Tuesday 8th September 2020

The University has announced its stipend extension policy for doctoral candidates whose work has been impacted by Covid-19. The extension process is by application and supporting documentation must be provided.

Doctoral candidates who have lost significant productivity due to Covid-19 are eligible for paid extensions of up to 12 weeks. Those who have had to substantially re-design their research project are eligible for paid extensions of up to 26 weeks. Payment is made at the University standard scholarship rate.

For candidates who have already accessed paid leave for Covid-19, the period of this leave is subtracted from their extension.

Unpaid Covid-19 leave remains uncapped.

Currently, the University is only accepting applications from candidates whose stipends are expiring this year. Candidates with stipends expiring after 2020 will be able to apply at a later date.

Further information is available in the ‘Scholarships’ section of the University webpage ‘Covid-19 advice for graduate researchers’.

This announcement does not apply to Masters by Research students. Information about extensions for Masters by Research students is available under the ‘Manage your candidature’ section of the ‘Covid-19 advice for graduate researchers’ webpage.