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Important Information for our Education Graduate Students

June 2018

Awards and Funding Opportunities

  1. GSS Professional Development Grants (Deadline: July 3, 2018)
    $499 for graduate students presenting at conferences or engaging in field research. For travel occurring between August 1 2018 - September 30 2018.
  2. Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship (Preliminary Application Deadline: July 4, 2018)
    Provides funding to the very best postdoctoral applicants, both nationally and internationally, who will positively contribute to Canada's economic, social and research based growth.
  3. Mitacs Elevate - Exclusively for postdocs (Full Application Deadline is July 11, 2018)
    Earn $60,000 per year for research with a non-academic partner. The partner provides $30,000 per year, Mitacs provides a matching $30,000 plus professional development training.
  4. Research Funding and Award Opportunities Database
    SFU has recently introduced a Research Funding and Award Opportunities Database, containing hundreds of research grant and faculty award opportunities.
  5. Graduate Fellowships (Deadlines Vary)
    Provides up to $6500, search GA3 to see availability.
  6. Travel Research Awards (Deadlines Vary)
    Primarily intended to support the travel component of the scholarly activity of graduate students related to their research.
  7. External Dissertation Awards
    Recognize students who are graduating with outstanding thesis dissertations at master's and doctoral levels.
  8. SFU Central Open Access Fund
    The Open Access Author Fund (The Fund) supports SFU authors who wish to publish in Open Access (OA) journals and who are required to pay an article processing fee (APC). Up to $2500/article.
  9. Graduate [Int'l] Research Travel (Deadlines Vary By Department)
    PFor students traveling for research as a degree requirement.
  10. Mitacs Globalink Research Awards (Multiple Rolling Deadlines A Year)
    Provide $6,000 travel funding for research collaborations of 12-24 weeks at a university in any of Mitacs’ partner countries. Learn more about eligible destinations and award details.
  11. Mitacs Accelerate International (Apply Anytime)
    Up to $15,000 for research with a company anywhere in the world.
  12. Mitacs Accelerate (Apply Anytime)
    Supports collaborative research between grad students or postdocs and non-academic partners, including industry and eligible not-for-profit organizations. You can create your own research partnership, paid at $10–15,000 per term. The program is open to all academic disciplines, applications are non-competitive.
  13. President's PhD Scholarship
    $6500, deadlines vary by department
  14. Youth Education Assistance Fund
    For young adults who have spent time in the care of the Ministry of Children and Family Development or a delegated Aboriginal agency (See also Youth Education Bursary)
  15. Get cash for participating in SFU Economics CRABE Lab experiments
    The All SFU students are welcome to participate in SFU Economics CRABE Lab experiments. The CRABE Lab regularly invites SFU students to participate in research. Sessions range from 30 min to 2 hours, and you can register for any session that fits your schedule. Experiments are ongoing throughout the year. All you have to do is sign up, show up, complete simple tasks, and get paid.
  16. EGSA Professional Development Grant
    The grant is available to education graduate students as a source of funding to help support learning activities that enrich a student’s focus of study. Education graduate students are eligible for up to $400 per academic year (September 1 to August 31), pending available funds. Professional Development Grants will be allocated by lottery.

Bursaries & Scholarships

  1. Lila Fahlman Scholarships (Deadline: June 29, 2018)
    Awarded to Canadian Muslim women who are enrolled in full-time undergraduate or graduate degree or certificate programs at a Canadian college or university.
  2. AIM-HI Network National Gathering of Graduate Students Travel Bursary (Deadline: July 3, 2018)
    The AIM-HI Network National Gathering of Graduate Students Travel Bursary will provide funding to support First Nations, Métis and Inuit health sciences research graduate students to attend the meeting held at Thompson Rivers University July 9-13, 2018.
  3. Scholarship Databases - Province of BC
    1. Financial Help for students
    2. Province of BC / Funding and Grants
    3. Province of BC / Searchable database of Economic Development Funding and Grants for communities
    4. CivicInfoBC Grants Database
    5. Gaming Grants for organizations
    6. Northern Development BC list of funding databases
  4. Government of Canada awards database (sortable by country)
  5. Scholarships Canada database
  6. ScholarshipDB.Net
  8. Jason Scholarship Database (from Sydney University)
  9. EU Research and Innovation Participant Portal (more info and background)
    1. Horizon 2020 (€80 billion budget)
  10. SFU Research Services Funding Awards and Opportunities

Conferences & Events

  1. talk:library (July 12, 2018)
    Join SFU Library for an informal conversation with the Dean of Libraries. W.A.C. Bennett Library (SFU Burnaby Campus), 12:30-1:30 PM.
  2. Epic Summer Photo Contest #2: Decolonizing the Academy (Deadline: July 14, 2018)
    This month’s theme provides an opportunity for Indigenous visual storytellers across all three campuses to be recognized for their talent. This can be inspired by research interests, art, activism, relationship to the land, ceremony, community, everyday life, music and cultural practices. Review Contest Rules and/or Submit your photo for this contest.
  3. Professional Photoshoot (July 18, 2018)
    Get your portrait taken by SFU's official photographer. Free for grads + postdocs! Register online.
  4. Discounted Playland Tickets
    Grad Playland and PNE discount tickets are back! SAVE $5 on season passes and $3 on one-day passes. Email from your SFU grad email with subject "Tickets" for your discount code!
  5. Warren Gill Award for Community Impact: Call for Nominations for 2018 (Deadline for submission is July 27, 2018)
    This award is named to honour the legacy of former SFU Vice-President Dr. Warren Gill, who in a career spanning over thirty years helped build SFU’s definition of the university as an integral part of our community.  The award is provided to a faculty or staff member that demonstrates a significant positive impact in the social, economic, environmental, and/or cultural fabric of one or more of the communities SFU serves.  Faculty members, sessional lecturers, teaching staff, and administrative and support staff are eligible.  In the case of an award for a project and partnership, the community partner will also be honoured.
  6. Summer Block Party (Wednesdays, June 13th – September 12th)
    Join the Summer Block Party in the Town Square Wednesdays, from 11:30am -2:30pm to kick off the summer weekly series with live music, food truck fare, a game of ping pong, giant chess or Jenga.

Job Openings

  1. SFU Work-Study Program (Apply between July 9th and July 27th)
    The Work-Study Program is an opportunity to participate in research-based projects and earn a supplemental income. You will also gain valuable experience connecting with various members of the SFU community and build your co-curricular record.  Because a student’s first commitment is to his/her studies, Work-Study hours are flexible, on campus and supervised. Apply to the Work-Study program online via Note that all interested students must reapply every term, even if they are currently placed in a project.
  2. The School of Education, Acadia University is hiring (Apply by July 10, 2018)
    · 5-month contractually-limited-term position effective August 1, 2018. Candidate who possess at least a MEd or a PhD in Education ot EdD (or nearly completed) and who have expertise in the following areas are invited to apply: secondary English, literacy accross the curriculum, and one other BEd program course such as principles and practices of secondary education.
  3. The School of Education, Acadia University is hiring (Apply by July 13, 2018)
    · Assistant Professor - Contractually-Limited- Term Position. The School of Education invites applications for a 12-months contractually-limited-term position effective August 1, 2018 in Counsellor Education.
  4. SFU Faculty of Education is hiring a Reseach Assistant (Apply by July 16, 2018)
    · Refugee and Newcomer Program. The Faculty of Education at SFU invites applications for a Research Assistant appointment for the Refugee and Newcomer Program project “Understanding Barriers to Refugee Student Success in Burnaby-Edmonds schools” to begin immediately. This project seeks to identify what specific supports refugee and newcomer students need to thrive in their schools and communities.
  5. Western University is hiring (Review of applications will begin after July 31, 2018)
    Assistant, Associate, or Professor in TESOL and Applied Linguistics. The Faculty of Education at Western University invites applications for a full-time faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor (probationary), Associate Professor (probationary or tenured) or Professor (tenured) in the area of TESOL and Applied Linguistics. Rank and salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
  6. The Faculty of Education, Queen's University is hiring (Apply Now)
    · Three tenure-track faculty positions in Education. The Faculty of Education at Queen’s University invites applications for three Tenure-track faculty positions. Two positions are at the rank of Assistant Professor with specializations in 1) Educational Policy and 2) Curriculum Theory. The third position is at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor with a specialization in the area of 3) Measurement and Assessment. All three positions have a preferred starting date of July 1, 2019.
  7. L’Université du Québec à Rimouski (UQAR) - (15 août 2018)
    · Doyenne ou Doyen des affaires départementales. La personne occupant le poste de doyenne ou doyen aux affaires départementales prépare des projets nouveaux ou des révisions de politiques pour les secteurs qui la concernent et les soumet à la vice-rectrice ou au vice-recteur à la formation et à la recherche; de plus, elle voit à leur application. Elle participe à la définition des orientations de l’institution dans son secteur d’activités et elle collabore à la planification et à l’établissement de politiques au niveau du vice-rectorat à la formation et à la recherche.
  8. The Faculty of Education, Queen's University is hiring - Deadlines for applications are August 15 (to visit January ‐ April) and February 15 (to visit May–August or September‐December)
    · Visiting Indigenous Scholar. Queen's Faculty of Education invites professors and educators with expertise in Indigenous education to visit Queen’s to conduct their own research and collaborate with Queen’s faculty members. The Aboriginal Teacher Education Program (ATEP) and the Master’s of Education in Aboriginal and World Indigenous Studies (AWIES) place the Faculty as a leader in Indigenous education in Ontario. Visiting scholars will have the opportunity to work closely with Queen’s professors and researchers in Indigenous Education. For further details, visit the AWIES and ATEP websites.
  9. Academic Job Postings Websites

Professional Development

  1. Private Voice Sessions, Thursdays until August 30, 2018 (Open until filled)
    Private voice sessions are an opportunity for faculty members and instructional staff to work with Sanders Whiting, the TLC’s teaching enhancement specialist for voice, on public speaking skills.
  2. FREE 10-Week Intensive International Teacher Assistants Seminar
    The ITA program has opened registrations for international and EAL/ESL graduate students and TAs who wish to enhance their academic communication and teaching skills. 
  3. Research Commons Workshops: Summer 2018
    Research Commons is offering workshops in all three campuses Summer 2018, free to graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.
  4. The Canadian Journal for the Study of Adult Education - Call for Proposals (Deadline is August 31, 2018)
    Special Issue of Canadian Journal for the Study of Adult Education. Theme: "Adult education and exhibitory strategies in museums". Guest Editors: Darlene E. Clover, Kathy Sanford, and Nancy Taber.
  5. The Canadian Association of Principals (CAP) - Call for Submissions (Deadline is September 7, 2018)
    CAP is requesting written submissions for our next publication with the theme: “Technology Leader or Leading Technology”. This topic will explore the idea of administrators leading the use of technology in the instructional part of a school leader’s work, and how they are supporting and being innovative, in supportive teachers in using technology for teaching and learning.  There may also be some connection to this and the use of Social Media that people want to explore in their articles.
  6. Dissertation/Thesis Support Group (Available by Referral)
    Are you a masters or PhD student writing a dissertation or thesis? Feeling blocked, stuck, overwhelmed, frustrated, or isolated? This group will provide a safe and confidential space for graduate students writing a thesis or dissertation to share their experience and receive support from each other and the facilitator. It will focus on peer and emotional support, goal setting, and anxiety/stress management. 
  7. Ethics and Your Thesis
    If your thesis involves any work with humans or animals, you are required to obtain Ethics Approval.
  8. Thesis templates & Resources
    Information on templates and resources for preparing and submitting your thesis.

Student Resources

  1. Quest Food Exchange
    The GSS has partnered with Quest in order to help support people facing financial hardship to access affordable, healthy food.
  2. Your Academic Progress Report
    Access your Academic Progress Report (APR) through your account. This interactive course mapping tool is designed to help you keep track of your degree and program requirements.
  3. Free access to
    All current students, staff, and faculty have free access to through the SFU Library.
  4. Free Microsoft Office
    All SFU students can install Microsoft Office for free. (Adobe Creative Suite is also available for university-owned computers).
  5. Graduate Student Business Cards
    Graduate students and registered postdoctoral fellows are able to order business cards through SFU Document Solutions. See our website for a walkthrough of how to order.
  6. Get a complimentary subscription to University Affairs magazine at no charge (SFU graduate students, faculty and staff)
    University Affairs (UA) is an award-winning publication that provides breaking news, thoughtful commentary, and in-depth articles about university trends, as well as practical advice and tools to help your career, whether you’re a university administrator, faculty member or graduate student. Sign up today for a free subscription to the print edition (a $39 value) or the digital edition by visiting the University Affairs website.
  7. Historical Studies in Education - Spring 2018 Special Issue Published
    From Centennial to Sesquicentennial in Canada: TransformativeResearch in the History of Education
  8. DGS’s Update for Graduate Students
    Get information about new awards, funding, jobs and volunteer postings. Learn about professional development opportunities, events, tips and tricks for your studies and more!
  9. Teaching and Learning Centre – TLC
    The Teaching and Learning Centre consists of education and technology professionals who support SFU instructors and academic units in the development and delivery of innovative approaches designed to enhance their students' learning experiences. 
  10. Graduate Student Society (GSS) Newsletter
    Learn more about GSS Volunteer Opportunities, Graduate Caucus Funding, Announcements and Events from the Community and more!
  11. Stay Connected with EGSA (Education Graduate Student Association)
        EGSA Website:
        EGSA Facebook:
  12. SFU Aboriginal Peoples' News
    Learn about SFU’s progress in advancing Aboriginal initiatives on campus from the Office for Aboriginal Peoples.
  13. Become an Executive or Committee Member with EGSA (Some positions offer stipends)
    Attend the next EGSA meeting and speak to the committee members to see which positions are open and the best fit for you. Contact for more information.
  14. Academic Progress Report on GoSFU
    The Academic Progress Report (APR) is an interactive course mapping tool designed to help current graduate students understand their degree and program requirements.
  15. Traveling for Research or Conference? SFU International Travel Safety Program
    Simon Fraser University’s Safety & Risk Services department is proud to announce the launch of our newest service, the International Travel Safety Program.
  16. Individual and Group Space for Graduate Students and Postdocs in Research Commons
    The Research Commons is located on the 7th floor of W.A.C. Bennett Library and is exclusively accessible to graduate students, faculty, and postdoctoral fellows by punch code. The space is currently equipped with wireless access, workstations, bookable group rooms, and areas for discussion and relaxation.
  17. Meet Your Education Librarian
    Did you know you have your own liaison librarian, available for research consultations and personalized assistance?

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