TheGraduate@Carleton – October 21, 2015


Graduate Student News

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Funding Opportunities

Wondering who you can go to on campus to help you with different funding requirements?  Check out these opportunities.  More

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Mentoring Awards – Deadline Approaching

You have less than a month to nominate your favourite professor for a Faculty Graduate Mentoring Award.  More

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Study Abroad

Want to broaden your horizons? Study in another country? Travel internationally? Then, why not consider doing a graduate student exchange through the International Student Services Office (ISSO)? More

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First Cotutelle Student to Graduate From Carleton

This fall, Jason Crann will be the first cotutelle student to graduate from Carleton. He says this initiative, that allowed him to study at the University of Lille 1, was the most fulfilling time of his academic life.  More

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Professional Development Opportunities

You still have time to attend some of our professional development workshops on Grad Navigate. More  For more information, watch this Video.  Note that we are offering three wellness workshops on Grad Navigate as part of Thrive Week (Nov. 16-20).

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PhD Dissertation Writing Boot Camps

Having trouble starting or finishing your dissertation? Or just need some support with the process? Why not register for one of our PhD dissertation writing boot camps?  More

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Grad Research: Improvi(si)ng Music in Our Classrooms

Graduate student Andrew Sproule is developing a toolkit that he hopes will help school teachers who are interested in incorporating improvisation in their music classes.  More

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Grad Student’s Camouflage Research Catches Eye of National Defense

Richard Webster’s PhD research on camouflage in moths led him to do a presentation at the Department of National Defence’s Soldier Systems Unit.  More

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Grad Blog: The Benefits of Presenting at Major Conferences

Grad student Ali Tejpar says that presenting at an international security conference allowed him to promote his research, while making important connections.  More

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Apply Now for a GRIT Award

A reminder to ABD PhD students that the deadline to apply for a Graduate Research Innovative Thinking (GRIT) Award is Dec. 15.  More

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For International Grad Students

Interested in permanent residency in Canada?  A representative from Opportunities Ontario will be at Carleton for an information session on Nov 3rd. More   If you are in the process of a permanent residency application, you may be eligible for an exemption from international tuition fees.  More


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Happy Birthday to Carleton’s J-School

Seventy years ago, Carleton launched the first of its kind journalism school in Canada. Read what the CBC had to say about this renowned School.  More


Nobel Laureate Art McDonald Praises Carleton Colleagues

Several members of the university community were all ears when Dr. Art McDonald came to town to talk about his research that just won him a Nobel Prize in Physics. Many Carleton grad students have worked alongside Dr. McDonald and renowned Carleton physics professors at SNO and SNOLAB.  More


Important Dates and Deadlines


You won’t want to miss these Mitacs workshops on campus:
Nov. 10 Networking Skills
Nov. 11Career Professionalism

Check out all the new professional development workshops 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.

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


Oct. 26-30 – Fall break. Classes are suspended.

Nov. 6 – Last day to submit Formal Examination Accommodation Forms to the Paul Menton Centre for Students with Disabilities for December examinations.

Nov. 11– Remembrance Day

Nov. 25 Winter Payment Deadline. Late charges may be applied to the student account any time after this date.

Nov. 30 “Pedagogical” training hours must be submitted by this date for a fall-only TAship

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

Dec. 1 Last day to submit the final draft of your Master’s or PhD thesis to your supervisor

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

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

Nov. 4 Deadline to apply for a Trudeau Foundation Doctoral Scholarship

Nov. 13 Deadline to apply for a Richard J. Van Loon Scholarship (outstanding intl. student from Africa)

Nov. 15 Deadline to apply for a Fulbright scholarship

Nov. 15 – Deadline to nominate a favourite professor for a Faculty Graduate Mentoring Award

Nov. 16   Deadline to apply for an Azrieli Postdoctoral Fellow Scholarship

Nov. 18 – Deadline to apply for a Commonwealth Scholarship

Nov. 27  Deadline to apply for a Frank Knox Memorial Fellowship (to study at Harvard 2016-17) Guidelines   Application

Dec. 1  Deadline to apply for a Women’s Health Scholars Award

Dec. 1 Deadline for Master’s students to apply for a Tri-Council Award

Dec. 1 – Deadline to apply for an OGS

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

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.


Oct. 22 – Fall Net Night

Oct. 22 – Panel Discussion Celebrating Open Access Week

Nov. 16-20Thrive Week at Carleton

Nov. 26 – Quality Showcase at Carleton

Dec. 1 –  Giving Tuesday

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: Aug. 31 (fall term), Dec. 31 (winter term) and April 30 (summer term).  (access form via Carleton Central)

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

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


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