TheGraduate@Carleton – December 2, 2015


Graduate Student News

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New Option for Scholarship Refunds

You now have a choice as to how you will receive your scholarship refund for the winter term. Those wanting to be paid using the new option need to let us know by Dec. 15.  More

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Working Outside Academia

Lots of ideas, advice and thoughtful suggestions were shared by a panel of alumni at our Nov. 27th PD Day event on Finding Careers Outside Academia.  More

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Got a Good Story to Tell? Enter the Storyteller Competition?

The Storyteller competition is now accepting submissions for its 2016 competition. Prize of $3,000 to 25 winners! We are holding a training session for all interested students on Jan. 8 (1:30-3:30 p.m. in 2017 DT.  More

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The 3MT is Back!

Carleton’s 2016 Three Minute Thesis Competition is scheduled for March 1. Watch three participants from last year’s 3MT explain why you should enter. Video

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A Must Read for TAs & Those Interested in Becoming One

Will you be a new Teaching Assistant as of January? If so, here are several things you need to know. More

All full-time graduate students who have NOT been awarded a Teaching Assistantship can now express interest in becoming an “out of priority” TA.  The deadline to apply for winter 2016 is Jan. 1. Check this page to see if you are eligible and for information on how to apply.

Dec. 31 is the deadline for TAs to apply for a “leave from duties” for the winter term. More (scroll down on the page)

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Coping With Stress

This is the time of year when students often feel overwhelmed. Here are some resources or initiatives you might want to consider. More

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Funding for PhD Research Activities

ABD PhD students! You only have two more weeks to enter the GRIT award competition.  You can apply for up to $5,000. More

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Two in One

Vignesh Sundaresan recently graduated from Carleton with a grad degree and a business.  More

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Physics Matters

For her thesis, PhD student Katy Hartling delved into Dark Matter and other intriguing areas of particle physics.  More

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New Grad Students & TAs – Save This Date – Winter Orientation

Graduate students and TAs who will be starting in January, we will be hosting a special Orientation for you on Jan. 15.  You can register and find out more by going to our Orientation website.  More   In addition, the ISSO is hosting an Orientation for international students on Jan. 5. More

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Do You Want to be a Res Fellow?

Residence Fellow applications are now available. The deadline to apply is noon on Jan. 8. There are two info. sessions (Dec. 8 and 13).   More

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Grad Students Featured in “FPA Voices”

The latest issue of FPA Voices profiles several graduate students and alum Heather Norris in the Faculty of Public Affairs. View issue (Please follow the clicks)


Important Dates & Deadlines


There are only a couple of professional development workshops remaining in this term in Grad Navigate. TAs – it can take up to two weeks before your attendance is recorded and you are credited with your paid training hours. This is because this process is manual and time-consuming.  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.

Note that EDC’s Winter TA Training Day is Jan. 23.

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


Dec. 7 – Last day of fall-term classes. 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.

Dec. 8 – No classes or examinations take place

Dec. 9 – 21 – 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.

Dec. 15 – Fall Co-op Work Term Reports due

Dec. 24 to Jan. 3, 2016 – University closed

Dec. 31 Deadline for TAs to apply for a “leave from duties” for the winter term

Jan. 1 – Deadline to apply to be an “out-of-priority” TA for winter 2016

Jan. 4 – University re-opens

Jan. 6  Winter-term classes begin

Jan. 14 – U-Pass Opt-Out deadline for Winter term

Jan. 19 Last day for registration and also to change courses or sections for winter-term courses.

Jan. 19 – Students who have not deposited (via automated upload) the final copy of their thesis to the office of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs must register.

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.


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)
(d) Mitacs Step (Professional development workshops facilitated by industry leaders

Dec. 3 – Deadline to apply for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship

Dec. 15 – Deadline for ABD PhD students to apply for a GRIT award

Jan. 8, 2016 – Deadline to apply for a Law Foundation Fellowship

Jan. 29, 2016 Annual Autism Awards

Jan. 29, 2016 (5 p.m.) Deadline to apply for the Mitacs JSPS internship

Feb. 1, 2016  Mackenzie King Travelling/Open Scholarship

March 10, 2016 – Dan David Scholarship Deadline (PhDs and PDFs)

Check application dates online: Want to be a Teaching Assistant in France? Details are here.

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


Dec. 5  Holiday Skate

Dec. 5 – Carleton University Choir Concert

For information about other Carleton events, go to the university events calendar.  For information about events targeted at or promoting graduate student research, go to Grad Research Link.


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)

“Pedagogical” training hours must be submitted by March 30 for a full academic year TAship or a winter-only TAship and by Nov. 30 for a fall-only TAship.

Deadline to apply to be an “out-of-priority” TA for the winter term, 2016 is Jan. 1, 2016  Deadline for the fall term is Sept. 1;


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