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2014-10-10

Rector's Scholarship after the 2013/14 academic year

Dear Students,

Here you will find information about the Rector’s Scholarship. The scholarship could be given to a regular student who:

  • obtained a high GPA in the preceding year OR
  • has significant scientific achievements (eg. publishing a scientific book/chapter, translating a scientific book, active participation in a conference, becoming one of the top three participants of a national and/or international scientific contest etc.) OR
  • has significant artistic achievements (eg. publishing/translating an artistic book, becoming one of the top three participants of a national and/or international artistic contest, having works included in exhibitions on a national and/or international level etc.) OR
  • has achievements in sport on the national and/or international level (eg. participation in Olympic or Paralympic Games, world championships, European championships; achievements in domestic top leagues in various sports; becoming one of the top three participants in the Polish Universities Championships etc).

Only achievements from the 2013/14 academic year will be taken into account, not earlier ones.

What will not be taken into account (examples): unscientific publications; passive participation or organization of conferences; membership of a student club; participation in contests without achievements; passive participation in a research project etc.

More info on who can get the scholarship is on the website of the Scholarship Commission [in Polish] or [in English].

In order to apply for the scholarship, a student needs to fill in an application in USOS, click 'submit', print it, sign it, and deliver it either to the Scholarship Commission or to the Office. DEADLINE: 15 OCTOBER 2014.

Where to find the application: go to usosweb.uw.edu.pl. -> Log in -> Student's Section -> Applications (no, we don't know why there are two “applications”…) -> Scholarship application -> fill in and follow the steps.

Last year, the Scholarship Commission which administers Rector’s Scholarships created a very useful detailed instruction with printscreens and it is available [in Polish] and [in English]. These two come from the last year, but might help you to fill in this year’s application. If you have questions or you need help in the application procedure, especially if you are a foreign student, here is the contact to the Commission: oks@samorzad.uw.edu.pl. You may also visit our office and we’ll try to help, although there is no guarantee that we will be able to help due to the fact that Rector’s Scholarship is something beyond WISP.

Who can receive the Rector’s Scholarship? Apart from Polish students, it could be given to foreign students who: are from the EU/EFTA or from outside of the EU/EFTA but have permanent residency (eg. 'zezwolenie na osiedlenie się', 'zezwolenie na pobyt rezydenta długoterminowego Wspólnot Europejskich' etc.) or have a refugee or similar status or have 'Karta Polaka' (the exact catalogue is given [HERE on page 2] and if you have questions about it, please contact the Commission directly). If you are not sure if the document you have entitles you to apply for the Rector's Scholarship, contact the Commission: oks@samorzad.uw.edu.pl.

FAQ:

Q: Can I apply if I do not have any scientific achievements?
A: Yes. In this case the basis will be just your GPA.

Q: How can I document my scientific/artistic/sports achievements?
A: You will find this information under [this link]. Start from page 8. If you do not know Polish, please contact the Scholarship Commission directly: oks@samorzad.uw.edu.pl.

Q: Do I have to print the application and deliver the paper version to the Faculty?
A: Yes, but before you print, don't forget to confirm everything by clicking 'submit' ('złóż'). If you print the application and it has a big "NIEZATWIERDZONE" ("not confirmed") word across your application, it means that you have not finished the process in USOS. It means that on the last page of the whole application process you clicked "print" ("drukuj") before clicking "submit" ("złóż"). If this is your case, please go back to USOS, click "zloz" and print the application again, sign it and deliver to the office till 15 Oct.

Q: While filling in the application, the USOS is asking me for my bank account. How to upload it to USOS?
A: Those who don’t have their bank account in USOS need to do this: USOS -> Student's Section -> Payments -> Bank account -> fill in everything.

Q: I cannot fill in my GPA anywhere...
A: In this case your GPA will be counted by the Office and added to the ranking manually. Print your application without your GPA and it’s still going to be ok.

Q: I am currently on my Erasmus exchange. Can I apply?
A: Yes.

Q: Can the WISP Office assist me with the application?
A: This is something that we do not administer and we do not really have any practical knowledge about the process. We don't know how it looks like from your side. The Scholarship Commission will be able to answer your questions.