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

Weston Brain Institute Rapid Response: Canada 2018

The Weston Brain Institute, which supports translational research to accelerate the development of therapeutics for neurodegenerative diseases of aging, is pleased to launch the Rapid Response: Canada 2018 program for Parkinson’s & Related Diseases. This program provides seed funding for novel, high-risk, high-reward translational research to accelerate the development of safe and effective treatments for neurodegenerative diseases of aging. Up to $200,000 in funding over 18 months is available.  Visit their website for more information.

National Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools Webinars

The National Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools provides leadership and expertise in evidence-informed decision making (EIDM) to Canadian public health organizations. They are hosting an upcoming webinar; Evidence-informed Public Health: Resources for Students will feature an overview of the process for evidence-informed public health and a model for evidence-informed decision making. A panel of current Master of Public Health (MPH) students and MPH alumni from various programs across the country will share their experiences of using research evidence in coursework and their public health careers. Click here to register for the October 4th session, or click here to register for the October 5th session

GERG Revolutions Conference

The Geopolitical Economy Research Group is presenting an upcoming academic conference on the theme of ‘Revolutions’. The conference marks the centenary of the Russian Revolution of 1917 but discusses revolutions in general, from the revolutions that ushered in capitalism to those that, beginning with the Russian Revolution, have sought to usher it out. The conference will take place between 29 September and 1 October 2017 at St John’s College, University of Manitoba. The conference is open to the public but registration is required. The conference includes five exciting Keynote addresses from leading academics including:

  • Kees van der Pijl of Sussex University on Permanent Revolution and Permanent Counterrevolution
  • Ruslan Dzarasov of the Plekhanov Russian University of Economics on the continuing relevance of revolution in the post-Soviet space and in the Ukraine Crisis
  • Xiaoqin Ding of the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics on Scientific Socialism and the Russian and Chinese Revolutions
  • Julia Buxton of the Central European University on the fate of the Bolivarian Revolution and
  • Peter Kulchyski of the University of Mantioba on Indigenous Challenges to Dominant Structures

Call for Creative Writing Submissions: The Lamp

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 31st, 2017!  Please follow our submission guidelines below.

Submission Guidelines:

  • Contributors must be in a graduate or professional program. Include your nameemail 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 Microsoft 2003 formats to facilitate reading. Pieces submitted in pdf or docx formats, 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

Rising Up: A Graduate Students Conference

Rising Up: A Graduate Students Conference on Indigenous Knowledge and Research in Indigenous Studies is an international gathering held annually. Rising Up attracts scholars in all forms of Indigenous research with approximately 90 representatives from around the world to showcase their work. The University of Manitoba Native Studies Graduate Students Association (NSGSA) is hosting the third annual two-day conference for all graduate students to lead the discussion across all disciplines and allow graduates to present their knowledge and research. Due to the interdisciplinary and international character, the Review Committee welcomes a comprehensive range of topics and approaches. This year the Conference will take place between March 9th and 10th 2018 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Rising Up 2018 will focus on Indigenous Knowledge and Indigenous Research. The keynote speakers this year are Adam Gaudry from the University of Alberta and Chantal Fiola from the University of Winnipeg.

Submission of abstracts

The deadline for abstract submissions is December 29th, 2017 and abstracts can be submitted online via Titles have a 120 character limit, abstracts should be under 250 words, and should include the author’s first and last name, university, program or department, and email address.


Abstracts will be accepted online, reviewed and notification provided on a rolling basis. Submissions should include a 4-5 sentence bio of author with preferred photograph for publication. NSGSA invites its network to share the call for abstracts and the information about the Conference to all of those interested in contributing to this year event.


The Canadian scientific community has a fantastic opportunity right now to shape the future of Canadian research for the better, and they need your help! Federal funding for fundamental research in Canada has been declining significantly over the past decade. Sign their letter and find out what you can do to help here.

Call for Papers: National Student Paper Competition on the Future of Public Service

Submit a 1,500-word essay on public service to be considered for a four-month placement within the federal public service, a VIP invitation to attend the 218 Manion Lecture, and an opportunity to present your paper on a national platform. Visit the Institute of Public Administration of Canada website for more information on the competition guidelines and past winners.