Request for Extension of PhD Funding

In response to the difficulties that the COVID-19 pandemic has placed on the progress of many of our PhD students, the University of Pittsburgh has committed $4.5 million to support PhD students who are close to completion but whose progress has been delayed by COVID-19.

PhD students who have passed their comprehensive exams and whose funding has run out will be eligible for an additional semester of Fall 2021 funding through TA/TF/GSA/GSR appointments or fellowship extensions through their schools and departments. 


To be eligible for the extended support, PhD students must meet the following five criteria: 

  1. Have been delayed by COVID-19 pandemic-related issues (including, but not limited to, lack of access to labs, libraries, fieldwork; restrictions on human subjects research; restrictions on travel; interruption due to family or self-care responsibilities due to the COVID-19 pandemic)
  2. Have passed comprehensive exams
  3. Are making satisfactory academic progress
  4. Have been funded continually by appointments or fellowships for the past two years (not including summers)
  5. Have exhausted their funding in spring 2021 or summer 2021.

Application Process

Each eligible PhD student must complete a request for extended funding. Students, advisors, program directors/department chairs representatives and the Dean’s Offices must confirm that the student meets the criteria above. To initiate the process, please fill out the webform below. 

Once this information is received, the Office of the Provost - Graduate Studies team will initiate a DocuSign form that will be emailed to the student to complete (see example here). After the student completes the DocuSign form, it will be routed to their advisor, program director/department chair representative, and then Dean’s Office. 

Completed DocuSign forms with all signatures are due by May 20, 2021.

Submissions are no longer being accepted.

Note that PhD students cannot receive both the Fall 2021 extended funding opportunity and the Summer 2021 Degree Completion Fellowship since the fellowship is earmarked for PhD students who will graduate in Summer 2021. 


Please email Vice Provost of Graduate Studies Amanda Godley with any questions.