USask College of Agriculture and Bioresources launches graduate parental leave program

August 9, 2021
The University of Saskatchewan’s College of Agriculture and Bioresources has launched a program that will support graduate students who become new parents. Students whose funding has been disrupted due to a parental leave will now be able to access $1.5K per month for four months through the graduate parental leave program. The program aims to acknowledge the challenges of becoming a new parent while completing graduate studies, as students are usually not eligible to receive financial support from their programs when taking parental leave. “With a new baby, expenses increase and the graduate parental leave program provides financial support while caring for the baby,” said Bruna Franco, a PhD candidate who was the first student to access the program. “This allows our family to obtain all the benefits of parental leave.” USask (SK)