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GPSG is introducing a new fund, the COVID Emergency Relief Fund (CERF).
Did you need to buy a new laptop, webcam, or mic to teach or participate in remote classes? Did you lose an internship or fellowship opportunity due to closures? Did you encounter unexpected medical expenses, childcare costs, or travel costs associated with family illness or death? Maybe the need to redesign or delay your research has set back your graduation timeline. This fund may be for you.  
Eligibility
Any fee-paying graduate or professional student who has experienced a COVID-related expense or financial hardship is eligible to apply. For the purposes of this fund, “fee-paying” means fees assessed, even if the student’s department or other funding source pays these fees on the student’s behalf. If you have questions about whether you are a fee-paying student, please reach out to the head of your department.
Submitting your Application

The Graduate and Professional Student Government is pleased to announce that the COVID Relief Emergency Fund will be accepting applications during the following cycles (all times are in Eastern Time):

Cycle 1: opens 9/27 at 9am, closes 10/11 at 11:59pm
Cycle 2: opens 10/25 at 9am, closes 11/8 at 11:59pm
Cycle 3: opens 11/22 at 9am, closes 12/06** at 11:59pm 

The application can be accessed here: https://go.unc.edu/GPSGCERF
The above link to the application will only become active and accessible during the cycle dates listed above during which GPSG is accepting applications.
Review Process
Applications will be reviewed by a blind GPSG Senate committee on a first-come, first-served basis after each cycle close date. Applicants will be asked to provide a short explanation of their need accompanied by documentation of their expense. To increase your chances of receiving funds please prepare your written explanation and documentation ahead of the application date to submit as early as possible. Students who were not funded in the first round must submit a new application for the 2nd or 3rd round.
Examples of Expenses Funded
Below are just some possible COVID-related expenses or financial hardships that might have affected graduate and professional students’ education, research, and/or professional development. The following list is not exhaustive. The committee understands that “documentation” takes many forms and that not all expenses or financial hardships leave a paper trail; please supply what you can.
  • Receipt of purchase (or transaction in a bank statement) for any academic need
    • e.g. webcam, mic, laptop as a necessity to the move to online teaching and learning; books you would have otherwise borrowed from the library
  • Medical bills for COVID-related care/treatment for self or immediate family
  • Lost professional opportunities
    • e.g. rescinded internship, fellowship or other research funding, practicum, job shadow, etc.
  • Other lost income
    • e.g. paystub, layoff letter, unemployment check, etc.
  • Research delays or redesigns
    • evidence could look like the itinerary for an archival research trip that never materialized, the original prospectus/proposal
  • Delayed graduation/time-to-degree extension
    • e.g. the graduate school form requesting an extension, ConnectCarolina screenshot, email trail, etc.
  • Childcare expenses because schools are closed
  • If any of the above (or other situations not listed) meant that you struggled to pay rent or a mortgage, a rental agreement or mortgage bill (etc.) is evidence

 

Please direct questions about the Fund to GPSG CERF Committee Chair, Berkley Wood (berkleyw@live.unc.edu).