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Current Grad Students Newsletter

Graduate Student News

Welcome to the latest issue of TheGraduate@Carleton e-newsletter for graduate students. This newsletter is sent to all graduate students on the first and third Wed. of every month (except during the summer). The next issue will be Oct. 18. 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 14.

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Enhancing Your Professional Skill Set

It’s never too early to start thinking about the skills you will need to include on your resumé when you graduate. We offer a number of professional workshops and other opportunities, many of which TAs can claim for their paid pedagogical training hours.

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Thesis/Dissertation Writing Bootcamps and Thesis Jumpstart

If you are looking for both inspiring company and a quiet place to work on your thesis or dissertation, consider attending a writing bootcamp hosted by FGPA and Writing Services. If you need practical advice on how to organize your research, then you may wish to attend one or more of the Thesis Jumpstart workshops at MacOdrum Library.

How to Promote Your Research

From blogging to participating in conferences, there are many ways that you can help promote your research.

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Grad Research: Solitary Research in Canada's North

Graduate student Alice Wilson is researching how changes in vegetation can influence permafrost in the Arctic. She has been working at a remote research site, only accessible by helicopter, with no running water or electricity.

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Building a Birch Bark Canoe

For three months, 12 Carleton students, including PhD student Alexandra Nahwegahbow created a beautiful eight-foot canoe held together by cedar strips, spruce roots and spruce gum. The canoe was unveiled on Sept. 28 at its new permanent home just outside the main doors of MacOdrum Library.

Read Alexandra's Story →

Presidential Search Committee Launches Survey & Announces Upcoming Town Hall Meetings

Carleton is embarking on a listening tour across campus and in the Ottawa community to hear your ideas about what kind of a leader we need to guide the university in the future.

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Have Your Say

Register now to attend an open discussion about the future of Carleton on Oct. 5 and save the date for Carleton’s first Rumour Mill on Oct. 18.

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Graduate Student Open Access Award Winners

Carleton University’s MacOdrum Library, the Graduate Students’ Association (GSA), and the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs (FGPA) are pleased to announce the five winners of the 2017 Graduate Student Open Access Award.

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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 page.

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Interested in Supplementing Your Carleton Coursework?

Carleton University has joined the N2 Network for a second year to allow all Carleton students, staff and faculty to apply for online certificate programs offered by the CITI program. The Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) is a leading provider of research education content. CITI’s web-based training materials serve millions of learners at academic institutions, government agencies and commercial organizations around the world.

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Safewalk and Foot Patrol

Carleton Safety and the Carleton University Students’ Association offer two different services to help you navigate the campus safely.

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FGPA - Who's Who?

Find out who does what in the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs.

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Important Dates and Deadlines


October 6:  December examination schedule (fall term final and fall/winter mid-terms) available online.

October 9:  Statutory holiday. University closed.

October 15:  Students who are on an unpaid placement this fall – you must return the signed forms to your department no later than this date.

October 23-27:  Fall break. Classes are suspended.

November 18:  Fall Convocation

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

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

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

December 8:  Fall term ends. Last day of fall-term classes. Classes follow a Monday schedule. Last day for academic withdrawal from fall term courses. Last day to pay any remaining fall tuition fees to avoid a hold on access to marks through Carleton Central and the release of transcripts and other official documents.

December 9:  No classes or examinations take place.

December 10 – 22:  Final examinations in fall term courses and mid-term examinations in fall/winter courses may be held. Examinations are normally held all seven days of the week.

December 25-January 1, 2018:  University closed

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.


All Grad Navigate workshops have been posted for the fall term. Register now! There are sessions listed under the following subject headings:
Research & Writing
Professional Skills Development
Career Planning
Teaching Skills

As well, we offer a number of professional development initiatives such as thesis writing bootcamps. This year, we have added bootcamps for master’s students.

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


October 13:  Deadline to apply fpr a SSHRC doctoral scholarship

October 13:  Deadline to apply for the Franco-German Fellowship Programme on Climate, Energy and Earth System Research Funding 

October 20:  Deadline for the Vanier scholarship (students who have been nominated will be informed as to how to complete the application)

November 3:  Carleton deadline to apply for a Trudeau Foundation doctoral scholarship

November 15Deadline to apply for a Carleton OGS

November 15:  Deadline to apply for the Richard Van Loon scholarship to an outstanding international student from an African country

November 15:  Deadline to apply for a Fulbright award

December 1:  Deadline for Master’s students to apply for a Tri-council award (CIHR, NSERC, SSHRC)

December 6:  Deadline to apply for a Gates Cambridge scholarship

Mitacs offers several funding opportunities for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. 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 ($55,000 annual grant for two-year postdoctoral fellowships with industry or non-profit partners, plus a customized research management training program valued at 7,500)
(c) Mitacs Globalink Research Awards (Funding to support research collaborations with international universities.)

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


Now – October 8:  Live butterfly show on campus

Now-November 28:  Ottawa Writer’s Festival

October 4:  Ingenious Talks: The Internet of Things

October 10:  Deadline to apply for the “Cool Japan” program at Chiba University.

October 11-12:  Fall Career Fair

October 12GSA is hosting a book launch & panel – Policing Black Lives with Robyn Maynard

October 26:  2017 Barton Lecture: Daniel Drezner on The Ideas Industry

October 28:  4th Annual Canadian Global Health Students and Young Professionals Summit

October 29:  Physics Show

November 6:  CANCELLED – Faculty of Public Affairs Carleton U. Recruitment Fair

November 17:  POSTPONED!  Annual Carleton University Medal Lectures (details available in the near future)

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


The deadlines to apply for a Leave From Duties are: December 31 (winter term), April 30 (summer term) and August 31 (fall term) (access form via Carleton Central).

Deadline 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). You can apply once you are registered as a full-time student in the respective term (For fall, registration opens June 23).

“Pedagogical” training hours must be completed by November 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.