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    Navigating the COVID-19 Pandemic

    CGS is providing information, networks, and a resource hub for member institutions as they work to support their students throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. A list of CGS resources for navigating the pandemic can be seen below. New resources and opportunities to connect with your colleagues and CGS leadership will be added, so check this page frequently.




    Institutional Initiatives and Examples

    CGS members have responded to the COVID-19 by creating new resources and initiatives to support graduate students. Click here for a list of CGS member initiatives and examples submitted by the graduate education community.

    Federal Regulatory and Legislative Updates for Institutional Operations

    The linked page includes resources and summaries on federal legislative and regulatory actions related to COVID-19 as well as CGS-supported requests to Congress and the Administration.


    International Students

    International graduate students are among those most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. From issues with standardized testing to visas, the situation for international graduate students is continually evolving. Below is a list of resources to support international students as they navigate these challenging times:


    Financial Aid

    Graduate student financial support remains a top priority for CGS and its members. Below is a list of resources on graduate student financial aid.


    Funding Opportunities

    Research opportunities are of key importance to CGS and its members. Compiled below are resources on grant funding for federal and COVID-19 related research grants.

    • National Institutes of Health provides information for NIH Applicants and Recipients of NIH Funding.
    • National Endowment of the Humanities awards $40.3 million in new CARES Act grants to support operations and preserve jobs at museums, archives, historic sites, and colleges and universities across the U.S. A complete list of all 317 new NEH CARES grants is available here.
    • A coalition of arts grantmakers launched Artist Relief, unrestricted grants to help artists in need of financial support due to COVID-19.
    • National Science Foundation is accepting proposals to conduct non-medical, non-clinical-care research that can be used to understand the spread of COVID-19.
    • National Endowment for the Humanities announced new grant guidelines designed to rapidly distribute CARES Act funding to cultural nonprofits affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
    • National Science Foundation announced the Impact on Existing Deadline Dates and extends deadline dates for the solicitations or Dear Colleague Letters (DCLs).
    • Institute of Museum and Library Services announced New Stimulus Funding for Communities Across America to award the first $30 million of $50 million appropriated to the agency in the CARES Act. The grants will be distributed to all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. territories, and the Freely Associated States based on population.
    • Council on Governmental Relations created FAQs and Resources on COVID-19's Impact to Federal Awards and continues to update a host of resources.
    • Department of Education announces Formula Grants to Outlying Areas from the Education Stabilization Fund through the CARES Act for use in response to coronavirus. Outlying Areas of the United States refers to the US Virgin Islands (VI), Guam (GU), the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), and American Samoa (AS).


    State-level Information and Resources



    • NACUBO offers COVID-19 Employer and Tax Resources summarizing tax credits and deferral programs, SBA low-interest loans for small employers including Payroll Protection Program (PPP) loans, and other tax relief including options for international students.



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