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September 23, 2020

SCHOLARS TO LEADERS SPEAKER SERIES — “How to Curate your Zoom Backdrop, and Why You Should” on September 30, 2020


Janine Barchas, professor, English literature at the University of Texas at Austin will be speaking next Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at 12:30 p.m. on Zoom about How to Curate your Zoom Backdrop, and Why You Should.

The Scholars to Leaders Speaker Series is a unique initiative of the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies' Own Your Future doctoral professional development program. The series was developed for Master's students, doctoral students, postdoctoral scholars, faculty and staff.

The monthly Zoom events showcase guest speakers who share valuable insight and expertise on critical aspects of leadership from their own career experiences both inside and outside of academia.  The Series runs from September to March (except December) and each event is held on the last Wednesday of every month.


September 22, 2020

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Azrieli Foundation International Postdoctoral Fellowship Program


The Azrieli Foundation is currently revamping its International Postdoctoral Fellowship Program, aimed at bringing 24 outstanding postdoctoral students from Europe and Canada to Israel each year.

Fellows from all fields - natural and life sciences, social sciences and humanities - will come for two years, with the potential to extend the scholarship for a third year on the basis of excellence.

The program includes:

  • Scholarship of € 47,000 per year to cover living and research expenses (NIS 14,000 per month + NIS 20,000 for research expenses).
  • Ongoing support of program participants and their families throughout their stay in Israel, to ensure their social and emotional well-being.
  • Enrichment activities aimed at developing skills and promoting community leadership and involvement.

Further details regarding this generous scholarship can be found HERE.

Deadline: November 1, 2020.

Please do not hesitate to contact Keri Rosenbluh ( at the International Office with any questions you may have.

Tell Your Story: An Open Call to Graduate Students


Do you have a thought, a page, a poem, a dance, a song, or any other form of expression that conveys your sense of positionality within or outside of our Canadianism? The i am... project would like to work with you to capture your academic and/or creative expressions in a short video.

This fall, 25 graduate students will be selected to participate in an exciting opportunity to capture their creative reflection in a three-minute video exploring their sense of identity and belonging or not belonging. Open to graduate students from all Canadian universities, i am... is seeking students who have a story to tell, are open to learning at an accelerated pace, and are available between October 2020 and April 2021.

Successful participants will:

  • Benefit from the creative mentorship of a Gemini Award-winning filmmaker
  • Learn the newest methods of digital storytelling
  • Produce a three-minute video for their creative portfolio
  • Participate in a film premier of their work
  • Contribute to a research project investigating Canadian identity through the Canada Excellence Research Chair in Migration and Integration at Ryerson University
  • Receive a $700 honorarium upon completion of their work

To learn more about the i am... project, please visit

September 21, 2020

REGISTER NOW! Learn2Thrive Fall 2020



Was your last academic year tough? Want to do better but don't know where to start? Learn2Thrive is an initiative aimed to help students thrive, academically and personally.

Join us for our holistic 10-week program and learn how to thrive.

Being a student doesn't mean that you have to be satisfied with being in a state of survival. There are strategies, tools, and support that can make a real difference and take you from striving to be resilient in the face of challenges to a place where you can really thrive.

There is a lot of research on what helps humans flourish and the Learn2Thrive program exists to provide a supportive space for you to explore your own path towards a state of thriving.


To inquire about registration or ask additional questions about the program, please email us at

September 16, 2020

APPLY NOW! Ontario Women's Health Scholars Awards, John Charles Polanyi Prizes, and the Autism Scholars Awards for 2021-2022



Applications for all the awards listed below are available on the COU website:

Ontario Women’s Health Scholars Awards, 2021-22

Announcements, Renewal Guidelines and Application forms in both English and French.

We would like to remind you of the following: “All applicants must be prescreened as no more than two applications per award level (Master’s, Doctoral and Postdoctoral) are to be submitted by any one institution to a maximum of six applications per university”.

Also please note that the Selection Committee will now prioritize first-time awards over renewals, and only doctoral award holders will now be considered for renewal.

John Charles Polanyi Prizes, 2021-22

Announcements and Application forms in both English and French.

We would like to remind you of the following: All applicants must be prescreened as no more than three applications per prize area (Physics, Chemistry, Physiology or Medicine, Literature, and Economic Science) are to be submitted by any one institution.

Autism Scholars Awards, 2021-22

Announcements and Application forms in both English and French.

We would like to remind you of the following: Any sponsoring university may submit no more than two applications per award level (master’s and doctoral), to a maximum of four applications in all. It is therefore expected that sponsoring universities will prescreen applicants.

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