Advice for funded students

If you are in receipt of a studentship please make sure you understand whether your sponsor will permit changes to your registration status, for instance Research Council studentships are normally restricted to a maximum period of 'suspension' of 12 months, and may not be permitted in certain phases of the research.

If you are funded by a Research Council, you should be aware that the approval of the Research Council will need to be sought before seeking the approval of the University. Requests for approval of interruptions for ESRC, AHRC, BBSRC and NERC funded students must be sent to: cles-pgr-support@exeter.ac.uk  or cornwall-pgr@exeter.ac.uk.

Stipend payments will normally be suspended during periods of interruption and any overpayments will be reclaimed. Some sponsors will allow stipend payments to continue during periods of medical leave, and maternity/paternity/shared parental/adoption leave. Before you request a period of interruption, we recommend that you contact the PGR Support Office to understand whether any restrictions apply to your funding.

Maternity/Paternity/Shared Parental/Adoption Leave – if you need to take leave of this kind, the University has a policy on this. For students in receipt of funding administered by the University of Exeter stipend payments can continue for some time, please see Annex C of the policy for full details.

Interruptions for medical purposes – this only applies to students who have a stipend that is funded partly or wholly by the College of Life and Environmental Sciences.

When you interrupt for medical purposes you will have a choice to continue receiving your stipend or for your stipend to stop. You will not receive additional stipend in total, however the options provide you with a chance to try and plan for an unfunded period at the end of your programme. These options are outlined below.

Option 1: Payment stops during interruption (any overpayments recovered). End date of stipend is extended according to length of interruption. Example – medical interruption for 2 months from 1 April-31 May 2015. Original stipend end date 30 September 2015, new stipend end date 30 November 2015. Original programme end date 30 September 2015, new programme end date 30 November 2015. Student receives no payment 1 April -31 May 2015. Student instead receives payment 1 October 2015-30 November 2015

Option 2: Payment can continue during interruption for up to 13 weeks (in any 12 month period) whilst on medical leave, however this wouldn’t increase the length of your funding. Example - medical interruption for 2 months from 1 April-31 May 2015. Original stipend end date 30 September 2015, new stipend end date 30 September 2015. Original programme end date 30 September 2015, new programme end date 30 November 2015. Student receives payment 1 April-31 May 2015, stipend end date remains at 30 September 2015. Student has 2 month unfunded period at the end of the programme (1 October 2015-30 November 2015). If for any reason you did not re-register following your period of interruption we would seek reimbursement for the period whilst you were on medical leave.