Your monthly guide to all things grad at York
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Christopher here is your June 2017 guide to all things grad at YorkU.

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Congratulations to this month's winner: Mohammadmehdi Ataei—Mechanical Engineering

Important Information

Spring 2017 Convocation

Spring 2017 Convocation will be held from Friday, June 16 to Saturday, June 24. All ceremonies will take place in the Convocation Pavilion, at the Aviva Centre, 1 Shoreham Drive, York University - Keele campus, with the exception of Ceremony #13, which will take place at the Glendon campus.

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Student Finances

Vanier CGS and Trudeau Foundation Scholarship Nomination Processes at York

Deadline: June 26, 4:00pm
The Vanier CGS and the Trudeau scholarship are Canada’s most prestigious awards for doctoral students. Eligible incoming and first-year doctoral students are invited to submit a preliminary application.

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York University Retirees' Association Graduate Award

Deadline: June 26
This award is given to full-time Master's students who demonstrate financial need and either a strong commitment to volunteerism in the community or active engagement in a student leadership role. Value: $1,500.

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Fulbright Canada Student Awards

Deadline: November 15, 11:59pm EST
The Health System Impact Fellowship provides highly-qualified individuals with a doctorate degree in health services and policy research, or related fields, a unique opportunity to apply their research and analytic talents to critical challenges in health system and related organizations outside of the traditional scholarly setting and to develop professional experience, new skills, and networks. Value: $70,000 per annum, plus research allowance.

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Enhancing your Experience

Lake Shift Dissertation Writing Retreat

Deadline: May 26, 3:00pm
The Faculty of Graduate Studies invites PhD students who are at the writing stage of their dissertation to apply for the Lake Shift Dissertation Writing Retreat July 9—14, 2017. Queen’s University has invited Ontario universities to send PhD students writing their dissertations to a writing retreat at its Biology Research Station on Lake Opinicon. York University has been given 5 spaces for students this summer. The dissertation writing retreat brings together students from multiple disciplines to a setting where they can concentrate on writing, and attend workshops on the writing process. Applicants must be able to attend the entire retreat.

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Call for Papers: 2017 Canadian Bureau for International Education Graduate Research Series

Deadline: July 1
The series explores current social, cultural, management and policy‐related issues of international education. To tie into the ongoing national campaign to inspire learning abroad, researchers are invited to submit papers reflecting this theme. Selected papers will be widely publicized digitally and published by CBIE online at

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Mitacs Webinar: What’s next for your social science or humanities degree?

June 8, 2:00–4:00pm
This 2 hour live webinar is ideal for graduate students and postdocs in SSH who are looking to broaden their knowledge of opportunities beyond the academic path.


Career Centre: PhD Job Search Support Session

This 60 minute individual appointment with our in-house expert can help you strategize your job search as you plan for your career either in academe or as a professional in another sector. You can receive feedback on your written materials (CV or résumé, cover letter, etc.) and suggestions for integrating in today’s workforce with a doctoral degree.


Community News & Helpful Resources

Project offers first-hand narratives of those in slave trade

SHADD Project led by Historian Paul Lovejoy provides rare glimpse into lives of those in the slave trade across four continents from 17th to 19th centuries.

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A Fair Use Primer for Graduate Students

by Heather VanMouwerik, Inside Higher Ed

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Top 42 Books For PhD Students (All You Might Need + Some Fun)

by Julio Peironcely, Next Scientist

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Write a Persuasive Cover Letter (for Your Research Paper Submission)

by Daniel W. Byrne, Tomorrow's Professor

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What do you WANT to do after grad school?

by Alyssa, Inside Higher Ed

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Important Dates

Important Registration Dates in June

Summer term classes, as well as deadlines for course additions and drops, differ widely in May due to many class sections. Please visit Important Dates for a summary of dates relevant to you.

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June 6

Registration Opens for Fall (FA17) and Winter (WI18) terms.

June 15

80% refund for summer term.

Administrative Deadline — All Winter [WI17] term courses with blank or incomplete grades converted to F.

June 16 to 24

June 2017 Convocation.

June 23

Online Registration and Enrollment ends, Summer (SU17).

June 30

40% refund for summer term.

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