COVID-19 Mitigation for A&S Graduate Students

In conjunction with the School of Graduate Studies, the Faculty of Arts & Science is providing a suite of programs to respond to student need. The programs range from the simple, such as bursaries to respond to urgent need, to more complex mechanisms to help students who are experiencing delays, have lost research or need to make dramatic changes to their research plans.

A&S Graduate Student Emergency Bursary

The Graduate Student Emergency Bursary was established in March 2020, to provide short term financial assistance to meet urgent needs.

Note: The Graduate Student Emergency Bursary program expired on August 31, 2021.

A&S COVID-19 Research Pivot Award

This award was for students that required financial assistance to resume or redevelop the research that was originally in progress. It was intended to assist the student with out-of-pocket expenses resulting from the need to resume research or start over with a different research plan.

Note: The Research Pivot Award program expired on August 31, 2021.

A&S COVID-19 Program Completion Award

The Program Completion Award is intended to provide direct income support to students who need extra time as a result of COVID-19 related delays to academic progress. Determination of eligibility and the award amounts will be at the discretion of graduate units. It is expected that the A&S COVID-19 Program Completion Award will complement tuition relief provided through SGS, as well as other traditional forms of graduate support such as TA and RA income and direct support from graduate units and supervisors.

Note: The Program Completion Award was available to eligible students outside the funded cohort for up to two sessions of registration in 2020-21. It will continue to be offered to eligible students in 2021-22 and in future years for the first two sessions of registration immediately after exiting the funded cohort.

Additional information for the A&S COVID-19 Program Completion Award

SGS Tuition Fee Exemption

Students outside the funded cohort whose research has been disrupted due to COVID-19 may request an exemption from tuition for one session. Such relief may be sought in the coming academic year or, for students who are currently funded, upon exiting the funded cohort in a future year. Students must meet the criteria for the exemption and receive approval from their Supervisor and Department to receive a Tuition Fee Exemption.

Many students have documented the disruptions they have experienced in their COVID-19 Mentoring Meeting Records. This documentation will be helpful for students who may require a Tuition Fee Exemption in future years for disruptions experienced in 2020. The online COVID-19 Mentoring Meeting Record system is still live for students who wish to submit a report.

Note: The SGS Tuition Fee Exemption will continue to be offered to eligible students in 2021-22 and in future years for up to two sessions. It is recommended that students apply for the exemption immediately after exiting the funded cohort in order to pair it with a PCA, which is available in the first two sessions of registration immediately after exiting the funded cohort.

Additional information on requesting an SGS Tuition Fee Exemption