Awards and Funding
SFU Private Awards 2016 Competition
Due in large part to the generosity of our donors, Simon Fraser University can offer over $1 million in private or endowed awards to our graduate students. Check the list of private awards (pdf) for the scholarships available.
- Make sure that you review the Terms of Reference for your chosen awards carefully as this will indicate the eligibility criteria and the list of documents required with your online application.
- June 8 is normally the deadline to submit your application online on the new Graduate Awards, Application and Adjudication system(GA3). Check GA3 to see if your department has set an earlier application deadline date. If you cannot find an award on GA3, then that award may not be available this year, or your department may not have opened up the competition to their students. Make sure that you apply to the correct Department or your application may not be considered.
- GA3 tip: Add "Dean of Graduate Studies" or "Centre" as a department in your search to see awards that are available university-wide.
- Questions should be directed to your graduate program assistant (if it's a department-specific award) or to firstname.lastname@example.org
Grad Student Society Grants
Professional Development Grants of $500 for travel occurring between August 1 and November 30, apply by July 4.
President's Dream Colloquium
Up to $25k funding for SFU faculty members to organize a graduate course and lecture series. Proposals due by June 15.
Accepting your CIHR, NSERC or SSHRC Award
CIHR, NSERC, SSHRC and Vanier will be notifying students of the competition results during April and May. Visit our website for the steps required to activate and accept your award.
- The Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction is looking for research proposals from social scientists related to the Fort McMurray fire. Grants are up to $2000.
- Bluhm/Helfand Social Innovation Fellowship, June 7
- Karl C. Ivarson Scholarship for Students in Soil Science, June 8
- Six-month fellowships in Germany on Trans-border Cooperation in East Asia at the Regional/Global Interface, June 12
- Commonwealth Scholarship Plan (CSFP), Commonwealth citizens in any discipline, June 17
- Irish Research Council Enterprise Partnership Scheme Postgraduate Scholarship, June 10
- Dr. Roberta Bondar Career Development Program for Young Women in Science and Technology, June 17
- Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships — SFU's internal deadline is June 22
- Cadieux-Léger Fellowship for PhD students working on a topic of relevance to Canada's foreign policy priorities, June 23
- Two-week cultural exchange Fellowships from the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations, June 26
- Bob Carty Free Expression Fellowship, June 27
- Foreign Policy Interruptors Fellowships for women over 25, June 27
- John W. Davies Memorial Award for research in the Arctic or cold ocean environments, June 29
- Australian Endeavour Awards, June 30
- Gert Vorsteher Memorial Awards for students with disabilities, June 30
- Norm Bromberger Research Bursary in support of research related to cooperatives or credit unions, June 30
- Rachel Carson Centre for Environment and Society paid internships in Germany, apply by June 30 for the fall term.
- James S. McDonnell Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowships in Complex Systems Science, June 30
- 1–3 month research residencies at the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin (National Museum), June 30
- Taiwan Fellowships of 3–12 months, June 30
- Tuning Academy Short-Term Visits Initiative for researchers interested in redesigning second, third, and fourth year university courses, July 1
- Bayer Foundations Fellowships in Germany, July 10
- William Harvey International Translational Research Academy, 175 new postdoctoral fellowships in life sciences and health care disciplines, July 12
- Center for Advanced Studies in Southeastern Europe fellowships related to humanities and social sciences in the Balkans, July 15
- Sofja Kovalevskaja Award, up to 1.65 million Euros to outstanding young researchers to spend five years pursuing a new and innovative research project of their choice, July 31
- SSHRC Connections / Connecting for Canada’s 150th grants for outreach activities, August 1
- NSERC PromoScience call for programs for young people, especially girls and/or Aboriginal youth, September 15
- Data Incubator 8-week fellowships for grad students looking to enter industry, any discipline (Why they don't care about your discipline)
- Fulbright awards for Canadian students who are looking for further studies in the US
- Paul Tai Yip Ng Memorial Award for 2016 Best SFU Graduate Paper in an area of Canada-Asia relations
External Awards with No Deadline
SFU Alumni Awards
The Alumni Association invites you to nominate candidates for the SFU Outstanding Alumni Awards.
SFU Staff Achievement Awards
Has an SFU staffer gone out of the way to help you out? Nominations are now open for Staff Achievement Awards. Deadline is Monday, September 19, 2016.
SFU International Engagement Fund
SFU's International Engagement Fund is intended as seed money to initiate and support international collaborative programming and research, particularly work focused in SFU's identified global regions of priority. Maximum funding available is $5,000 per proposal. October 4 deadline.
We recommend scanning ahead because it takes time to prepare your awards applications and request letters of recommendation.
See our Summer Awards Timeline page.
Bonus tip: Keep a running list of awards that you can apply for in your personal calendar. Even if you've missed this year's deadline, it will probably come up again next year and then you'll have more time to get your application in.
Job and Volunteer Postings
Local Economic Development Lab Internships
The LEDlab is looking for five talented, dynamic, curious, and driven graduate students who want to create positive social change in the downtown eastside. Paid internships, $20k for 8 months starting in September. Apply by June 12.
TA / TM / Sessional Job Postings for the Fall term
New in the TSSU contract: TA/TM jobs for the Fall 2016 term will be posted from July 11–25.
SFU Temp Pool and Student Temp Pool
SFU's Temp Pool and Student Temp Pool provide employment opportunities for SFU students. See also all SFU job postings, updated every Tuesday and Thursday.
Human Rights Policy Board needs grad student member
SFU's Human Rights Policy Board presently has one vacant membership position, to be filled by a graduate student. Time commitment is a 2-hour meeting per semester, and this position looks really good on your CV if this is related to your research area. If you're interested, please email Abhishek Nanjundappa at email@example.com
Mitacs Accelerate Paid Internships
Many internships posted here: https://www.mitacs.ca/en/programs/accelerate/internship-postings. You can also set up your own internship, paid at $10–15k per term. (Recording of info session available.)
SFU Student Ambassador Volunteers
SFU's Student Ambassador Program is open for applications from students. Ambassadors get a few perks in return for short-term volunteer work.
Many student jobs come up with very short notice, so we only have enough time to post them to the graduate students' facebook group.
See also the Fall 2016 Jobs Roundup — many jobs will be added through the summer months.
Mitacs offers free intensive skill-building workshops for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, facilitated by external experts. These are highly recommended by other grad students and in high demand:
Lots of free workshops scheduled for this summer. Sample titles:
Are you a grad student AND a parent?
The Grad Writing Facilitators in the Research Commons are looking for ways to make it easier for grad student parents to access the writing services at SFU. Please send an email to Renee McCallum at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Research Commons Space
The Research Commons is a spacious working area in the Bennett Library (7th floor), where graduate students can work on their research and writing in the company of other graduate students. (Link for door code
Graduate Open Writing Labs
A quiet, dedicated writing space with a graduate writing facilitator available for consultations and to answer questions. See full list of writing services.
- NEW: Surrey campus: Tuesdays, 12 noon–3 pm, SFU Surrey, Fraser Library, Rm 3695
- Harbour Centre: Thursdays, 3:30–6:30 pm and Fridays, 10:30 am to 2 pm, HC 7400.
- Burnaby: Mondays, 1:30–4:30 pm, Bennett Library, Research Commons, Rm 7000
Advanced Professional Engagement & eXploration (APEX)
APEX offers a suite of skill-building workshops and seminars, free for SFU grad students & postdocs. Read more and register for these using myInvolvement.
- Crafting your Resume: Monday, June 20, 9:30–11:30 am, Harbour Centre
- Professional Photo Shoot: Thursday, June 23, 10:30 am–12:30 pm, Burnaby
- Careers within & without the Academy: Monday, June 27, 11 am–12:30 pm, Burnaby
- Mock Interviews: July 14, 1:30–3:30 pm, Burnaby
APEX Certificate Program
This program is free for all grad students and info sessions are no longer required! This program will help you:
- Identify your long term career goals
- Build your professional network
- Improve your career documentation
- Build confidence in your knowledge, skills and abilities.
Read about how to get started in the program.
Careers Within and Without the Academy
Join Dr. Catherine Salmon (psychology) and Dr. Dhavide Aruliah (mathematics) as they discuss their perspectives on the tenure track, pursuing postdoctoral work, and alternatives to working in research-intensive universities. Monday, June 27, 11 am–12:30 pm, LIB 2020. Please RSVP using myInvolvement.
Edward Tufte Workshops in Seattle
Edward Tufte arguably founded modern infographics, and he's doing a course in Seattle, July 25 or 26. Fee is $220 US for students and postdocs (normal fee is $420), and includes all 4 of his books.
Software Carpentry Workshops
SFU will be holding several 1/2 day workshops as part of Titus Brown's Data Intensive Biology (DIB) Training program. All are welcome to participate, regardless of discipline or training level.
Consortium for the Advancement of Research Methods and Analysis Video Library
Topics range from Estimating Interaction Effects Using Multiple Regression to Statistical Analysis with Big Data. Access through SFU Library databases until August 31 — your feedback on the usefulness of this video library is requested to determine whether the library will keep it.
Advanced Professional Engagement & eXploration (APEX) Calendar
A calendar of all professional development opportunities open to graduate students at SFU--all in one place!
You can also add it to your personal SFU Connect calendar. (Instructions are at the bottom of the page.)
President's Dream Colloquium on Returning to the Teachings
You are invited to join us for an exciting speaker series and graduate course that will explore justice, identity and belonging in the context of Education for Reconciliation. Speakers include Chief Robert Joseph, Wab Kinew, John Borrows, Wade Davis and Dr. Manulani Aluli-Meyer. Graduate students registered within the Program will receive training as Reconciliation Ambassadors through Reconciliation Canada, over consecutive weeks.
Applications for the graduate course open now.
SFU Educator Talks
Part social event, part idea exhibition, SFU Educator Talks is not a typical conference. Come talk pedagogy with us! June 2, 6–9 pm, New West River Market
Human Behavior and Evolution Society Conference
Will be held in Vancouver this year, June 29–July 2, and the organizers are looking for student volunteers, who will get free registration in exchange for 4–6 hours per day. To volunteer, email Laura Dane, email@example.com
Frontiers in Biophysics Conference
Taking place at SFU Burnaby, June 4. Dr Adam Cohen, Harvard University, will be delivering the keynote on "Bringing Bioelectricity to Light". Abstract submissions due May 11 for talks and May 20 for posters. Contact is Lavisha Jindal, PhD candidate in Physics.
SFU Scientific Programming Study Group
Weekly meetings for peer-facilitated study-sessions on topics from Python for DNA sequence analysis, plotting and statistical analysis of environmental data in R, automating repetitive tasks with the shell, general best practices in coding, using tools such as Git and Github to collaborate effectively with others, and much much more.
Events around Campus (See even more listings)
- City Conversations: Vancouver cycling gets safer, easier and more popular, June 2, 12:30 pm
- Speaking out in Public Spaces: A panel of queer activists in Vancouver share stories about space, place, gender and sexuality. June 6, 4:30 pm at Harbour Centre
- Shaping Vancouver 2016: What Do I Want From My Street? June 15, SFU Woodward's
- Lunch Poems at SFU: Jeff Steudel & Danielle LaFrance, June 15, 12 noon, Harbour Centre
- Remembering Rwanda: 22 Years Later. June 28, 7–9 pm at SFU Woodward's
- Woodward's Community Singers, every Thursday, 6–7:30 pm
- French Meetups every other Saturday, also open to those who want to practice your French
- Mindfulness, Craft Collective, Laughter Yoga, all offered through SFU Health and Counselling Services
- Mindfulness resources at SFU Health and Counselling, including videos/audio
Events around Metro Vancouver
Please join us for a conversation with Mary-Ellen Turpel-Lafond and Izzeldin Abuelaish, Thursday, June 9, 2019, 4:30–6:00 pm.
Return of the Food Trucks
Food trucks coming back to SFU Burnaby on Wednesdays this summer.
Tips and Tricks
The Next Big Thing
The Next Big Thing entrepreneurship fellowship from Hootsuite's founder. Applicants must be under 25. Apply by June 30. (See also BCIC's roundup of funding sources for entrepreneurs.)
Health & Counselling Services
A compiled list of sexual assault support services at SFU.
Graduate Caucus Funding
Did you know that every graduate caucus gets money to spend on almost anything that benefits the grad students in your department? (See the Caucus Funding Spreadsheet for funds available to you for the rest of this fiscal year.)
Think Before You Appropriate
A new guide advises on ethical use of indigenous cultural heritage.
Online Resilience Course for Grad students
Resilience is a survival skill, and there's a free course on Canvas on Bouncing Back as a Graduate Student: Building Resilience and Supporting Your Well-being.
Free access to Lynda.com
All current students, staff, and faculty have free access to Lynda.com through the SFU Library.
Free Microsoft Office
All SFU students can install Microsoft Office for free. (Adobe Creative Suite is also available for university-owned computers — could work for labs.)
Confirmation of Enrollment Request
If you need a confirmation of enrollment letter, you can do it yourself through GoSFU.
Open Access Fund
If you're publishing in an Open Access journal, the SFU Library has an Open Access Fund that graduate students can access.
Want More Academic Readings?
If you're planning a career in academia, you're eligible for a free subscription to University Affairs. They're also looking for articles by students for their student voices section — Submit your idea to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Professional Photo Shoot
Free professional photos for graduate students and postdocs, June 23, 10:30 am–12:30 pm. Reservations required.
Transit Fare Review
Translink is looking for your feedback on how to structure transit fares.
International Graduate Students
Tax Information for International Students Studying in Canada: Video Series
The Canada Revenue Agency has released a series of short videos explaining the different aspects of the Canadian tax system as it relates to international students in post-secondary institutions.
BCNP Introduces new Skilled Immigration Program
The province of British Columbia has launched a new intake system for the Provincial Nominee Program. Go here to learn more.
In-person International Advising Now Available in Vancouver and Surrey
International Services for Students is now offering in-person appointments with their International Student Advisors at the SFU Vancouver and Surrey campuses. Go here to book your appointment and find more information.
EAL/ESL Support Services for Graduate Students
If English is not your first language and you would like to improve your written and spoken proficiency, CELLTR has put together a roundup of free support services available at SFU.
New Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)
Canada has a new entry requirement ( eTA ) for foreigners traveling to Canada by air. This entry requirement became mandatory on March 15, 2016. Find out more about the eTA here. If you are a U.S. citizen or you currently hold a valid Temporary Resident Visa (entry visa), you will be exempt from this new eTA entry requirement.
Western Guide to Mentoring Graduate Students Across Cultures (pdf download). This guide can help you navigate a lot of common communication issues based on cultural assumptions.
Drumming at Images Theatre
Thursdays, 3–4:30 pm. Will move to be outside Indigenous Students Centre during sunny days. Contact email@example.com with any questions
International Indigenous Leadership Gathering (IILG)
The St’át’imc Chiefs’ Council (SCC) will once again host the 8th Annual International Indigenous Leadership Gathering on June 2 to June 5, 2016 in Lillooet, BC. If you are interested in going this year please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Scholarships for Canadian First Nation, Inuit, and Métis students: Indspire Applications are due today, June 1, or review the requirements now for their November 1 deadline.
New Relationship Trust has opened up applications for their university scholarships
The New Relationship Trust Foundation and BC First Nations communities realize the importance of education. Interested and eligible BC First Nation students are encouraged to apply for the NRT Foundation Post-Secondary Scholarship Awards. Deadline: June 9
The Art of Reconciliation
Event at the Vancouver Public Library, June 20, 6–8:30 pm. Graduate student Michelle Sylliboy is one of the performers.
Graduate Students in the News
Could you outrun a 600kg goanna?
Taylor Dick, Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology PhD student, worked on reconstructing a prehistoric 600k dragon and her work was featured in an Australian newspaper.
Broken Links: Material rebuilding after a disaster needs to go hand in hand with the revamping of social and political arrangements
Bicram Rijal had an editorial published in the Kathmandu Post about rebuilding in Nepal after their earthquake. If any other grad students are working on Nepalese issues, Bicram would love to hear from you.
Grizzly kills don't reduce human-bear conflicts, B.C. study finds
Farshid Bagheri and his prof need your vote — their Watergenics company is in a BC TIA competition.
Kyle Artelle's doctoral research was featured in the Vancouver Sun.
Convocation Medal Winners 2016
Congratulations to our top graduate students of 2015–16!
Governor General’s Gold Medals
Dean of Graduate Studies Convocation Medals
- Dr. King Chung (Ziggy) Hui (Canada), PhD, Education. Dissertation: Helping Internationally-Trained Professionals Make the Transition to New Careers in Canada: A case study of the S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Employment Mentoring Program
- Dr. Sara Ejtemaee (Iran), PhD, Physics. Dissertation: Dynamics of Trapped Ions Near the Linear-Zigzag Structural Phase Transition
- Dylan Gatner (Canada), MA, Psychology. Thesis: Investigating the Role of Boldness in the Conceptualization of Psychopathy
- Dr. Nathan Jones (Canada), Management of Technology MBA, Beedie School of Business. Project: A Strategic Analysis of Evo Car Share
- Dr. Rosemin Kassam(Canada), PhD, Health Sciences. Dissertation: Caregivers’ Treatment-Seeking Behaviors for Malaria in Children Five and Under: A Field Study in Uganda’s Butaleja District
- Dr. William Ko (Canada), PhD, Mathematics. Dissertation: Parametric Resonance in Immersed Elastic Structures, with Application to the Cochlea
- Dr. Sarah Nickel (Canada), PhD, History. Dissertation: "United We Stand, Divided We Perish": Negotiating Pan-Tribal Unity in the Union of BC Indian Chiefs
- Dr. Efe Peker (Turkey), PhD, Sociology/Anthropology. Dissertation: A Comparative-Historical Sociology of Secularisation: Republican State Building in France (1875–1905) and Turkey (1908–1938)
- Dr. Andrew Perkins (Canada), PhD, Geography. Dissertation: Refining the Pattern and Style of Deglaciation on the Southern Fraser Plateau and Environs
- Dr. Robert Prey (Canada), PhD, Communications. Dissertation: “Now Playing. You”: Big Data and the Production of Music Streaming Space
- Dr. Magdalena Rudkowski (Canada), PhD, Education. Dissertation: The Complexity of Understanding: Young Children’s Experiences in a Forest Program
- Amir Valibeygi (Iran), MASc, Mechatronics Systems Engineering. Dissertation:Optimal Nonlinear Adaptive Observers for State, Parameter and Fault Estimation
Charting the landscape of language support at Canadian universities, and beyond
CELLTR affiliated graduate student researchers Mohsen Moghaddam (Languages, Cultures and Literacies PhD program, Faculty of Education) and Christine Pan (Teaching English as an Additional Language MEd program, Faculty of Education), and Caitlin Stiles (SFU Student Services) conducted a review of approaches to English language teaching and student support at 18 Canadian universities.
A Day in the Life of a Graduate Student
Thanks to Dan Peach, Alexandra Kitson, Amanmeet Garg and Leah Kelley for sharing a sneak peek into their typical days. (If you'd like to be added to this series, and give advice to incoming students, please email email@example.com)
Dean of Graduate Studies Awards for Excellence Winners
Award for Excellence in Graduate Supervision
- Eric Beauregard, Criminology
- Suzana Dragicevic, Geography
- Danny Leznoff, Chemistry
Award for Leadership
- Richard Zhang, Computing Science
Award for Service
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