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Pandemic-related Completion Delays for PhD Students

If you feel that your dissertation research progress has been adversely impacted by COVID-19, and you believe you will need financial support for time beyond your program’s funding package, MIT is committed to ensuring you are funded for the COVID-related delay.

Late-stage PhD students who are 1) at or near the end of their funding packages AND 2) experiencing pandemic-related completion delays, should follow the steps below to access a pandemic-related funding extension…

  • Contact your  program administrator, AND/OR the Office of the Vice Chancellor (OVC) at
  • Let them know that you are in need of a Covid-related extension. Please note that OVC will ask you if you have first made contact with your program administrator. This will not be a means-tested process.

In addition the GSC and MIT COVID Relief are eager to hear from you and advocate upon your behalf:

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