Annual Carleton Live Butterfly Show.

October 3:  Ingenious Talks: Better Roads, Fewer Potholes – The AMIR Technology

October 3 Bagels & Banter – What is PhD Career Development and What Are We Doing About It?  (for faculty and senior graduate students)

October 4:  India: Questions & Answers. An interactive session with India’s High Commissioner to Canada and the author of Q&A/Slumdog Millionaire

October 10:  The Writing Café (for international students)

October 10:  Fall Career Fair

October 10:  (For senior PhD students)  Shari Graydon, founder of Informed Opinions, will present Smart Women Speaking Up. Register by October 3.

October 12:  Warming up to Winter (for international students)

October 17:  Scams and How to Protect Yourself 

October 18:  FPA’s Author Meets Readers – Diaspora and Media in Europe   

October 18:  Psychology Mental Health Day

October 25-26:  (For senior PhD students) Scott White from The Conversation will address faculty and PhD students. There are five sessions to choose from.

November 7:  Immigration Workshop: Study Permit Renewal (for international students)

November 13:  Career Workshop: Marketing Your International Experience

November 15:  FPA’s Author Meets Readers – A Family Matter 

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


Check out media training sessions for this fall.

Click here for list of mandatory health and safety workshops

Grad Navigate workshops for the fall term are now posted. You can always access online training through (Please note that these online training modules do not count towards paid training hours for TAs.)


October 12Deadline to apply for a SSHRC doctoral award

October 25:  Deadline to apply for the IBM PhD Fellowship  

November 15Deadline to apply for a Fulbright award

November 15Deadline to apply for an OGS

November 15:  Deadline to apply for the Richard Van Loon Scholarship

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

July 1, 2019Deadline to apply for a bursary from the Centre for Research and Education on Women & Work

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)
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) and Aug. 31 (fall term) (access 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.