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November 07, 2018
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AWARDS AND FUNDING

Awards Timelines 

Important Info on Awards
Scan ahead so you have time to prepare! Keep a running list of awards in your personal calendar; if you've missed this year's deadline, the award will come up again next year.

See our Fall Awards Timeline.

Fall 2018 Scholarships and Workshops Handout: A list of upcoming workshops and scholarships

Fall 2018 External Doctoral Scholarships Roundup: A list of external doctoral scholarships

External Postdoctoral Fellowships Roundup: A list of external fellowships for postdoctoral fellows

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Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Awards

Awards available through Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (GPS):

  • Graduate Fellowships, up to $6500, deadlines vary, search GA3 to see availability
  • Northern Scientific Training Program (NSTP), The Northern Scientific Training Program provides supplementary support to offset the additional costs of northern research (i.e. transportation costs, living costs, shipping costs and interpreter fees). Deadline: November 8th of each year.
  • Fall 2018 CIHR / NSERC / SSHRC: A list of upcoming federal government master's and doctoral scholarships and deadlines.
  • External Dissertation Awards, recognize students who are graduating with outstanding thesis dissertations at master's and doctoral levels
  • Tri-Agency Awards (CIHR, NSERC & SSHRC) - Visit the Award Holder Resources page on the Scholarships and Awards section of our website to find out how to accept, defer, interrupt your award payments.

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Simon Fraser University Awards

Graduate awards available through other SFU units:

  • GSS Open Access Award 2018, up to 35 awards at $100 each to acknowledges graduate students who have been conducting open scholarship by publishing their work in Open Access journals. Deadline: November 30, 2018
  • GSS Professional Development Grants, $499 for graduate students presenting at conferences or engaging in field research. Deadline: November 1, 2018 for travel occurring between December 1, 2018 - March 31, 2019
  • Family Subsidy, supplemental source of funding for students with demonstrated financial need. Deadline for Spring application: February 11, 2019
  • SFU Central Open Access Fund, to help publish work in open access journals, up to $2500/article

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External Awards

Graduate awards available through external agencies:

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Mitacs Awards

  • Mitacs Accelerate, 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. Apply anytime.
  • Mitacs Accelerate International, up to $15,000 for research with a company anywhere in the world. Apply anytime.
  • Mitacs Elevate,  $55,000 per year award for a customized research management training program, along with a two year research project with a non-academic organization. The program is open to all academic disciplines. Multiple rolling deadlines a year.
  • Mitacs Globalink Research Awards 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. Multiple rolling deadlines a year.

Questions about anything Mitacs-related? Please email SFU’s Mitacs rep Allison Brennan at mitacsbd@sfu.ca. Allison is available to meet at any of SFU's campuses.

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Recognition Awards

  • 2019/20 Jack P. Blaney Award for Dialogue, The Jack P. Blaney Award for Dialogue is presented every second year to an individual who has demonstrated international excellence in the use of dialogue to increase mutual understanding and advance complex public issues. Nominations are encouraged from around the world in the fields of international diplomacy & conflict resolution, climate solutions, diversity and inclusion, democracy and civic engagement, and urban sustainability; deadline: December 2, 2018
  • 2019 Nora and Ted Sterling Prize in Support of Controversy, The Sterling Prize seeks to award $5,000 to an individual whose work challenges normatives through unconventional and distinctly untraditional perspectives of the world. The Sterling Prize may be awarded to any SFU student, faculty member, alumni or an individual outside of the SFU community as long as the work either provokes controversy or contributes to it’s understanding; deadline: February 15, 2019

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JOB AND VOLUNTEER POSTINGS

Student Jobs

Student Jobs Roundup
We track on-campus student job postings and collect them in blog posts. Many student jobs come up with very short notice, so we only have enough time to post them to the graduate students' Facebook group.

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, and subscribe to receive job alerts.

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Jobs Roundup

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Volunteering Roundup

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Mitacs Opportunities

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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Mitacs Events

Mitacs Training
These workshops provide grad students and postdocs with career-ready skills. These full one- and two-day workshops are facilitated by professionals in the field and are free to current grad students and postdocs. Check out the calendar to learn more about upcoming workshops.

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Teaching and Learning Centre Programs

Teaching Dossiers for Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Fellows, November 6, 2018
Are you planning to pursue a career as a tenure-track faculty member? If so, then you will need to prepare a teaching dossier at some point in order to document your teaching approaches, experience and effectiveness in the classroom. Open until filled.

Better Presentations: Building Confidence and Connections, November 8, 2018
Do you struggle to connect with your listeners? Do audiences seem like an intimidating sea of faces? This two-hour workshop for instructors, staff members and graduate students in instructional roles will show you how to build confidence, warm up your audience, and create an inclusive and open atmosphere for learning. The session will be facilitated by TLC voice specialist Sanders Whiting, who draws on his extensive background in music, theatre and education. Open until filled.

Fall 2018 Effective Teaching Series, until November 23
The Teaching and Learning Centre warmly invites graduate and postdoctoral students to join the Fall 2018 Effective Teaching Series featuring innovative yet practical techniques to improve your teaching. A complimentary lunch will also be provided.

Private Voice Sessions, Mondays, until December 3, 2018
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. Open until filled.

Instructional Skills Workshop, February 20-22, 2019
The Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW) is an internationally recognized forum for faculty members, staff and graduate students in instructional roles who wish to strengthen their teaching skills. It is designed to strengthen novice to expert instructors’ skills through intensive yet practical exercises in learning-centred teaching. Apply before January 18, 2019

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Research Commons

Graduate Space
The Research Commons space on the 7th floor of SFU Burnaby's W.A.C. Bennett Library is exclusively accessible to graduate students, faculty, and postdoctoral fellows by a door access punch-code which is regularly changed. The space is equipped with wireless internet access, PC and Mac workstationsbookable group rooms, and areas for discussion and relaxation.

Individual Consultation
Need one-on-one help? SFU graduate students are encouraged to book consultations with Research Commons staff and partners. If you have a general question, contact research-commons@sfu.ca.

Thesis

  • Thesis Template and Resources
    Wednesday, November 14, 2018 - 1:30pm to 3:30pm - Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons
  • Thesis reBoot
    Wednesday, November 21, 2018 - 8:30am to 5:00pm - Harbour Centre, Rm 1430

Writing

Scholarly Communication, GIS

Research Software, Research Data Management, GIS

EAL/ESL

  • Let's Talk!
    Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
    Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
    Thursday, November 22, 2018 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
    Thursday, November 29, 2018 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm - Burnaby, West Mall Centre, CELLTR, Rm 1390
  • Academic English Grammar and Writing for Multilingual Learners
    Wednesday, November 7, 2018 - 10:30am to 12:20pm
    Friday, November 9, 2018 - 10:30am to 12:20pm
    Wednesday, November 14, 2018 - 10:30am to 12:20pm
    Friday, November 16, 2018 - 10:30am to 12:20pm
    Wednesday, November 21, 2018 - 10:30am to 12:20pm
    Friday, November 23, 2018 - 10:30am to 12:20pm
    Wednesday, November 28, 2018 - 10:30am to 12:20pm
    Friday, November 30, 2018 - 10:30am to 12:20pm - Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7200
  • Communication Skills
    Friday, November 9, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
    Friday, November 16, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
    Friday, November 23, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
    Friday, November 30, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm - Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 3020, SLC (Student Learning Commons) Office
  • Let's Talk!
    Tuesday, November 6, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
    Tuesday, November 13, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
    Tuesday, November 20, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
    Tuesday, November 27, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm - Burnaby, West Mall Centre, CELLTR, Rm 1390

Digital Humanities

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Miscellaneous Programs

Library Study Rooms at the Burnaby Campus
If you've completed all degree requirements except your thesis, you may be eligible to book a lockable study room at the WAC Bennett Library on the Burnaby campus. Deadline for spring semester: November 15, 2018

TA/TM Well-Being Project
Teaching Assistants and Tutor Markers have a unique university experience as they juggle life as both a student and a teacher. The TA/TIM Well-Being Project supports TAs and TMs to enhance their own well-being and offers helpful strategies to create conditions for well-being within labs and tutorials.

Studying at SFU Surrey Campus and feeling stressed/anxious? Join the Y-Minds Program
Y-Minds is a free, 7-week low-barrier group counseling program for youth (age 18-30) to help manage stress, worries and anxiety. Learn how to cope with stress, worry, low mood and low energy, and connect with others going through similar experiences. Join the information on September 26th or October 3rd at the SFU Surrey campus to learn more, and check out Youth Mindfulness Group for more information.

New & Young Worker Health & Safety Orientation
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.

Career and professional development workshops
Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies in partnership with Career and Volunteer Services' three-part series for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.

Effective Intercultural Communication
Registrations are now open for Effective Intercultural Communication. This is a 6-week long free facilitated online opportunity for students who would like to increase their intercultural understanding and communication skills through developing self-awareness. 

Job Search Success
This is an online professional writing and intercultural communication course. You will improve your resume and cover letter while learning how to communicate in today's multicultural workplace; a skill employers look for today. Cost: $20; non-refundable after the start of the course. JSS is offered every semester; find registration dates on myExperience.

Sustainability-focused Student-led Program TumblerShare
A group of SFU students are working to make SFU more sustainable through a new program called TumblerShare. Partnering with Renaissance Coffee, TumblerShare is launched to reduce the number of disposable cups used on campus. Learn more here.

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DATES AND DEADLINES

Dates for Fall Term

November 12
Remembrance Day. All classes cancelled and offices closed.

December 3
Classes end for Fall term.

December 5–16
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 14
Deadline to apply on Go.SFU for graduation in the June 2019 convocation ceremonies, if you are completing degree requirements in Fall 2018 term.

December 20
Grade Deadline

December 24
Any Withdrawal under Extenuating circumstances (WE) requests received for the Fall 2018 term after this term will be considered as a retroactive WE.

January 4
Submission of all recommendations for the awarding of a graduate degree, diploma, or certificate for Fall 2018 term. Degree requirements (including a thesis defence) must be completed within the Fall 2018 term.

See all the Dates and Deadlines for Fall 2018.

Dates for Spring Term

January 1
New Year's Day. All classes cancelled and offices closed.

January 3
Spring semester classes begin

January 4
TA/TM Day

January 7
Deadline for submitting a U-Pass BC Exemption request for Spring 2019

January 11
End of Bursary application period (bursaries are awarded based on financial need; international students are eligible).

January 16
Last day for graduate students to enroll through self-service (late enrollment deadline).
Last day to drop with 100% refund of tuition and ancillary fees. If you were eligible for the January U-Pass BC, there is no refund of the January U-Pass BC but you will be refunded for the February–April U-Passes.
Last day to change from credit to audit grade basis.
Grad tuition and fees (including co-op practicum fees) are due and payable. A 2% penalty will be calculated and posted to your student account every month. 
Last date to opt out or change your coverage in the Graduate Health Plan (only if you started school in January).

January 23
Last day to drop with no notation on transcript.

January 31
Only applicable to new international students: Last day to opt out of Guard.Me@SFU (see medical insurance deadlines).
Early Completion submission deadline of Thesis at 4:00 pm.
Last day to drop with a 75% refund of tuition. No refund of ancillary fees and January U-Pass BC.
Last day for receipt of grades deferred from the Fall 2018 term.

See all the Dates and Deadlines for Spring 2019.

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GRAD AND POSTDOC NEWS

Student Resources

At Simon Fraser University:

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In the News

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Reading Roundup

Want More Academic Readings?
If you're planning a career in academia, you're eligible for a free subscription to University Affairs.

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INTERNATIONAL GRADUATE STUDENTS

Events for International Students

Holiday Celebration
SFU International Services for Students and Fraser International College cordially invite you to a Holiday Celebration on Nov 29. Join them to celebrate the season with music, entertainment and delicious food! All SFU and FIC students are welcome to attend.

International Graduate Teaching Assistants Program
The International Graduate Teaching Assistants Program is specially designed for teaching assistants and graduate students who speak English as an additional language and helps with their academic communication and teaching skills. It is available as a 3-session or 10-session program. Register now for the spring term. Check out what past participants say about the program!

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International Services for Students

SFU International's Weekly Newsletter
All international students receive a weekly newsletter from International Services for Students.

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.

International Student Advising
International Services for Students offers in-person advising on all three campuses. You can also contact them by phone or e-mail.

Global Community Mentorship Program
The Global Community Mentorship Program (GCMP) is a student-led volunteer program that connects new students with current SFU students. Our mission is to provide students with enriching cultural experiences, support their transition to Canadian life and introduce them to the SFU community. Consider becoming a mentor for the spring term.

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Resources and Information

International Graduate Student Coordinator
Need help and don’t know where to start? Connect with Tomke Augustin, International Graduate Student Coordinator. You can find her in the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies CAPE Office (MBC 1500). Drop-ins welcome! You can also connect with her via e-mail at gradintl@sfu.ca or at 778-782-9284.

EAL/ESL Support Services for Graduate Students
If English is not your first language and you would like to improve your proficiency, we have put together a roundup of free support services available at SFU.

Career Services Support for International Students
Are you planning your career after grad school? Career Services offers international student career support on Burnaby campus. Drop by the Global Student Centre on Wednesdays to get advice on resumes, cover letters, interviews and jobs on campus. Or book an appointment.

Support for your partner & family
If you or your partner are looking for work or wanting to settle in Canada, speak with a representative of S.U.C.C.E.S.S to receive information about career mentorship opportunities and settling in BC. Drop by their table at the Global Student Centre every other Wednesday from 2:30 to 4:30 P.M. Stay tuned about upcoming events for graduate students with partner & family and join our SFU-Families Facebook group.

Health & Counselling for International Students
Studying in a new country has many challenges. Whether you're looking for assistance with managing school stress, finding housing, understanding documents or Canadian services, the Transition Case Manager is available for one-to-one support. Learn how to make an appointment.

Connected Globally & Adjusting Locally, Wednesdays, 2:00-3:30 PM
The Connected Globally & Adjusting Locally group provides students from international pathways with practical skills that will support their growth and success during their time at SFU. Drop-in; no registration required!

Interface Centre
The Centre provides a space and numerous events, workshops, and discussion groups for students to live their faith, and to increase the understanding of and respect for religious beliefs and practices.

Passport Stamp Update
The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) no longer stamps all passports at airports with Primary Inspection Kiosks, including Vancouver International Airport (YVR). If you require a stamp, you will need to request one.

US Travel Ban
SFU Student Services has a website for students (and prospective students) affected by the US travel ban including travel advice. 

Islamophobia Hotline
Call the Islamophobia Hotline for 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.

Protect yourself from fraud
Protect yourself from fraud by finding out how to prevent fraud and how to report those who commit it.

Recommended Readings

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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 gradintl@sfu.ca. Alina is also available to meet you at the Burnaby campus.

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INDIGENOUS GRADUATE STUDENTS

Student News and Resources

SFU Indigenous Graduate Student Coordinator (IGSC), Denver Lynxleg: New location on Burnaby mountain
BOOZHOO! Denver Lynxleg is the Indigenous Graduate Student Coordinator (IGSC), She is on campus every Tuesday and Thursday to support Indigenous students’ transition into graduate studies and enhance current Indigenous Graduate Students' holistic academic path through mentorship, workshops, and as a resource mediator. She is honoured to be a visitor on the traditional and unceded territories of the the xʷməθkwəy̓əm, Skwxwú7mesh, and Səl̓ílwətaɬ peoples, on whose traditional territories SFU’s three campuses stand. 

  • Hours: 9-5 pm Tuesday and Thursday
  • Office: Burnaby campus AQ 6085

To book an appointment: call 778-782-9222 or e-mail gsindig@sfu.ca

SFU’s Office for Aboriginal People’s Newsletter
Subscribe to the Office for Aboriginal People’s Newsletter to learn more about SFU Indigenous-related events, announcements and important dates. Read the latest issue here.

Indigenous Mentorship Network of the Pacific Northwest Newsletter
Subscribe to the Indigenous Mentorship Network of the Pacific Northwest Newsletter to learn more about the latest Indigenous-focused headlines, events and training, funding and job information, as well as resources and other unique opportunities. Subscribe here.

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Events and Opportunities

Indigenous Women's Stories of Journeying Through University Towards Their Career
Indigenous female post-secondary graduates, we need your voice. We are looking to identify how post-secondary institutions can increase indigenous female student population, retention and graduation.

Please join us to participate in an individual interview or sharing circle. We would love to hear about your experience succeeding in university and transitioning into your career. Recent graduates from the University of Calgary, Mount Royal University, and Simon Fraser University are welcome to participate. In gratitude, participants will receive a gift card. Please contact us if you are interested in participating.

Research Project Contacts:

Conference: Indigenous Solutions to Environmental Challenges, November 10-12, 2018
Join indigenous leaders, grassroots activists, students, NGOs, lawyers, judges, political representatives, forward-thinking businesses people and the general public to register for a new exciting and dynamic conference on Indigenous Solutions to Environmental Challenges.

Visiting Elders Series for SAGE Indigenous Graduate Students, until November 21, 2018
UBC’s Office of Indigenous Education and NITEP will be launching a Faculty of Education Visiting Elders series this upcoming academic year. This is an opportunity for SAGE Indigenous Graduate students to engage with Elders and knowledge keepers and to advance Indigenous priorities in the field of education. Learn more here.

Beginning with the Seventies: Collective Acts, until December 2, 2018
Beginning with the Seventies: Collective Acts is curated by Lorna Brown and is the third of four exhibitions based upon the Belkin Art Gallery’s research project investigating the 1970s, an era when social movements of all kinds – feminism, environmentalism, LGBTQ rights, Indigenous rights, access to health services and housing – began to coalesce into models of self-organization that overlapped with the production of art and culture. Collective Acts, which taps into the generative potential of archival research by artists into experiments with collective organizing and cooperative production, presenting new work by Dana Claxton, Jeneen Frei Njootli and the ReMatriate Collective, Christine D’Onofrio and Heather Kai Smith, alongside work by Salish Weavers Guild members Mary Peters, Adeline Lorenzetto and Annabel Stewart. Learn more here.

Assistant Professor – Native American Environment, Health and Community, Open until filled
The Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies seeks to hire a tenure track faculty member with expertise that may be applied in a Native American community context. This position will be one of an interdisciplinary cluster hire focused on Native American Environment, Health and Community. Collaborating units include the School of Nursing, and the School of Human Ecology. Successful candidates will conduct interdisciplinary research, teach courses, mentor students, and contribute to academic service and an academic environment of inclusive excellence. Learn more here.

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Scholarships and Awards

Indigenous Gender and Wellness Travel Award WebinarNovember 8
Open to Indigenous students and allies who have an idea or potential project related to gender that could improve wellness in their community.

SSHRC Indigenous Research Capacity and Reconciliation-Connection Grants
Grants of up to $50,000 for 6 months for applicants affiliated with First Nations, Métis and Inuit not-for-profit organizations, as well as with other not-for-profit organizations or Canadian postsecondary institutions.

Aboriginal Ambassadors in the Natural Sciences and Engineering Award
Up to $5,000 grant for Aboriginal students and fellows to promote interest and participation in the natural sciences and engineering by visiting Canada’s Aboriginal communities and schools and sharing their research and education experiences or participating in science promotion events and activities; no deadline

Indigenous Graduate Student Travel Award
The Indigenous Graduate Student Travel Award provides financial support for Indigenous graduate students to present their research at academic conferences. Students can only apply for the Indigenous travel award once per academic year. Indigenous graduate students may apply for this fund before conferences to pay for their conference fees and/or travel costs in advance. Disbursements of up to $1000 may be applied for in each academic year (starting September 1 of each year). For more info connect with Denver Lynxleg, Indigenous Graduate Student Coordinator gsindig@sfu.ca

Indspire's Building Brighter Futures ProgramFebruary 1
Indspire is offering a number of bursaries and scholarships to Indigenous students studying in graduate degree programs. These awards are available to Indigenous students studying within Canada, however graduate-level studies outside of Canada will also be considered. Application deadlines are February 1, August 1, and November 1, and of every year.

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EVENTS

Graduate Student Society News and Events

Volunteer Opportunities
The GSS is actively seeking volunteers among our members to serve on our Benefit Plan and Governance Committees. If you have any further questions or are interested in this opportunity, please contact the Executive Director, Pierre Cenerelli (pierre.cenerelli@sfugradsociety.ca).

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Simon Fraser University Events

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Events Around Metro Vancouver

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Calls for Proposals/Participants

Ideas from the Trenches - Call out to PhD students
CBC want to turn your PhD research into a 54-minute Ideas episode that would be part of their regular feature on the program called "Ideas from the Trenches". Deadline: November 16, 2018

Student-Community Engagement Competition
$19,000 in awards is available for innovative student projects designed to engage communities and have positive social impact. Deadline: November 30, 2018

Graduate Student Conference
The Centre for International Peace and Security Studies (CEPSI-CIPSS) from Université de Montréal and McGill University, in collaboration with the Centre for International Policy Studies (CEPI-CIPS) from University of Ottawa are calling for communications for their annual graduate student conference. Deadline: November 30, 2018

SFU's Student Experience Initiative
The Student Experience Initiative (SEI) aims to enhance the experience of students by developing high-impact opportunities for engagement with the SFU community. Visit https://www.sfu.ca/vpacademic/SEI.html to learn more and learn about the various ways you can participate.

Interact Arbutus Greenway Study
Vancouver’s Arbutus Greenway project is transforming a historic railway into a vibrant corridor for people to walk, cycle, roll, and connect. Will its development make the city a happier and healthier place to be? We’re uniting hundreds of Vancouverites to find out.

TED Fellows Program
The TED Fellows program provides transformational support to a global community of 450+ innovators who are collaborating across disciplines to spark positive change around the world.

Beyond citations: from academia to the workplace
The Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion (CCDI) invites graduate students to submit an executive summary of their research to be published on the CCDI website. Research could include a thesis, a chapter, a report, or any other previous publications. Successful applicants will be awarded a one-year CCDI individual practitioner subscription (value: $199).

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