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COVID19: Updates on Postgraduate Research Funding (16 Apr 2020)

last modified Apr 16, 2020 03:08 PM
The Graduate Union is continuing to lobby the university to provide standardised, automatic funding extensions for all postgraduates, regardless of funding body or year...

Funding for postgraduate research students

The Graduate Union is continuing to lobby the university to provide standardised, automatic funding extensions for all postgraduates, regardless of funding body or year - UKRI have recently updated their guidance and are offering 6-month extensions for final year PhD students. We believe that financial support by funding agencies should be available for ALL PhD students. 


👉 Please use the following template letter to email your Funding provider, Supervisor or PI to raise your concerns about funding extensions - we are arguing that there should be automatic funding extensions for all students, regardless of funding body or year.  If you want to, feel free to copy in enquiries@gradunion.cam.ac.uk so that the Graduate Union can support you.

Link to the template: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Y0O1dnatnd0kgJr1ooDT6Z8hZFwqIfQR7n9-N4TuhtI/edit 


Updates from the University of Cambridge

The Vice-Chancellor stated that the University is engaged in ongoing discussions with various funding bodies to develop a coordinated approach for funding of doctoral students – particularly those in their final year.

Cambridge Trust will endeavour to provide any necessary additional support to Cambridge Trust Scholars so that they are able to complete their research. In assessing applications for extension of funding, the Trust will take into consideration any disruption due to the pandemic, and it will seek to re-distribute budgets and work with partners, across the collegiate University and beyond, to provide adequate support.

Likewise, the Gates Cambridge Trust has confirmed it will consider sympathetically all requests from Cambridge Gates scholars for exceptional financial support beyond that which is already available for the first four years to enable scholars to complete their doctorates.


Updates from UKRI: Impact of Coronavirus on UKRI-supported research

UKRI recognises that students may find themselves unable to complete essential tasks and/or experiments in order to be ready to submit their thesis, for example due to illness, caring responsibilities or departmental or institution closures. To avoid unnecessary pressure on students, UKRI declared that students should continue to receive their stipends and extensions to submission dates should be awarded when needed.

Support for UKRI PhD students for further information see the UKRI news announcement and our FAQ document (PDF, 124KB).

UKRI Training Grants Specific Guidance - please click here to show/hide new additional guidance.