These are provided for reference only. If you are awarded a Postgraduate Scholarship you will receive an offer pack in the post with the correct Terms and Conditions documents for you to sign and return to the Scholarships Unit.
- 1 Higher Degree and General Regulations
- 1.1 A University scholarship holder will be registered at the University as a full-time or
part-time postgraduate student for a Higher Degree by coursework and
dissertation under the relevant University degree regulations and the General
Regulations of the University, and will be expected to abide by the following
- 1.2 Any scholar deemed by the appropriate University committee to be in breach of
these disciplinary regulations will forfeit the right to the continuation of their
scholarship award. This matter will not be subject to separate appeal, though the
decision to withdraw the scholarship may be deferred pending the outcome of any
appeal made against the disciplinary issue in question.
- 1.3 Scholars are expected to act as ambassadors for the University and agree to be
featured in University publications and press releases.
In addition, all scholarship holders will be subject to the following terms and
- 2 Agreement
- 2.1 All candidates will be required to confirm the the formal offer of the scholarship by
agreeing to the terms and conditions set out in this document and any
supplementary conditions set out in the scholarship offer. Candidates are advised
to keep a copy of these Terms and Conditions for their records.
- 2.2 The scholarship offer will specify the start date of the scholarship, the amount of
the scholarship and the method and frequency of payment.
- 3 Length of Scholarship
- 3.1 A scholarship will normally be tenable for one year (12 months) in the first
instance, renewable annually for a maximum of two years (24 months) for parttime candidates, subject to satisfactory progress and continued registration as a
student on the taught postgraduate programme of the University to which the
student was admitted.
- 3.2 A candidate who has completed part of the period of registration for a degree will
only be offered a scholarship for the remaining period required for the completion
of their registration.
- 3.3 A candidate who secures alternative sources of funding should inform the
Scholarships Unit. Depending on the circumstances, the scholarship may be
withdrawn or reduced pro-rata.
- 4 Mode of Study
- 4.1 Scholarships may be offered for full-time or part-time study. The mode of study
will be agreed in advance of registration and award of the scholarship. This is
accepted and agreed with these terms and conditions. The transfer of mode of
study may affect the candidate’s funding; a part-time candidate will not receive
- 5 Intermission
- 5.1 Intermission from registration will only be granted in cases of grave and
exceptional misfortune. During the period of intermission, scholarship payments
will be suspended.
- 5.2 Periods of intermission will not normally be granted for periods longer than 12
months. Applications for intermission should be made in advance and require the
support of the supervisor and approval from the Director of Graduate Studies or
- 6 Illness
- 6.1 Periods of illness for a continuous period of 2 weeks or more require medical
certification and should be reported to the supervisor and the Director of
Graduate Studies or equivalent. During periods of certified illness, candidates
may be paid at the full rate of their maintenance grant for the first 4 weeks within
any 12 month period. After 4 weeks the scholarship will be suspended until the
candidate resumes full-time study.
- 6.2 Should a period of illness exceed 4 weeks, candidates are advised to request a
period of intermission.
- 7 Monitoring
- 7.1 Continuation of a scholarship is subject to satisfactory academic progress.
- 7.2 Candidates and their programme convener or Director of Graduate Studies are
required to complete biannual progress report forms. If the report is
unsatisfactory, the programme convener, in conjunction with the Director of
Graduate Studies, or the Head of the School should recognise either:
- 7.2.1 that the scholarship be renewed for a further limited period (e.g. three
months) after which the candidate’s progress will be reviewed again to
determine whether or not the scholarship may be renewed for the
remainder of the academic year, or
- 7.2.2 that the candidate’s scholarship be terminated.
- 8 Submission of Dissertation
- 8.1 All candidates are expected to submit their dissertation no later than the last day
of registration or in line with the conventions of the programme of study.
Extensions to this period will only be given in grave and exceptional
circumstances and in accordance with Faculty guidelines.
- 9 Termination of Scholarship
- 9.1 The University will terminate a scholarship when progress or performance is
deemed to be unsatisfactory. Candidates should therefore inform their
programme conveners and the Director of Graduate Studies of any problems or
difficulties at the earliest opportunity. Similarly, programme conveners should
assist in identifying problems so that a candidate’s progress is not impeded.
- 9.2 If a scholarship is terminated prematurely for any reason, a candidate must repay
to the University any monies including maintenance, travel, subsistence, fees
overpaid from the date of the termination of the scholarship.
- 9.3 If a candidate is permitted to reduce the period of registration and the candidate’s
period of registration finishes before the scholarship is due to finish, the
scholarship will be terminated on the date of the completion of registration.
- 9.4 If a candidate takes up full-time employment whilst in receipt of a scholarship, the
scholarship will be terminated as of the first day of employment.
Approved by The University of Kent Board for Learning and Teaching on 3 February 2009.