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Important Information for our Education Graduate Students

June 2019

Awards and Funding Opportunities

NOTE: GA3 Scheduled Outage: The GA3 - Graduate Awards System will be down for scheduled maintenance June 21 (5pm) – June 24 (noon)

  1. Mitacs Elevate - Deadline: July 17, 2019
    Provides two years of postdoc funding valued at $60,000/year plus extensive customized professional development training ($7,500/year non-cash value). 
  2. 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).
  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.

Bursaries & Scholarships

  1. SFU's Big Data Scholarship - Deadline: June 28, 2019
    These awards are open to Masters and PhD students from any Faculty, School or Department. Whether it's your first time doing data-intensive research or you're interested in uncovering new insights in your data, this scholarship empowers you to apply data-intensive methods to your work. 
  2. 2020 Taiwan Fellowship for faculty, postdocs and doctoral students - Application Deadline: June 30, 2019
    The Taiwan Fellowship is established by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of the Republic of China (Taiwan) IN 2010 to support foreign experts and scholars interested in research at Taiwan’s universities or academic institutions that is related to Taiwan, cross-strait relations, mainland China, the Asia-Pacific region, Chinese studies, Taiwan’s participation in regional economic integration, defense against disinformation, gender equality study or the "New Southbound Policy" promoted by Taiwan's government to strengthen Taiwan’s relations with Australia, New Zealand and ASEAN as well as South Asian countries. Recipients may start their research in Taiwan from January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020.
  3. 2019-20 Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship Competition - Deadline: July 4, 2019
    This program provides funding to the very best postdoctoral applicants, both nationally and internationally, who will positively contribute to Canada's economic, social and research‑based growth. Seventy Banting fellowships (valued at $70,000 per year for two years) are awarded annually with an equal distribution among CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC.
    The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program is unique in its emphasis on the synergy between the applicant and the host institution, including demonstrated alignment of the supervisor’s research, the applicant’s research and the institution’s strategic priorities.
  4. 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).
  5. President's PhD Scholarship
    $6500, deadlines vary by department
  6. Scholarship Databases - Province of BC
    1. Financial Help for students
    2. Province of BC / Funding and Grants
    3. Province of BC / Searchable database of Economic Development Funding and Grants for communities
    4. CivicInfoBC Grants Database
    5. Gaming Grants for organizations
    6. Northern Development BC list of funding databases
  7. Government of Canada awards database (sortable by country)
  8. Scholarships Canada database
  9. ScholarshipDB.Net
  10. Scholarship-Positions.com
  11. Jason Scholarship Database (from Sydney University)
  12. EU Research and Innovation Participant Portal (more info and background)
    1. Horizon 2020 (€80 billion budget)
  13. SFU Research Services Funding Awards and Opportunities

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. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

Job Openings

  1. School District No. 67 (Okanagan Skaha) is hiring a Vice Principal, Penticton Seconday School - Apply by July 2, 2019
    School District 67 is embracing the evolving changes in education and looking for motivated educators who are actively seeking dynamic professional opportunities and passionate about making a difference in the lives of students.
  2. School District No. 52 (Prince Rupert) is hiring a Vice Principal - Apply by July 5, 2019
    The successful applicant will be appointed to a position at the high school (9-12) or elementary school level (K-5). This is a role with a wide variety of responsibilities requiring a focus on meeting the social, emotional and academic needs of each student in a safe and caring environment.
  3. The Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network (CAAN) is seeking a Chief Executive Officer (CEO) - Apply by July 15, 2019
    The Preference will be giving to persons with Indigenous ancestry. People living with HIV and/or HCV are strongly encouraged to apply. This is a permanent full-time position subject to CAAN policies and salary scales. This position is based out of Vancouver.
  4. UBC's Faculty of Education, Department of Language and Literacy Education (LLED) is hiring an Instructor (Tenure-Track) - Apply Now
    The Department of Language and Literacy Education (LLED), located in the Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver (Point Grey), invites applications for a tenure-track Instructor position (Educational Leadership stream) in Literacy Education in Elementary Classrooms. The position is expected to commence May 1, 2020.
  5. Academic Job Postings Websites

Professional Development

  1. Save the Date: 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. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Research Commons Workshops
    Research Commons offers workshops in all three campuses, free to graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.
  5. 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. 
  6. Ethics and Your Thesis
    If your thesis involves any work with humans or animals, you are required to obtain Ethics Approval.
  7. 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. myname@sfu.ca).  Registration will not work with personal emails.
    2) Go to: edcan.ca/join
    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 (@sfu.ca) 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: edcan.ca/memberbenefits.
  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 go.sfu.ca account. This interactive course mapping tool is designed to help you keep track of your degree and program requirements.
  9. Free access to Lynda.com
    All current students, staff, and faculty have free access to Lynda.com 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: http://www.sfu.ca/egsa/
        EGSA Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/egsa.sfu/
  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 edgsa-cochair-16-17@sfu.ca 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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