Ask a Dean Category: Fellowships and Funding

How flexible will the Graduate School be if students need extra time to complete their academic milestones?

Dear Deans, How flexible will the Graduate School be if students need extra time to complete their academic milestones? All of the graduate students I know are working hard to make progress towards their degree virtually, but many students absolutely need to do physical experiments or collect data in a certain location to finish their…

Is there a time off policy for graduate students receiving stipends?

Dear Deans, Is there any policy for graduate students who receive a stipend (TA/RA/GA/GRA/Fellowship) for holidays and personal time off? There seems to be considerable confusion around this in my department, with answers ranging from “staff holidays only, no academic holidays” to “completely dependent on your adviser”. As workers we want and need to be…

Can the conference grant criteria be changed?

Dear Deans, I was wondering if you might consider a change to the conference grant criteria. Personally, my research has required a lot of work to obtain presentable results, so I’ve just recently used the conference grant (in year six!). I could present at more conferences this year if I could use the grant more…