CSAHS COVID-19 Delay Assistance Program

The College of Social and Applied Human Sciences recognizes the significant impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had, and continues to have, on our graduate students. The pandemic has caused a partial or complete disruption of research progress for many of our graduate students, causing unavoidable delays and unexpected financial challenges.

To address the continued needs of our graduate students the College of Social and Applied Human Sciences has established the COVID-19 Delay Assistance Program co-funded by the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

Questions about the COVID-19 Delay Assistance Program can be directed to csahsadr@uoguelph.ca.

About the CSAHS COVID-19 Delay Assistance Program

This program is open to research-based, full-time or part-time, domestic or international, graduate students in the College of Social and Applied Human Sciences (CSAHS) who are beyond their program duration and who were not able to make significant progress due to COVID-19 delays.

Financial support will be provided to students impacted by the pandemic up to and including S22 for master’s students and S24 for PhD students.

The COVID-19 Delay Assistance Program provides up to $5,500 of financial support to graduate students.

Students can apply if they are receiving funding in the semester of application; however, this program will only provide the difference up to a total of $5,500. Students can only apply once for this support program during the entire duration of their degree.


Application Deadlines

  • The application deadline for the summer '21 semester is May 3, 2021.
  • The application deadline for the fall '21 semester is September 3, 2021.
  • The application deadline for the winter '22 semester is January 4, 2022.

Program Eligibility

  1. Domestic or International students who are registered full-time (FT) or part-time (PT) in a research-based program in CSAHS;
  2. and whose most recent progress report indicates "satisfactory" progress. If progress was "some concerns" or "unsatisfactory," students may still apply by providing a letter from faculty advisor explaining progress impediments that were not COVID-related;
  3. and who were not able to make significant, expected progress in achieving research objectives due to COVID-19;
  4. and who are beyond program duration for the semester of application (FT registration: > 6 terms for MA/MSc and > 12 terms for Doctoral; PT registration: > 11 terms for MA/MSc and > 20 terms for Doctoral).

This program is not open to students:

  1. on a leave of absence (LOA) for the entirety of 2020 (i.e., students who were not impacted by COVID-19 academic/research delays because they were on a LOA for W20, S20, and F20).
  2. registered in the Master of Conservation Leadership.
  3. who are receiving $5,500.00 or more from other funding sources at the University of Guelph for the semester of application.

How to Apply

Email the following documents to csahsadr@uoguelph.ca from your U of G email:

  1. completed application form.
  2. a letter from the faculty advisor detailing how the student's progress was impeded by COVID-19 disruptions, and how this affected subsequent completion of program requirements.
  3. a PDF copy of the student's most recent progress report.

Eligibility will be notified via U of G email.

Note: The application form for the 2021-22 academic year will be updated in summer 2021.

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