Student Experience

In grad school at Queen's, you will be among a community of over 4,200 graduate students. 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.


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.

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