Postgraduate students urge funders to extend grants over coronavirus

PhD and master’s students worry their funding will run out as libraries and labs shut

PhD and master’s students have signed an open letter asking to be given extensions to their funding by research councils so they can finish work disrupted by the coronavirus.

The letter, which has more than 1,000 signatories across UK universities, asks for research councils to urgently publish a plan outlining additional financial support for all postgraduate students.

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