Incoming Graduate Students

Congratulations on your admission to Graduate Studies at Queen’s! You have joined a community of over 4,200 graduate students, and we welcome you as an important new member of our broader research community.  You will work alongside our world-renowned, award-winning professors, research staff, post-doctoral fellows, and industry partners as well as your fellow graduate students.

In addition to meaningful engagement and collaboration on research, you will have opportunities for professional development and access to resources that can help you achieve your academic and career goals while here at Queen's and after your graduation. You will be supported, right through to your degree completion and convocation, by the School of Graduate Studies (SGS), the Society of Professional and Graduate Students (SGPS), our Faculty and your department.

Connect and stay in touch via the SGS Newsletter, Facebook and Twitter, the Faculty of Arts and Science Facebook and Twitter, the SGPS Facebook and Twitter as well as through your department and departmental student society communications.

Orientation and Administration

Unlike undergraduate orientation week, your welcome and orientation to graduate studies will take place over the first few weeks in September with activities organized by departments, programs, the SGS and the SGPS. If you start your program during the winter term, you will also have the opportunity to join orientation sessions in January.

The Queen’s University International Centre offers pre-departure webinars and on-campus orientation sessions for international graduate students.

The SGS provides administrative and academic support. The Academic Calendar is a comprehensive guide to our graduate programs and courses and provides information on admissions, awards and registration, and policies and procedures.


Finding a Supervisor

If you still need to find a supervisor, now is the time to start looking! Where do you start? Browse through our researcher profiles and find out about their projects on our website and your Department’s website. Once you find a prof who may be the right fit for you, contact them and ask them if they are accepting students. You'll never know unless you ask.

Not sure if you need a supervisor? Contact the Grad Assistant in your Department who can help guide you. 

Find out more about Faculty of Arts and Science research and researchers

Supervisor and student


In addition to your funding package, you can apply for funding for conference travel, doctoral field research, and for Project-based and Portfolio research. Needs-based funding is also available.

SGS Conference Travel Awards support graduate student travel to conferences to present their scholarly work. Contact your Grad Assistant for the application.

The Graduate Dean's Travel Grant for Doctoral Field Research provides financial support for doctoral students pursuing dissertation research at a considerable distance from Queen's. Awards are made through a competition.  The maximum value of the award is $3,000. Contact your Grad Assistant for the application.

The Faculty of Arts and Science Dean’s Awards for Project-based and Portfolio PhD Research supports costs directly related to the completion of the degree to a maximum value of $3,000. These awards respond to increased demand for non-traditional doctoral formats. Contact your Grad Assistant for the application.

There are a number of financial assistance programs for those in need. For more information on needs-based funding, see the SGS website and/or contact your Department.

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As part of Queen’s research community, you will engage and collaborate with researchers in your field and beyond. Attend and help organize departmental, university, and external events, from colloquia and seminars to graduate student and scholarly conferences.

Take advantage of opportunities to showcase your research and gain experience in making your research accessible to non-specialist audiences.  Compete in the Three Minute Thesis (3MT), answer questions in an interview on GradChat, our weekly radio show and podcast featuring grad student research, write for Gradifying, our student-run blog, participate in a research showcase event, and share your news with us and the university community. These opportunities will provide you with valuable experience for your future career.

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Professional Development


Both your Department and the SGS will provide professional development opportunities.

Students from many disciplines participate in internships and training programs that are relevant to their research and provide career-skills training. These opportunities are available through MITACS and Connect Canada, or through research contracts arranged by your supervisor. If you are interested in internships, experiential learning opportunities, or research-related field travel and exchanges with other universities and research laboratories, you should discuss them with their supervisor.

Expanding Horizons offers an extensive suite of in-person workshops and online academic and career resources, all tailored to graduate student needs. Find writing support at our Dissertation Boot Camp or through other programs on campus, or get away to one of our summer writing retreats at the Queen’s University Biological Stations at lakes just north of Kingston. Also, don’t miss our annual Career Week, which includes hands-on workshops, expert panels and a networking reception were students can meet graduate studies alumni and potential employers.

The PhD-Community Initiative, part of the Expanding Horizons Series, provides an exceptional interdisciplinary, experiential learning opportunity that requires the application and translation of skills and knowledge to address a problem or issue faced by community partners. 


The SGS Habitat is a one-stop-shop for being well and staying well in grad school. It won the 2015 Canadian Association for Graduate Studies Award for Excellence and Innovation in Enhancing the Graduate Student Experience. 

Queen’s alumni offer mentorship and a lifelong global network of contacts that stretches across 154 countries. The Ask an Alum platform provides an online network of over 200 grad alumni mentors. You can access alumni profiles and contact alumni for advice and mentorship, such as informational interviews, resume reviews, and general career advice. Alumni give and come back to Queen’s!