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Information for Award Holders


We have put together a list of FAQs to try and help answer any questions that our award holders may have with regard to their Fellowships. If you still have any queries please get in touch with us via email at: or call us on (0)24 761 50565.

Who should be my mentor?
Early Career Fellows will usually ask their PhD Supervisor to be their mentor for the duration of the fellowship. The mentor is not required to attend the ACE sessions and is simply a point of contact for the IAS should we have any queries during your fellowship.

Council Tax:

The IAS Early Career Fellowship scheme is a part-time training programme for which you will receive a bursary, paid at 50% standard PhD rate. As an Early Career Fellow, you will no longer have student status (as the PhD thesis will have been submitted) and you are therefore eligible to pay council tax.

Contact with home department:
We encourage our Early Career Fellows to maintain a relationship with their home departments. As an ECF, your supervisor will usually be based in your home department. We would advise speaking with your department to see if they can offer office space (if required) as the IAS can only offer hot desking facilities. We add the details of each of our Early Career Fellows to our website, but the main information will be linked to your home department’s webpages.

Expiration of Student Card:
The process of how to obtain for a new University card will be discussed in further detail at the first ACE session, which will also be your induction session. Once you have your PhD, you will find that your card will expire shortly afterwards; the IAS can therefore set you up with status as an Early Career Fellow. The request is sent to Human Resources who will issue you with a letter confirming your status, along with details of how to collect your new card. The new card will allow you to maintain access to IT systems, the Library, etc.

Academic Career & Employability (ACE) Sessions:
The ACE sessions are held every Thursday, 1 – 5pm, during term-time only.
As stated in the award letter, it is imperative that all Early Career Fellows attend these sessions.

The ACE programme is organised and run by our Research Officer, Dr Rebecca Vipond. If you have any queries regarding the programme please contact Becky at: r dot vipond at warwick dot ac dot uk

It is the responsibility of the Early Career Fellow to ensure that they hold the correct visa and that it covers them for the duration of their fellowship. We advise any fellows who are unsure of their visa requirements to seek guidance from the International Office. Information on the Doctorate Extension Scheme (Tier 4) can be found here.