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Important Information for our Education Graduate Students

August 2019

Awards and Funding Opportunities

  1. IDRC Student Research Awards 2020 - Deadline: September 18, 2019
    This newly announced IDRC (International Development Research Centre) Research Award is for recent or current graduate students who are doing research on developing countries. One of the award themes is Innovations in Education. The award pays for one-year salary (CA$41,310-$47,822).
  2. External Award: 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).
  3. Research Funding and Award Opportunities Database
    SFU has recently introduced a Research Funding and Award Opportunities Database, containing hundreds of research grant and faculty award opportunities.
  4. SFU Central Open Access Fund
    The Open Access Author Fund (The Fund) supports SFU authors who wish to publish in Open Access (OA) journals and who are required to pay an article processing fee (APC). Up to $2500/article.
  5. Graduate [Int'l] Research Travel (Deadlines Vary By Department)
    PFor students traveling for research as a degree requirement.
  6. Mitacs Globalink Research Awards (Multiple Rolling Deadlines A Year)
    Provide $6,000 travel funding for research collaborations of 12-24 weeks at a university in any of Mitacs’ partner countries. Learn more about eligible destinations and award details.
  7. Mitacs Accelerate International (Apply Anytime)
    Up to $15,000 for research with a company anywhere in the world.
  8. Mitacs Accelerate (Apply Anytime)
    Supports collaborative research between grad students or postdocs and non-academic partners, including industry and eligible not-for-profit organizations. You can create your own research partnership, paid at $10–15,000 per term. The program is open to all academic disciplines, applications are non-competitive.
  9. Get cash for participating in SFU Economics CRABE Lab experiments
    The All SFU students are welcome to participate in SFU Economics CRABE Lab experiments. The CRABE Lab regularly invites SFU students to participate in research. Sessions range from 30 min to 2 hours, and you can register for any session that fits your schedule. Experiments are ongoing throughout the year. All you have to do is sign up, show up, complete simple tasks, and get paid.
  10. EGSA Professional Development Grant
    The grant is available to education graduate students as a source of funding to help support learning activities that enrich a student’s focus of study. Education graduate students are eligible for up to $400 per academic year (September 1 to August 31), pending available funds. Professional Development Grants will be allocated by lottery.

Conferences & Events

  1. Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network's Wise Practices and Skills Building Gathering - August 26-30, 2019 in Montreal, QC
    Please join the Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network (CAAN) and the AHA Centre on the unceeded Territory of the Kanien’kehá:ka (Mohawk) Nation for the 2019 Wise Practices and Skills Building Gathering! Theme: New Knowledge. New Skills. New Moon
  2. Wherefore Urban Education - A lunchtime dialogue with the Honorable Rob Fleming - September 13, 2019 in Vancouver, BC
    All members of the public are invited to join the lunchtime dialogue with the Minister of Education on the question of what urban education means today in BC, from high school through to graduate school and the professions, and what “understanding cities” can offer to leveraging the individual’s potential to create a better world.
  3. FORUM in Positive Leadership for Flourishing Schools - September 18-20, 2019 in Kingston, ON
    The aim of the forum is to bring together researchers, policymakers, and practitioners across a variety of educational contexts to share knowledge and practices on positive leadership, wellbeing, and building school cultures where all may flourish. The forum will feature a keynote presentation by Dr. Megan Crawford and workshops on Positive Leadership, Resilience, and Wellbeing. Forum Program at a Glance.
  4. Big Thinking with Dr. James Orbinski - September 18, 2019 in Ottawa, ON
    Promoting health for refugees in an era of forced migration. Global economic inequities, violence and war, and environmental catastrophes aggravated by climate change, ensure that the numbers of people seeking asylum will continue to increase in the years to come. Dr. James Orbinski is a globally recognized humanitarian practitioner and advocate, as well as one of the world’s leading scholars and scientists in global health.
  5. Creating Connections with the National Autism Research Centre of Israel - a talk with Dr. Ilan Dinstein, Director from the National Autism Research Centre in Israel, and Panel Discussion with BC Stakeholders Sharing Autism Practice in BC - Thursday, September 19, 2019 in Vancouver, BC
    Bringing together community members, BC autism stakeholders, and scholars to build a common agenda to further our understanding of how variations in development in children and youth with ASD can improve care and interventions. Simon Fraser University and University of British Columbia invite you to participate in a special visit from Dr. Dinstein from Ben-Gurion University (BGU), Israel. This 3-hour event will include a presentation from Dr. Dinstein about the new National Autism Research Centre (NAC). The NAC conducts cutting-edge autism research on the causes of autism and develops new technologies and treatments for the disorder. 
  6. Wisdom Amidst Crisis: The Case for Ecodharma in the Anthropocene - A presentation by David R. Loy, Ph.D. - September 19, 2019 in Vancouver, BC
    Is the ecological crisis also a spiritual crisis? There are profound parallels between our perennial personal predicament, according to Buddhist teachings, and the predicament of our now-global civilization today in relation to the rest of the biosphere. David is a professor of Buddhist and comparative philosophy, writer, and Zen teacher in the Sanbo Zen tradition of Japanese Zen Buddhism.
  7. Possible's Slow Fuse Dialogue Series: Imagine That...: A Modestly Immodest Proposal for Teacher Education with Dr. Michael Ling - September 25, 2019 
    Can a teacher be self-taught? If you were to send a prospective teacher-to-be out into the world to think about and explore learning and teaching, what three questions would you pose for them to help guide that odyssey? The Possible’s Slow Fuse is a free scholarly dialogue series organized by the Centre for Imagination in Research, Culture & Education (CIRCE) and the Research Hub of the Faculty of Education.
  8. Applications Open for International Indigenous Mentorship Workshop - Deadline: October 1, 2019 in New Zealand
    The CIHR Institute of Indigenous Peoples’ Health (IIPH), in collaboration with the Health Research Council (HRC) of New Zealand and the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) of Australia will be hosting the International Indigenous Mentorship Workshop in New Zealand. The dates of the 3-day workshop are still to be finalized. You can expect the workshop to take place between December 1-12, 2019.
  9. Heart Mind 2019: The Art & Science of Calm Conference - October 25, 2019 in Vancouver, BC
    The Heart-Mind 2019: The Art + Science of Calm conference draws together over 500 educators and educational professionals, researchers, parents, health and wellness professionals, recreation and community leaders, and policy makers. Participants will experience the calming effects of mindfulness, nature, music, Indigenous knowledge, human connection, and more while connecting with like-minded and like-hearted people. Learn, laugh, and be calm!
  10. 2nd International Conference on Mathematics, Science and Engineering Education - November 8-10, 2019 in North Cyprus
    The Second International Conference on Mathematics, Science and Engineering Education (ICESME’19) aims to provide a scholarly environment for promoting discussions in contemporary topics of mathematics, science and engineering education and to foster the application of the results in primary, secondary, and higher education. The conference will bring together mathematicians, engineers and scientists in the domain of interest from around the world. All accepted papers will be published in a special issue of European Journal of Science and Mathematics Education.
  11. Possible's Slow Fuse Dialogue Series: Imagining a Posthuman Education with Dr. Nathalie Sinclair - November 20, 2019
    Posthuman perspectives invite us to de-centre the human and thus re-think our understanding of identity, intentionality and causation. Within such a perspective, we can ask: how to imagine what it might mean to think, to be, to feel and to learn in less human-centric ways? The Possible’s Slow Fuse is a free scholarly dialogue series organized by the Centre for Imagination in Research, Culture & Education (CIRCE) and the Research Hub of the Faculty of Education.
  12. Save the Date - 2020 Hawaii International Conference on Education - January 4-7, 2020
    The 18th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Education will be held from January 4th (Saturday) to January 7th (Tuesday), 2020 at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort in Honolulu, Hawaii. The 2020 Hawaii International Conference on Education will once again be the gathering place for academicians and professionals from Education and related fields from all over the world.
  13. Save the Date - 2020 Asia-Pacific Association for International Education (APAIE) Conference - March 22-26, 2020
    The APAIE Conference and Exhibition brings together thousands of professionals who are passionate about international education from across the globe to the Asia-Pacific region to network, improve professional skills and learn about new developments in international education. In 2020, APAIE’s program of pre-conference workshops and parallel sessions will focus on the 2020 conference theme of Bridging Oceans - Internationalization and Higher Education in the Asia Pacific

Job Openings

  1. Job Posting: Counsellor at Columbia College - Application Deadline: September 13, 2019
    The Counsellor provides advice on most aspects of students’ academic lives including: program choice; course selection and general vocational choice. The Counsellor supports students on the road to college acceptance, matriculation and completion. The Counsellor also assists students with their mental health and wellbeing. The counsellor works to develop partnerships with colleges and universities, other college advising professionals, and scholarship providers to drive Columbia College students’ success.
  2. Job Posting: Concordia University - Limited Term Appointment in Teaching English as Second Language and Applied Linguistics. Application Deadline: September 25, 2019 
    The Department of Education at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec, invites applications for one limited-term appointment in the B.Ed. in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL), TESL Certificate, and MA in Applied Linguistics programs. Applicants must hold a graduate degree in Applied Linguistics or a related field with evidence of experience in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) and an excellent command of English.
  3. Job Posting: Tenure Track Posting – Assistant Professor of Secondary History and K-12 Social Studies Education at St. Thomas University - Application Deadline: October 30, 2019
    The School of Education, St. Thomas University, invites applications for a tenure-track appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor in Secondary History and K-12 Social Studies Education to begin July 1, 2020, pending budgetary approval. St. Thomas University is an undergraduate, liberal arts institution with a fulltime approximate enrolment of 2000.
  4. Become a mentor: YWCA high school mentorship program
    Share your experience to help shape the career of a young woman in your community. Mentor a Grade 11 or 12 student through the YWCA High School Mentorship program. Are you a young professional woman who can spare a few hours each month to provide advice, support, and encouragement? YMCA is always in need of women from a variety of professions to mentor high school girls in Vancouver and Coquitlam. As a mentor, you will commit to meeting with your mentee once or twice each month, for a minimum of one school year (meetings are from November to the end of June the following year). For more information or to apply, contact High School Mentorship at 604 895 5846 |
  5. Indigenous mentors needed! YWCA indigenous mentorship program
    The YWCA Circle of Sisters Indigenous Mentorship Program provides opportunities for self-identified Indigenous girls, age 12-18 (mentees), to connect with Indigenous community and culture with the help of young self-identified Indigenous women (mentors) and skilled facilitators. The program welcomes members of the Two-Spirit, Trans, Queer and Disabled Communities. YWCA Metro Vancouver is now seeking self-identified Indigenous women to volunteer as mentors and work with Indigenous teen girls in their mentorship program. Apply Now.
  6. Academic Job Postings Websites

Professional Development

  1. 34th Annual Fall TA/TM Day - September 6, 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. Presented by the Teaching and Learning Centre in cooperation with the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and the Teaching Support Staff Union at SFU.
  2. 3-week Intensive International Teaching Assistants Seminar - Start September 7, 2019
    If you are new to North American academia, this seminar will help you get your SFU teaching career off to a positive start. The Just-in-Time International Teaching Assistants (ITA) Seminar is a free, three-session mini-course focused on academic culture and communication and essential skills for teaching assistants.
  3. 10-week Intensive International Teaching Assistants Seminar - Various Dates
    Are you interested in improving your academic communication and/or teaching skills?
    The FREE 10-week International Teaching Assistants Seminar is designed for you! It's free for all registered graduate students and is recognized on the Co-Curricular Record (CCR), an official University document that tracks students’ co-curricular involvement at SFU.
  4. Teaching Matters Seminar Series - Various Dates
    The Teaching Matters Seminar Series is a forum for faculty and instructional staff to discuss literature, share experiences and demonstrate practices related to teaching and learning. It runs every second week in the spring and fall semesters.
  5. Research Commons Workshops
    Research Commons offers workshops in all three campuses, free to graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.
  6. Dissertation/Thesis Support Group - Available by Referral
    Are you a masters or PhD student writing a dissertation or thesis? Feeling blocked, stuck, overwhelmed, frustrated, or isolated? This group will provide a safe and confidential space for graduate students writing a thesis or dissertation to share their experience and receive support from each other and the facilitator. It will focus on peer and emotional support, goal setting, and anxiety/stress management. 
  7. Ethics and Your Thesis
    If your thesis involves any work with humans or animals, you are required to obtain Ethics Approval.
  8. Thesis templates & Resources
    Information on templates and resources for preparing and submitting your thesis.

Student Resources

  1. SFU’s Big Data - Accelerate your research
    Are you ready to take data-intensive research to the next level? See how Simon Fraser University’s leadership in big data can support you.

    SFU’s Big Data Infrastructure: SFU researchers can now access a set of free, dedicated services that provide a transformative way to solve complex problems and analyze data at blazing-fast speeds.
    Next Big Question Fund: Research grants of up to $25,000 are available for proposals that encourage curiosity, innovation and intellectual risk-taking. 
  2. Latest issues of The Canadian Review of Art Education
    The latest issues of The Canadian Review of Art Education: Research and Issues,  Vol 45, No 1 (2018) Art Education and the Poetic and  Vol 46, no. 1 (2019), are now available.
  3. SFU Education Review Journal - Spring Issue Available Now
    The SFU Education Review, an online journal, is a student-led initiative dedicated to publishing the works of graduate students and alumni within the education department. Its purpose is to offer an opportunity for students to explore and share academic works, provide mediums for the publication of non-traditional or experimental academic works (e.g. paintings, videos, poetry, sound-clips, photo galleries, editorials), and to expose SFU graduate students to the publication and peer-review process.
  4. Free SFU’s Statistics Canada Research Data Centre (RDC)
    The SFU Research Data Centre (RDC) is a secure facility on campus where researchers and students can access over 500 confidential Statistics Canada microdatasets for free!
    The RDC is part of an initiative by Statistics Canada, the Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) and universities to support policy research.
  5. Free Mental Health Support via MY SSP
    SFU students & postdocs will have free, 24/7 access to culturally relevant mental health support available from anywhere in the world.

  6. Get unlimited access to Education Canada magazine online articles at no charge (SFU graduate students, faculty and staff)
    Education Canada magazine explores every facet of Canadian public education. To register, follow the steps below:
    1) Use your official faculty/student email address to register (e.g.  Registration will not work with personal emails.
    2) Go to:
    3) Click on the Join button for "Staff member of CEA/EdCan Network Member Organization"
    4) Fill in all required fields. Your faculty's email domain ( will be available in a drop-down menu on the registration form.
    In addition to unlimited online magazine access, your EdCan Network Faculty of Education membership includes additional benefits that your entire staff can take advantage of. For details, please visit:
  7. Quest Food Exchange
    The GSS has partnered with Quest in order to help support people facing financial hardship to access affordable, healthy food.
  8. Your Academic Progress Report
    Access your Academic Progress Report (APR) through your account. This interactive course mapping tool is designed to help you keep track of your degree and program requirements.
  9. Free access to
    All current students, staff, and faculty have free access to through the SFU Library.
  10. Free Microsoft Office
    All SFU students can install Microsoft Office for free. (Adobe Creative Suite is also available for university-owned computers).
  11. 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.
  12. Get a complimentary subscription to University Affairs magazine at no charge (SFU graduate students, faculty and staff)
    University Affairs (UA) is an award-winning publication that provides breaking news, thoughtful commentary, and in-depth articles about university trends, as well as practical advice and tools to help your career, whether you’re a university administrator, faculty member or graduate student. Sign up today for a free subscription to the print edition (a $39 value) or the digital edition by visiting the University Affairs website.
  13. DGS’s Update for Graduate Students
    Get information about new awards, funding, jobs and volunteer postings. Learn about professional development opportunities, events, tips and tricks for your studies and more!
  14. Teaching and Learning Centre – TLC
    The Teaching and Learning Centre consists of education and technology professionals who support SFU instructors and academic units in the development and delivery of innovative approaches designed to enhance their students' learning experiences. 
  15. Graduate Student Society (GSS) Newsletter
    Learn more about GSS Volunteer Opportunities, Graduate Caucus Funding, Announcements and Events from the Community and more!
  16. Stay Connected with EGSA (Education Graduate Student Association)
        EGSA Website:
        EGSA Facebook:
  17. SFU Aboriginal Peoples' News
    Learn about SFU’s progress in advancing Aboriginal initiatives on campus from the Office for Aboriginal Peoples.
  18. Become an Executive or Committee Member with EGSA (Some positions offer stipends)
    Attend the next EGSA meeting and speak to the committee members to see which positions are open and the best fit for you. Contact for more information.
  19. Traveling for Research or Conference? SFU International Travel Safety Program
    Simon Fraser University’s Safety & Risk Services department is proud to announce the launch of our newest service, the International Travel Safety Program.
  20. Individual and Group Space for Graduate Students and Postdocs in Research Commons
    The Research Commons is located on the 7th floor of W.A.C. Bennett Library and is exclusively accessible to graduate students, faculty, and postdoctoral fellows by punch code. The space is currently equipped with wireless access, workstations, bookable group rooms, and areas for discussion and relaxation.
  21. Meet Your Education Librarian
    Did you know you have your own liaison librarian, available for research consultations and personalized assistance?

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