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Current Grad Students Newsletter

Graduate Student News

FGPA typically sends out newsletters to all graduate students every Thursday morning. If you have any questions, please email us at:


Regular updates about how Carleton is coping with the COVID-19 pandemic are available by clicking here. For additional information, please visit the University’s FAQ page. 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. You can find out which buildings are open on campus by clicking here. Check out Carleton’s Updated Mask Policy.

A COVIDwise Thanksgiving

As we approach Thanksgiving, the Fall Break and Halloween, it’s important that we all play our part in reducing the spread of COVID-19 to protect our family, friends and communities.

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Zoom Sessions for Teaching Assistants

Please note the following informal Zoom sessions (non-training) designed for all TAs to drop in, meet other TAs, ask any questions, discuss any TA-related issues/concerns, and, socialize. Two experienced TAs will lead these sessions and they will not be recorded for privacy.

TODAY, Thursday, October 8th, 2020 @ 1:00pm – 2:30pm

Zoom Link:
Meeting ID: 992 8153 6800

TA Café Drop In
Tuesday, October 13th, 2020 @ 11:00am – 12:30pm
Zoom Link:
Meeting ID: 999 4021 0003

Professional Development Opportunities

There are lots of upcoming professional development events and workshops, including these Alt-Ac and Beyond sessions where graduate students can learn about non-faculty careers within academia:

TODAY, October 8th: Alt-Ac and Beyond – Research Facilitation

Wednesday, October 14th: Alt-Ac and Beyond – Event Management

Find out about other PD opportunities, including the Grad Café, by clicking here.

Future Events

The annual butterfly show is back….virtually. Check it out by clicking here. It’s running until Oct. 11th.

Carleton is closed on Oct. 12th for the stat. holiday.

On Oct. 13th, Prof. Katie Gunnell from the Department of Psychology will review the literature on the independent relationships between physical activity, screen time, and psychological health and findings from her own research. This is part of the Mental Health Speaker Series. Registration available here.

Carleton is developing an institutional Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Action Plan and invites you to review and comment on the draft recommendations before they are finalized. Provide feedback online or participate in a Town Hall on Oct. 14th.

Join the next Science Café Vaccines Against COVID-19: So, Where Are We So Far? with Erling Rud. It’s on October 14th at 1:30 p.m. via Zoom webinar.  Register here.

Counselling Support

Health and Counselling Services continues to provide virtual counselling appointments. You can book an appointment by calling 613-520-6774.

A reminder that you are cordially invited to the Psychology Mental Health Day TODAY Oct. 8th, at 1:30. It is a condensed virtual program this year, Details and registration can be found by clicking here,

How to Say Thank You to Your Favourite Professor

Here’s your chance to nominate your favourite professor for a Faculty Graduate Mentoring Award. Nominations are open until Nov. 30th. More information is available by clicking here.

Scholarship Balance - Final Reminder

If you are eligible, you can request your balance through Carleton Central by clicking on “Refund or Scholarship Balance Request”.  Students will also be able to request a refund of the RA amount applied to their account in excess of their tuition fees. Depending on the amount of your scholarship balance, you will have up to four options: campus card transfer, e-transfer, cheque, or donate to Carleton. If you have any questions, please contact Student Accounts at: or phone 613-520-2600 ext. 3626.

Richard Van Loon Scholarship and Other Awards

The Richard J. Van Loon Scholarship is awarded annually to an outstanding international student from an African country. The deadline to apply is Nov. 15th. You can find out more by clicking here. Other awards can be found on this website.

Join Carleton's Inclusion Week

Join us for a week of events that will raise visibility and awareness of the value of human rights work and Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, prompt an exploration of practical ways to integrate those principles into our organizational structures and culture, and prosperity in the community. This year’s Inclusion Week will investigate subjects and experiences related to inclusion at a time of pandemic response, racial reckoning and technological transformation. Registration is now open for the Inclusive Leadership Workshop, as well as three high-profile panel events: Neuroscience of Inclusion, Accessibility in Times of Transition and The African Diaspora in the Academy.

Find Out About the 2021-22 Outgoing International Exchange Program

Carleton University offers an Exchange Program with approximately 175 partner institutions in more than 35 countries around the globe. The International Exchange Program allows Carleton University students to attend a partner university abroad while paying Carleton tuition and earning credit toward their Carleton degree. Attend an exchange information session. While the ISSO will be accepting applications for the 2021/2022 exchange program, a final decision on the status of the Fall 2021 exchange will not be made until June 2021. You can also visit the My Exchange website for more information or email

Submit your FutureFunder project in time for Giving Tuesday!

All across campus—physically and virtually—students, faculty and staff are leading academic, research and student experience 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 and lead your own fundraising campaign on—Carleton’s crowdfunding platform. Submit a project at before November 1, and your project will be eligible for Giving Tuesday—December 1, 2020. For more information, please contact Jenna Hobin in the Department of University Advancement at

It’s Fire Prevention Week

At home, be sure to review your fire plan with everyone you live with, and confirm a safe meeting place outside your home in the event of a fire. Information about Carleton University’s fire prevention program can be found here.

Meet Carleton’s New Trans and Non-Binary Inclusion Coordinator

Jaime Sadgrove’s role is to ensure that trans and non-binary students, faculty, and staff are respected and represented on the Carleton campus.

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New SSHRC Award Provides $2.5 Million to Support Indigenous Self-governance

While frequent protests concerning Indigenous rights bring much-needed public awareness about the urgency of reconciliation, many scholars and activists have quietly devoted their careers to working with Indigenous communities to achieve self-determination. Now, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council has provided a boost to such work, awarding $2.5 million over six years to the Rebuilding First Nations Governance project, led by Chancellor’s Professor Frances Abele of the School of Public Policy & Administration.

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FAQ Update

There are no updates this past week for either the current or prospective grad student FAQs.