Duke Graduate School announces increased stipends and financial support to address rising cost of living in Durham

Duke’s Graduate School announcement a series of actions to fight against the rising cost of living for doctoral students. students on Wednesday. These changes come amid continued demands from the Duke Graduate Student Union for increased financial support from the University.

Active PhD. students will receive a one-time payment of $1,000 by October, “doubling the [$500] originally announced in Juneaccording to the announcement sent by Provost Sally Kornbluth, Suzanne Barbour, Dean of the Graduate School, and Executive Vice President Daniel Ennis. Supported by funds from the Provost’s Office, the payment will increase this academic year’s stipend by 5% to $34,660.00.

The Graduate School has also announced that a full year’s stipends for the Ph.D. students for the 2023-2024 academic year will increase by 11.4% from $34,660.00 to $38,600.00.

“These actions are directly informed by the report and recommendations drawn up by a task force representatives of the Graduate School, the GPSG and the schools hosting the doctorate. programs,” the post read.

Changes to the stipend will be supported by resources from “schools that house a Ph.D. programs and the doctoral school. The Graduate School will also provide a one-time sum of $800,000.00 from its reserve funds for “support through hardship assistance, additional travel grants for the one-year academic thesis and professional development resources. More information on how graduate students can access these funds will be available in “1-2 weeks”.

Following an Aug. 10 message authorizing monthly salary deductions for parking, the Graduate School announced Wednesday that in the spring of 2023, the University will standardize and reduce parking rates for graduate and professional students to those for undergraduates. .

“This means graduate and professional students will save 23.5% if they park in PG3 or 12.5% ​​if they park in the Science Drive Garage or Graduate Center Lot,” reads the e. -mail.

On September 19, the University will also extend “overnight permit” parking access to Circuit, Chemistry, GC, and H parking lots beginning at 4 p.m. to provide students with “more flexibility to park closer to buildings. where their training. takes place.”

The University is also “renting” an additional 84 beds at Lancaster Commons, in addition to the 250 beds already provided, and added that it will explore developing catering plans to help graduate students manage food expenses. .

The message ended with a promise to expand the University’s “fruitful collaboration” with the graduate and professional student government. The University will review the stipend levels annually with the GPSG, Graduate School and schools housing a PhD. programs, as well as conducting an “annual engagement” with the GPSG to review parking and transit programs for the coming years.

Audrey Wang
| Editor-in-chief of university news

Audrey Wang is a sophomore at Trinity and the editor of college news for the 118th volume of The Chronicle.

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