December Update for Graduate Students
PLEASE NOTE: Our office will be closed from 12:30 onwards on Monday, December 10 for a staff event. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Holiday University Closure: Simon Fraser University will be closed from December 25, 2018 until January 1, 2019.
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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 Spring Awards Timeline.
Fall 2018 External Doctoral Scholarships Roundup: A list of external doctoral scholarships
External Postdoctoral Fellowships Roundup: A list of external fellowships for postdoctoral fellows
Postdoctoral funding database: allows postdoctoral fellows to search for funding opportunities
- Omics Data Science Initiative Graduate Scholarships, the Initiative offers six merit-based scholarships for graduate students valued at $6500, to be awarded in the spring, summer or fall 2019. Students must be using or planning to use data science for genomics or other omics, with applications in public health microbiology or precision medicine. Deadline: December 16, 2018. Application is through the GPS Awards System (GA3)
- British Columbia Graduate Scholarships are entering graduate awards, with start dates aligning with the incoming student’s graduate program start date (starting Fall 2019). This program provides funding for entering students valued at $15,000/yr.
- Graduate Fellowships, up to $6500, deadlines vary, search GA3 to see availability
- 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.
Graduate & Postdoctoral awards available through external agencies:
- Tanaka Fund Program, provides a total of $30,000 to support scholars in order to foster the next generation of Japanese Studies scholarship in Canada; deadline: January 6, 2019
- 2019 MSFHR Research Trainee competition is accepting applications for Postdoctoral fellows; deadline for letter of intent January 11, 2019
- The Hugh C. Morris Experiential Fellowship, provides $40,000 for graduate student studying in Canada who is working in a field related to climate change; deadline: January 14, 2019
- Canadian Cancer Society Funding Opportunities, three funding opportunities for cancer research; deadline: January 15, 2019
- Post-doctoral Fellowship on Hellenisms Past and Present, Local and Global, one year fellowship for applicants from all fields of the humanities and social sciences; deadline: January 15, 2019
- Graduate Research Awards for Disarmament, Arms Control and Non-Proliferation, a total of four awards of $5,000 are available to Canadian Master’s and/or Doctoral candidates to support the independent research and writing of an academic paper responding to a specific Non-Proliferation, Arms Control and Disarmament (NACD) topic; deadline: January 21, 2019
- CRTC Prize for Excellence in Policy Research, open to graduate students and post-doctoral researchers whose work touches on cross-cutting themes in the broad field of information and communication studies; deadline: January 25, 2019
- Soroptimist Foundation of Canada - Grants for Women Students, provides four $7,500 grants to female graduate students; deadline: January 31, 2019
- The Northern Resident Scholarship, awards four scholarships, valued at $10,000 each, for students identified as long-term residents of Nunavut, Northwest Territories, Yukon, or the Provincial North, currently enrolled in master or doctoral-level programs at a Canadian University; deadline: January 31, 2019
- Mackenzie King Scholarship Competition for 2019-20, one Open Scholarship of $8500 and four Travelling Scholarships of $10,500; deadline: February 1, 2019
- NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship Opportunities in Japan, open to PhD students in natural sciences or engineering; deadline: February 1, 2019
- Canadian Science Policy Fellowship, a 12-month policy position within a Canadian government host office; deadline: February 3, 2019
- Joint Organization for the Study of Sex Differences and International Society of Gender Medicine Meeting 2019, total amount available for this funding opportunity is $100,000, enough to support at least 25 travel awards valued at up to $4,000 each; deadline: January 14, 2019
- Engineers Canada Scholarships, six scholarships totaling $60,000 will be awarded; deadline: March 1, 2019
- Toptal Scholarships for Women, (US)$10,000 and a year of mentorship to five future female leaders from Europe, the Americas, Africa, Asia, and Oceania who want to change the world; deadline: March 31, 2019
- Translink Mobility Grant, up to $50,000 to academics looking to conduct research projects related to new mobility; no deadline
- Data Incubator 8-week fellowships for grad students looking to enter industry, any discipline (Why they don't care about your discipline), rolling deadlines
- Weston Brain Institute Open Funding Opportunities, international fellowship and postdoctoral scholar, rolling deadlines
- NSERC Student Ambassador, $1,000 grant for post-secondary students and fellows to share their science and engineering experience with youth from groups that are under-represented in STEM; no deadline
- Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction Quick Response Program, up to $10k for social scientists to quickly deploy to a disaster-affected area in the aftermath of an extreme weather event or earthquake to collect perishable data; rolling deadlines
- 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)
- ScholarshipsCanada.com, Lists over 90,000 awards and is Canada’s leading scholarship and bursary platform
- Even more databases which list awards from around the world
- Mitacs Accelerate Industrial Postdoctoral Award Saskatchewan Arts Alliance / University of Regina; Deadine: January 11, 2019
- Mitacs Accelerate Industrial Postdoc, provides up to 3 years of funding valued at $55,000/year for research with a company or not-for-profit. Deadline: January 18, 2019
- 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.
- Left & Mitacs Research Grant, offering 16 post graduate positions, alongside co-op positions, over the next 3 years. Various deadlines.
Questions about anything Mitacs-related? Please email SFU’s Mitacs rep Allison Brennan at firstname.lastname@example.org. Allison is available to meet at any of SFU's campuses.
- Nominate an individual who has demonstrated international excellence in the use of dialogue to increase mutual understanding and advance complext public issues for the Jack P. Blaney Award for Dialogue; deadline: January 14, 2019.
- 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
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.
- TUTOR-PHC Opportunities, an internship and a placement are available for successful TUTOR-PHC applicants; deadline: Dec 17, 2018
- BC Legislative Internship Program, gain exposure in public affairs, observe the workings of government, and take part in the democratic process; deadline: Jan 31, 2019
- TA for a Summer or Fall field course at BMSC, deadline for summer course: Mar 1, 2019; deadline for fall course: Apr 30, 2019
- BCCIE Careers in International Education job postings, various positions and deadlines
- Paragon Testing Enterprises job postings, various positions and deadlines
- Google Internships, various positions and deadlines
- Mitacs Accelerate paid internships, various positions and deadlines
- Career Opportunities with Mitacs, various positions across Canada
- Government of Canada Federal Student Work Experience Program, various positions and deadlines
- Alliance for Arts and Culture job board, various positions and deadlines
- Educaloxy roundup, various international academic positions in Schools of Education, Art and Languages
- Various on-campus jobs are available through myInvolvement (under Opportunities)
- CAGIS Opportunities, new chapter volunteers and a new co-coordinator; no deadline
- GSS Volunteer Opportunities, various positions
- Moderators for SFU's Philosophers' Café, $25 stipend per session, applications accepted at any time
- Volunteer with the Student Safety Engagement Program (at all three SFU Campuses)
- Volunteer with WISH (drop in center for self-identified women)
- Embark Sustainability Positions: Various
- CJSF (SFU's radio station) is looking for volunteers (Great experience for improving your public speaking skills.)
- SFU's Student Ambassador Program is open for applications from students. Ambassadors get a few perks in return for short-term volunteer work.
- Various volunteering opportunities are available through myInvolvement (under Opportunities)
- Mitacs Accelerate Paid Internships: You can set up your own internship, paid at $10–15k per term. (Recording of info session available.)
- Mitacs jobs across Canada, various positions and deadlines
- If you have any questions, please email Allison Brennan at email@example.com. Allison is also available to meet you and your supervisor at any of SFU's campuses.
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.
Start Preparing for the 2019 3 Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition now, with Professional Development Workshops!
Spring 2019 TA/TM Day, January 4, 2019
TA/TM Day is SFU's most comprehensive orientation event for new or veteran teaching assistants and tutor-markers. Get information and advice from experienced TAs and other members of SFU's academic community. Registration not required.
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
Private Voice Sessions, January 14–April 9, 2019
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. Each session will be 45 minutes and available to individuals or small groups who would like to explore the potential of voice work. By appointment
Spring 2019 Certificate Program in University Teaching and Learning, January 11–April 12, 2019
This is a four-month, 120-hour, Senate-approved non-credit certificate for SFU graduate students who are aiming for employment in post-secondary institutions. The program is offered in the spring and fall terms of each school year. Spring 2019 Applications Closed. Apply for Fall 2019 by May 24, 2019.
Start Preparing for the 2019 3 Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition now, with Professional Development Workshops!
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 workstations, bookable group rooms, and areas for discussion and relaxation.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Research Software, Research Data Management, GIS
- You need help with your R code? No problem: ask online! But make sure you know how to ask...
Friday, December 7, 2018 - 12:30pm to 4:00pm - Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7200
- Academic Writing for Graduate Students (EAL)
Monday, January 14, 2019 - 10:30am to 12:20pm
Wednesday, January 16, 2019 - 10:30am to 12:20pm
Monday, January 21, 2019 - 10:30am to 12:20pm
Wednesday, January 23, 2019 - 10:30am to 12:20pm
Monday, January 28, 2019 - 10:30am to 12:20pm
Wednesday, January 30, 2019 - 10:30am to 12:20pm
Monday, February 4, 2019 - 10:30am to 12:20pm
Wednesday, February 6, 2019 - 10:30am to 12:20pm
Monday, February 11, 2019 - 10:30am to 12:20pm
Wednesday, February 13, 2019 - 10:30am to 12:20pm
Monday, February 25, 2019 - 10:30am to 12:20pm
Wednesday, February 27, 2019 - 10:30am to 12:20pm
Monday, March 4, 2019 - 10:30am to 12:20pm
Wednesday, March 6, 2019 - 10:30am to 12:20pm
Monday, March 11, 2019 - 10:30am to 12:20pm
Wednesday, March 13, 2019 - 10:30am to 12:20pm
Monday, March 18, 2019 - 10:30am to 12:20pm
Wednesday, March 20, 2019 - 10:30am to 12:20pm
Monday, March 25, 2019 - 10:30am to 12:20pm
Wednesday, March 27, 2019 - 10:30am to 12:20pm - Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons
- Check out the Research Commons December Workshops Calendar
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.
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.)
Deadline to apply on Go.SFU for graduation in the June 2019 convocation ceremonies, if you are completing degree requirements in Fall 2018 term.
Any Withdrawal under Extenuating circumstances (WE) requests received for the Fall 2018 term after this term will be considered as a retroactive WE.
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.
Spring semester classes begin
Deadline for submitting a U-Pass BC Exemption request for Spring 2019
End of Bursary application period (bursaries are awarded based on financial need; international students are eligible).
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).
Last day to drop with no notation on transcript.
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.
Family Day. All classes and offices closed.
Reading break. Classes canceled. (Please note: this is for applicable departments only.)
Last day to drop with a 50% refund of tuition. No refund of ancillary fees or January/February U-Passes.
See all the Dates and Deadlines for Spring 2019.
At Simon Fraser University:
- Learn what students who graduated in 2017 had to say in the 2017 Gradaute Student Exit Survey.
- Submit Your Profile: Be Featured On Our Website that offers you the opportunity to position yourself at the forefront of potential employers.
- Call Out for Research Participants: We can help you advertise your SFU ethics-approved research. Research that has been approved by SFU ethics will be featured in a weekly round-up on our blog.
- Library Extended Hours During Exam Period, The W.A.C Bennett Library will open 24/7 from Nov 10-Dec 16; Fraser Library will offer extended hours from Nov 26-Dec 15.
- StudentCare Mobile allows you to submit your GSS Health & Dental Plan claims quickly and securely.
- My SSP is a free service available to all SFU students for access to immediate or ongoing, confidential support - accessible from anywhere in the world by phone or through the downloadable app.
- The SFSS/GSS legal clinic takes place monthly on the Burnaby campus. Fill out the application to book an appointment.
- The GSS has compiled a list of community resources for graduate students in Metro Vancouver to help with families & children, financial need, food support, legal assistance, & more
- The GSS has partnered with Quest Food Exchange in order to help support people facing financial hardship to access affordable, healthy food.
- Matlab at SFU: Installation for Personal Computers for Faculty, Staff, Students or Researchers
- The SFU Snap app can now provide emergency alerts directly to your mobile devices
- SFU has recently introduced a Research Funding and Award Opportunities Database, containing hundreds of research grant and faculty award opportunities
- The Mentor Meet Program, available to entrepreneurs in the SFU Community, allows you to connect with mentorship at all three SFU Campuses
- SFU Recreation has Women's Hours (for self-identified women) in the Aquatics Centre, Fitness Centre and through their Drop-In Sports Program: find out more here
- Open Educational Resource Grants are available through the university
- The SFU Community now has access to the BCC Research full collection of reports for a one-year trial period
- Your Academic Progress Report: Access your Academic Progress Report (APR) through your go.sfu.ca account. This interactive course mapping tool is designed to help you keep track of your degree and program requirements.
- 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)
- 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.
- Dance Your PhD Contest is now open! Submit your video by January 14
- Science Exposed Contest, showcase images of scientific research in all fields of study. Deadline: January 15, 2019
- Science, Action!, $3,000 for videos featuring research in or about Canada’s North. Deadline: January 18, 2019
- The Focus! Climate Change Student Video Contest, up to $10,000 for students who like to make a short film about climate change; deadline: March 4, 2019
- Now's the time to start preparing for the 2019 3 Minute Thesis Competition (3MT)
- The Conversation: Venue designed for academic knowledge translation
- Access Pro Bono will provide you with a 30 minute legal consultation at no charge. You can select the type of legal expertise you require (family law, immigration law, etc.) and select the location/time that is most convenient for you
- Legal Aid provides representation to people with low incomes. They also provide information and other services to all
- UBC Law Students’ Legal Advice Program is a non-profit society run by law students at the University of British Columbia. They provide free legal advice and representation to clients who would otherwise be unable to afford legal assistance
- Discounted Mobi bikeshare annual memberships for SFU students
- Physical Review gathered together 55 papers by Steven Hawking in a free online collection
- Neighbourhood Small Grants are now available, $50 to $500 to support projects that bring people together, share skills and knowledge, build a sense of belonging and responsibility, and respect and celebrate diversity
- YNAB is Now Free for College Students: If you need to build a budget, the You Need a Budget tool is free for students. Note that all data is stored on a US server. (Bonus reading: Personal Finance in Grad School)
- Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology PhD student, Amparo Marquez is interviewed in "SFU PhD student from Mexico aims to diagnose autism in remote and rural villages"
- Biological sciences PhD candidate Philippe Fernandez-Fournier is quoted in "These Wasps Hijack Spiders’ Brains And Make Them Do Their Bidding"
- Postdoctoral researcher Dr. Stephanie Rezansoff is interviewed in "SFU postdoctoral researcher wins major fellowship"
- Gerontology researcher Lillian Hung is interviewed in "Meet our Researchers: Lillian Hung, Simon Fraser University Meet our Researchers: Lillian Hung, Simon Fraser University"
- Political science PhD student Caroline Elloitt provides commentary on "Caroline Elliott: Research shows PR benefits overstated, anti-immigration parties thrive"
- Health sciences researcher Lief Pagalan is quoted in "Traffic pollution ‘linked to risk of autism in children'"
- Health sciences researcher Lief Pagalan is quoted in "Prenatal exposure to air pollution linked to autism risk, study says"
- Biological sciences PhD candidate Michael Price is mentioned in "B.C.'s new environmental assessment act a big step forward, but not big enough"
- Health sciences researcher Lief Pagalan and professor Bruce Lanphear are interviewed in "Prenatal exposure to air pollution linked to increased likelihood of autism"
- Health sciences researcher Lief Pagalan is quoted in "Canadian study finds evidence for ‘small but significant’ link between air pollution and autism in children"
- Biological sciences PhD candidate Michael Price discusses "Scientists claim new BC environmental assessment bill is short on scientific rigour"
- Health sciences researcher Marco Zenone provides commentary on "Marco Zenone: A youth perspective on proportional representation"
- Biological sciences researcher David Shiffman is quoted in "Is This Startup a Load of Garbage?"
- PhD student in Communications Layla Cameron is interviewed as 2018 Nora and Ted Sterling Prize in "Fighting fat stigma"
- James Hayton PhD Coaching blog 60/60 features 60 short videos for PhD students
- New SFU art museum planned for Burnaby Mountain
- The Worst Writing Advice in the World
- So Your Ph.D. Program Is Not Going ‘As Planned’?
- How to create a successful science blog
- How to prepare a teaching dossier
- Your graduate skills are always transferable
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SFU Free Christmas Eve Dinner
Are you in town on Christmas Eve and would like to spend the evening with fellow students and free food? Join the Interface Centre and the Point for dinner on December 24 at Burnaby campus.
Submit your photos to the Study in BC Contest; deadline December 19
Bring Your Partner & Family Welcome and Welcome Back Reception
Stay tuned, details to our spring 2019 reception will be posted soon.
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 around study permits, health insurance, and housing: Resources for New Graduate Students and Medical Insurance – Frequently Asked Questions. See all of their Resources and Handouts.
Global Community Mentorship Program
The Global Community Mentorship Program (GCMP) is a student-led volunteer program that connects new students with current SFU students. Their mission is to provide students with enriching cultural experiences, support their transition to Canadian life and introduce them to the SFU community. Request a mentor for the spring term.
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 email@example.com or at 778-782-9284.
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!
EAL 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.
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. Registrations for the spring term open soon.
Register now for the spring 2019 Tandem Program at the Centre for English Language Learning, Teaching and Research. Spouses/partners of graduate students are also welcome to participate! Please connect with Tomke (firstname.lastname@example.org) beforehand.
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. If your spouse/partner would like to participate in the Tandem language exchange, please connect with Tomke (email@example.com) before registering. Stay tuned about upcoming events for graduate students with partner & family and join our SFU-Families Facebook group.
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.
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!
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. Note: SFU has waived application fees for incoming (grad and undergrad) students from the eight affected countries.
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.
- Communication Strategies for International Graduate Students (free to SFU students upon request)
- 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Alina is also available to meet you at the Burnaby campus.
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 email@example.com
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.
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:
- Andra Heron, psychology student, MRU: Ahero369@mtroyal.ca
- Janet Miller, PhD. Student Counselling, MRU: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Michelle Pidgeon, PhD Faculty of Education, SFU: email@example.com
Tea Making Workshop with Dr. Alannah Young
The Office of Indigenous Education and NITEP invite you to this event on January 14, 2019 from 12:30-2:00 PM at the longhouse at UBC. Space is limited, so please register early. To RSVP email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Social and Cultural Impacts on Cardiovascular Health Determinants for Indigenous Women
Fully funded positions are now available at the University of Saskatchewan for individuals to be part of a program of research about the “Social and Cultural Impacts on Cardiovascular Health Determinants for Indigenous Women.” This research is funded by Heart & Stroke and CIHR and is being developed collaboratively with partnering Indigenous groups on the University of Saskatchewan campus to identify the importance of culture and social support for health. This work combines Indigenous ways of knowing with western research methods and includes both qualitative and quantitative research. Candidates interested in completing a Master of Sciences (M.Sc.) or Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) are being recruited to pursue graduate thesis work on this project.
Positions are open for both M.Sc. and Ph.D. programs over the next 3-5 years, commencing January 2019. Application deadline: open until filled
BC Aboriginal ChildCare Society is recruiting for 3 full time and 2 half time positions for the role of Regional Community Capacity Developer. Apply asap
Indigenous HIV/AIDS Research Training Program Postdoctoral Positions
The Indigenous Wellness Research Institute, School of Social Work, University of Washington, is pleased to issue a call for eligible applicants for the 2019 cohort of the Indigenous HIV/AIDS Research Training Program (IHART2). Both postdoctoral scholars and professors are eligible to apply. The new deadline for application is December 20, 2018.
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 email@example.com
Indspire's Building Brighter Futures Program, February 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.
Indigenous Mentorship Network of the Pacific Northwest (IMN-PN)
IMN-PN funding supports Indigenous students and researchers pursuing Indigenous wellness-related research. Students studying in or conducting research in British Columbia or the Yukon are encouraged to apply. Submission deadline: February 1, 2019 (5:00 PM, PST)
Indigitization-Toolkit for the digitization of First Nations Knowledge Grant
Up to 10 k in matching funds/project supporting audio cassette digitization projects in First Nations and Aboriginal communities across BC.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- President's Dream Colloquium on HIV/AIDS: 5:30-8:30 PM Tuesday nights, five-credit course is still accepting applications (until the first week of classes)
- Yoga for the Mind: 9:30 - 10:20 AM Wednesdays and Fridays, Loren Davis Complex at Burnaby campus, continuous
- Veggie Lunch: Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday at Burnaby campus, continuous
- Scientific Programming Study Group at SFU: 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.
- The Economics CRABE Lab: $15-20/hour, ongoing sessions range from 30 min to 2 hours; no deadline
- Encountering Affinities: 6 PM Wednesday, December 12, Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre
- Lunch Poems: 12-1 PM Wednesday, December 19, Teck Gallery in Harbour Centre
- Person-Centred Care for Older Adults with Dementia in BC and Hong Kong: 9:30-12:30 May 6-7, 2019, Segal Centre (1400-1430) | SFU Vancouver Campus
- Explore the Chung Collection Exhibit, UBC, until December 20
- Montreal Canadiens Alumni Charity Game, Bill Copeland Sports Centre, February 9
- Crisis Communications Boot Camp 3, Vancouver, February 21-22, 2019
- Douglas Coupland’s Vortex, Vancouver Aquarium, until April 2019
- Wild Things: The Power of Nature in Our Lives, Museum of Vancouver, Thursdays until September 2019
- Brahm's Tams Drum Circle on Third Beach Stanley Park, every Tuesday
- Workshops in GIS & R, BMSC, until March 9, 2019
- RAPS Cat Sanctuary, Sundays until December 31, 2020, 3380 No 6 Road, Richmond
Call for Paper and Artist: Violentia: Representing Bodies and Violence
UBC invites papers from all periods of art history and related discipline or artwork information for the 42nd annual Graduate Symposium and concurrent exhibition on March 7–8th, 2019. Deadline: December 28, 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).