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

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To GPDs, GPAs, ADs Grad and Faculty Partners Only

2017-18 Graduate Program Requirements Document Available

The Faculty of Graduate Studies 2017-18 Graduate Program Requirements Document is now available on the FGS website. You can access the document at:

Please include a link to this document on your program website and/or refresh your links for this year's version.

Important Information

Tri-council Parental Leave Supplements for Grad Students Changing

SSHRC, NSERC, and CIHR are improving access to paid parental leave, harmonizing their guidelines and reducing administrative burden.

Effective July 31, 2017, SSHRC will join NSERC and CIHR in providing parental leave supplements paid out of agency grants within six months following the child’s birth or adoption to eligible students and postdoctoral fellows who are primary caregivers for a child. (This will not be retroactive; it will apply to births and adoptions on or after July 31, 2017.)

For any questions regarding this change, please contact: SSHRC and NSERC:, or CIHR:

Beware Predatory Journals

Have you ever received an unsolicited email offering to publish your research that sounded too good to be true? You may have been approached by a predatory publisher that seeks to separate you from your money, or to publish your research in a venue that may potentially tarnish your scholarly reputation. Choosing where to publish your research can be challenging. York University Libraries provides support in this area through the expertise its librarians and archivists offer and through the services it provides. To get started, please consult Choosing an Appropriate Journal for Publishing Research. It provides a number of potential strategies for navigating the journal publishing landscape, as well as suggesting some questions to ask about a journal/publisher before choosing to work with it. To follow up further, consult your librarian.

Apply to Graduate

Deadline: July 31
Are you finishing your degree requirements this session? The deadline to apply to graduate for the October Convocation is on July 31. Applications received after this date will be considered for the February 2018 convocation.

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Obtaining Health Cards for International Students

Are you a graduate international student starting classes in Fall 2017? Look for your University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP) card in your my.yorku email address. If you have not received any emails from York International regarding your UHIP within a few weeks of classes starting, please contact York International at with your student number.

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Student Finances

CIHR, NSERC, and SSHRC Doctoral Scholarships

Applications for the 2018-2019 Tri-Council (CIHR, NSERC, and SSHRC) doctoral scholarships will be due in the fall term of 2017. Please note the following York internal deadlines below. Students who are planning to apply are encouraged to review the application timeline and process early.

Applications to the Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) and QEII Graduate Scholarships in Science and Technology (QEIIGSST) at the doctoral level are accepted at the same time as the Tri-Council applications. Accordingly, students who are applying to an OGS/QEII must also submit the application to the graduate program by the applicable deadline above. For detail, please review the OGS/QEII application process.

Save the Date—Writing Winning Proposals for Doctoral Students

FGS will be holding workshops on scholarship proposal writing on the following dates. Interested doctoral students are encouraged to attend. (The two sessions are identical.)
Writing Winning Proposals for Doctoral Students

  • Session #1: Thursday, September 14, 1:30-3:30pm, 280N York Lanes
  • Session #2 : Monday, September 17, 1:30-3:30pm, 519 Kaneff Tower

Application deadlines for OGS/QEII at the master’s level and Canada Graduate Scholarships – Master’s (CGSM) are December 1, and workshops for master’s students will be held in October.

Rob MacIsaac Fellowship

The Rob MacIsaac Fellowship Program offers a unique study and work opportunity for students enrolled in a university or college program in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) or undertaking a graduate degree. Through the program, Fellows get to explore their area of interest as it relates to Metrolinx’s mandate, under the guidance of a senior Metrolinx employee and then gain work experience through a paid internship at Metrolinx. Applications will be accepted beginning in August.

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Scholarships and Awards
IDRC Research Award 2018

Deadline: September 6, 4:00pm
Research positions are available at the International Development Research Centre for master’s or doctoral students pursuing research on one or more developing countries.

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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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Government of Canada's 5th Annual National Student Paper Competition

Deadline: December
Want to be a positive influence on Canada's future? Share your ideas and make a difference. You could win a paid placement with the Government of Canada. The Grand Prize winner of the competition will receive an offer for a four-month paid placement, an invitation to present their paper on a national platform and an invitation to attend the 2018 Manion Lecture in the National Capital Region.

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Upcoming Events

Call for Presentations: C2C: Two Spirit & Queer People of Colour

Winnipeg, October 20—22
This is a call to conversation. We are gathering scholars, community members, activists, artists, students, youth, and traditional knowledge holders to dialogue on the work being done in two-spirit (2S) and queer people of colour (QPOC) communities at the University of Winnipeg. We call on our communities and institutions to act in a spirit of reconciliation.

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Enhancing your Experience

Teaching Commons: Registration is Open for our Accredited Courses!

TA certificate in Teaching (TACT) for Fall 2017 or Winter 2018. If you’ve completed TACT, you are eligible for the Senior Teaching Assistant (STA) Course, September 2017 to May 2018.

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Tips and Myths to Consider when Preparing your SSHRC Application

At Congress 2017, SSHRC hosted a Career Corner presentation called “SSHRC Talent: Scholarships, Fellowships and Beyond.” Two presenters highlighted 10 tips to ensure a successful SSHRC application, as well as dispelled some of the myths that tend to pop up on the web about the application process.

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Mitacs Workshop: Career Professionalism

305 York Lanes, October 3, 9:00am–5:00pm
From first impressions to making a lasting impression, this one-day workshop will provide you with tips, tricks and tools from dressing the part to knowing how to apply effective communication techniques and professional behaviour when working closely with others.


Community News & Helpful Resources

York celebrates five Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship recipients

Five York PhD students have been named Vanier Scholars, receiving $50,000 annually for up to three years to support their research. Vanier Scholars demonstrate leadership skills and a high standard of scholarly achievement in graduate studies in the social sciences and/or humanities, natural sciences and/or engineering and health.

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Provocative book reexamines documentary film in light of digital era

York U Humanities Professor joins forces with British counterparts to write a comprehensive and unconventional book on how documentary film has been affected by the digital era.

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Science Explorations Summer Camps

Graduate students and postdocs with children who have an interest in STEM disciplines can sign up for Science Explorations Summer Camps on Keele campus. Applications for financial assistance are still being accepted.

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Provoking Potentials: Student Self-Evaluated and Socially-Mediated Testing

by Tim Murphey, Tomorrow's Professor

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5 Things Smart PhDs Leave Off Their Resume

by Isaiah Hankel, Next Scientist

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Important Dates

Important Registration Dates in August

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

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August 7

Holiday—Simcoe Day—University closed.

August 15

Last day to register for Fall (FA17) term.

August 16

$200 late fee applied on Fall (FA17) registration.

August 18

Thesis/Dissertation Deadline — Last day for oral examination to be held to fulfill requirements for October 2017 convocation.

August 24

Thesis/Dissertation Deadline — Last day to submit/upload Electronic Thesis and Dissertation for Summer 2017 term and to fulfill requirements for October 2017 convocation.

August 31

All degree requirements, including final grades, must be met by August 31, 2017 in order to graduate for October 2017 convocation.

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