Parental Benefits

In addition to competitive stipends, Laney also provides students with other benefits: the Back-Up Care Advantage Program (BUCA) and parental accommodation.

Back-Up Care Advantage Program

In partnership with Bright Horizons and The Emory WorkLife Resource Center, the Laney Graduate School is pleased to offer the Back-Up Care Advantage Program to all Laney Graduate School degree-seeking students.

Students will have access to 10 days of care per year for children and adult relatives when a student experiences a breakdown in care arrangements and cannot find another solution.

You can learn more about the  Back-Up Care Advantage Program at the links posted at right. If you have more questions, contact Audrey Adelson in the Emory WorkLife Resource Center. 

Parental Accommodation 

The Laney Graduate School has a parental accommodation policy for students with substantial parenting reponsibility as a result of childbirth, care of newborn, or a newly adopted child. This policy guarantees PhD students a minimum level of accommodation during the transition to parenthood.

  • The caregiver designated as having substantial parental responsibility may be relieved of full-time graduate duties and responsibilities for up to 8 weeks after the birth or adoption of a child.
  • Any matriculated doctoral student in good academic standing is eligible.
  • Eligible students who are receiving stipend support would continue to receive this support throughout the accommodation period.
  • PhD students benefitting from accommodation will remain as full-time students.
  • Accommodation is not a leave of absence.

Visit our Withdrawal, Leave of Absence and Parental Accommodation page for more information and to access the Parental Accommodation Request Form.