The Plan identifies strategic themes that will guide the College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies’ planning and priorities for the next seven years.  Within each college theme, our strategic objectives and goals directly contribute to the University Plan 202. CGPS aims to elevate our profile and contribute to the significance and value of graduate education at the University of Saskatchewan.  

Looking forward to 2025, the CGPS was guided by the University of Saskatchewan’s four principles of sustainability, diversity, connectivity and creativity, and we have challenged ourselves to think beyond the status quo.  Our theme: Be Bold, Be Ambitious.

The CGPS plan speaks to the interconnectivity of the campus and its extended community; it speaks to the connections we share and the value and potential of future connections and partnerships.  The network of graduate and postdoctoral studies at the University of Saskatchewan is critically woven throughout the fabric of our community. 

The guiding principles in the CGPS plan are collegial, progressive, aspirational, and the plan prepares the college to respond to new generations of students.


Plan Highlights

Dr. Edel Lopez, Assistant Professor at Université Laval (USask PDF Alumnus)

Postdoctoral Fellows are our institution’s next generation of educators, scholars, scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs and societal leaders and drive the institution’s research intensity. As non-traditional career paths emerge, CGPS has invested in providing postdocs with opportunities to develop skills outside of the lab. One of these include providing a forum that fosters effective presentation and communication skills through friendly competition mirrored after the internationally recognized Three-minute Thesis competition. Concomitantly, through a collaboration with the Alumni Relations office, the CGPS now provides postdoctoral fellows with Associate Alumni status. This offers huge benefits for postdoctoral fellows who previously worked at USask. Previous postdoctoral fellows may now take advantage of career development services and an array of benefits that would otherwise be available to alumni while also maintaining their USask network access, among other on-campus services.

As an early adopter of the Banner Document Management (BDM) system, the college has scanned and indexed more than 100,000 pages of documents for more than 4,000 individual student files now held within this fully integrated digital USask system. The digitization project saves university physical space and allows us to maintain a paperless student record system that is substantially more eco-conscious, easier to maintain, and protected from loss/damage. Perhaps most importantly, completion of this project allows the college to more easily support academic units and graduate program administrators across campus.
Naheda Sahtout, PhD Candidate (Chemistry)
The CGPS strives to develop strong relationships built upon respect and to inspire values in our graduate faculty that support our student’s experience. To this end, two new scholarships were created. The first, designed specifically for Indigenous community leaders who strive to manage the challenges of graduate school, family, and community commitments, The Indigenous Graduate Leadership Award includes both tuition and an award element. The second, designed specifically to attract international postdoctoral fellows to USask while instilling the values of our land’s heritage, the Misiwêskamik International Postdoctoral Fellowship is the first USask postdoctoral fellowship ever introduced. Partners came from across campus to develop the CGPS create the Indigenous Graduate Leadership Award. We continue to be committed to celebrate our students' successes.