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From the Office of the Provost

February 22, 2011, Volume 57, No. 23

Family Grant Program for PhD Students

Provost Vincent Price and Vice Provost for Education Andrew Binns are pleased to announce the creation of a Family Grant Program for PhD Students, which will provide need-based grants to Penn PhD students with children. 

“We want to send a strong message by establishing this program,” said Provost Price. “You do not have to choose between having a family and pursuing an academic career. By helping students with children continue in the academic pipeline, we support the outstanding scholars at Penn who will become the academic leaders of the future.”

The program will provide annual grants, up to $2,500, to PhD students who meet certain income eligibility criteria. Grants, which must be used for such expenses as dependent health insurance and childcare costs, will be administered by the Family Resource Center and the Office of Student Registration and Financial Services. 

Grants will be available in Fall 2011. Eligible PhD students are encouraged to apply as early as possible, as funds for the Program are limited. Each grant awardee will be required to reapply for the next academic year.   

The Family Grant Program forms part of the University of Pennsylvania’s strong commitment to advancing work-life balance for all members of the Penn community. It complements such earlier initiatives for students with children as the Family Resource Center, student-parent mentoring program, and new policies for dependent care leave. For more information about Penn’s resources for students with children, please visit: www.gsc.upenn.edu/kids/resources.php


Almanac - February 22, 2011, Volume 57, No. 23