UPDATE: We won! TGS announced that going forward all PhD students will be guaranteed five full years of guaranteed funding. Thank you to the hundreds of people who signed our petition and contributed powerful testimonials, you made this victory possible!
Currently, not all Northwestern University graduate students are funded five full years, even though over 70% of Northwestern graduate students complete their degrees in their sixth year or beyond. Lack of fifth year summer funding leaves many students struggling to pay their rent, maintain their visa status, and support their families. This unnecessary loss of income compels students to take out burdensome loans or secure other employment which hinders their research and writing.
We, Northwestern University Graduate Workers (NUGW), call on The Graduate School (TGS) to guarantee fifth-year summer funding for all doctoral students, either through fellowships or work opportunities. Click on the link below to sign our petition!