Student Resources

On this page you will find information below about University resources for students, information about our Teaching-Mentor Program and funding for Graduate student travel and forms for current students.

The University of Alberta is fortunate to have substantial resources available to graduate students in the Department.

Guide to Graduate Study in the Department of Philosophy

Graduate Students Association is a student-run, not-for-profit organization, and the official representative body for all Masters and PhD students at the University of Alberta. The GSA represents over 7,000 graduate students for the University of Alberta’s Board of Governors and other decision-making bodies. The equivalent organization for undergraduate students is the Students’ Union.

Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research manages all aspects of graduate student scholarship at the University. Their Graduate Teaching and Learning Program promotes teaching experience beyond the University campus. Graduate students are provided with opportunities to develop teaching and learning skills. The FGSR also offers other  professional development workshops and resources for graduate students so that they may pursue career development, communication and professional practice skills while completing their degrees.

Postdoctoral Fellows Office offers many resources including a mentorship program, career counseling and financial services.

Arts Resource Centre  is a service unit, dedicated to providing expertise and physical resources to instructors, students and teaching units in the Faculty of Arts. They offer instructional design support to individual instructors and departments to assist with the integration of technology in teaching, provide multimedia / audio-visual services and resources, and support for computer assisted learning, assist departments and the Faculty of Arts with general technology issues, and provide input to policy decisions and coordinate at the campus level and beyond. is a comprehensive and informative resource that provides links to valuable resources to help you succeed in graduate school, including strategies to complete your dissertation, be an effective teaching assistant, or manage your workload. It also provides a ranking of schools and program in the U.S.

Teaching-Mentor Program for Graduate Student Instructors

The Department of Philosophy offers a Teaching-Mentor program that is intended to support graduate student instruction by linking graduate student instructors (especially novice instructors) with teaching mentors drawn from the ranks of the department’s continuing faculty. All first-time graduate student instructors of philosophy courses offered through this department will be assigned a mentor by the Associate Chair, Undergraduate Studies. More experienced graduate student instructors who are teaching a new course or want to get more feedback on their teaching can also request a mentor by contacting the Associate Chair, Undergraduate Studies.

Your teaching mentor will work with you on your syllabus, reading list, and assignment structure. He or she will be available throughout the term to answer teaching-related questions, will visit one of your classes and give you feedback to improve your teaching. Finally, he or she will prepare a written assessment of your teaching for the Associate Chair, Undergraduate Studies.

Graduate Student Travel

The Department is able to provide limited funding for travel to its graduate students participating in scholarly conferences. However, students are expected to apply for the other travel awards for which they are eligible, prior to submitting an application to the Department. For information on travel awards, please see links below.


FGSR Travel Awards

GSA Academic Travel Grant

Department of Philosophy Application for Graduate Travel Funds

Forms Cabinet

Directed Reading Course Enrollment

Comprehensive Examination Report