COVID-19 Updates


The School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (SGPS) will use this space to keep the graduate and postdoctoral community updated with the latest information related to COVID-19.

As the rapidly evolving situation continues, we recognize that you have many questions and concerns, and that you are undoubtedly dealing with a wide range of emotions. Please know your academic success, and your health and well-being, are our top priorities during this uncertain, challenging time.

If you can work remotely, especially if a sense of routine and structure helps you to feel well, please feel free to do so; however, if the needs of your family and your community are your priority, focus your energy where you think it should be. The University is not going anywhere. We will get through this. We are in this together.

Canada's COVID-19 Economic Response Plan

The Government of Canada is taking immediate, significant and decisive action to support Canadians and businesses facing hardship as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. On this WEBSITE you can find details about the government support available for individuals, businesses, industry sectors, organizations helping Canadians, and related resources delivered by the Federal government.

COVID-19 Travel Restrictions

All students travelling to Canada from abroad must follow the current travel restrictions and government requirements. For details and updates, please visit our International Arrival website.

In addition, all Western University, Brescia, Huron and King's University College undergraduate and graduate students arriving from outside of Canada (including international students and Canadian citizens) are required to complete a 14-day quarantine, all mandatory testing and must register their quarantine plan with Western prior to arrival in Canada.

If you have questions or require support, please contact an International Student Advisor at

PhD Student Supplemental Funding for Unavoidable Timeline Extensions

Graduate programs across campus are working with PhD students to support adaptations to their dissertation plans and will be reviewing these plans through students’ annual reports (via Pathfinder). Programs will provide supplemental funding for a limited time (normally not exceeding one term) for students who meet specific eligibility criteria.

Academic/Health and Well-Being Supports

We encourage you to visit the newly-created Digital Student Experience website where you will find tools and resources to help with the transition to online/remote learning. The site also provides digital/virtual academic, health and well-being, career development, and social connection supports. Questions can be directed to Student Support, Case Management at 519-661-2111 x89152 or

The City of London, through the London Housing Stability Bank, offers interest free loans for rent and utilities to help domestic and international graduate students.