IMPORTANT DATES* FOR CONFERENCES, SCHOLARSHIPS, & THESES

NEW! Graduate Studies email: GradStudies@twu.ca
*Dates subject to change. For the most current information, refer often to the table below.
Thesis defence preparation: Please note the blackout periods during the Summer term and over Winter Break. There will be no thesis defences during these periods. Please contact GradStudies@twu.ca to determine your thesis submission deadline if your anticipated thesis date overlaps a blackout period or university holiday.
See Office of the Registrar website for more important TWU Academic Calendar dates.
CONFERENCE, SCHOLARSHIP, and THESIS ITEMS DATE DESCRIPTION
Canada Graduate Scholarship-Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplement (CGS-MSFSS) May 13, 2021 and September 6, 2021 Internal application deadline.

The Canada Graduate Scholarships – Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplements (CGS-MSFSS) Program supports high-calibre Canadian graduate students in building global linkages and international networks through the pursuit of exceptional research experiences at research institutions abroad. By accessing international scientific research and training, CGS-MSFSS recipients will contribute to strengthening the potential for collaboration between Canadian and foreign institutions.

Agency deadlines for CGS-MSFSS applications are on June 10 and October 10 each year, and TWU's internal deadline is set five weeks in advance.

Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships June to August 27, 2021 Internal application deadline is August 27, 2021.

Applicants seek endorsement from host institution to apply, prepare and submit application (institutions may have internal deadlines). The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program provides funding to the very best postdoctoral applicants, both nationally and internationally, who will positively contribute to the country's economic, social and research-based growth.

Agency deadline for Banting applications is October 1, 2021, and TWU's internal deadline is set five weeks in advance.

Vanier Scholarship June to September 28, 2021 Internal application deadline is September 28, 2021.

Applicants seek endorsement from host institution to apply, prepare and submit application (institutions may have internal deadlines). Candidates must be nominated by a Canadian institution with a quota (i.e., a predetermined number of applications that can be put forward to the national competition) to host Vanier scholars. Candidates should only seek a nomination from the institution at which they want to study.

The Government of Canada launched the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (Vanier CGS) program in 2008 to strengthen Canada's ability to attract and retain world-class doctoral students and establish Canada as a global centre of excellence in research and higher learning. Vanier Scholars demonstrate leadership skills and a high standard of scholarly achievement in graduate studies in the social sciences and humanities, natural sciences and/or engineering and health.

Agency deadline for Vanier applications is November 2, 2021, and TWU's internal deadline is set five weeks in advance.

Last day for students to submit Nominations for External Examiner (NEE) with  for participation in fall convocation June 18, 2021 See Thesis Defence Timeline for description and Forms & Procedures for current form. Forms must be submitted to the Graduate Studies Coordinator at GradStudies@twu.ca from a student's @mytwu.ca email.

NEEs are due a minimum of three months prior to the anticipated defence date.

Apply for graduation July 15, 2021 Graduate students must apply for graduation through the Office of the Registrar (OTR). See OTR website for full and current details.
Last day for students to submit Supervisory Committee Approval (SCA)  for participation in fall convocation July 16, 2021 See Thesis Defence Timeline for description and Forms & Procedures for current form. Forms must be submitted to the Graduate Studies Coordinator at GradStudies@twu.ca from a student's @mytwu.ca email.
SUMMER BREAK 2021 July 24 to August 16, 2021 Office of Graduate Studies will be closed for three weeks during the summer term. Thesis defences will not be scheduled during this time. The blackout period is as a result of office closure and limited faculty member availability to attend and to chair examinations during this time period. The office will reopen on Monday, August 16, 2021.
Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships August 27, 2021 Internal application deadline.

The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program provides funding to the very best postdoctoral applicants, both nationally and internationally, who will positively contribute to the country's economic, social and research-based growth.

Agency deadline for Banting applications is October 1, 2021, and TWU's internal deadline is set for five weeks in advance. Visit Banting website for full and current details.

Last day for students to submit Nominations for External Examiner (NEE) for December 31 conferral September 3, 2021 See Thesis Defence Timeline for description and Forms & Procedures for current form. Forms must be submitted to the Graduate Studies Coordinator at GradStudies@twu.ca from a student's @mytwu.ca email.

NEEs are due a minimum of three months prior to the anticipated defence date.

Canada Graduate Scholarship-Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplement (CGS-MSFSS) September 6, 2021 and May 6, 2022 Internal application deadline.

The Canada Graduate Scholarships – Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplements (CGS-MSFSS) Program supports high-calibre Canadian graduate students in building global linkages and international networks through the pursuit of exceptional research experiences at research institutions abroad. By accessing international scientific research and training, CGS-MSFSS recipients will contribute to strengthening the potential for collaboration between Canadian and foreign institutions.

Agency deadlines for CGS-MSFSS applications are on June 10 and October 10 each year, and TWU's internal deadlines are set for five weeks in advance.

CGS-D Virtual Info Session September 13, 2021 Cancelled. Please contact GradStudies@twu.ca to schedule an individual info session or for assistance with your application questions.
Last thesis defence date for participation in fall convocation September 17, 2021 See Thesis Defence Timeline for description.
Vanier Scholarship September 23, 2021 Internal application deadline.

Candidates must be nominated by a Canadian institution with a quota (i.e., a predetermined number of applications that can be put forward to the national competition) to host Vanier scholars. Candidates should only seek a nomination from the institution at which they want to study.

The Government of Canada launched the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (Vanier CGS) program in 2008 to strengthen Canada's ability to attract and retain world-class doctoral students and establish Canada as a global centre of excellence in research and higher learning. Vanier Scholars demonstrate leadership skills and a high standard of scholarly achievement in graduate studies in the social sciences and humanities, natural sciences and/or engineering and health.

Agency deadline for Vanier applications is November 2, 2021. Visit website for full and current details.

Nominations for Graduate Valedictorian at fall convocation September 24, 2021 SGS programs may nominate students to be the graduate valedictorian at the graduation ceremony. Nominations must be submitted in writing directly to GradStudies@twu.ca. See Forms & Procedures for current form.
Completion of all degree requirements for participation in fall convocation October 1, 2021 See Thesis Defence Timeline for description.
CGS-M Virtual Info Session October 5, 2021 Join the info session through this link.
Canada Graduate Scholarships – Doctoral (CGS-D) Program October 18, 2021 Institution application due date.

Applicants submitting directly to the Agency must apply by the Agency due date of October 17, 2021.

The Canada Graduate Scholarships – Doctoral (CGS D) program is a federal program of scholarships awarded through national competitions by the granting agencies: the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).

Agency deadline for CGS-D applications from institutions is November 22, and TWU's internal deadline is set for five weeks in advance. Visit the CGS-D website for full and current details.

INFO SESSION: Please email GradStudies@twu.ca to schedule an individual info session or for assistance with application questions.

NOTE: We encourage applicants to submit their application at least one week early, if they wish to have their application internally reviewed for eligibility compliance before the institution's due date.

Last day for students to submit Supervisory Committee Approval (SCA) for December 31 conferral October 22, 2021 See Thesis Defence Timeline for description and Forms & Procedures for current form. Forms must be submitted to the Graduate Studies Coordinator at GradStudies@twu.ca from a student's @mytwu.ca email.
Last day for students to submit Nominations for External Examiner (NEE) for participation in spring convocation November 19, 2021 See Thesis Defence Timeline for description and Forms & Procedures for current form. Forms must be submitted to the Graduate Studies Coordinator at GradStudies@twu.ca from a student's @mytwu.ca email.

NEEs are due a minimum of three months prior to the anticipated defence date.

Canada Graduate Scholarships – Master’s (CGS-M) Program December 1, 2021 Agency deadline. The objective of the Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master’s (CGS M) program is to help develop research skills and assist in the training of highly qualified personnel by supporting students who demonstrate a high standard of achievement in undergraduate and early graduate studies.

INFO SESSION: The CGS-M virtual info sessino is scheduled for Tuesday, October 5, 2021 at noon. You can join the info session through this link.

NOTE: We encourage applicants to submit their application at least one week early, if they wish to have their application internally reviewed for eligibility compliance before the due date. You may notify the Scholarship Liaison Officer (email linked) via your @mytwu.ca email address that you have submitted your CGS-M application early, if you wish to have it reviewed.

Last thesis defence date for December 31 conferral December 3, 2021 See Thesis Defence Timeline for description.
WINTER THESIS DEFENCE BLACKOUT December 6, 2021 to January 7, 2022 Thesis defences will not be scheduled during this time. The blackout period is as a result of degree completion deadlines, office closure, and limited faculty member availability to attend and to chair examinations during this time period.
Completion of all post-defence requirements for December 31 conferral December 17, 2021 See Office of the Registrar for full and current details.
WINTER BREAK 2021 December 18, 2021 to January 4, 2022 Office of Graduate Studies will be closed for two weeks over the Christmas and New Year's holidays. The office will reopen on Tuesday, January 4, 2022.
Completion of all degree requirements for December 31 conferral December 31, 2021 See Office of the Registrar for full and current details.
SSHRC Storytellers TBD (January 2022) SSHRC’s Storytellers contest challenges postsecondary students to show Canadians, in three minutes or 300 words, how social sciences and humanities research is affecting our lives, our world and our future for the better.

SSHRC is skipping the 2021 edition. The 2022 edition of the competition will be launched in Fall 2021.

WorkSafe BC Research Training Award TBD (January 2022) Research Training Awards are available to highly-qualified graduate students at the master’s and doctoral level. To qualify, applicants need to be engaged in a full-time graduate studies program with a B.C. university. International students are welcome to apply. These awards enable students to undertake research training with a focus on workplace health and safety.
Apply for graduation January 31, 2022 Graduate students must apply for Spring graduation through the Office of the Registrar (OTR). See OTR website for full and current details.
3MT Participant Registration January 31, 2022 Registration due for participation in TWU’s 2022 3MT Competition on March 4, 2022. See Participants webpage for details and registration form.
Mackenzie King Open Scholarship February 1, 2022 Internal deadline for applications, as set by the Agency. Eligibility open to graduates of Canadian institutions entering or enrolled in graduate or doctoral programs in Canada or elsewhere.
Mackenzie King Travelling Scholarship February 1, 2022 Internal deadline for applications, as set by the Agency. Eligibility open to graduates of Canadian institutions entering or enrolled in graduate or doctoral programs in the US or UK, within specific fields.
Last day for thesis students to submit Supervisory Committee Approval (SCA) for participation in spring convocation February 4, 2022 See Thesis Defence Timeline for description and Forms & Procedures for current form. Forms must be submitted to the Graduate Studies Coordinator at GradStudies@twu.ca from a student's @mytwu.ca email.
Last day for thesis students to submit Nominations for External Examiner (NEE) for May 31 conferral February 15, 2022 See Thesis Defence Timeline for description and Forms & Procedures for current form. Forms must be submitted to the Graduate Studies Coordinator at GradStudies@twu.ca from a student's @mytwu.ca email.

NEEs are due a minimum of three months prior to the anticipated defence date.

3MT Workshop February 11, 2022 See Workshop webpage for details.
TWU's 3MT Competition March 4, 2022 See Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition for details.
Last thesis defence date for participation in spring convocation March 18, 2022 See Thesis Defence Timeline for description.
Nominations for Graduate Valedictorian at spring convocation March 18, 2022 SGS programs may nominate students for eligibility to be the graduate valedictorian at the graduation ceremony. Nominations must be submitted in writing directly to GradStudies@twu.ca. See Forms & Procedures for current form.
Canadian Education and Research Institute for Counselling (CERIC) March 31, 2022 CERIC is a national charitable organization that advances education and research in career counselling and encourages the engagement of Canada’s full-time graduate students whose academic focus is in career development and/or related fields through the Graduate Student Engagement Program (GSEP). GSEP students can compete for the GSEP Award, which includes $1,000.
Completion of all degree requirements for participation in spring convocation April 1, 2022 See Thesis Defence Timeline for description.See Thesis Defence Timeline for description.
Last day for thesis students to submit Supervisory Committee Approval (SCA) for May 31 conferral April 5, 2022 See Thesis Defence Timeline for description and Forms & Procedures for current form.
Last thesis defence date for May 31 conferral May 17, 2022 See Thesis Defence Timeline for description.
Completion of all degree requirements for May 31 conferral May 31, 2022 See Office of the Registrar for full and current details.
Last day for students to submit Nominations for External Examiner (NEE) with  for participation in fall convocation June 17, 2022 See Thesis Defence Timeline for description and Forms & Procedures for current form. Forms must be submitted to the Graduate Studies Coordinator at GradStudies@twu.ca from a student's @mytwu.ca email.

NEEs are due a minimum of three months prior to the anticipated defence date.

SUMMER THESIS DEFENCE BLACKOUT July and August 2022 Thesis defences will not be scheduled during this time. The blackout period is as a result of office closure and limited faculty member availability to attend and to chair examinations during this time period.
SUMMER BREAK 2022 TBD Office of Graduate Studies will be closed for three weeks during the summer term.
Last day for students to submit Supervisory Committee Approval (SCA)  for participation in fall convocation August 5, 2022 See Thesis Defence Timeline for description and Forms & Procedures for current form. Forms must be submitted to the Graduate Studies Coordinator at GradStudies@twu.ca from a student's @mytwu.ca email.
Last day for students to submit Nominations for External Examiner (NEE) for December 31 conferral September 2, 2022 See Thesis Defence Timeline for description and Forms & Procedures for current form. Forms must be submitted to the Graduate Studies Coordinator at GradStudies@twu.ca from a student's @mytwu.ca email.

NEEs are due a minimum of three months prior to the anticipated defence date.

Last thesis defence date for participation in fall convocation September 16, 2022 See Thesis Defence Timeline for description.
Nominations for Graduate Valedictorian at fall convocation September 16, 2022 SGS programs may nominate students for eligibility to be the graduate valedictorian at the graduation ceremony. Nominations must be submitted in writing directly to GradStudies@twu.ca. See Forms & Procedures for current form.
Completion of all degree requirements for participation in fall convocation September 30, 2022 See Thesis Defence Timeline for description.
Last day for students to submit Supervisory Committee Approval (SCA) for December 31 conferral October 21, 2022 See Thesis Defence Timeline for description and Forms & Procedures for current form. Forms must be submitted to the Graduate Studies Coordinator at GradStudies@twu.ca from a student's @mytwu.ca email.
Last thesis defence date for December 31 conferral December 2, 2022 See Thesis Defence Timeline for description.
WINTER THESIS DEFENCE BLACKOUT December 5, 2022 to January 6, 2023 Thesis defences will not be scheduled during this time. The blackout period is as a result of degree completion deadline, office closure, and limited faculty member availability to attend and to chair examinations during this time period.
Completion of all post-defense requirements for December 31 conferral December 16, 2022 See Office of the Registrar for full and current details.
WINTER BREAK 2022 December 17, 2022 to January 3, 2023 Office of Graduate Studies will be closed for two weeks over the Christmas and New Year's holidays. The office will reopen on Tuesday, January 3, 2023.
Completion of all degree requirements for December 31 conferral December 31, 2022 See Office of the Registrar for full and current details.

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