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COVID-19 Information for HDR Candidates

We recognise that COVID-19 continues to impact HDR candidates’ progress in their research.

If you or your research have been or continue to be impacted by COVID, you may consider:

COVID Extensions

COVID extensions to candidature or scholarship are no longer being offered (applications ceased on 31 December 2022).

However, if you have been previously approved a COVID candidature or stipend extension and wish to activate your extension, please contact requesting to activate your extension, attaching the notification email of your extension approval.

Getting Help

The University continues to provide a range of support services for HDR candidates and the Student Wellbeing and Support team will be able to provide individualised support and information.

The team can provide confidential support with:

  • Mental health and Wellbeing
  • Accommodation and safe housing
  • Financial Support
  • Navigating Study
  • Crisis Support and incident response
  • Any personal matters.
  • We encourage you to make use of these facilities and support services.

You may be feeling anxious about your health, and that of your family or loved ones, your candidature, visas, finances, health insurance, or may be experiencing mental health issues.

The Medical and Counselling Centre remains open, and the team are available for virtual consultations. Free, personal crisis support is available 24/7 through Lifeline on 13 11 14.

The Australian Government recommends ways to maintain good mental health during COVID-19 on their Head to Health website.

What should you do if you get COVID or have COVID symptoms?

In the event you get COVID or are experiencing COVID symptoms, please follow the recommended ACT Health guidelines for all: stay at home and take steps to protect those around you, only leave home for essential reasons, wear a mask at all times upon leaving home, and maintain physical distancing measures.

Useful contacts

If you have any further questions on managing your candidature, please contact your Faculty HDR Convenor or ADR HDR or Graduate Research for information or advice.