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.