Resources for Graduate and Professional Students and Postdocs during the COVID-19 Pandemic

*last edited on September 10, 2020. Check back frequently for updates. Contact Graduate Studies at if you have specific questions. 

A Welcome from Provost Ann E. Cudd


Featured Frequently Asked Question (FAQ)​
Can I receive a Teaching Assistant (TA), Graduate Student Assistant (GSA), or a Graduate Student Researcher (GSR) appointment during the fall 2020 semester if I am residing outside of Pittsburgh or the U.S.?  This varies by school/unit and can best be answered by the school/unit offering the appointment (typically but not always your academic department). If you are not sure who to contact, please email the Graduate Studies Office for assistance.


Featured FAQ​
Does the staff hiring freeze apply to post-docs? No. While there is not a formal hiring freeze on post-docs, the Graduate Studies Office recommends that units proceed cautiously with hiring new post-docs. Considerations include ensuring that funding streams and remote work situations are in place given the pandemic. Units can re-appoint a current post-doc to a new appointment - this action is not the same as a new post-doc hire.

International Students and Postdocs

Featured FAQ
I am an international student and I am choosing to study remotely from my home country for the Fall 2020. Am I still required to have health insurance? No. If you choose the Flex@Pitt option to study remotely from your home country in the Fall 2020 semester, it is recommended but not required to have health insurance. When you return to classes on campus, the requirement to enroll in UPMC health insurance or attest to having other U.S.-based coverage will be reinstated effective immediately.


Support Services


Financial Support

  • Community Assistance Resources updated with COVID-19 Resources: compiled by the University Library System for Pitt students seeking housing, health, and food assistance.
  • The Pitt Pantry (a food pantry) will be resuming no-contact prepackaged box pickup on Wednesdays by appointment only, starting July 22, 2020. In order to request a prepackaged box of food, please fill out this form no later than 12:00 PM on the Tuesday before the Wednesday pickup. 

Health and Wellness

Featured FAQ​
​What are some local food delivery services that I can reach out to while I am sheltering in place?

Updates Coming Soon

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

FAQs for Graduate and Professional Students and Postdocs during the COVID-19 Pandemic This site will soon be updated for Fall 2020.