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Important Information for our Education Graduate Students

October 2018

Awards and Funding Opportunities

  1. External Award: The Kimberley Foundation Funding - Various deadline
    The Kimberley Foundation is offering two new funding opportunities: one for Graduate level students - the Hugh C. Morris Experiential Fellowship, and one for students of any level, the Focus! Climate Change Student Video Contest.
  2. Paul Tai Yip Ng Memorial Award for 2018 Best Graduate Student Paper - Deadline: February 1, 2019
    The David See-Chai Lam Centre for International Communication at Simon Fraser University is pleased to announce the Paul Tai Yip Ng Memorial Award for 2018 Best Graduate Student Paper. The winner will receive $1,200 at the award ceremony in Spring 2019.
  3. External Award: Toptal Scholarships for Women - Apply by March 31, 2019
    Toptal is awarding (US)$10,000 and a year of mentorship to five future female leaders who want to change the world. One prize per region to current residents of Europe, the Americas, Africa, Asia, and Oceania will be awarded.
  4. Win a $100 raffle prize for participating  in a Psychology Study
    SFU international students are invited to participate in a study evaluating the adjustment of international students to studying and living in Canada. The online survey takes about 45-60 minutes to complete. The survey can be assessed here.
  5. Research Funding and Award Opportunities Database
    SFU has recently introduced a Research Funding and Award Opportunities Database, containing hundreds of research grant and faculty award opportunities.
  6. Travel Research Awards (Deadlines Vary)
    Primarily intended to support the travel component of the scholarly activity of graduate students related to their research.
  7. External Dissertation Awards
    Recognize students who are graduating with outstanding thesis dissertations at master's and doctoral levels.
  8. SFU Central Open Access Fund
    The Open Access Author Fund (The Fund) supports SFU authors who wish to publish in Open Access (OA) journals and who are required to pay an article processing fee (APC). Up to $2500/article.
  9. Graduate [Int'l] Research Travel (Deadlines Vary By Department)
    PFor students traveling for research as a degree requirement.
  10. Mitacs Globalink Research Awards (Multiple Rolling Deadlines A Year)
    Provide $6,000 travel funding for research collaborations of 12-24 weeks at a university in any of Mitacs’ partner countries. Learn more about eligible destinations and award details.
  11. Mitacs Accelerate International (Apply Anytime)
    Up to $15,000 for research with a company anywhere in the world.
  12. Mitacs Accelerate (Apply Anytime)
    Supports collaborative research between grad students or postdocs and non-academic partners, including industry and eligible not-for-profit organizations. You can create your own research partnership, paid at $10–15,000 per term. The program is open to all academic disciplines, applications are non-competitive.
  13. 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)
  14. Get cash for participating in SFU Economics CRABE Lab experiments
    The All SFU students are welcome to participate in SFU Economics CRABE Lab experiments. The CRABE Lab regularly invites SFU students to participate in research. Sessions range from 30 min to 2 hours, and you can register for any session that fits your schedule. Experiments are ongoing throughout the year. All you have to do is sign up, show up, complete simple tasks, and get paid.
  15. EGSA Professional Development Grant
    The grant is available to education graduate students as a source of funding to help support learning activities that enrich a student’s focus of study. Education graduate students are eligible for up to $400 per academic year (September 1 to August 31), pending available funds. Professional Development Grants will be allocated by lottery.

Bursaries & Scholarships

  1. External Award: Graduate SPOR Fellowship - Apply by November 9, 2018
    The Fellowship provides opportunities for individuals enrolled in a thesis-based Master’s or PhD program at Simon Fraser University to receive training in patient-oriented research.
  2. The RADIUS Fellowship is now open for applications! Apply by November 12, 2018
    RADIUS SFU is looking for the next generation of untamed social innovators who are early in their changemaking journey, demonstrating a relentless dedication to creating positive, sustainable impact in all they do. Ideal Fellows are those who want to make a four-month commitment to developing their leadership capacity, building their professional networks, and generously supporting their peers. A curious and collaborative mindset, and ability to socially locate oneself within systems is a prerequisite. The Fellows program suits recent alumni and young professionals who self-identify as changemakers, social innovators, or social entrepreneurs. It is designed to be complementary to someone studying or working full- or part-time, with predominantly evening sessions. An info session for interested applicants will be held November 8, 6:00 – 7:00pm.
  3. Graduate Fellowships (Deadlines Vary)
    Provides up to $6500, search GA3 to see availability.
  4. President's PhD Scholarship
    $6500, deadlines vary by department
  5. Scholarship Databases - Province of BC
    1. Financial Help for students
    2. Province of BC / Funding and Grants
    3. Province of BC / Searchable database of Economic Development Funding and Grants for communities
    4. CivicInfoBC Grants Database
    5. Gaming Grants for organizations
    6. Northern Development BC list of funding databases
  6. Government of Canada awards database (sortable by country)
  7. Scholarships Canada database
  8. ScholarshipDB.Net
  9. Scholarship-Positions.com
  10. Jason Scholarship Database (from Sydney University)
  11. EU Research and Innovation Participant Portal (more info and background)
    1. Horizon 2020 (€80 billion budget)
  12. SFU Research Services Funding Awards and Opportunities

Conferences & Events

  1. Call for Papers - Western Canadian Association for Student Teaching (WestCAST) - Deadline: October 31, 2018
    The Werklund School of Education is proud to host year’s WestCAST (Western Canadian Association for Student Teaching) conference. WestCAST is an education conference held annually by the Faculties of Education in the western provinces of Canada. WestCAST 2019 will be held February 20-22, 2019 at the University of Calgary, bringing together over 600 education faculty and teacher education students for three days of conversation and engagement on topics that are relevant in today’s world of teaching. This year, WestCAST 2019 invites pre-service teachers, students, graduate students, teacher educators, and practicing teachers to submit papers and participate in sessions that focus on the theme of “Inspire | Connect”.
  2. SAVE THE DATE: Toronto - OpenCon 2018 - November 2-4, 2018
    This a conference about advancing Open Education, Open Access and Open Data.
  3. SAVE THE DATE: Hawaii - 17th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Education - January 5-8, 2019
    The 17th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Education will be held from January 5th to January 8th, 2019 at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort in Honolulu, Hawaii. The 2019 Hawaii International Conference on Education will once again be the gathering place for academicians and professionals from Education and related fields from all over the world.

Job Openings

  1. New Westminster School District is hiring a Principal - Apply by October 29, 2018
    The New Westminster School District is seeking dynamic leaders with proven records of exemplary teaching and leadership for consideration for an immediate vacancy at the Elementary level.
  2. University of Calgary is hiring a Post-Doctoral Scholar in 'Shared Decision Making with Indigenous Peoples’
    - Apply by November 12, 2018

    A Post-Doctoral opportunity at the University of Calgary, supervised by Dr. Cheryl Barnabe, to contribute to the development and testing of shared decision making strategies and tools to aid in narrowing health equity gaps, and further determine effectiveness and decision quality.  The candidate will also be expected to engage in research full time, and explore new opportunities for funding.
  3. University of Victoria is hiring a Limited Term Assistant Teaching Professor in Counselling Psychology Indigenous or Visible Minority Scholar - Apply by January 2, 2019
    The Department of Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies, University of Victoria invites Indigenous and visible minority scholars to apply for a two-year limited term Assistant Teaching Professor in the area of Counselling Psychology to begin July 1, 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter.
  4. University of Victoria is hiring a Tenure-track Position in Counselling Psychology Indigenous or Visible Minority Scholar - Apply by January 2, 2019
    The Department of Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies (EPLS) invites applications from Indigenous peoples and members of visible minorities for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in the area of Counselling Psychology to begin July 1, 2019, or as negotiated.
  5. University of Victoria is hiring a Tenure-track Position in Counselling Psychology Indigenous or Visible Minority Scholar - Apply by January 2, 2019
    The Department of Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies (EPLS) invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in the area of Educational Psychology: Learning, Development and Instructional Sciences (LDIS) to begin July 1, 2019, or as negotiated.
  6. Academic Job Postings Websites

Professional Development

  1. 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.
  2. Teaching Matters Seminar Series - Various Dates
    The Teaching Matters Seminar Series is a forum for faculty and instructional staff to discuss literature, share experiences and demonstrate practices related to teaching and learning. It runs every second week in the spring and fall semesters.
  3. Research Commons Workshops
    Research Commons offers workshops in all three campuses, free to graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.
  4. Dissertation/Thesis Support Group - Available by Referral
    Are you a masters or PhD student writing a dissertation or thesis? Feeling blocked, stuck, overwhelmed, frustrated, or isolated? This group will provide a safe and confidential space for graduate students writing a thesis or dissertation to share their experience and receive support from each other and the facilitator. It will focus on peer and emotional support, goal setting, and anxiety/stress management. 
  5. Ethics and Your Thesis
    If your thesis involves any work with humans or animals, you are required to obtain Ethics Approval.
  6. Thesis templates & Resources
    Information on templates and resources for preparing and submitting your thesis.

Student Resources

  1. Free Mental Health Support via MY SSP
    SFU students & postdocs will have free, 24/7 access to culturally relevant mental health support available from anywhere in the world.

  2. Get unlimited access to Education Canada magazine online articles at no charge (SFU graduate students, faculty and staff)
    Education Canada magazine explores every facet of Canadian public education. To register, follow the steps below:
    1) Use your official faculty/student email address to register (e.g. myname@sfu.ca).  Registration will not work with personal emails.
    2) Go to: edcan.ca/join
    3) Click on the Join button for "Staff member of CEA/EdCan Network Member Organization"
    4) Fill in all required fields. Your faculty's email domain (@sfu.ca) will be available in a drop-down menu on the registration form.
    In addition to unlimited online magazine access, your EdCan Network Faculty of Education membership includes additional benefits that your entire staff can take advantage of. For details, please visit: edcan.ca/memberbenefits.
  3. Quest Food Exchange
    The GSS has partnered with Quest in order to help support people facing financial hardship to access affordable, healthy food.
  4. 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.
  5. Free access to Lynda.com
    All current students, staff, and faculty have free access to Lynda.com through the SFU Library.
  6. Free Microsoft Office
    All SFU students can install Microsoft Office for free. (Adobe Creative Suite is also available for university-owned computers).
  7. 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.
  8. Get a complimentary subscription to University Affairs magazine at no charge (SFU graduate students, faculty and staff)
    University Affairs (UA) is an award-winning publication that provides breaking news, thoughtful commentary, and in-depth articles about university trends, as well as practical advice and tools to help your career, whether you’re a university administrator, faculty member or graduate student. Sign up today for a free subscription to the print edition (a $39 value) or the digital edition by visiting the University Affairs website.
  9. DGS’s Update for Graduate Students
    Get information about new awards, funding, jobs and volunteer postings. Learn about professional development opportunities, events, tips and tricks for your studies and more!
  10. Teaching and Learning Centre – TLC
    The Teaching and Learning Centre consists of education and technology professionals who support SFU instructors and academic units in the development and delivery of innovative approaches designed to enhance their students' learning experiences. 
  11. Graduate Student Society (GSS) Newsletter
    Learn more about GSS Volunteer Opportunities, Graduate Caucus Funding, Announcements and Events from the Community and more!
  12. Stay Connected with EGSA (Education Graduate Student Association)
        EGSA Website: http://www.sfu.ca/egsa/
        EGSA Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/egsa.sfu/
  13. SFU Aboriginal Peoples' News
    Learn about SFU’s progress in advancing Aboriginal initiatives on campus from the Office for Aboriginal Peoples.
  14. Become an Executive or Committee Member with EGSA (Some positions offer stipends)
    Attend the next EGSA meeting and speak to the committee members to see which positions are open and the best fit for you. Contact edgsa-cochair-16-17@sfu.ca for more information.
  15. Traveling for Research or Conference? SFU International Travel Safety Program
    Simon Fraser University’s Safety & Risk Services department is proud to announce the launch of our newest service, the International Travel Safety Program.
  16. Individual and Group Space for Graduate Students and Postdocs in Research Commons
    The Research Commons is located on the 7th floor of W.A.C. Bennett Library and is exclusively accessible to graduate students, faculty, and postdoctoral fellows by punch code. The space is currently equipped with wireless access, workstations, bookable group rooms, and areas for discussion and relaxation.
  17. Meet Your Education Librarian
    Did you know you have your own liaison librarian, available for research consultations and personalized assistance?

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