1. University Regulations, Provision of Award and Enrolment
Recipients of the Wolfson Postgraduate Scholarship must abide at all times with the University rules and regulations, as set out in the University Calendar, available online at http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/services/gov/calendar/regulationsnewtoc/.
The Wolfson Scholarship is normally awarded for up to 3 years of full-time doctoral study and normally includes the payment of both academic fees and a maintenance grant to the award-holder. Funding is not retrospective.
The award of the Wolfson Scholarship is made only to individuals who are classified as UK/EU students for fees purposes. The University’s decision over fee status will be final. By accepting the award you are confirming that you accept your fee status as UK/EU and are not aware of any evidence that might alter this classification. If you do not disclose such evidence and the University becomes aware of it at a later date, your award may be revoked.
The value of each award is £82,998 (£27,666 per annum on a full time basis). The award will cover full fees and is at a high level in order to cover costs associated with research and training. It also covers costs associated with attending events for the programme organised by the Wolfson Foundation .
The element of the award covering maintenance and research and training costs (i.e. all funds after deduction of tuition and college fees) should be made available to the student to be used at their discretion. The total value of the award is not reviewable on an annual basis and is fixed over the period of the award. Students should receive equal amounts each year (subject to changes due to increases in fees).
The offer of the award of the Wolfson Scholarship is made on the understanding that applicants are currently enrolled or will be enrolled with the University from 3rd October 2016 or alternative enrolment date and will then subsequently re-enrol annually. If an applicant has been made a conditional offer for doctoral study and has conditions still outstanding at the time of enrolment, then enrolment will be provisional until the conditions needed for full enrolment have been met. Provisional enrolment will enable the student to receive the award. However, if the conditions of admission are not satisfied within the first term of study the student will be liable to repay the amount awarded in full, on demand and without deduction. Acceptance of the terms and conditions of this award shall be taken as acceptance of the student’s liability to repay in such circumstances.
2. Additional or Alternative Sources of External Funding
The University retains the right to withdraw all or part of the Wolfson Scholarship if the student obtains substantial alternative funding in excess of this total sum and to verify a recipient’s financial status annually through re-enrolment.
It is a condition of accepting this award that if the Wolfson award-holder is successful in obtaining an offer of funding for doctoral studies from an alternative source to an amount commensurate with normal Wolfson funding, they must inform CADRE/ the Graduate School without delay in writing of all the material facts. In such circumstances the University would normally expect the award-holder to accept the alternative award.
It is a requirement of the Wolfson scheme that the student must not be in receipt of any other scholarship, studentship or alternative source of funding for doctoral studies at Warwick or elsewhere which has not been disclosed to the University. Any student in receipt of a University scholarship remains responsible for immediately notifying the Graduate School of any changes to their funding arrangements throughout their period of study. Failure to disclose such information will be considered as a major offence as defined in the disciplinary regulations laid out in University Regulation 23.
3. Fees and Payment
Accommodation fees are not directly covered by the Wolfson Scholarship. The stipend is intended to be a contribution towards living expenses.
Stipend payments will be made on a monthly basis unless otherwise stated. The first stipend payment will be made on the first day of the month in which the student is due to start their course or three to four days following enrolment, whichever is later. Payments will only commence once Student Finance have received the student’s UK bank details.
Stipend payments will only be made from the University to a student’s UK bank account.
4. Changes to Modes of Attendance
Wolfson award-holders are normally expected to be registered full-time. Requests to study part-time will be considered on the grounds set out in University Regulation 38.3.2 and are subject to approval by the Chair of the Board of Graduate Studies.
Requests for temporary withdrawal will only be considered on the grounds set out in University Regulation 36. Requests for temporary withdrawal should be made in accordance with normal procedure and the payment of the award is normally suspended during the award-holder’s period of temporary withdrawal.
Should an award-holder wish to withdraw permanently, he/she must notify their department immediately in writing. Any maintenance and fee awards payable under Wolfson will be terminated at the date of withdrawal. Any payments made to an award-holder to cover a period of study after the date of permanent withdrawal will need to be repaid.
Wolfson award-holders are expected to be registered full-time and be based at the University throughout their course of study. Any requests to spend part of the period of study away from the University must conform with the conditions set out in the ‘Guidelines on the Supervision of Research Students based away from the University’.
5. Student Obligations
Payment of the Wolfson Scholarship is subject to the annual completion by the award-holder of a Postgraduate Research Annual Report Form or agreed departmental equivalent for each year of the award.
The award is subject to the acceptance of the terms of this agreement and (i) the award-holder submitting on an annual basis to CADRE, a 500-word summary of the progress on their research project and experience of the University and (ii) the award-holder consenting to their name and submission being used by the University in a recruitment context, be it in the University prospectus, as online content or other; and (iii) the provision of a final report, of equivalent length, upon the conclusion of the research degree.
The award-holder will be expected to participate periodically in a range of postgraduate recruitment activities, which might include: postgraduate open days; induction events; widening participation events; receptions held with potential sponsors or alumni, etc.