Students and doctoral candidates of the University of Warsaw can now apply for a number of benefits for the 2023/2024 academic year. The benefits are aimed at persons in a difficult financial or life situation, with a disability certificate or outstanding scientific, artistic or sporting achievements.
Due to national regulations, doctoral candidates studying at doctoral schools and doctoral candidates studying as part of a doctoral programme (the so-called “old mode” or “faculty mode”) have different entitlements to benefits and scholarships. Doctoral candidates in the “old mode” can apply for the same benefits as students and have their own scholarships (doctoral scholarship and doctoral scholarship increase).
Doctoral candidates studying at UW doctoral schools, on the other hand, are entitled to a doctoral scholarship. They may also apply for an increased doctoral scholarship. The University of Warsaw also offers them a scholarship financed from the funds of the “Excellence Initiative – Research University” programme.
For students and doctoral candidates studying as part of a doctoral programme
- Rector’s scholarship
It may be awarded to a person who has achieved outstanding academic results or has had significant scientific, artistic or sporting achievements in the previous academic year. The allowance is available to both full-time and part-time students. It can also be granted to students in the first year of first- and full-cycle programmes who have passed the matura examination in 2023, have the title of laureate or finalist of school Olympiads or are medallists in at least one competition for the title of Polish Champion in a given sport.
Persons who commence their studies in second-cycle programmes may be awarded a scholarship on the basis of outstanding academic results (grade average) obtained in the final year of first-cycle programmes and academic, artistic or sporting achievements obtained in the didactic cycle preceding the one for which the scholarship will be granted. The condition is the completion of first-cycle programme no earlier than twelve months before the beginning of second-cycle programme.
Applications for the rector’s scholarship can be submitted via USOSweb for students until 16th October.
Doctoral candidates who commenced their doctoral studies before the 2019/2020 academic year may also apply for the Rector’s scholarship for the ongoing academic year. It may be awarded to a doctoral candidate who, in the academic year preceding the one for which the scholarship is applied for, has fulfilled the criteria altogether, demonstrating progress in academic work, preparation of the doctoral thesis or particular commitment to teaching.
Doctoral candidates studying in the so-called “old mode” may additionally apply for a doctoral scholarship and a doctoral scholarship increase. The application for a doctoral scholarship, a Rector’s scholarship for doctoral candidates and an increased doctoral scholarship in the 2023/2024 academic year shall be submitted by doctoral candidates in the USOSweb system by the deadlines specified on the website of the UW’s Student Welfare and Support Office.
- Social scholarship
It can be obtained by a UW student who is in a difficult material situation and whose income per person in the family does not exceed PLN1294.40.
An application for a social scholarship can be submitted throughout the year in the USOSweb system, but it is obtained for a semester. The application for the social scholarship must be submitted by the 18th day of a given month (with exceptions), which allows the benefit to be calculated from the month of submission of the application.
- Scholarship for students with disabilities
A scholarship for students with disabilities may be received by a student who has a certificate of disability, a certificate on the degree of disability or a certificate referred to in art. 5 and art. 62 of the Act of 27 August 1997 on Vocational and Social Rehabilitation and Employment of Persons with Disabilities (a certificate issued by a Social Insurance Institution (ZUS) certifying doctor, a certificate of membership in one of the disability groups, a certificate of permanent or long-term inability to work on a farm).
In the 2023/2024 academic year, an application for a scholarship for students with disabilities must be submitted in the USOSweb system by the 20th day of a given month (in January and April 2024 by the 22nd day of the month), which allows the benefit to be calculated from the month of submission.
More information can be found on the Office for Persons with Disabilities website.
- Assistance grant
It may be applied for by a person who, for reasons beyond their control, finds themselves temporarily in a difficult life situation, causing costly and short-term difficulties in their studies.
An application for an aid payment may be submitted throughout the academic year (no later than three months from the date of the event giving rise to the benefit).
For doctoral candidates studying at doctoral schools
Doctoral candidates studying at UW doctoral schools without a doctoral degree are entitled to a doctoral scholarship (the amount of the scholarship is increased after a positive mid-term evaluation). A doctoral candidate with a disability certificate receives a doctoral scholarship increased by 30% of the basic amount.
In addition, as of the 2023/2024 academic year, doctoral candidates studying at doctoral schools who have completed their first year of study, are completing their programme of study on time and have academic achievements may apply for a new benefit – an increase in the research scholarship. The deadline for applications is 23rd October.
A summary of the most important information on benefits for international students and doctoral candidates is available on the website of the UW’s Student Welfare and Support Office.