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Scholarship for people with disabilities

The scholarship for people with disabilities is one of the forms of financial support that doctoral students with disabilities can apply for. The scholarship can be obtained during full-time and part-time studies. Doctoral students with disabilities, by receiving this scholarship, may simultaneously receive a social scholarship, rector’s scholarship and a grant.

A scholarship for disabled persons may be awarded to a doctoral student who has:

  • certificate of disability,
  • a certificate of the degree of disability, or
  • the decision referred to in art. 5 and art. 62 of the Act of 27 August 1997 on vocational and social rehabilitation and employment of disabled people (i.e. a decision of a ZUS certifying physician, a certificate of being classified as one of the disabled groups, a certificate of permanent or long-term incapacity to work on a farm).

If you have other documents, e.g. medical documentation or a document
issued by an adjudicating body in another country, you do not meet the criteria for granting a scholarship for people with disabilities. However, you can get other support from the Office for People with Disabilities. Detailed information in this regard can be found on the BON website.

A doctoral student pursuing more than one doctoral program at the same time may receive a scholarship for disabled persons only at one doctoral program of his/her choice.

The scholarship is not awarded to a doctoral student with a doctoral degree.

In the event that the disability arose after obtaining the doctoral degree, the doctoral student may receive a scholarship for disabled persons only during one consecutive doctoral program.

You can apply for a scholarship for people with disabilities after prior submission to the Office for Persons with Disabilities of a disability certificate, a certificate of the degree of disability, a certificate of a ZUS certifying physician, a certificate of inclusion in one of the disabled groups, a certificate of permanent or long-term inability to work
on a farm.

Due to the epidemic situation, it is possible to send decisions electronically to the following e-mail address: bon@uw.edu.pl. Documents should be sent in pdf format from an e-mail account with the domain address identified with the University of Warsaw. The employees of BON enter the data from the decision into the USOS system. It will be possible to submit an application for a scholarship on the next day after entering the data from the decision into the USOS system.

The application for the scholarship is submitted for the academic year. However, the application must be re-submitted if the previous decision is no longer valid and a new document has been issued. In this case, the right to the scholarship is determined from the first day of the month following the month in which the validity of the previous decision expired, provided that the new decision shows that the disability has continued uninterrupted. The application for a scholarship should be submitted immediately, but not later than within three months from the date of issuing the decision, unless the applicant reliably proves and documents that for reasons beyond his control it was impossible to submit the application within this period.

The application for the scholarship is submitted via the USOSweb system. After logging in to USOSweb, go to the “COMMON SECTION” tab, then “Applications” and fill in the application for a scholarship for disabled people by selecting it from the list of available applications that you can submit at your unit.

The application for a scholarship is submitted in the form of an electronic document. Submitting applications electronically at USOSweb takes place with the use of the action “NEXT: SIGN AND SUBMIT ELECTRONICALLY”. After clicking this button, USOSweb will open another screen where you will have to enter the authorization code, which will be sent to your e-mail address. After entering the authorization code, the application will be submitted electronically via USOSweb. Applications should not be submitted on paper.

The substantive service of applications for a scholarship is provided by The Office for Persons with Disabilities (BON).

Scholarships for people with disabilities will be paid by the Bursary of the University of Warsaw on the following dates:

  • November 18, 2021
  • December 17, 2021
  • January 17, 2022
  • February 18, 2022
  • March 18, 2022
  • April 15, 2022
  • May 18, 2022
  • June 20, 2022

The scholarship for people with disabilities is granted for the academic year and is paid from the month of submitting the application within the period specified by the Rector, without the possibility of compensation for the previous months, for the period of validity of the certificate confirming the disability, but not longer than for nine months, from October to June.

If the year of study lasts for a semester, the scholarship for disabled persons is awarded:

  • in the winter semester up to five months – from October to February,
  • in the summer semester up to four months – from March to June.

The Rector, in consultation with the PhD Students’ Union, determines the amount of the scholarship for disabled people in a given academic year, taking into account the degree of disability.

The documents entitling to receive the scholarship are:

  • certificate of disability,
  • a certificate of the degree of disability, or
  • the decision referred to in art. 5 and art. 62 of the Act of 27 August 1997 on vocational and social rehabilitation and employment of disabled people (i.e. a decision of a ZUS certifying physician, a certificate of being classified as one of the disabled groups, a certificate of permanent or long-term incapacity to work on a farm).

The Office for People with Disabilities (BON) – a unit responsible at the University of Warsaw for creating conditions for people with disabilities to fully participate in the process of admitting people to the university for education, training and scientific activities.

Disability certificate – formal confirmation that you are disabled. Disability is judged by:

  • Poviat/city disability adjudication teams – as the first instance,
  • Provincial disability adjudication teams – as the second instance.

Disability Level Certificate – Formal confirmation that you are disabled. The provisions of the Act of 27 August 1997 on vocational and social rehabilitation and employment of disabled persons provide for the gradation of disability by determining its degrees. There are three degrees of disability:

  • considerable,
  • moderate,
  • light.

USOSweb – University Study System available at https://www.usosweb.uw.edu.pl/