This project examines imposter syndrome as a public feeling that circulates in and structures experiences of spaces and practices on the Carleton University campus. This initial inquiry will produce knowledge about the manifestation and impact of imposter syndrome at Carleton through an anonymous online survey. At this stage, it will focus on graduate students in the social sciences and humanities.


  • To investigate the prevalence of imposter syndrome as it manifests in academic spaces and practices at Carleton;
  • To improve understanding of the individual and collective impact of imposter syndrome on academic success, including factors that exacerbate and off-set those impacts and its relationship with barriers to equity in education; and
  • To produce preliminary findings to support further research examining imposter syndrome as a public feeling across campus, including faculty and students at all levels.


We are asking you to complete the questionnaire if you are a current graduate student studying in social sciences, arts, and humanities at Carleton University. This questionnaire is being conducted by the research team at the Emotional Geographies Lab at Carleton University, working under the supervision of Dr. Sophie Tamas. The study is funded by the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Grant.