Resources and Tips for Trainee Success

Getting organized

Are you a new trainee to the Institute? Start here:

Get your UniCard

First things first, you'll need to get a UniCard. The UniCard acts as an all access pass and official identification.

Get your UniCard

Paying tuition & fees

All fees can be found on your My UCalgary Portal under "My Finances."

Access your portal

Getting around

The UCalgary UPass allows full-time students unlimited access to Calgary Transit services.

Get your UPass

Driving to campus? Parking permits can be purchased on the UCalgary parking portal.

Go to the parking portal

Staying on track with your studies

Stay on track with your studies with the Grad School Timeline.

View timeline

Getting familiar with the Charbonneau

Participating in the Howard Work in Progress (WIP) seminar is a requirement of your graduate studies. These seminars are an opportunity for trainees to meet and present their ongoing research, and provide their peers with feedback. WIP takes place every Monday from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm.

First year trainees prepare and present a 3-minute thesis style presentation. The CTA is happy to offer guidance and support of head of presentations.

Keep an eye out for WIP schedules and announcements in your e-mail. Food is provided at every WIP and prizes are awarded for participation.

The Charbonneau Trainee Association is proud to offer a Charbonneau Mentorship Program. Learn more about the program and get matched with your mentor here:

There are several journal clubs offered throughout the year by the Charbonneau Education Committee. More information to come.

Scholarships & awards

Below are several resources regarding graduate student funding and awards. Trainees are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

The Graduate Award Competition (GAC) encompasses a broad range of awards funded by donors and the University of Calgary, with values between $700 and $36,000. Only one application is required for most scholarships. Applications open November 1st.

The Canada Graduate Scholarships program provides financial support to high-calibre scholars who are engaged in an eligible master's or, in some cases, doctoral program in Canada. Learn more about eligibility and application information here. There are $17,500 in scholarships available for first year students. Applications are due December 1st.

The Charbonneau Cancer Institute offers a number of different internal funding opportunities.

Other resources

The CTA hosts monthly events, lunches, networking events and workshops for trainees. Updates are sent our via e-mail and Slack.

Need to book a meeting room, find a collaborator, or sign up for equipment? Head to the Charbonneau SharePoint website.

International Student Services provides support for international students new to Calgary. Email or visit their website.

Writing Symbols Lodge provides academic, personal, and cultural services and programs for First Nations, Métis, and Inuit students.

Student Wellness Services provides a broad range of support including counselling, support advising, peer navigation, workshops and more.