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We look forward to welcoming you when you commence your research degree at Griffith University. Below are some answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) in this evolving situation.
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Changes have been made to the academic calendar. Intake 3 will now commence on 13 July 2020, and intake 4 on 19 October 2020. Trimester 2, 2020 will also commence one week later than originally scheduled, on 13 July 2020 for those candidates who are commencing a research program that includes coursework.
You can start your program in Trimester 2 (research intake 3 or 4). If campuses are still operating remotely at the time of your planned commencement (refer to campus status here), your principal supervisor will assess your specific circumstances and project to determine if commencement in your research program can occur as planned, despite the disruption caused by COVID-19. Candidates in laboratory-based disciplines for example may need to defer to a future intake. Possible alternative approaches to your research may need to be considered in order to commence your research project whilst working away from campus. If you are an international candidate already onshore, arrangements will be made to support your commencement. If you are commencing a program that includes coursework additional approval may be required.
Please return your acceptance of offer documents to the Griffith Graduate Research School at firstname.lastname@example.org (if you have not already done so) to advise of your planned intake date.
Please contact your supervisor to discuss your commencement plans.
If you are unable to commence your program as planned due to the Government's travel restrictions, the following options are available to you:
You can request to defer your commencement (and applicable scholarships) to a later research intake date or trimester start date. Please email the Griffith Graduate Research School at email@example.com to request a deferral, along with providing your acceptance of offer documents (if you have not already done so).
To support you during this pre-commencement period and to help you prepare for commencement, you will be activated in your program for either intake 3 (July 2020) or intake 4 (October 2020) once you return your acceptance of offer documents (or if you are an international candidate, once your student visa has been granted). Upon activation of your program in either July or October you will have immediate access to Griffith's online resources including the library and professional development workshops, and you will also be able to work through the online myOrientation program ahead of your commencement. This activation will not impact on your candidature (or scholarship) duration as your program commencement date will be updated once you arrive in Australia.
If you believe that you have access to adequate resources and facilities at your location to support the commencement of your research program, you may request to commence on a period of short term study away. You should discuss this option with your principal supervisor who will assess your specific circumstances and project to determine if commencement can occur. You should discuss, plan and agree on your work plan and achievable outputs within the anticipated study away period. If you are commencing a program that includes coursework additional approval may be required.
Once you receive support from your supervisor you will need to complete the study away form available here and return to the Griffith Graduate Research School at firstname.lastname@example.org for processing. Please return the study away form at least one month prior to your planned intake date.
If you are an international candidate your student visa will still need to be granted in order to commence your program as study away. Further, international candidates awarded tuition and stipend scholarships should note that commencement in your program on study away will incur tuition fees and therefore your tuition scholarship will be activated; however candidates cannot be paid a stipend into an overseas bank account. Therefore your stipend scholarship will be paid (including back pay) upon your arrival in Australia
Please keep in touch with your supervisor regarding your plans for commencement. We understand this may be a difficult time and we hope to welcome you to Griffith University soon.