Conferences, Funding Opportunities, Competitions and More

Make the most of your time as a graduate student by getting your research out there.  Every year there are hundreds of conferences, funding opportunities, competitions and calls for papers available to you in Canada and abroad.  Conferences are an amazing way to network, share your research and learn about cutting-edge developments in your field. Plus, there are lots of funding opportunities that can help you attend, including our UMGSA Conference Grant. See below for current listings of conferences, funding opportunities, and more.

The UMGSA provides these listings as a service, but we have not vetted and do not endorse them.

To advertise a conference, funding opportunity or competition relevant to University of Manitoba graduate students here, contact Jayne at

Research Study on Copyright in Publication

My name is Lauren Byl, I am the Copyright & Licensing Librarian at the University of Waterloo. I’m reaching out to faculty, postdoctoral, and graduate researchers to conduct a research study. This study will consist of a survey assessing researcher knowledge of copyright and author addenda in the publication process. This is important as researchers are increasingly being asked to make their research openly available which requires them to retain some rights in their publications. This survey is being sent to all faculty, postdoctoral and graduate student associations at U15 institutions.

Participation in this study will consist of completion of an anonymous survey, which should take approximately 15 minutes to complete. You may participate in this study if you have been involved in publishing research at an academic institution. Your participation in this study is voluntary.

In appreciation of the time you have given to this study, you can enter your name into a draw for 1 of 25 prizes. The prizes include 2 grand prizes (a tablet, approx. $250 value) and a $20 Tim Horton’s gift card. Your odds of winning one of the prizes is based on the number of individuals who participate in the study. Information collected to draw for the prizes will not be linked to the study data in any way, and this identifying information will be stored separately, then destroyed after the prizes have been provided.

Participation in this study may not provide any personal benefit to you. The results of this study will be submitted for publication, and individuals can contact Lauren Byl at for a copy of the results. There are no known or anticipated risks associated with participation in this study.

This study is funded by the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) Practicing Librarian Grant.

This study has been reviewed and received ethics clearance through a University of Waterloo Research Ethics Committee (ORE#40053).

You can participate in the study here:

If you have any questions regarding this study, or would like additional information to assist you in reaching a decision about participation, please contact Lauren Byl at 1-519-888-4567 ext. 42356 or by email at

Call for Submissions: The Lamp Literary Journal

Call for Submissions! The Lamp is looking for submissions for its 2019 issue (Volume 9)!

The Lamp is an international literary journal dedicated to showcasing the creative writing of graduate and professional students.  If you write poetry, short fiction, scripts, creative nonfiction, or any other form of textual art, please submit your work to The Lamp at The deadline is December 14th, 2018!  Please follow our submission guidelines below.

Submission Guidelines:

  • Contributors must be in a graduate or professional program. Include your name, email address, and degree in your email cover letter, but do not put any identifying information in your submission document. Only the editor-in-chief will have access to this information prior to printing
  • Documents should be attached in plain text, rich text, or .doc/.docx formats to facilitate reading. Pieces submitted in pdf format or in hardcopy will not be accepted
  • Submissions should be in Times New Roman, 12 point font, with 1 inch margins.  Please single-space
  • There is no word limit, but keep in mind we’re a small journal
  • There is no limit to the number of pieces you can submit, but please be reasonable
  • Please edit your work carefully before submitting
  • Please inform us if your work is a simultaneous submission

To learn more about The Lamp, visit

CRTC Prize for Excellence in Policy Research

The CRTC is proud to co-sponsor the CRTC Prize for Excellence in Policy Research with the Canadian Communication Association (CCA). The Prize was launched in 2015 to encourage a new generation of academics to contribute to Canada’s public policy development through research on emerging issues in information and communication studies.Canadian graduate students and post-doctoral researchers at universities in Canada and abroad are encouraged to submit papers on cross-cutting themes in Canadian information and communication studies, such as the following:

  • Canadian content on TV and online (production, distribution, funding, “discoverability,” etc.)
  • Media concentration and democracy
  • Telecommunications and the digital divide
  • Technological changes and their impact on society
  • Other relevant themes

Prize offerings

  • Monetary awards in three categories:
    • PhD candidates: $2,500
    • Master’s degree candidates: $1,500
    • Postdoctoral researchers: $1,000
  • Travel to the CCA Conference and to the conference of the Canadian chapter of the International Institute of Communications (IIC)
  • Publication of winning papers in both official languages on the CRTC website
  • Presentation of winning papers before CRTC Commissioners and other federal policy makers

The total estimated value of the Prize ranges from approximately $8,000 to $10,000 per winner.

Eligible candidates

  • Students enrolled in a graduate program at a Canadian university
  • Canadian students (including permanent residents and landed immigrants) enrolled in a graduate program at a university in another country
  • Canadian post-doctoral researchers (including permanent residents and landed immigrants) affiliated with a Canadian university

Applicants must become fully-paid members of the CCA.

How to submit your paper

Papers must be:

  • Submitted in English or French;
  • Between 6,000 and 8,000 words (bibliography and appendices included);
  • Presented in a recognized scholarly format; and
  • Sent by email to the Vice-President of the CCA.


The application deadline for the 2019 Prize is:

Friday, January 25, 2019.

(before midnight EST)

The 2019 CRTC Prize will be presented at the 2019 CCA Annual Meeting.

For more detailed information about the CRTC Prize, please consult the terms of reference on the CCA website.

If you have any questions, please contact the Vice-President of the CCA.

2017 Winning Paper

PhD category: Simon Claus, Université du Québec à Montréal. “Canadian broadcast policy: from Marconi to Netflix

2016 Winning Papers