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August 09, 2018

August Update for Graduate Students

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Awards Timelines 

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

See our Summer and Fall Awards Timeline.

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

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

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Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Awards

Graduate awards available through the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (GPS) Office:

  • 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
  • Tri-Agency Awards (CIHR, NSERC & SSHRC) - Visit the Award Holder Resources page on the Scholarships and Awards section of our website to find out how to accept, defer, interrupt your award payments.

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Simon Fraser University Awards

Graduate awards available through other SFU units:

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External Awards

Graduate awards available through external agencies:

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Mitacs Awards

  • Mitacs Accelerate, supports collaborative research between grad students or postdocs and non-academic partners, including industry and eligible not-for-profit organizations. You can create your own research partnership, paid at $10–15,000 per term. The program is open to all academic disciplines, applications are non-competitive. Apply anytime.
  • Mitacs Accelerate International, up to $15,000 for research with a company anywhere in the world. Apply anytime.
  • Mitacs Globalink Research Awards provide $6,000 travel funding for research collaborations of 12-24 weeks at a university in any of Mitacs’ partner countries. Learn more about eligible destinations and award details. Multiple rolling deadlines a year.

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

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Recognition Awards

  • Staff Achievement Awards, nominate staff who have demonstrated outstanding achievement within the University or their community; deadline: September 10, 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 Fall 2018 Jobs Roundup is now available on our blog and more jobs will be added through September. Many student jobs come up with very short notice, so we only have enough time to post them to the graduate students' Facebook group.

SFU Temp Pool and Student Temp Pool
SFU's Temp Pool and Student Temp Pool provide employment opportunities for SFU students. See also all SFU job postings, and subscribe to receive job alerts.

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Jobs Roundup

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Volunteering Roundup

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Mitacs Opportunities

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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 now.

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.

33rd Annual Fall TA/TM Day: The Teaching Orientation Program, September 7
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.

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

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Research Commons

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

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



  • Thesis Boot Camp:
    August 21-23, 2018 - 8:30am to 5:00pm - SFU Surrey Campus, rm 5140


Graduate Students Life


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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

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.

YMCA Youth Mindfulness Group
SFU, in partnership with the YMCA, is offering the Y-Mind program. This 7-week low barrier group counselling program for youth (age 18-30) aims to help manage stress, worries and anxiety.

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

August 7-16
Examination period. If you are a current TA and want to extend your TSSU medical insurance for up to two terms, application forms are due by the end of the term.

August 17
Last day for graduate students who completed in Summer 2018 to apply for graduation (October convocation).

August 20
Grade deadline for Summer 2018.

August 31
Submission of all graduate degree requirements for 2018 Summer term (must be submitted by 4:00 pm PST).

Last day for graduate students to drop classes under special procedures applicable in extenuating circumstances (WE on transcript). Any WE requests received for the Summer 2018 term after this date will be considered as a retroactive WE.

See all the Dates and Deadlines for Summer 2018.

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Dates for Fall Term

September 3
Labour Day, University closed.

September 4
Fall term classes start.

September 7

September 10
4:30pm Deadline for submitting a U-Pass BC exemption request for Fall 2018.

September 14
End of Bursary application period (bursaries are awarded based on financial need; international students are eligible)

See all the Dates and Deadlines for Fall 2018.

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Student Information 

  • Making Knowledge Public: Apply for the Fall 2018 President's Dream Colloquium, a 5-credit course that is a public speaker series with leading thinkers as well as a graduate seminar course open to any student in any discipline. Gain exposure to academics, citizen scholars and government officials in a cross-disciplinary setting. Applications for grad students are still being accepted. You can complete this form and return it either in person or via email to Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (dream@sfu.ca).
  • Epic Summer Photo Contest #3: Show Us Your Home: Our 5,000 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows join SFU from more than 100 countries across the globe to study and conduct research in this beautiful part of British Columbia - but what is it that you miss most from home? Or if you are just starting your SFU experience this fall, what do you think you will miss most from home? A maté in the park with your friends, the Northern lights, a glass of wine in the Okanagan Valley vineyards, a particular view, a traditional ceremony, family outings, or something very different? Share your photo with us and win great prizes! Submissions accepted until August 14, 2018. Stay tuned for voting!
  • Epic Summer Photo Contest #2: Decolonizing the Academy: Deadline extended to August 14, 2018. Stay tuned for voting!
  • Are you concerned about daycare? If you are, SFU would like to hear from its graduate students as soon as possible through an anonymous survey; deadline: August 15, 2018
  • Bennett Library at the Burnaby Campus will be open 24 hours every day until midnight Thursday August 16, 2018. Learn more.
  • SFU is currently transitioning from SFU Connect to SFU Mail, the university's new email and calendar system. Current students and retirees will be transitioned on Saturday, August 18, 2018. Learn more about the transition.

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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 third contest "Show Us Your Home", ends August 14, 2018; the deadline for the second contest "Decolonizing the Academy", has been extended to August 14, 2018. Stay tuned for voting!

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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.

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 campus. Drop by to get advice from international career peer Prithi 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.

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!

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.

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.

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

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

Islamophobia Hotline
Call the Islamophobia Hotline for free confidential legal advice if you feel that you have been discriminated against, harassed, or faced violence because you are Muslim or are perceived to be Muslim.

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

Recommended Readings

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International Postdoctoral Fellows

Citizenship and Immigration Canada has a number of Permanent Resident (PR) programs for international graduates who wish to remain in Canada permanently. These programs include:

If you have any immigration related questions, please email Alina Roman, Postdoctoral Fellow Coordinator and Immigration Consultant, at gradintl@sfu.ca. Alina is also available to meet you at the Burnaby campus.

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Student News and Resources

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

  • Hours: 9-5 pm Tuesday and Thursday
  • Office: Burnaby campus AQ 6081

To book an appointment: call 778-782-6610 or e-mail gsindig@sfu.ca

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Events and Opportunities

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

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

Research Project Contacts:

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Scholarships and Awards

Indspire's Building Brighter Futures Program, November 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 Gender and Wellness Travel Award, November 8
Open to Indigenous students and allies who have an idea or potential project related to gender that could improve wellness in their community.

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

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

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

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

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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Simon Fraser University Events

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Events Around Metro Vancouver

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Calls for Proposals/Participants

Global Talent Night, September 28
Do you have an interest in singing, dancing, comedy, magic, music, or any other talent? The Global Engagement Student Committee (GESC) and the Global Student Centre (GSC) are hosting the second annual Global Talent Night! Join us in celebrating our community's diversity & culture whilst showcasing your talent! Deadline: August 15, 2018

"Utopian Spaces" Graduate Conference, November 23-25
Contours Journal and the Institute for the Humanities at SFU invite proposals on the theme of ‘Utopian Spaces’; they hope to reinvigorate conceptions of the often stigmatized category of utopia – the notion that things could be otherwise, the collective desire for a radical alternative – as they pertain to social space. Speakers are invited to explore instances of utopian speculation and problem-solving and their significance in a wider historical context. Proposals may be individual, or alternatively offered as a panel. Please note that a selected number of papers from the conference will be published in a special issue of Contours Journal. Deadline: August 31, 2018.

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

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

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

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

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