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

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Important Information

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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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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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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Student Finances

Scholarships and Awards

  • Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship and Trudeau Foundation Scholarship
    Deadline: June 25, at 4:00pm
    The Vanier CGS and the Trudeau doctoral scholarship are Canada’s two highest awards for doctoral students. Eligible incoming and first-year doctoral students are invited to submit a preliminary application by Monday, June 25, 2018 at 4pm.

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  • Commonwealth Scholarships in Low– and Middle–Income Countries
    Deadline: July 13
    The Commonwealth Master's Scholarships allow successful applicants the opportunity to gain a Master's degree while developing new skills and experiencing life in another country.

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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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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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OAS Scholarships for Academic Studies

Deadline: various
The OAS Academic Scholarship Program (Regular Program), established in 1958, grants scholarships every year for the pursuit of Master’s Degrees, Doctoral Degrees and Graduate Research leading to a university degree.

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2018 John W. Davies Memorial Award

Deadline: July 6
The competition is open to any full time graduate student at a recognized University in Canada whose research will assist in providing solutions to problems encountered in the Arctic or in cold ocean environments. Value: $3,000.

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Upcoming Events

Marvellous Grounds: Remembering Futures Where We Might Survive

519 Kaneff, June 21, 12:15pm
The Centre for Feminist Research Presents the TRANS MATTERS Interdisciplinary Trans Studies Graduate Student Conference Keynote Lecture, titled Marvellous Grounds: Remembering Futures Where We Might Survive. To RSVP, please email

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Enhancing your Experience

Teaching Commons: Registration Open

Registration is now open for both of our accredited courses, TA Certificate in Teaching (TACT)  and the Senior Teaching Assistant (STA) Program: Exploring Educational Development. More workshops have been scheduled to count toward the Record of Completion Certificates.

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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.


Community News & Helpful Resources

Climate change sparks new instalment of Community Conversations

Community members braved a spring ice storm to discuss taking action on climate change at the April instalment of York University’s Community Conversation series. Vanier scholar and Communication and Culture PhD candidate Tyrone Hall moderated the event, titled “Talking Climate Change: Challenges and Opportunities for Action.”

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Research fills void in our understanding of mental effort for those with ADHD

A new study out of York University shows that the experience of mental effort is different in individuals at risk for ADHD compared to those not at risk — a research ‘first’ in the most commonly studied childhood mental disorder.

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Knowledge Mobilization at York goes global

Executive Director David Phipps describes the Knowledge Mobilization Unit’s great leap forward. The sky’s the limit for this powerhouse as it engages with others around the world interested in impact.

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Write for The Artifice

Do you believe your writing fits in and wish to join our vibrant, growing writing community? We seek to publish the highest quality content from our writers. The Artifice expects from its authors a constant source of complex, thought-provoking, and challenging ideas, and well-crafted opinions. Your knowledge of the topic you would like to write about is just as important as your ability to write about it.

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Meaningful Responses to Student Writing

by Alexandra Gold, Inside Higher Ed

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Getting Through Graduate School with a Day–to–Day Job

by Heather VanMouwerik, Inside Higher Ed

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How to Make Scientists into Better Peer Reviewers

by Abby Olena, Tomorrow's Professor

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Prepping Your Teaching Portfolio

by Brady Krien, Inside Higher Ed

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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.

June 5

Registration Opens for Fall (FA18) and Winter (WI19) terms.

June 15

80% refund for summer term.

June 16–24

June 2018 Convocation.

June 30

40% refund for summer term.

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