What Is It?
The College of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies established a Graduate Student COVID-19 Tuition Bursary to help students whose PhD and Masters-thesis research progress was most severely impacted by the pandemic who did not receive funding extensions.
The value of the stipend will depend on the number of applicants, with the intention to allocate funding to the greatest number of students possible. Payments will be applied directly to the current balance owing on students’ accounts. If the bursary exceeds payable tuition, a payment will be issued to the student for the remainder.
Do I Qualify?
- Must have begun a thesis-based graduate program (PhD & Master’s) on or prior to May 1, 2020
- Experienced a disruption (>2 months) to the progress of their program due to COVID-19
- Lack an ongoing scholarship, stipend, and have not received other COVID-19 related supplemental funding (e.g. Tri-Agency top-up, CESB)
First priority will be given to students with no other funding. Students receiving minimal funding, for example Teaching Assistantships, may be considered subject to availability of funds.
The Submission Process
- Students enter information into SurveyMonkey application form.
- The Supervisor signs the accompanying form, confirming interruption to the student’s program caused by the pandemic.
- The Graduate chair ensures students are connected to any available departmental or college sources of scholarship, stipend funds, or employment opportunities. For cases that cannot be resolved through local means, the Chair signs the form and returns it to the student upload in SurveyMonkey and submit. Chairs may also notify CGPS where a leave of absence was or is an appropriate mitigation for a situation of protracted research disruption.
- The student uploads the signature form and submits the complete application package in SurveyMonkey.
- CGPS will apply payments to students’ accounts according to priority described, until all available funds are exhausted.