Graduate School

Appointment Extensions for Doctoral Students

In recognition of the disruption that the Coronavirus pandemic caused to many doctoral students’ research, Brown University announced in April of 2020 that PhD students would be eligible to apply for extended stipend support to compensate for time lost due to the pandemic. In February 2022, the Graduate School announced that doctoral students who were in year 2 during spring 2020 and were delayed in completing their degrees as a result of the pandemic would be eligible to apply for extended funding. More recently, the University has agreed to allow doctoral students who began their studies at Brown in the 2019-2020 or 2020-2021 academic year to apply for up to one academic year (up to two semesters and one summer) of extended funding.

  • Eligibility
    Students who were in their first through fifth year of study in spring semester 2020 may be eligible to apply for an extension of up to two semesters and a summer, all of which must be used consecutively. Each semester of an appointment extension will include an appointment as a Teaching Assistant, Teaching Fellow, Proctor or Research Assistant.
  • Application Review Process
    Eligible students will apply for Appointment Extensions through UFunds. Students intending to apply should email to be added to the appropriate application in UFunds. Applications will be reviewed by the Graduate School and, in cases that are not already approved by the Graduate School, a review committee. 
  • Timing of Appointment Extensions
    Students requesting Appointment Extensions will apply during the final term of their standard funding: Students in the humanities and social sciences should (if needed) apply for the appointment extension to support year 7. Students in the life sciences and physical sciences who need appointment extensions should apply during the year in which they would normally have finished (in the absence of COVID-19).
  • Students needing Appointment Extensions for 2024-25
    Students whose funding would otherwise conclude at the end of spring of 2024 and need Appointment Extensions for summer 2024 (or a portion of this period) must apply by March 1.

Brown University is committed to supporting our students through a challenging period. These opportunities for extended funding are intended to enable students to successfully complete their degree despite these challenges. If you have questions, please email