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June 11, 2018

June Update for Graduate Students

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Awards Timelines 

Important Info on Awards
We recommend scanning ahead because it takes time to prepare award applications and send reference requests. Keep a running list of awards for which you are eligible in your personal calendar. Even if you've missed this year's deadline, it will probably come up again next year and then you'll have more time to submit your application.

See our Summer Awards Timeline.

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

External Fellowships Roundup: A list of external fellowships

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SFU Awards

  • Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship, 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. Preliminary application deadline: July 4, 2018
  • Graduate Fellowships, up to $6500, deadlines vary, search GA3 to see availability
  • Travel Research Awards, primarily intended to support the travel component of the scholarly activity of graduate students related to their research, deadlines vary
  • External Dissertation Awards, recognize students who are graduating with outstanding thesis dissertations at master's and doctoral levels
  • GSS Professional Development Grants, $499 for graduate students presenting at conferences or engaging in field research. Deadline: July 3 2018 for travel occurring between August 1 2018 - September 30 2018
  • SFU Central Open Access Fund, to help publish work in open access journals, up to $2500/article

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Tri-Council Awards

Tri-Agency (CIHR, NSERC or SSHRC) Award Holder Resources
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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Mitacs Awards

  • Mitacs Elevate is like Accelerate, but exclusively for postdocs. Earn $60,000 per year for research with a non-academic partner. The partner provides $30,000 per year, Mitacs provides a matching $30,000 plus professional development training. LOI Deadline is June 13th, Full Application Deadline is July 11, 2018
  • 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 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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External Awards

Recognition Awards

  • Canada's Volunteer Awards Program, nominate an individual, a group, a not-for-profit organization or a socially responsible business to receive an award, June 15, 2018

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Student Jobs

Student Jobs Roundup
We track on-campus student job postings and collect them in a continually-updated blog post. The Summer 2018 Jobs Roundup is now available on our blog and will be updated until the end of May. 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, updated every Tuesday and Thursday.

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Jobs Roundup

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Volunteering Roundup

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Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Events

Professional Photoshoot
Looking to boost your online presence? Get a personal portrait taken by one of SFU's official photographers! Free for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Register on Eventbrite.

  • Date: Wednesday, July 18, 2018
  • Time: 2:30-4:00 PM
  • Location: Creative Studio, Education Building (EDB) 7529, Burnaby campus

Post-Session: Non-Academic Job Search for Grad Students and Posdocs with Anne Krook
Missed Anne Krook's session on non-academic job search for grad students and postdocs? The live stream recording and workshop materials are now available!

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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

Instructional Skills Workshops, August 15-17; August 22-24; August 27-29
The internationally recognized Instructional Skills Workshop will be offered three times in August. Explore teaching practices that can boost effectiveness for both new and experienced instructors. Apply by June 8, 2018.

Screencasting and Video Editing: A Simple Way to Create Engaging Videos, June 14
Register for Screencasting and Video Editing to learn Camtasia, an easy-to-use video editing software. Open until filled.

Private Voice Sessions, Thursdays until August 30, 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.

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Research Commons

Graduate students space in the library
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.

Graduate Open Writing Lab: Write Time, Write Space (drop-in), until August 3
The Graduate Open Writing Lab is for all graduate students who want the time and a quiet, dedicated space to work on their writing. A Graduate Writing Facilitator will be available for consultations and to answer questions. Registration not required - please drop in!

  • Burnaby Campus (facilitated):
    Mondays, 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm, SFU Burnaby, W.A.C. Bennett Library, Research Commons, Rm 7010
  • Vancouver Campus (facilitated):
    Fridays, 11:30 am to 2:30 pm, SFU Vancouver, Harbour Centre - Room 7356

Thesis template

Thesis writing

If you attended our Thesis Boot Camp before and want some more writing done in the summer, come back for a one-day reBoot; register soon, spots fill up quickly!

  • Thesis reBoot:
    Wednesday, July 18, 2018 - 8:30am to 5:00pm - Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7000, Research Commons

Write conversations

Publishing and online academic presence

  • Preparing to Publish:
    Thursday, June 7, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am - Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons



R (software)

Research Collaboration and Management Tools

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Co-operative Education

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.

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Miscellaneous Programs

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.

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Dates for Summer Term

June 12-15
Convocation for students who completed in Spring 2018.

June 30
Last day to drop with a 50% refund of tuition. No refund of ancillary fees.

July 2
Canada Day closure. All classes are cancelled and offices are closed.

July 8
Last day for graduate students to drop classes with a WD on their transcripts.

July 9 (Tentative)
Registration opens for Fall 2018 term.

July 20
Deadline for other Western universities to receive application forms from SFU graduate students to take courses elsewhere under the Western Deans' Agreement for Fall 2018.

See all the Dates and Deadlines for Summer 2018.

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Student Information 

  • Epic Summer Photo Contest #1: Show Us Your Research: We love seeing and learning about your fascinating research! Whether it’s a photo of what or where you study; a photo of the country/region for the basis of your research; a snapshot of the inspiration that led you to your studies; a photo of you and/or your lab mates in the lab; or any other way your research “engages the world”, we want to see it. Submissions accepted until June 15, 2018. Stay tuned for voting and new contest topics!
  • Epic Summer Photo Contest #2: Decolonizing the Academy: This month’s theme provides an opportunity for Indigenous visual storytellers across all three campuses to be recognized for their talent. This can be inspired by research interests, art, activism, relationship to the land, ceremony, community, everyday life, music and cultural practices. (submissions accepted June 15 - July 14, 2018). 
  • Protect yourself against fraud: Beware of scammers posing as CRA employees
  • At SFU Burnaby Campus, the university is repairing and renewing aging infrastructure and adding new facilities – part of 30 initiatives university-wide. Read more here.
  • Translink Campaign: Tap Your Card, Not Your Wallet (to avoid accidental charges with their new system): more info here
  • The SFU Office of Research Ethics (ORE) and the SFU Research Ethics Board (REB) recently released a memo for the SFU research community, about the ethics approval process: read it here.
  • SFU Recreation summer camps registration is now open.

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Student Resources

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In the News

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Contest Roundup

Epic Summer Photo Contest: 3 Photo Contests - 1 Summer
Get your cameras ready and brush up on your photography skills for an epic summer of photo contests! Over the summer we will be launching 3 photo contests. All contests are open to current and newly admitted SFU graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. The first contest "Show Us Your Research", ends June 14, 2018.

Our second contest is, "Decolonizing the Academy" (submissions accepted June 15 - July 14, 2018). Open to current and future self-identified Indigenous graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and allies. This month’s theme provides an opportunity for Indigenous visual storytellers across all three campuses to be recognized for their talent. This can be inspired by research interests, art, activism, relationship to the land, ceremony, community, everyday life, music and cultural practices.

Stay tuned for voting and new contest topics!

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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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Events for International Students

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. Registration is required.

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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.

SFU Tandem
SFU Tandem is a free, 8-week language exchange program that gives students, faculty and staff the opportunity to enhance their language skills through informal dialogue related to interesting topics.

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.

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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.

Career Services Support for International Students
Are you planning your career after grad school? Career Services offers international student career support on Burnaby and Surrey campuses. Drop by to get advice from international career peer Alireza on resumes, cover letters, interviews and jobs on campus.

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.

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

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.

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!

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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Student News

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Events and Opportunities

RSVP today to join the National Indigenous People's Day 100 Drums Event on June 21, 2018. Hosted by the Office for Aboriginal Peoples, RSVP to attend by June 11, 2018.

Epic Summer Photo Contest: 3 Photo Contests - 1 Summer
Our second contest is, "Decolonizing the Academy" (submissions accepted June 15 - July 14, 2018). Open to current and future self-identified Indigenous graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and allies. This month’s theme provides an opportunity for Indigenous visual storytellers across all three campuses to be recognized for their talent. This can be inspired by research interests, art, activism, relationship to the land, ceremony, community, everyday life, music and cultural practices.

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:

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Scholarships and Awards

CIHR Indigenous Gender and Wellness Travel Award, November 2018
Do you have an idea or potential project related to gender that could improve wellness in your community? If so, this initiative is for you! Indigenous young adults, researchers, allies, organizations and Indigenous community members are invited to apply for funding to participate in this CIHR Idea Fair and Learning Circle. The Travel Award request for applications will be available on the Institute of Gender and Health website in June 2018. If you would like to receive updates on this initiative and be notified when the request for applications launches, please email us at igh-isfh@criugm.qc.ca

Indspire's Building Brighter Futures Program, August 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 February1, August 1, and November 1, and of every year.

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

Indigenous Diabetes Management Postdoc Scholarship Announcement
The I-HEART Centre (Indigenous Health Education Access Research Training), in Partnership with Boehringer Ingelheim (Canada) Ltd and the University of British Columbia’s School of Kinesiology is proud to announce the I-HEART Centre Indigenous Diabetes Management Scholarship. This Postdoctoral Research Fellow position Has Been generously funded by Boehringer Ingelheim Canada. The funder will have no Involved or influence on the academic research process. Please direct any inquiries relating to this scholarship to Rebecca Lee Research Manager, Programs and Strategic Planning I HEART Centre (Indigenous Health Education Access Research Training) at rebecca.c.lee@ubc.ca

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Graduate Student Society News and Events

Pizza Party at the GSS, June 12
RSVP for the Burnaby Summer Social taking place in the GSS Lounge.

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).

Discounted Playland Tickets
Grad Playland and PNE discount tickets are back! SAVE $5 on season passes and $3 on one-day passes. Email info@sfugradsociety.ca from your SFU grad email with subject "Tickets" for your discount code!

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Events on Campus

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Events Around Metro Vancouver

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Calls for Proposals/Participants

R in Montreal 2018, July 4-6
R in Montreal 2018 is a bilingual conference for the users of R in Montreal and the surrounding area. There will be posters and contributed talks about new developments and applications of R in several domains (machine learning, bioinformatics, finance, etc).

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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