Coronavirus Information for GSAS Students
Updated on October 22, 2020
Spring Semester and Returning to Campus
All students, faculty and staff coming to the Brandeis campus must fill out a Daily Health Assessment before arriving, and sign up for mandatory high-frequency COVID-19 testing. For complete information, visit the Plans for Fall 2020 website. Read our announcement about the Spring 2021 semester, which will start February 1.
Extension of Time to Degree for Doctoral Students
In recognition of the extraordinary circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic and the myriad research and health disruptions of our doctoral students' progress, GSAS will be automatically granting an extension of time to degree for any currently enrolled doctoral student, thereby extending their time from eight to nine years. The Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs will initiate the process of extension approval in the second semester of your 8th year.
Travel/Research Grants and the Dissertation Year Fellowship
In recognition of the far-reaching impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic on our students, the Graduate School has decided to reallocate some of its budget in order to provide more direct financial support to students. For the 2020-2021 academic year, we are suspending the Doctoral Travel Fund, in recognition that the Provost has issued a blanket prohibition on Brandeis-related research travel. That money has been repurposed to provide direct support to advanced graduate students. Additionally, we will not be holding the Dissertation Year Fellowship (DYF) competitive application process this year. Rather, we are actively planning ways to provide direct financial support to advanced graduate students who are no longer on university or grant funding.