Rutgers University is pleased to announce the launch of a doctoral student academic advancement fund, endorsed by departments/graduate programs, administered by the campus chancellors/provosts and overseen and centrally disbursed by the offices of the EVPAA/CFO. Fund awards will be designed to directly support doctoral students. The primary goal is to ameliorate the disruptive effect of COVID-19 on graduate students’ doctoral degree completion.

When appropriate, awards may be applied toward TA / GA commitments with supplementation from the college to support any applicable tuition remission and health insurance coverage for such appointments.


All currently enrolled (Spring 2021) doctoral students at Rutgers University, whether Ph.D. or professional doctoral degree, who are eligible for enrollment for Summer 2021 (or summer dissertation research or DNP project) or Fall 2021 (not graduating in May 2021), and who:

  • Have completed all coursework required for the degree and are advanced to candidacy, as determined by the program guidelines and
  • Are currently (as of Spring 2021) in the research, dissertation, or DNP Project Implementation phase of their program
  • Experienced Covid-19 related disruptions to their program progression

Students may request of their graduate deans/graduate school, and Provost may award, support for up to three terms (Spring 2021, Summer 2021, and / or Fall 2021). Single semester awards (Spring or Fall) range from $10k-15k; two-semester awards (Spring and Fall) range from $20k-$25k; Summer awards are $5k each.


Please complete the application below by Tuesday, March 30th for spring 2021 consideration. You will need to upload a letter of support from your dissertation advisor along with any relevant materials to support your description of how your dissertation research and degree progress have been disrupted due to the COVID-19 crisis.