CSSHE as an organization is committed to supporting the professional development of graduate students who undertake research related to the study of higher education.

There are several benefits provided to graduate student members of CSSHE:

Board Representation

Since early 2000s, at least one board member has been a graduate student. As a member of the Board, the graduate student member as equal voting rights and participates fully as a member of the CSSHE Board.

The role of the graduate student representative (GSR) on the CSSHE board entails attending the bi-annual CSSHE Board meetings (either in person or via teleconference). The GSR is the voice of the graduate student membership. The GSR may also sit on other ad-hoc committees based on his/her interests and needs of the Board.

The graduate student representative also works with the conference planners of the annual CSSHE conference to help plan areas of the conference specifically for graduate students: 1) graduate student Luncheon and 2) graduate student panel session.

Annual Conference Participation

Graduate students are fully involved in the annual conferences the Society holds during the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, acting as session chairs, presenting papers, and presenting posters. Click for information on upcoming Conference.

CSSHE provides some travel support for student members presenting posters or papers at the conference. The amount of support depends on the number of applications received and will be determined after the annual conference closes. Students who presented at the conference have one month to submit their application and original receipts to be considered eligible for this travel grant support. Application forms will be available at the Annual Meeting of the Society during the conference and are also accessible online. [CLICK HERE]

Scholarly Recognition

Graduate student research excellence is recognized through two awards:

  1. CSSHE Award for Masters Thesis or Project is to recognize outstanding Masters thesis or project in Canadian universities in the area of higher education
  2. George L. Geis Dissertation Award is to recognize outstanding dissertations in Canadian universities that examine postsecondary topics. These are both awarded annually, and the recipients present their research and then receive their awards at the annual conference.

Student Membership Rates

Student membership in the Society is offered at a reduced rate. Each membership includes also a subscription to the Canadian Journal of Higher Education. Students with membership in good standing who present at the annual CSSHE conference are also eligible for travel support.

Links of interest for Students

Career Information

Advice for Negotiating First Contracts

Canadian Association of University Teachers Career Job Bank

Chronicle of Higher Education

University Affairs

Inside Higher Education

RCKTSHP is an education startup helping students gain work experience through projects with local bussinesses.

Academic Career Resource Guide by JobHero

Graduate Programs in Higher Education (in Canada and the US)

Download the resource document.

Writing/Researching Peer Support

“Phinished” Discussion Forum


Piled Higher and Deeper Comics by Jorge Cham

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