Resources for Graduate Students

The Research Hub space is open and available to all graduate students in Education to support you in your research journey. We have working spaces for focused individual work as well as open spaces that encourage small and larger group collaborations and discussions. 

NOTE: only full-time graduate students enrolled in thesis- or dissertation-based Master’s and Doctoral programs are eligible (which can include merit/expert reviewed MRPs, scholarly publications, performances, recitals, or exhibits). If a student is unsure about their eligibility, they can reach out to for guidance.

INVITATION: Research Hub’s Annual Tri-Agency Graduate Scholarships Workshop

To complete the Asynchronous portion & Stay Up-to-Date on the forthcoming details of these upcoming live sessions, please enrol in the Canvas course here:

These workshops provide best practice guidance for applying to any of the Tri-Agency Graduate Scholarships, which in the Faculty of Education commonly includes the SSHRC CGS & Doctoral Awards as well as the CGS Master’s Scholarship. The Tri-Agencies are the three federal research funding bodies – the Social Science & Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR), and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC). CGS stands for the Canada Graduate Scholarship programs.

Please monitor the preceding hyperlinks for updates on the 2024 cycle, as managed by SFU’s Graduate Studies office.

If you have any questions about the workshop, please reach out to

Looking forward to seeing you!

Research Matters Online Community

You are invited to join the Research Matters @ the Faculty of Education, a growing online community in Canvas. Stay updated on upcoming events by the Research Hub, be connected with Education faculty and graduate students, and access valuable programs, services and resources provided. Click to join now: Log in with your SFU computing ID and you will be part of our community.

Writing Retreats for Graduate Students 

The Research Hub is thrilled to announce the return of our highly acclaimed monthly Writing Retreat series for Faculty of Education graduate students in 2024! Whether you are crafting a paper for class, composing a journal article for publication, or embarking on your thesis writing journey, the Research Hub's Writing Retreats provide a perfect opportunity to boost your productivity and connect with your peers. You will receive both academic and social support through these retreats! 

April Event Details:
📅 Date: Friday, May 3rd, 2024
🕒 Time: 12:30 pm - 5:00 pm
      Schedule: 12:30 - 1:00: Check-in & light lunch
                          1:00 - 5:00  Writing time
🏢 Location: SFU Burnaby Campus, EDB 7600
💻 Please bring your own laptop or device for writing.
☕ A light lunch, snacks and drinks will be provided.
Spots are limited. Please register to participate in the event and secure your spot! 
More upcoming retreats will be announced later. If you have any questions, please contact
Amy Jin ( or the Research Hub (

IDEAS Podcast

Innovative Dialogue in Educational Approaches and Scholarship (IDEAS) is a series of podcasts created by and for graduate students as a platform to showcase their research practices. The series features graduate students from diverse disciplines at different points in their research, sharing their challenges, accomplishments, and experiences. Special thanks to Ms. Shaila Shams, Dr. Poh Tan, and Dr. Kari Gustafson for conducting podcast interviews. Also, we are grateful to our amazing podcast guests. Episodes are released on the last Wednesday of the month.

We would like to respectfully acknowledge that IDEAS podcast series is recorded and launched at SFU located on the unceded traditional territories of the Coast Salish peoples of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), Səlil̓wətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), and Kwikwetlem (kʷikʷəƛ̓əm) Nation.

Episode 50: Re-imagining Second Language Writing in Canadian Post-Secondary Education: Understanding History for Future Directions

In the 50th special episode of IDEAS, Dr. Joel Heng Hartse, Dr. Bong-gi Sohn and Pedro dos Santos share their perspectives on academic writing in Canadian universities. Joel Heng Hartse discusses his role as one of the guest editors for the special issue of TESL Canada Journal  Second Language Writing in Canada: Research, Theory, and Instruction and the need in the field of academic writing in Canada that drove for such an issue. Bong-gi Sohn and Pedro dos Santos share about their article "Multisemiotics, Race, and Academic Literacies: Trajectories of Racialized Academic Writing Faculty in Canadian Postsecondary Education" published in the special issue. The speakers take us to this rich discussion on post-secondary education, the native non-native discourse in second language writing and teaching and the embedded hegemony, and share possible future directions. 

Speakers Bios

Bong-gi Sohn is an instructor in the Department of Rhetoric, Writing, and Communications at the University of Winnipeg. Her research focuses on the intersection of language, education, and migration, with a commitment to exploring the language socialization of international students across their lifespan, expanding critical content and language integrated learning (CLIL), and deepening critical second language writing and literacies. Currently, she is exploring the academic and professional socialization of university plurilingual/international students, tracing their journey from school to the workplace to gain deeper insights into their academic and social needs. Through her dedication to teaching and research, she has not only delved into investigating students' plurilingual and pluricultural potential but has also collaborated with teachers and educational researchers to advance curriculum (re)design, instruction, and assessment. 

Joel Heng Hartse is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Education. He oversees SFU’s Foundations of Academic Literacy course and is the author of four books including TL;DR: A Very Brief Guide to Reading & Writing in University (On Campus/UBC Press, 2023). His research interests include second language writing, the globalization of English, academic integrity, and the internationalization of higher education. He is the Principal Investigator on the SSHRC grant “Underground Literacies: The Use of Private Academic Support Services by International EAL Students” and current president of the Canadian Association for the Study of Discourse and Writing. 

Pedro dos Santos is a Ph.D. candidate in the Languages, Cultures and Literacies program at the Faculty of Education, SFU, and his doctoral research examines the academic experiences of international students from Latin America and the Caribbean during their trajectories in Canadian universities. He is also an instructor in the Department of Educational Studies, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, where he teaches university transition courses. An educator for many years, his interests are higher education research and practice, international student mobility, teaching and learning in postsecondary settings, academic literacy development, epistemologies form the South, and the intersection of race and language in higher education.

Upcoming Episode

Episode 51 will be upcoming in May.

Past Episodes

Episode 49: Trust and friendship in Ethnography: A Researcher’s Reflections - Fatima Jalali - Click to Listen

Episode 48: Practicing Relational Feminism and Posthumanism: What It Means and How It Shapes Us - Drs. Jacky Barreiro, Magali Forte, and Tanya Behrisch - Click to Listen

Episode 47: Making Sense of Data - Drs. Connie Lam James, Kari Gustafson, and Magali Forte - Click to Listen

Episode 46: Re-imagining an Alternative to Knowledge-based Inquiry - Monica Bhattacharjee - Click to Listen

Episode 45: A Researcher's Dilemma in Navigating Western and Eastern Epistemologies and their Manifestation in Coconstructing Data in Rural China - Yujuan Wu - Click to Listen

Episode 44: Shifting Research Focus, Adopting the Lens of Phenomenology, and Embracing COVID-19 Challenges - Michael Maser - Click to listen

Episode 43: The Journey of the Reading, Thinking and Doing (RTD) Club - Jacky Barreiro, Magali Forte, and Tanya Behrisch - Click to Listen

Episode 42: Postdoc Series Discussion with Dr. Canan Güneş - Canan Güneş - Click to Listen

Episode 41: Postdoc Series Discussion with Dr. Gloria (Yu-ting) Lin - Gloria (Yu-ting) Lin - Click to Listen

Episode 40: Postdoc Series Discussion with Dr. Amber Moore - Amber Moore - Click to Listen

Episode 39: Postdoc Series Discussion with Dr. Qinghua Chen - Qinghua Chen - Click to Listen

Episode 38: A Researcher’s Journey of Negotiation with Self - Connie Lam James - Click to Listen

Episode 37: Community Engaged Research and Environmental Education: Part 2 - Jacquie Kowk, Maria Cristina Albuquerque, and Poh Tan - Click to Listen

Episode 36: Community Engaged Research and Environmental Education: Part 1 - Chantal Martin, Poh Tan, and David Zandvliet - Click to Listen

Episode 35: Community Engaged Research: The Importance of Relationship Building - Akiko Ohta - Click to Listen

Re-introduction of IDEAS in 2023 - Shaila Shams - Click to Listen

Episode 34: A PDP graduate's reflections on learning and teaching - Daniel Cooper - Click to Listen

Episode 33:
Mathematics Education and learning through technology - Canan Güneş - Click here to Listen

Episode 32: Writing is Research. Research is Writing. Why Research and Writing is like building with LEGO bricks - Albert Fung - Click to Listen

Episode 31: 
Equity and Inclusiveness in K-12 education - Amrit Cojocaru - Click to Listen

Episode 30:
 A Researcher's journey into exploring and accepting "unconventional" methodology - Denise Findlay - Click to Listen

Re-Introduction to the Podcast - Dr. Poh Tan & Ms. Shaila Shams - Click to Listen

Episode 29: Faculty Writing Talk Part 4: Imagination as soil: Engaging and connecting through your writing practice - Dr. Gillian Judson - Click to Listen

Episode 28: Faculty Writing Talk Part 3: Finding your voice in academic spaces - Dr. Robyn Ilten-Gee - Click to Listen

Episode 27: Faculty Writing Talk Part 2: Writing as public thinking - Dr. Yumiko Murai - Click to Listen

Episode 26: Mentorship conversations - The mentors we've never met - Hollman Lozano - Click to Listen

Episode 25: Breathing in and breathing out with your writing practice - Dr. Cher Hill & Kari Gustafson - Click to Listen

Episode 24:
Conversations in the spaces in between Part IV: Supervisor / Supervisee Relationships - Tania Bakas & Dr. Masahiro Minami - Click to Listen

Episode 23: Shattering Ceilings and Breaking Moulds Toward Graduate Research Success - Dr. Susan O'Neill - Click to Listen

Episode 22: Conversations in the spaces in between Part III: Mentorship of the More-than-human World - Tanya Behrisch - Click to Listen

Episode 21: Conversations in the spaces in between Part II: Supervisor/Supervisee Relationships - Dr. Ann Chinnery & Kristy Dellebuur O'Connor - Click to Listen

Episode 20: Conversations in the spaces in between Part I: Supervisor/Supervisee Relationships - Dr. Celeste Snowber & Carolina Bergonzoni - Click to Listen

IDEAS Introduction to A New Host - Kari Gustafson - Click to Listen

Episode 19: Successful Writing Practices from an EAL Perspective - Aisha Ravindran - Click to Listen

Episode 18: Arts, Intergenerational Education, and Interdisciplinary Research - Caroline Pacheco - Click to Listen

Episode 17: Music and Mathematics: The Role of Creativity in Pedagogy - Srividhya Balaji - Click to Listen

Episode 16: Reflections from IDEAS Co-hosts - Sharing What We've Learned with Other Podcasters – Poh Tan & Shaila Shams - Click to Listen

Episode 15: Confessions of a PhD Candidate: Navigating Challenges and Dealing with Anxiety during Research - Michael Maser - Click to Listen

Episode 14: Negotiating Learning Differences within Culturally Diverse Context - An International Student's Perspective - Chukwudi Nwobodo - Click to Listen

Episode 13: Navigating Controversy within Educational Research - Steven Zhao  - Click to Listen

Episode 12: Being Comfortable with Discomfort in Educational Research: A Phenomenological Approach - Lori Driussi  - Click to Listen

Episode 11: Publishing in Grad School - How to Overcome Challenges and Issues - Magali Forte - Click to Listen

Episode 10: Educational Research From a Social Justice Perspective - Jade Ho - Click to Listen

Episode 9: Indigenous Methodologies - Working together through respect, reciprocity, and relationality.- Kau'i Keliipio - Click to Listen

Episode 8: International Research Collaborations - A partnership between two graduate students - Mr. Eduardo Gluck & Dr. Poh Tan  Click to Listen

Episode 7: Research During COVID-19 Times - Ms. Livia Poljak  Click to Listen

Episode 6: Formulating a Research Question - Mr. Liang Cao  Click to Listen

Episode 5: Managing Your Time for Research and Writing - Ms. Kari Gustafson  Click to Listen

Episode 4: Importance of Critical Reading for Research - Jacky Barreiro   Click to Listen

Episode 3: Writing Comprehensive Examinations under Time Constraints - Ms. Livia Poljak   Click to Listen

Episode 2: Building towards a Conceptual Framework for Research - Ms. Shaila Shams   Click to Listen

Episode 1: Research and the Graduate Process - Dr. Poh Tan   Click to Listen

An introduction: Dr. Poh Tan and Ms. Shaila Shams  Click to Listen

Funding Opportunities

SFU Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
SFU Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (GPS) maintains a comprehensive list of awards and funding opportunities for graduate students. GPS also provides application support to students.

Faculty of Education Graduate Studies
Scholarships & Awards

Reading/Thinking/Doing (RTD) Club

The Reading/Thinking/Doing (RTD) club is about discussion, dialogue and exchange of ideas on explorations in Education with posthumanist/new materialist scholarships.  We are two PhD students, Magali Forte and Jacky Barreiro, who are interested in tackling this idea with others. Please subscribe to the RTD mail list to receive the video conference link for this online discussion. Join the mail list

Email contact: Magali Forte,