About the GSA

Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research (FGSR) Council

Opportunity to Serve: Up to Twenty-Five (25) Graduate Students


The GSA Nominating Committee (GSA NoC) invites nominations from graduate students to fill the twenty (20) available Councillor positions and the five (5) available Alternate positions for service on the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research (FGSR) Council. Graduate students will be selected from as broad a range of graduate programs as possible with not more than two graduate students from a given graduate program.

The minimum period of appointment of student members is one year. Alternates are responsible for attending FGSR Council meetings when FGSR Councillors are unable to attend meetings. In such instances, Alternates will be contacted by the FGSR Caucus Coordinator.


If you are interested in putting your name forward to serve on this committee, please fill out the attached form and email it to gsa.nomcomm@ualberta.ca by Wednesday, August 29, 2018 at 12:00 PM (Noon).


Nominations received will be circulated as submitted via email to the GSA NoC.



As per the Post Secondary Learning Act (PSLA), a faculty council may determine the programs of study for the faculty, provide for the admission of students to the faculty, conduct examinations, and determine the conditions under which a student must withdraw from or may continue in a program of studies within the faculty. The composition and policies of the FGSR Council can be found here. In 2017-2018, among other topics FGSR Council discussed changes to the Professional Development requirement, the development of a Supervisory Guide, and a number of new program additions.


The GSA hosts a FGSR Caucus meeting prior to each FGSR Council meeting, in order “to coordinate graduate student representation at FGSR Council meeting” (GSA Bylaw and Policy, Section G: GSA Caucuses, GSA Policy, GSA Caucuses, Section G.POL.3.2.a).

Meetings of FGSR Council take place monthly on Wednesday afternoons, and meetings of FGSR Council Caucus take place in the mornings of the Monday prior to the FGSR Council meetings. These dates are outlined below:


2018-2019 FGSR Council Meetings

2 PM – 4 PM

2018-2019 FGSR Council Caucus Meetings

11 AM – 12 PM

September 19, 2018

September 17, 2018

October 17, 2018

October 15, 2018

November 28, 2018

November 26, 2018

December 2018– No meeting scheduled

No meeting

January 23, 2019

January 21, 2019

February 13, 2019

February 11, 2019

March 20, 2019

March 18, 2019

April 24, 2019

April 22, 2019

May 15, 2019

May 13, 2019


Should insufficient applications be received by the above deadline, the GSA NoC will commence a directed search process to fill remaining vacancies.

If you are not selected for service, we will notify you and we will ask for permission to keep your name and resume/bio on file for other possible committee openings.