Awards and Funding
- SFU International Engagement Fund, November 6
- Simons Foundation Graduate Award in Environment, $5000 for research in sustainable development, environmental and water security, environmental science, and/or ethics and best practices, November 15
- Northern Scientific Training Program, funding for graduate field research in Northern Canada, November 21
- Student-Community Engagement Competition Awards, $2000-$3000 awards for innovative and engaging community projects, December 1
- GSS Professional Development Grants, $499 for graduate students presenting at conferences or engaging in field research. Deadline: January 2, 2018 for travel occurring between February 1, 2018 and May 31, 2018
- Embark SFU Social Innovation Seed Fund, grants of up to $1500 for sustainability related projects or events. This fund does not cover research for longer-term projects. Deadlines: January 19, 2018, March 2, 2018 and May 4, 2018.
- Centre for the Comparative Study of Muslim Societies and Cultures Awards, January 31
- SFU Central Open Access Fund, to help publish works in open access journals, up to $2500/article
- Graduate Fellowships, up to $6250, various departments, deadlines vary by department
- President's PhD Scholarship, $6500, deadlines vary by department
- Travel/Minor Research, primarily intended to support the travel component of the scholarly activity of graduate students related to their research, deadlines vary by program
TriCouncil Master's program, (CIHR/NSERC/SSHRC) provides $17,500 for 12 months to Canadian students. Deadline: December 1, 2017.
Tri-Agency Award Holder Resources page
Visit the Award Holder Resources page on the Scholarships and Awards section of our website to find out what happens to your award (CIHR, NSERC, or SSHRC) if you need to defer, interrupt, withdraw, or take a leave from your graduate program.
- The Karl C. Ivarson Agricultural Scholarship, for agricultural science students from Alberta, studying inside or outside the province, November 10
- Richard Rogers Fellowship Residencies at Harvard Graduate School of Design, post-Bachelors scholars, November 14
- Research Fellowships in the Humanities at Huntington Library, November 15
- Tradition Fulbright Canada Scholar award of $12,500 for Canadian graduate students who want to study and/or conduct research in the US, November 15
- BC Support Unit Planning Award for Patient-Oriented Research, November 15
- Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Greater China Research Grant, November 26
- LGBTI Pulse Memorial Scholarship, available to LGBTI students between ages 18-26, November 30
- Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Program, December 1
- TUTOR-PHC Health Care Research Training, open to grads, postdocs and mid-career researchers, December 1
- MEXT Scholarships, Ritsumeikan University (Japan), for degree and non-degree Master's and doctoral studies, December 4
- Google Lime Scholarship, for students with disabilities studying computing science, December 10
- Women Techmakers Scholars Program, for female computing science students, December 11
- Generation Google Scholarship, for underrepresented groups in computing science, December 11
- Partnership Engage Grants, short-term support for partnered research activities with the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, December 15
- Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water, December 31
- Summer Student Research Fellowship, ETH Zurich (Switzerland), December 31
- Summer Graduate Student Research Fellowships, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, January 1
- Mitacs Accelerate Social Inclusion Grants, January 8
- University of St Andrews Library Visiting Scholars Scheme, open to researchers of all levels who wish to access the library's special collections, January 12
- Worksafe BC Grants, various deadlines, beginning late January
- Soroptimist Foundation of Canada Grants, for female graduate students in financial need who are working towards careers that improve the lives of women, January 31
- Paul Tai Yip Ng Memorial Award, for writing on intercultural issues, February 1
- Data Incubator 8-week fellowships for grad students looking to enter industry, any discipline (Why they don't care about your discipline), rolling deadlines
- The Vancouver Foundation has a number of large grants of up to $75k for organizational projects - in case this works for any of your big projects or research, various deadlines depending on field
- Sanders Prize in the History of Early Modern Philosophy, open to all grads and postdocs, October 1, 2018
External Awards with No Deadline
We recommend scanning ahead because it takes time to prepare award applications and send reference requests.
See our Fall Awards Timeline.
For a list of external doctoral and postdoctoral fellowships, please see the Fall 2017 Fellowships Roundup.
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
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.
Student Jobs Roundup
We track on-campus student job postings and collect them in a continually-updated blog post. The Spring 2018 Jobs Roundup is now available on our blog.
- Various fellowship and chair positions at the John W. Kluge Center, Library of Congress, various deadlines starting November 1
- Project Coordinator and Medical/Grant Writer for HIV/AIDS-related projects, review begins November 1, position open until filled
- Sustainable Transportation Action Research Team, various positions, early November-December
- International Events and Integration Officer, George Brown College (Toronto), November 13
- Lifeguard, November 14
- Student Central Tour Guide - Burnaby and Surrey, November 14
- Centre for Global Cooperation Research Fellowships, University Duisburg-Essen, for senior and postdoctoral researchers, November 19
- LEaDing Fellows Postdoctoral Programme, 90 fellowships to work at various institutions in the Netherlands, January 10
- SFU Recreation is hiring, apply on MyInvolvement
- European Space Agency Careers and Fellowships, various positions and deadlines
- Part-time Student RA position, Distill Analytics, open until filled
- Marketing Coordinator at Informa Exhibitions, open until filled
- Research Associate in Medical Genetics, position open until filled
- BCCIE Careers in International Education job postings, various positions and deadlines
- Paragon Testing Enterprises job postings, various positions and deadlines
- Mitacs jobs across Canada, various positions and deadlines
- Google internships, various postions and deadlines
- Various on-campus jobs are available through myInvolvement (under Opportunities)
Mitacs Accelerate Paid Internships
You can also set up your own internship, paid at $10–15k per term. (Recording of info session available.)
If you have any questions, please email Allison Brennan at firstname.lastname@example.org. Allison is also available to meet you and your supervisor at any of SFU's campuses.
Many student jobs come up with very short notice, so we only have enough time to post them to the graduate students' facebook group.
The APEX 4-Part Workshop Series is designed for advanced degree holders looking for structure and support in building their professional development plans. It will help you expand your professional network, build confidence, and translate your knowledge, skills and abilities to various audiences. Register through MyInvolvement.
Crafting Your Resume
If you're in job search mode (or will be soon!) this session is essential. Not only will you learn what works for your career document, but also learn tips and strategies to move beyond the resume, in terms of what works on paper and what works in the digital world. This workshop is offered on November 24, 2017. Register on MyInvolvement.
Building an Online Presence
This session will inform you on what kinds of content to curate, which stories to tell, and on which platforms as well as how to be intentional about expanding connections and build authentic relationships, while standing out to potential employers and funders. This session is offered on November 22, 2017. Register on MyInvolvement.
Mitacs Business Development Specialist for SFU
Dr. Allison Brennan is working exclusively with SFU faculty, students, and staff on all Mitacs internships and fellowships. She's available to you and your supervisor by appointment, Tuesday through Friday, and she's able to travel to all three campuses. Email email@example.com to set up an appointment.
Teaching and Learning Centre Programs
Bring Yourself to Work Dialogues, November 6 and December 4
The Bring Your Self to Work Dialogues provide a place where instructors can gather and focus on the passion and purpose that drive their teaching practice. Join your teaching colleagues on the first Monday of every month to catch your breath, reconnect with your values, build community, and prepare for meaningful encounters with students.
Better Presentations: Building Confidence and Connectivity, November 9
As a public speaker there are concrete steps you can take to increase the receptivity and alertness of your audience and to create a positive mood for learning. Learn to use the tools of intention, anecdote, gesture and humour to energize your message and captivate your audience.
Topic in Focus: SFU University Lecturer, November 14
The Collective Agreement now has a new rank for teaching faculty at SFU: University Lecturer. How do we define it? What are and should be the criteria used for promotion? We invite you to share your perspectives and the current practices in your department.
Teaching Dossiers for Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Fellows, November 15
A teaching dossier documents your teaching approaches, experience and effectiveness in the classroom. In this workshop, you will be guided through the components of a teaching dossier, review examples, discuss commonalities and differences across the disciplines, and get started on your own teaching dossier. For more information and to register, visit the event page.
Topic in Focus: Advancing Teaching and Learning Inquiry at SFU: The Next Steps, November 27
The Institute for the Study of Teaching and Learning in the Disciplines established a foundation for recognizing and celebrating teaching and learning inquiry at SFU. Director Sheri Fabian invites you to join her for a conversation as she shares her vision and thoughts on her new role, the Teaching and Learning Development Grants program, and leading the Institute into its next phase.
Spring TA/TM Day, January 5
Save the date!
Private voice sessions
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. Each session will be 45 minutes and available to individuals or small groups who would like to explore the potential of voice work. Sessions run Mondays, 9:30-11:45 and 1:00-3:15 until December 4.
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. The access code to the Research Commons will change periodically.
The Research Commons offers a multitude of free workshops specific to graduate students and postdoctoral fellows throughout the term. Upcoming workshop themes include Digital Humanities, EAL/ESL, Learning, Research Data Management, Programming and Software, Scholarly Communication, Writing, and Thesis.
Graduate Open Writing Lab
The Graduate Open Writing Lab is for all graduate students who want the time and a quiet, dedicated space to work on their writing. Registration not required - please drop in!
- Burnaby Campus: (Facilitated) - Mondays, 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm
- Vancouver Campus: (Not Facilitated) - Thursdays, 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
- Vancouver Campus: (Facilitated) - Fridays, 11:30 am to 2:30 pm
New & Young Worker Health & Safety Orientations
The New & Young Worker Health & Safety Orientation is a mandatory workshop for all new employees hired to perform work at SFU. This includes TAs, TMs, RAs, postdocs, and event staff. Topics such as hazard and incident reporting, roles & responsibilities, worker rights, health & safety committees, emergency response, working alone and workplace bullying & harassment will be covered. Online version available.
Just-in-Time Professional Development 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 Women in Technology: Attracting, Retaining and Promoting Diverse Talent
Reservations for the lectures are now open.
Donald Trump and the Spectre of Russian Intelligence: Featuring Dr. Christopher Andrew
- Date: Tuesday, November 7
- Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 pm
- Location: Room 1200, SFU Segal Graduate School of Business, 500 Granville Street
- Cost: Free, but registration is required
- RSVP: Please register on Eventbrite
Dr. Christopher Andrew, world-renowned espionage expert and MI-5 historian, discusses the allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 Presidential Election. He will present a lecture on Russian intelligence operations, how they might have sought to influence the US presidential election, and assess the vulnerability of other western democracies, including our own.
SFU Vancouver Speaker Series - The Future of Learning with Marina Kim
- Date: November 15
- Time: 7:00–8:30 pm
- Location: Room 1200, SFU Segal Graduate School of Business, 500 Granville Street
- Cost: $10 General, $5 for university students, free for high school students
The future of learning is upon us. How will universities adapt to the issues students face? Join SFU Public Square, SFU Vancouver, and SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement to discuss the future of learning with Co-Founder and Executive Director of Ashoka U, Marina Kim and SFU’s Faculty of Education Dean, Kris Magnusson.
KEY Presents: The Data Visionaries Series
- Learning Analytics: Beyond Data Science of Learning, Dragan Gaŝević, November 8
- Deep Structured Models For Group Activities, Greg Mori, November 15
- Atlas Computing: Managing and Analyzing Petabytes of Data on the Worldwide LHC Computing Grid, Michel Vetterli, November 22
- Lies, Damned Lies and Software Analytics: Why Big Data Needs Thick Data, Margaret-Anne Storey, November 29
- Critical Data Studies or How to Desegregate Networks, Wendy Chun, December 6
Events on Campus
- Planning for Sea Level Rise Seminar with John Englander, SFU Burnaby, November 8
- Made By SFU Fair, SFU Surrey Mezzanine, 11am-2pm, November 8
- SFU Open Learning Week, SFU Harbour Centre, November 15-21
- United Way Book Sale, SFU Burnaby, November 21-23, SFU Surrey and Vancouver, Dates TBA
- The Great SFU Bake Off, SFU Burnaby, November 27
- SFU Faculty Smackdown Event, November 28
- Dissertation/Thesis Support Group, weekly at the Burnaby Campus and Harbour Center
- Scientific Programming Study Group at SFU, weekly
Weekly meetings for peer-facilitated study-sessions dedicated to building a community of SFU researchers who perform computational data analysis as part of their academic work. Meetings every Tuesday at 3 pm in the Research Commons (see their videos). All welcome, regardless of level.
Events around Metro Vancouver
- World New Music Days, various venues, November 2-8
- Vancouver Jewish Film Festival, Fifth Avenue Cinemas, November 2-13
- UBC Remembers: Remembrance Day Ceremony, UBC War Memorial Gym, November 11
- TEDxSFU: Shift, Granville Island Stage, November 12
- GSS Vancouver Social, Steamworks, November 14
- Eastside Flea Holiday Markets, Ellis Building, Saturdays, Sundays and select Fridays, November 18-December 17
- Vancouver Christmas Market, Jack Poole Plaza, November 22-December 24
- Surrey Tree Lighting Festival, Surrey City Hall, November 25
- Athletes as Agents of Resistance and Change, UBC Liu Institute, November 29
- Make It! The Handmade Revolution, PNE Forum, December 7-10
- Brahm's Tams Drum Circle on Third Beach Stanley Park, every Tuesday
- General admission to Parks Canada and National Historic Sites with free 2017 Discovery Pass (in Metro Vancouver: Gulf of Georgia Cannery in Richmond and Fort Langley National Historic Site)
- Express bus service from downtown Vancouver to BC provincial parks
- Rent a kayak for half off on Mondays at Granville Island, Kitsilano, or English Bay
- Vancouver Opera tickets for $35 for patrons under 34 years old
Calls for Proposals/Participants
UBC "Tracing Erasure" Graduate Symposium on Art History, Visual Art and Theory
This symposium welcomes submissions from all periods of art history and related disciplines that explore acts of tracing as political, social, and artistic phenomena in both the public and personal spheres. The AHVA Graduate Symposium organizing committee invites proposals for twenty minute-long paper presentations. Current and recently graduated master of arts, master of fine arts, doctoral, and postdoctoral scholars are encouraged to submit an abstract of no more than 300 words and a one-page CV to firstname.lastname@example.org by December 21, 2017.
"Inside Jokes: Feminist Perspectives on Humour and Laughter" Call for Papers
Submissions are welcome for this collection of writing working to break down the stereotype of the "humourless feminist". As a whole, this work seeks to sideline caricatures of the humourless feminist by promoting a vision of a diverse movement vibrant with innovative, generous, threatening, and, untimately, truimphant laughter. Please send inquiries, abstracts, and proposals to Anna Frey (email@example.com). The deadline for initial submission of abstracts in January 1, 2018.
GSS Director Elections and Referendum on Graduate Student Membership Fees coming soon!
More information is available on the GSS website.
Holiday Hamper Program
November 10th, 2017: Sponsor Registration Closes
November 20th to December 1st, 2017: Hampers are dropped off at the GSS
December 4th to December 15th, 2016: Hampers are available for pick up from the GSS
Tips and Tricks
Tips and Tricks
Reading Round Up
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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.
Look out for the results of SFU's recent "Engaging the World" vision public consultation.
International Graduate Students
US Travel Ban
SFU Student Services has a new website for students (and prospective students) affected by the US travel ban—includes travel advice. Note: SFU has waived application fees for incoming (grad and undergrad) students from the eight affected countries.
Free confidential legal advice if you feel that you have been discriminated against, harassed, or faced violence because you are Muslim or are perceived to be Muslim.
International Student Advising
In addition to in-person advising in Vancouver and Surrey, International Services for Students is now offering in-person advising on Burnaby campus on Monday-Friday.
You can also speak with an International Student Advisor by email to firstname.lastname@example.org and by phone at 778-782-4232.
SFU ISS Resources
Handouts available to answer your questions: Resources for New Graduate Students and Medical Insurance – Frequently Asked Questions. See all of their Resources and Handouts.
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.
End of Leniency Period for Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)
As of November 10, 2016, unless otherwise exempted, all visa-exempt foreign nationals must have an eTA to fly to or transit through Canada. If you require an eTA to enter Canada and you do not have one you will not be allowed to board your flight to Canada. See ISS Handout on the Electronic Travel Authorization.
International Postdoctoral Fellows
Citizenship and Immigration Canada has a number of Permanent Resident (PR) programs for international graduates who wish to remain in Canada permanently. These programs include:
If you have any immigration related questions, please email Alina Roman, Postdoctoral Fellow Coordinator and Immigration Consultant at email@example.com. Alina is also available to meet you at SFU Burnaby campus.
SFU International's Weekly Newsletter
All international students receive a weekly newsletter from International Services for Students.
Indigenous Graduate Students
Graduate School 101, workshop to answer your questions about graduate school and provide guidance on the application process. This interactive workshop will cover selecting a graduate school/program, application process/documents, timelines, and funding. The workshop takes place Thursday, November 16th at 4:30 pm in the Indigenous Student Centre (AQ 2002). Please register to attend by November 13.
Rising Up: A Graduate Students Conference on Indigenous Knowledge and Research in Indigenous Studies, University of Manitoba, March 9-10, 2018. Deadline for submission of abstracts is December 29.
In the News
Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Fellows in the News:
Dates and Deadlines
Dates for Fall Semester:
- November 6-24 - Work-study application period.
- November 6 - Last day for graduate students to drop classes with WD on their transcripts. Enrollment opens for Spring 2018 semester.
- November 13 - All classes cancelled and offices closed for Remembrance Day.
- December 4 - Classes end for Fall term.
- December 6-17 - Examination period. If you are a current TA and want to pay to extend your TSSU medical insurance for up to two terms, application forms are due by the end of the term. (See also: All HR forms.)
- December 15 - Deadline to apply on go.sfu for graduation in the June 2018 convocation ceremonies, if you are completing degree requirements in Fall 2017 term.
- December 22 - Submission of all graduate degree requirements for 2017 Fall term (must be submitted by 12pm PST, see library submission deadline). Any Withdrawal under Extenuating circumstances (WE) requests received for the Fall 2017 term after this term will be considered as a retroactive WE.
See all the Dates and Deadlines for Fall 2017 and Spring 2018.
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