FAQs relating to graduate studies and postdoctoral fellowships
Please note that this page will be updated continuously as more information is confirmed. Grey-shaded questions indicate new or updated information.
Our goals at Concordia are first and foremost to ensure that the members of our communities are safe, and that we support the measures implemented by the Quebec government relating to the coronavirus pandemic. Faculty and staff continue to work to ensure the smoothest possible operations under these exceptional circumstances.
Below are answers to common questions; we encourage you to visit frequently as new information will be added as it becomes available.
School of Graduate Studies Admissions Statement
The Covid-19 pandemic has changed the world in a few short months. Agile and judicious adaptation is needed to survive and thrive beyond these uncertain times on individual and institutional levels. While every aspect of life has been altered for us all, it is our students (both current and future) who have faced the most severe challenges. In response, Concordia and many fellow academic institutions have adjusted, offering flexible grading options in recognition of the disruptions to coursework as well as daily life.
Concordia’s School of Graduate Studies recognizes the urgency of this transformation and fully supports more flexible admissions policies to allow for a more holistic interpretation of candidates. Applications will be reviewed within the context of the pandemic, and applicants are encouraged to illustrate their individual circumstances in their personal statements.
The world has changed and the need for innovative researchers and thinkers has never been greater. It is our duty and our pride to welcome those who would undertake the challenge.
Winter 2020 term
Due to the challenging conditions caused by the pandemic, Concordia allowed students to choose either to receive a PASS/FAIL or a letter grade for courses completed in the Winter 2020 semester only. In addition, students who fail a class in the Winter 2020 semester will eventually receive a DISC notation. This includes courses that spanned the Fall/Winter 2020 terms.
A student’s decision, once submitted to the university, is irrevocable.
In all cases where students select a Pass or Fail (DISC) over a letter grade, it will not be included in the calculation of any GPA. In addition, Concordia transcripts will highlight the particular circumstances of this semester. However, students should consider that under certain circumstances, a letter grade may be more advantageous than a pass.
Timed online final exams
Awards and funding
If you are a newly admitted student with a registration in your graduate program for the Fall 2020 term, and you are a recipient of a graduate award, then all payments will be disbursed to your student account. The disbursement will occur after the Fall DNE deadline date.
However, awards will not be disbursed to international students who do not have proper immigration documents and cannot travel to Canada. For students who have deferred their Summer 2020 admission to the Fall 2020 term, your graduate award will be honoured and the award has been deferred to the Fall 2020 term.
Should you have to defer your Fall 2020 admission start date to the Winter 2021 term, your graduate award will also be deferred to the Winter 2021 terms and you will not lose it.
The Graduate Awards Office has received communication from the federal granting agencies (SSHRC, NSERC, CIHR) that all deadline dates for the upcoming Fall 2020 competitions will remain the same as in previous years. The Graduate Awards Office is still waiting confirmation from FRQ (provincial granting agencies) regarding the upcoming competitions. Should such details become available, we will update this information here.
We have not heard otherwise from FRQ concerning this competition, therefore the competition will continue as planned. The Concordia internal deadline date is July 31.
In light of the pandemic, the Graduate Community Building Fund has been temporarily replaced by the Graduate Community Support Fund. If you have an active application or funded project under the Building Fund, or if the scope of your project/event has changed, please communicate with Racha Cheikh-Ibrahim.
Please note that the temporary Support Fund is accepting projects that either support the graduate community with adaptation to the Covid-19 environment or allow our graduate students to offer their services to the Montreal community. For more information, visit the Graduate Community Building Fund page.
As of May 27, individuals returning to campus will be required to complete an online self-evaluation form concerning their health and recent travels. If your lab is on the approved list for re-opening, details will be sent to you shortly.
For more information about access to labs, refer to the Research FAQs.