January Update for Graduate Students
Join us for the Epic Summer Photo Contest Exhibition on January 15th at 4:30pm in MBC 1000 level.
Featuring the top photos taken by graduate students and postdoctoral fellows from each of this summer's photo contests. You will have the opportunity to provide comments and responses to the photos on display, meet our Centre for Academic and Professional Engagement (CAPE) team, enter a draw to win prizes, and enjoy some light refreshments. RSVP by Friday, January 11.
This monthly update is sent to SFU graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.
Request to join
Email: dgs-gradupdates, Subject: Subscribe. Leave body message blank. Follow instructions in confirmation email.
Request to unsubscribe:
Email: dgs-gradupdates, Subject: Unsubscribe. Leave body message blank.
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.
External Postdoctoral Fellowships Roundup: A list of external fellowships for postdoctoral fellows
Postdoctoral funding database: allows postdoctoral fellows to search for funding opportunities
- 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:
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Trudeau Foundation Doctoral Scholarship, provides $40k up to 3 years in full-time humanities or social sciences program and research related to one of the Foundations' four themes; SFU deadline: noon, January 17, 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
- Paul Tai Yip Ng Memorial Award, it provides $1,200 for winner;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
- National Student Paper Competition, Canadian students in Masters and PhD programs are invited to submit their research papers on issues that impact the Canadian Public Service and service excellence for Canadians. deadline: November 2018 to February 2019
- Canada-China Scholars' Exchange Program, it offers 3,000 Yuan for Master’s students and 3,500 Yuan for PhD students and senior scholars; deadline: March 1, 2019
- Engineers Canada Scholarships, six scholarships totaling $60,000 will be awarded; deadline: March 1, 2019
- The Weston Brain Institute Funding Opportunities, list of The Weston Brain Institute funding opportunities open in Jan 2019; deadline: March 13, 2019
- 2019 Kappa Kappa Gamma Foundation of Canada Scholarship for Canadian Women, two scholarships for Canadian women in the amount of $7,500; deadline: March 30, 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
- 2019 Health System Impact Fellowship supports provides PhD trainees and post-doctoral fellows studying health services and policy or related fields with a paid experiential learning opportunity within health system organizations including health authorities, as they apply their research and analytic talents to specific health policy challenges faced by their hosts; deadline: April 2, 2019
- RADIUS Opportunities, a list of RADIUS opportunities which includes funding, a fellowship, labs, and more; various deadlines
- IGH Funding Opportunities, trainee Travel Award, Transitions in Care (Team Grant), Transitions in Care - Evaluation Grants (Operating Grant); various deadlines
- 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
- Spring 2019 External Doctoral Opportunities Roundup: A list of external doctoral opportunities
- 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 Internship Opportunities, 4-12 months internship opportunities with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada (BBBSC) to start as soon as possible. Open until filled
- 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 email@example.com. 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.
- 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
- ISTLD Research Assistant, 1 position for $20-25/hr, 203 hours totally for Spring and Summer terms; deadline: Jan 25, 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
- First Nations Health Authority Research Analyst, one opening for temporary full-time research analyst position; open until filled
- Shanti Uganda Internships, it is accepting interns for work placements in Uganda. Come live, work, travel and experience life in Uganda while gaining professional skills and supporting maternal health. Positions available year round for 4 month placements in programs, monitoring & evaluation, communications/social media, permaculture, and global health; various deadlines
- 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)
- University Preview Day Volunteers, to help out with the Fourth Annual University Preview Day on January 24th
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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!
Scripting and Storyboarding, January 31, 2019
In this hands-on workshop, you will learn the fundamentals of scripting and storyboarding, including the basic procedures, helpful tools and expert tips. If you have your own project (e.g., syllabus, assignment, lesson plan, podcast script), you are welcome to bring it with you. Open until filled
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 email@example.com.
- Hands-On with the Library’s Thesis Word Template: Open Lab
Thursday, January 10, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:30pm - Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons
- Thesis template and resources: How to use it and where to find help
Thursday, January 17, 2019 - 10:30am to 12:30pm - Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons
- Hands-On with the Library’s Thesis Word Template: Open Lab
Thursday, January 24, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:30pm - Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons
- Sketching Your 2019 Writing Road Map
Friday, January 11, 2019 - 10:00am to 10:45am - Harbour Centre, Rm 1315
- Level Up! Tips and Tricks for Research Productivity
Friday, January 11, 2019 - 11:00am to 11:30am - Harbour Centre, Rm 1315
- Key Strategies for Staying on the 2019 Path You’ve Mapped Out (Procrastinate Later!)
Friday, January 11, 2019 - 11:45am to 12:30pm - Harbour Centre, Rm 1315
- Write Conversations: The Writing Process
Monday, January 14, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm - Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons
- Write Conversations: Writing as Practice and Process
Friday, January 18, 2019 - 10:30am to 11:30am - Harbour Centre, Rm 7400
- Write Conversations: What is the Difference between a Conceptual Outline and a Thesis Template?
Monday, January 21, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm - Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons
- Write Conversations: Concision: Less is More
Friday, January 25, 2019 - 10:30am to 11:30am - Harbour Centre, Rm 7400
- Write Conversations: The Work We Do Prior to Writing: Planning, Outlining, and Strategies for Starting
Monday, January 28, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm - Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons
- 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 - Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons
- Let's Talk!
Monday, January 14, 2019 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm - Burnaby, West Mall Centre, CELLTR, Rm 1390
- Let's Talk!
Wednesday, January 16, 2019 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm - Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 3008
- Let's Talk!
Monday, January 21, 2019 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm - Burnaby, West Mall Centre, CELLTR, Rm 1390
- Let's Talk!
Wednesday, January 23, 2019 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm - Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 3008
- Let's Talk!
Monday, January 28, 2019 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm - Burnaby, West Mall Centre, CELLTR, Rm 1390
Wednesday, January 30, 2019 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm - Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 3008
- Introduction to Spatial Thinking and ArcGIS
Monday, January 14, 2019 - 2:30pm to 4:30pm - Burnaby, Bennett Library, Lab 2105
- Base R vs the tidyverse
Friday, January 18, 2019 - 9:30am to 12:30pm - Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons
- Introduction to Bash shell, Python programming, and Git version control
Monday, January 21, 2019 - 9:30am to 4:30pm
Tuesday, January 22, 2019 - 9:30am to 4:30pm - Burnaby, SFU's Big Data Hub (Applied Science Building - Flexible Meeting Room ASB 10908)
- Introduction to NVivo for Windows
Tuesday, January 22, 2019 - 9:30am to 11:00am - Burnaby, Bennett Library, Lab 4009
- Cite your sources easier and faster with Zotero
Tuesday, January 22, 2019 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm - Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons
- Cite your sources easier and faster with Mendeley
Wednesday, January 23, 2019 - 2:30pm to 3:30pm - Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons
- Introduction to NVivo for Mac
Thursday, January 24, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm - Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons
- Introduction to R (2-day workshop)
Saturday, January 26, 2019 - 9:30am to 4:30pm
Sunday, January 27, 2019 - 9:30am to 4:30pm - Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7200
- Cite your sources easier and faster with Zotero
Tuesday, January 29, 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm - Surrey, Galleria 4, Rm 4040
- Introduction to NVivo for Windows
Wednesday, January 30, 2019 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm - Harbour Centre, Lab 1350
- Introduction to NVivo for Mac
Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm - Surrey, Galleria 3, Lab 3100
- Using R's help files
Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 2:30pm to 5:30pm - Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons
Research Data Management
- Statistics Canada Aboriginal Census
Thursday, January 24, 2019 - 10:30am to 12:00pm - Burnaby, Bennett Library, Lab 4009
- Data Privacy Day: Privacy in Peril
Monday, January 28, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm - Vancouver Public Library (Central Branch): Montalbano Family Theatre
All in a Day
- Communicate with Purpose and Intent
Saturday, January 19, 2019 - 9:30am to 11:00am - Surrey, Galleria 3, Rm 3280
- Research Ethics: Ethics Principles and Institutional Requirements
Saturday, January 19, 2019 - 9:30am to 11:00am - Surrey, Galleria 3, Rm 3290
- What is the Open Science Framework (OSF)?
Saturday, January 19, 2019 - 11:30am to 1:00pm - Surrey, Galleria 3, Rm 3290
- Writing and Researching Your Literature Review
Saturday, January 19, 2019 - 11:30am to 1:15pm - Surrey, Galleria 3, Rm 3280
- Hands-on with the Library Thesis Word Template
Saturday, January 19, 2019 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm - Surrey, Galleria 3, Rm 3280
- Making Literature Reviews Easier with NVivo for Mac
Saturday, January 19, 2019 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm - Surrey, Galleria 3, Lab 3100
- Preparing to Publish
Saturday, January 19, 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm - Surrey, Galleria 3, Rm 3290
- Crisis Communications Boot Camp 3
February 21-22, 2019 - Vancouver
- Check out the Research Commons January 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/TM 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 Workshop Series Session 1 -- Getting Started
You’ll take stock of your current situation, interests and strengths; explore your values and priorities; and identify future possibilities using an evidence-based approach that allows for a deep dive into your stories and experiences from different chapters of your life. February 6th - 2:00-4:00pm or February 20th - 4:30-6:30pm. Register now.
Career and Professional Development Workshop Series Session 2 -- Connecting the Dots and Prioritizing
You’ll distill and prioritize what matters most to you and craft a Career Statement that will act like a compass and set you up for creating, recognizing and acting upon clues and opportunities to move forward. February 13th - 2:00-4:00pm or March 6th - 4:30-6:30pm. Register now.
Career and Professional Development Workshop Series Session 3 -- Taking Action and Moving Forward
Intentional exploration and taking action is 'where the rubber hits the road'. You’ll devise an action plan and identify ways to take meaningful actions to make well-informed career, work, and life choices. February 27th - 2:00-4:00pm or March 20th - 4:30-6:30pm. Register now.
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.
Criterion on Demand Film Resources
It gives current Simon Fraser University students, faculty and staff access to more than 3000 classic films of educational relevance, including 1500 in English, 1100 in French, and 135 in foreign languages with subtitles. Learn more here.
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:
- Postponement of SFU Research Gateway’s Human Ethics Module Go-Live, the revised estimate for the go-live is mid to late January 2019
- 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.
- 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)
- Psychology PhD student Kate Hanniball is interviewed in "CBC Radio One 690AM/88.1FM (CBU) at December 19th 2018 3:40 PM"
- Archaeology Master's student Brea McCauley is quoted in "Cave art of disfigured hands proves paleolithic people cut their fingers off as sacrifice, Canadian researchers say"
- Communication PhD student and 2018 Nora and Ted Sterling Prize recipient Layla Cameron is interviewed in "Losing weight is the most common resolution but not the healthiest one"
- Biological sciences researcher David Shiffman is quoted in "NEW: Chumming from beach would be banned by first shore-based shark fishing rules"
- Communication PhD candidate Rodrigo Finkelstein comments on "(ES) Editorial University publishes book that proposes change of view of occupational risks"
- Master of Digital Media program student team is mentioned in "MDM Students Win Student UX Award at the Vancouver User Experience Awards"
- Psychology PhD student Katherine Hanniball is featured in "Criminals and anti-social people like giving gifts and that could help with rehabilitation"
- Biomedical engineering PhD candidate Shaun Fickling is mentioned in "YouAreUNLTD’s New Video Series, Features Top Talents At The AGE-WELL 2018 Conference"
- Anthropology Master’s Student Michelle La is interviewed in "Michelle La, SFU Anthropology Master’s Student, Shares Her Graduate Student Experience"
- Engineering Science Doctoral Student Shaun Fickling is interviewed in "Shaun Fickling, SFU Engineering Science Doctoral Student, Shares His Graduate Student Experience"
- Pest Management Master’s Student Danielle Hoefele is interviewed in "Danielle Hoefele, SFU Pest Management Master’s Student, Shares Her Graduate Student Experience"
- 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
Want More Academic Readings?
If you're planning a career in academia, you're eligible for a free subscription to University Affairs.
Bring Your Partner & Family Welcome and Welcome Back Reception
3:30-6:30 PM January 10, James Douglas Study Area, Academic Quadrangle (AQ) 2009.2
3 Minute Thesis (3MT) Kickoff for English-as-additional language graduate students
4:00 – 6:00 PM January 22, CELLTR (WMC 1390 West Mall Centre).
International Graduate Student Lunch’n’Chat
12:00-1:00 PM, Wednesdays January 16 – March 27, 2019, location TBA
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 (email@example.com) beforehand.
Support for your partner & family
Bring your children to the Kids Arts and Crafts session on January 10, 3:30 to 4:30. 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, register now for the Spring term. 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.
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.
SFU & Surrey Urban Indigenous Leadership Committee (SUILC): Collaborative Relationship Agreement Signing January 10, 2019 10:00 am, SFU Surrey Campus
Simon Fraser University and the Surrey Urban Indigenous Leadership Committee (SUILC) invite you to celebrate the signing of an important collaborative agreement that defines our commitment to urban First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples in Surrey. Following the signing ceremony, all are invited to pick up a drum and join in a First Nations drumming café and SUILC’s Skookum Lab to work together to make Surrey a great place for Indigenous children and youth. Register now.
Tea Making Workshop with Dr. Alannah Young
The Office of Indigenous Education and NITEP invite you to this event on January 14 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
Raising Our Consciousness: Enhancing the Vitality of Indigenous Languages in Our Teaching & Learning
Dr. Candace Galla, Andrea Lyall & Billy Rowluck. January 10th| 12:30-14:00 | 6445 University Boulevard, MPR 2012. This round table will take place on the traditional, ancestral, unceded territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) First Nation. Part of the LLED Research Seminar series | no RSVP needed | light refreshments served
The Indigenous Graduate Student Symposium (IGSS) Planning Committee
They are seeking student participation. The next IGSS Planning Committee meeting will be held at UBC on Tuesday January 15, 2019 1-3:30 pm. Lunch provided please RSVP to email@example.com
17th Annual Indigenous Graduate Student Symposium (IGSS) Reflecting Upon our Journeys: Leading the Path of Reclamation, Restoration & Resurgence Call For Submissions
This year the IGSS will be held at SFU Vancouver March 15-16, 2019 Keynote speakers: Grand Chief Stewart Phillip and Dr. Margaret Kovach. The IGSS Planning Committee is currently accepting abstract submissions firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline January 11, 2019
Dr. Gregory Younging speaking on “Indigenous Editorial Issues” Friday January 11, 12:30 pm AQ 6106 SFU Burnaby Campus All Welcome.
Dr. Lorna Williams: With The New Developments In Indigenous Education And Languages, What Is The Role Of Universities?
January 15, 2019 2:30-4:30 pm, ASB 10900 Burnaby Campus. Registration required.
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: email@example.com
- Michelle Pidgeon, PhD Faculty of Education, SFU: firstname.lastname@example.org
Land, Language and Learning Speaker Series
This speaker series recognizes the inter-related themes of land, language, and learning as central to Indigenous people’s world view and well-being. Attend Dr. Rigney's talk on Wednesday, January 16th 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm. To RSVP, visit the event website.
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
First Nations Health Authority Research Analyst Positions
First Nations Health Authority is looking for a temporary full-time research analyst. Open until filled.
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).
Join us for the Epic Summer Photo Contest Exhibition on January 15th at 4:30pm in MBC 1000 level.
Featuring the top photos taken by graduate students and postdoctoral fellows from each of this summer's photo contests. You will have the opportunity to provide comments and responses to the photos on display, meet our Centre for Academic and Professional Engagement (CAPE) team, enter a draw to win prizes, and enjoy some light refreshments. RSVP by this Friday, January 11.
- 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)
- You, Me & the IPCC: 7:00-8:30 PM Wednesday, January 9th, Room 1300, SFU Segal Building, 500 Granville St, Vancouver, BC V6C 1W6
- Bring your Partner & Family Welcome: 3:30-6:30 PM January 10, James Douglas Study Area, Academic Quadrangle (AQ) 2009.2
- Indigenous Editorial Issues: Dr. Gregory Younging's talk, 12:30 PM January 11, AQ 6106 SFU Burnaby Campus
- Bennett Library Space Plan Open House:: Noon-1:30pm, Room 3008, Bennett Library.
- Sexual Assault Awareness Month: a month-long series of engagement opportunities from January 7-31, open house on January 14
- With the new developments in Indigenous Education and Languages, what is the role of universities: 2:30 – 4:30 PM January 15, Presentation Studio (ASB 10900) Burnaby campus
- Rethinking BC Referendums: 5-7 PM January 31, Morris J Wosk Centre for Dialogue 580 West Hastings Street
- The Munro Lecture: Generous Thinking: 6:30-7:30 PM February 6, Harbour Centre Campus Vancouver
- 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
- 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
- Raising Our Consciousness: Enhancing the Vitality of Indigenous Languages in Our Teaching & Learning,, UBC, January 10
- 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 Abstracts: UBC/SFU Indigenous Graduate Student Symposium
UBC and SFU invite proposals to present at the 17th Annual Indigenous Graduate Student Symposium. Deadline: January 11
Call for Paper: ESAC Annual Conference
The Environmental Studies Association of Canada invites you to submit a proposal to participate in the Annual Conference as part of the 2019 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. Deadline: January 18
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).