Graduate Opportunities

Graduate students will have several opportunities to gain experience and formal training in leadership, teaching, and networking at QGS.

The Queen’s Global Summer series of unique activities for graduate students includes career development, training in research methods, dissertation writing support, and more. Queen’s graduate students are able to enroll in the following writing retreat.

Apply or register for the opportunties below.

Queen’s graduate students are able to enroll in the following writing retreats.

The Lake Shift

The Lake Shift is a thesis writing retreat for doctoral students from Ontario universities at the Queen’s Biology Station on Lake Opinicon (a 50-minute drive north of Kingston). The retreat provides graduate students with structured time to write, workshops on effective dissertation writing, opportunities to network with other graduate students and all in a beautiful location. The objective of the retreat is to enable graduate students to make substantial progress in writing their thesis and to develop foundations to maintain that momentum. The fringe benefits of The Lake Shift included swimming, boating, hiking and campfire conversations.

To learn more and to register, please visit the SGS Expanding Horizons website.

Dissertation on the Lake  

Dissertation on the Lake is a five-day writing retreat on the shores of Elbow Lake, 30-minutes north of Kingston. The program provides graduate students the opportunity to write in a relaxing and inspiring environment, setting aside the distractions of daily life at home.  Although writing will be the primary activity, there will be ample opportunities for relaxation, including swimming, canoeing and hiking.

To learn more and to register, please visit the SGS Expanding Horizons website.


The Summer Wellness Series is a series of interactive wellness events hosted by the School of Graduate Studies and partners across Queen’s University & the Kingston community. The Summer Wellness Series was designed around the 6 Dimensions of Wellness – Emotional, Physical, Spiritual, Social, Environmental, and Emotional. Throughout the moths of June-August, visit the SGS event calendar to view events that are part of the Summer Wellness Series.

To learn more and to register, please visit the SGS website.


Agnes Etherington Art Centre Summer Institute: The Curatorial   

From August 14-19, 2022 the Agnes Etherington Art Centre will host Screen Cultures and Curatorial Studies’ annual Summer Institute. Less a theme than a catalyst for collectively reckoning with everything from the legacies of display and collecting to traditional museum practices and spaces, The Curatorial here plays a role in reflexively engaging with Agnes’s own institutional history.  It is an auspicious moment. While “unpacking” the curatorial, during this summer institute we also begin to pack the 17,000 object collection at Agnes in anticipation of Agnes Reimagined, a future-oriented building for the museological practices to come. As we pack, we reflect with you on legacies of collecting—of holding but also homing—at a cultural institution.  

Working with an expanded view of the curatorial—from making collections to simply making connections — we invite artists, cultural workers, students and community members to join in this week-long event, through discussions, performances, exhibitions and workshops. We wonder: What is a future-forward collection and collecting home? And what role can the curatorial play in enacting cultural change, both inside and outside the museum context?

Visit the Agnes Etherington’s website to learn more.


The Graduate Summer Symposium offers graduate students an opportunity to network with fellow students while discussing their research in an interdisciplinary environment. Participants will be organized into multidisciplinary panels and poster presentations organized by themes related to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. This in person conference will take place on Friday, August 5, 2022. Register using the link below to receive a copy of the conference program.

The Keynote Address will be delivered by Dr. Wendy Craig and is cross listed with the Sustainable Freedom Lecture Series. There is no cost to attend this conference or the keynote address.

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