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

Abstract Submission: National Student Conference of the Canadian Society for Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Abstract submissions are now open for the 2018 National Student Conference of the Canadian Society for Epidemiology and Biostatistics in Thunder Bay, Ontario (June 15th, 16th & 17th, 2018).

This interdisciplinary conference is organized by graduate students at Lakehead University for students across Canada. Completed, ongoing and proposed research projects are eligible for presentation, and students are invited to review our broad list of abstract themes. More than $14,000 in travel awards will be available to student presenters thanks to the generous support of conference sponsors.

View the call for abstracts here:

Or, visit the abstract submission portal at for more information and to submit your abstracts!  The submission deadline is February 16th, 2018.

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.

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.

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.


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