Director Poggi's Messages to the Community
May 13, 2020
Dear Institute of Fine Arts doctoral students,
I hope this message finds you healthy and safe, and that you are finding ways to persevere and to keep your spirits up despite the disruption to your plans caused by the outbreak of Covid-19. Several of you successfully defended your dissertation or your dissertation proposal via Zoom this spring, and others have been studying for exams. You adjusted to the rapid transition to online teaching with remarkable agility, whether as students, course assistants, or recitation leaders. We are all learning to stay in touch virtually, and to maintain our sense of community via online meetings, lectures, and other programs.
At the Institute of Fine Arts, we have been working to provide stipend extensions to those most affected by the outbreak of the coronavirus. Following the guidelines established by GSAS, we have identified two cohorts of PhD students whose ability to carry out dissertation research was halted or seriously curtailed by the pandemic. As outlined in Dean Phil Harper’s memo of May 1, funding extensions will be granted uniformly to all members of a cohort.
We have identified the following two cohorts of students whose research activity has been most hindered by the pandemic. These cohorts include students who, in AY20-21, will be in their final year of IFA dissertation funding (cohort 1), and students who, in AY20-21, will have two more years of IFA dissertation funding (cohort 2). Each of these cohorts will receive one additional semester of stipend support at the end of their regular fellowship award terms, as well as coverage of the maintenance and matriculation fee, registration fee, and health insurance for the entire year if they are in good standing and still enrolled.
Those students in good standing whose fellowship support ended in spring 2020, and who have no sources of fellowship support (internal to NYU or from external sources) in AY20-21, may apply for a semester or year of maintenance and matriculation, registration, and health insurance coverage. Further information about this support will be forthcoming later in the summer.
For a comprehensive list of University resources, including healthcare and general wellness, please check NYU’s Coronavirus Information Page. Please let me know if you have any questions about the information provided here. I hope that you and yours are doing well and staying healthy.
With best wishes,
Judy and Michael Steinhardt Director