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Scholarship for people with disabilities

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

The scholarship may be granted if the conditions set out in the Act of 20 July 2018 – Law on Higher Education and Science (i.e. Journal of Laws of 2021, item 478, as amended) and the Regulations of benefits for students of the University of Warsaw ( UW Monitor of 2021, item 215).

The scholarship for the disabled may be granted to a student who has:

  • certificate of disability,
  • 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 on disability issued by an adjudicating body in another country, you do not meet the criteria for granting a scholarship for disabled people. However, you can get other support from the Office for People with Disabilities (BON). Detailed information in this regard can be found on the BON website.

A student studying several fields of study at the same time may receive a scholarship for people with disabilities only in one field of study indicated by him/her.

The total period during which the scholarship is granted for first-cycle studies, second-cycle studies and long-cycle studies is 12 semesters – regardless of the student’s receipt – with the proviso that within this period the scholarship is entitled to:

  • first-cycle studies – not longer than nine semesters;
  • second-cycle studies – no longer than seven semesters

This rule does not apply if the disability arose during studies or after obtaining a professional title. In this case, the student may receive a scholarship for people with disabilities only in one subsequent field of study, but not longer than for a period of six years.

The scholarship is not granted to a student with the professional title:

  • Master’s degree, Master’s degree in engineering or equivalent,
  • bachelor’s, engineer or equivalent if he resumes first-cycle studies.

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 People with Disabilities.

Benefit in numbers

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 Board of the Students’ Self-Government, determines the amount of the scholarship for disabled people in a given academic year, taking into account the degree of disability.

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 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/