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YorkUFGS here is your May 2018 guide to all things grad at YorkU.

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Up–to–Date Labour Information

Being informed and up–to–date about the current labour negotiations with teaching assistants, contract faculty and graduate assistants represented by CUPE 3903 is important. Please visit for more information.

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Faculty Council Meeting

The next meeting of FGS Faculty Council is scheduled for: Thursday, May 10, Location: Harry Crowe Room (109 Atkinson) at 3:00pm.

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Important Information

Registration for Summer Term

Please note that registration for the summer term is open. The deadline to register has been moved from Tuesday, April 24 to Monday, May 28 (subject to further remediation, if needed). In order to receive your Fellowship (if applicable), you must be registered.

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Holiday—Victoria Day—University closed

Monday, May 21
This is a reminder the university will be closed Monday May 21 for the Victoria Day holiday.

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Remediation Options and Guiding Principles for Graduate Students

Due to the CUPE 3903 Labour Disruption, please note that all FGS deadlines are subject to remediation when more information becomes available.

Summer registration is currently open; the window to register for summer 2018 has been extended.

Guiding principles and further details for graduate course and program remediation can be found at 
Remediation Options.

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Up–to–Date Labour Information

Being informed and up–to–date about the current labour negotiations with teaching assistants, contract faculty and graduate assistants represented by CUPE 3903 is important. Please visit for more information.

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Wellness Consultation Service Open for Graduate Students

As some students will not be coming onto campus during the labour disruption, Wellness Consultations will be made available via telephone in addition to face-to-face meetings. If you wish to book a Wellness Consultation via telephone, please email Wellness consultations are free and confidential and act as a starting place to assist students with concerns about mental health, balancing life as a graduate student, personal wellness goal setting, transitioning to graduate school, difficulty coping with stress or anxiety, and exploring options for mental health and wellness services at York or in the community.

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Student Finances

Disbursements for Summer Term

Please note that details regarding summer term disbursements will be emailed directly to graduate students shortly.

Graduate Development Fund — Deadline Extended

Deadline: TBA
The deadline for the Graduate Development Fund (originally March 23rd) has been extended. The new deadline will be determined at the end of the CUPE 3903 labour disruption. Students can continue to submit electronic applications until the deadline is set following the conclusion of the labour disruption.

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Graduate Student Conference Travel Funds for Faculty of Health

Deadline: May 22
Graduate Student Conference Travel Funds are available to full-time graduate students in the Faculty of Health to offset the cost of travelling to present their graduate research at a conference. Applicants can request a maximum of $1,000 in support of their conference travel.

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Scholarships and Awards

  • Lillian Campbell Memorial Award
    Deadline: May 31
    The Lillian Campbell Memorial Award will be granted to a graduate student conducting research on the use and development of assistive technology to benefit the education of those with learning disabilities. Preference will be given to applicants living with learning disabilities. Value: $1,000.

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  • Manulife Graduate Scholarships
    Deadline: April 27
    The Manulife Graduate Scholarships will be awarded to incoming and/or continuing doctoral students researching International Health Policy or Epidemics. Value: Two awards–$10,000 each.

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  • Kingsley Abu Imonikhe Graduate Award
    Deadline: May 25
    The Kingsley Abu Imonikhe Graduate Award will be awarded to one full time, domestic and one full time international Masters or PhD student experiencing financial need and with at least a ‘B’ average. Value: $500 each.

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  • Graduate Awards for research on Asia and/or Asian diaspora
    Deadline: May 25
    York Centre for Asian Research (YCAR) at York University is accepting applications for the following awards:
    – N. Sivalingam Award in Tamil Studies
    – Penny and John Van Esterik Award for Graduate Research on Southeast Asia
    – Young-Rahn Woo Memorial Graduate Award (Korean Studies)

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International Fellowships: Canada 2018

Deadline: April 30, 2:00pm
The Weston Brain Institute has launched their International Fellowships: Canada 2018 Program. The program will support top Canadian PhD students to travel to and work in world-renowned international labs for up to 12 months, to further their translational research on neurodegenerative diseases of aging.

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The 2018 International Policy Ideas Challenge

Deadline: May 18
SSHRC has launched the third annual 2018 International Policy Ideas Challenge, organized in partnership with Global Affairs Canada. The program aims to support and promote the work of social sciences and humanities graduate students and postdoctoral fellows and their contributions to policy development. Value: $3,000 for 10 winning projects.

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Canadian Foundation for Governance Research

Deadline: May 22
The scholarship will support the work of students who are conducting research into organisational governance as part of their doctoral research project. Value: $15,000.

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IDRC Doctoral Research Awards 2018

Deadline: May 30
The award is open to Canadians, permanent residents of Canada, and citizens of developing countries pursuing doctoral studies at a Canadian university. Value: A maximum of $20,000

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Syme Training Fellowship Applications Now Being Accepted

Deadline: June 8
The Institute for Work & Health is now accepting applications for its 12-month S. Leonard Syme Training Fellowship in Work & Health. The fellowships are for young researchers at the master's or doctoral level intending to study work and health.

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iDAPT Scholarships for Students with Disabilities

Deadline: June 29
Graduate students with disabilities often encounter financial barriers due in part to the high cost of adaptive aids, technologies and resources needed to enable their studies. TD Bank has renewed a prior commitment with a new $1-million investment to help establish a permanent endowment that will ensure this program continues indefinitely. Applicants must plan to be enrolled in an appropriate graduate program leading to a masters or doctoral degree at one of the eligible universities.

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Upcoming Events

2018 Lake Shift Dissertation Writing Retreat

Deadline: May 14
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 on July 15-20, 2018, hosted by the School of Graduate Studies at Queen’s University from Sunday, July 15th, 2018 (mid-day) through Friday, July 20th, 2018 (1pm).

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Enhancing your Experience

Career Centre: Just-in Time PhD & Post-Doc Job Search Advising

You can meet one-on-one with our in-house expert for career-related advice, both inside and outside academia. If you don't see an appointment that suits your schedule, contact Carolyn Steele to arrange an appointment. Register on the Career Centre’s online system.


Teaching Commons: STAY Postponed

We have postponed the STAY Symposium originally scheduled on May 4. Please complete the following form to help us reschedule:

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Community News & Helpful Resources

Grad students pitch inspiring, groundbreaking research at 3MT Ontario

“An 80,000-word PhD thesis would take four hours to present. Their time limit … three minutes.” This was the message displayed to approximately 140 people who gathered at York University for 3MT Ontario, an international research competition where graduate students have three minutes to present their research and its impact to a panel of non-specialist judges and peers.

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AI marketers need to consider: Who's the master and who's the servant?

Schulich’s Markus Giesler considers how to market AI-based technologies without challenging the consumer’s decision-making capacity. He says manufacturers need to get the balance right between power enhancing and power stealing.

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Make way for the first existential robot

Regina Rini, a philosopher who came to York in 2017 from NYU, raises some uncomfortable questions about machine-robot consciousness, and what we might owe ‘them’ on moral grounds.

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The misleading career choice that PhDs are asked to make

by Julio Herrera Estrada, Medium

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Shaping the Public Narrative about Teaching and Learning

by Patrick Sullivan, Tomorrow's Professor

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Pedagogical Lessons for Tackling the #MeToo Moment

by Neelofer Qadir, Inside Higher Ed

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On Feeling Unsure

by Jessica McDonald, hook&eye

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Things I’ve Learned Along the Way

by Alexandra Gold, Inside Higher Ed

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Are You Telling Stories in the Classroom?

by Melanie Green, Tomorrow's Professor

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Important Dates

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.

May 21

Holiday—Victoria Day—University closed.

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