Student Newsletter - August 2020


Welcome to the CCAS Graduate Student Newsletter! Designed to keep you up to date with news and events, policies and processes, and all things for CCAS Graduate students!

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To encourage social distancing, the CCAS Office of Graduate Studies staff will be working remotely until further notice. While we won't physically be on campus, we are here for you and can be reached during normal business hours: Monday-Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm. We will be responding to emails and voicemails. Additionally, during this time, please submit all materials electronically to [email protected]. This may mean you have to communicate with your advisors in advance to get signatures or approvals.

Despite the distance and all the challenges you are facing, know that the Student Services team is here to support you and will continue to be dedicated to providing you guidance and serve as a resource that helps you navigate university policies and procedures. Stay strong, stay connected and please take good care of yourselves, your families and each other.

For our August newsletter we have the following topics:


wellness corner

Diversity, Equity, and Community Engagement Resources

The Office for Diversity, Equity, and Community Engagement is committed to providing members of the GW community with multiple forms of education. Check out the online resources of topics related to diversity, inclusion, equity, and justice. If you have any resources that you would like for their office to consider, please email [email protected].



Academic policies

We would like to inform you of new academic policy changes that will go into effect beginning in Fall 2020. Please take a moment to carefully review these new changes and e-mail your DGS or student services coordinator at [email protected] with any questions.

View Our Policies!

fall 2020 registration reminders

Don't forget to register for Fall 2020 no later than August 30th!  Please make sure you clear any holds on your account that may prevent you from registering.  

 To View Your Holds:

  • Log in to the GWeb Information System
  • Click on the “Student Record and Registration” folder
  • Next, click on “Student Records Information Menu”
  • Finally, click on “View Administrative Holds”  

Check your DegreeMAP, the online system that allows you to view and track your path to degree completion. Watch DegreeMap video for instructions on using your DegreeMap record.

Requests for Half-Time/Full-Time Certification after you have registered in less than 9 credits. This form needs to be signed by the faculty advisor and returned to the Office of Graduate Studies at [email protected] for the Dean's signature. This also applies to the request for Full-Time Certification for international students.

If you are unable to enroll in courses this Fall, please contact [email protected] to discuss your options for a Leave of Absence.


what to expect this fall!

The faculty and staff of the Columbian College of Arts & Sciences are hard at work preparing for the Fall 2020 semester. Although we still have details to work out, I’m writing to provide you with a link to a new list of “Frequently Asked Questions about Fall 2020.” This FAQ summarizes the current information about our plans for the fall semester, including the different study options available to international and domestic students, as well as information about the health and safety precautions that we’re taking on campus.  

Fall Tuition Bills

Student Accounts are making adjustments to all student bills to reflect the new tuition rate.  All bills should be updated in early August.  Additionally some adjustments had to be made to some awards, those students have been contacted separately. Check out the add/drop refund schedule.

Virtual Student Appointments

Students will be able to schedule 15 or 30-minute virtual or phone appointments with their student services coordinator. Through an online booking system, Calendly, students are asked to identify all reasons that describe the purpose and goals for the appointment. This allows both the student and student services coordinator to prepare for a productive conversation.  



Funding/Employment Opportunities

National Fellowship Opportunities

The Office of Graduate Studies have created a National Fellowship Opportunity website located under the Funding Opportunities page on the current student website.  It lists a large number of national fellowships for PhD students and there are some specific dissertation fellowships.

Graduate Assistant - Academic Success Coach Position

The Office of Undergraduate Programs at the School of Business is seeking a graduate assistant for the upcoming academic year.  All interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter to Cait Shannon at [email protected].

Office of Graduate Student Assistantships and Fellowships (OGSAF) Awards

Any questions on the awards below please reach out to OGSAF directly at [email protected].

Scottish Rite Endowment Graduate Fellowships

Deadline: 7 August 2020

Tuition fellowships funded by income from a Scottish Rite endowment given to the George Washington University, are awarded for the academic year to full-time graduate students in the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences at the George Washington University Foggy Bottom campus.

Fellowships are up to twelve credits per academic year for full-time study and up to six credits per academic year for part-time study.

Eligibility is confirmed by the Scottish Rite if either the applicant's great grandfather, grandfather, father, uncle, or self is or has been a 32 degree Scottish Rite member. 

Visit the OGSAF website for access to a Verification of Scottish Rite Eligibility Form, as well as more details on this fellowship.


Updated August 6, 2020

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