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The rector’s scholarship

The Rector’s scholarship may be awarded to a student who:

  • has excellent academic record,  scientific, artistic or sport achievements at the minimum national level, and
  • has obtained all credits and passed all exams by 25th September (summer semester), or by 15th March (winter semester) – this applies to the students of the second and further years of the 1st cycle studies and long-cycle studies.

The Rector’s scholarship is also granted to a student admitted to the first year of academic studies in the year of passing the secondary school leaving examination [Matura], who is:

  • a laureate of the International Olympics or a laureate or a finalist of the Olympics at the central level, referred to in the regulations on the education system,
  • a medallist in the competition for the title of minimum the Champion of Poland in a given sport, referred to in the regulations on sport.

In order to obtain the Rector’s scholarship the students admitted to the first year of the 1st cycle studies and long-cycle studies after graduation from a secondary school should present their scientific, sports and artistic achievements from the period of their secondary school education. Other students present their achievements from the last year of university studies or the last semester if they studied for only one semester.

A student can apply for a scholarship in only one programme and at one higher education institution, on the basis of a submitted application.

An application for the Rector’s scholarship should be submitted to the Dean’s Office of your Faculty together with appropriate documentation by 15th October or 30th March (when the 2nd cycle studies start from the summer semester).

The Rector’s scholarship is awarded on the basis of a ranking list. The ranking lists are created separately for each programme, for all years of studies, forms of studies and levels of education.

Once a year the Rector, taking into account financial standing of the University, establishes the percent of students entitled to receive the scholarship (not more than 10% of students of each programme) and the monthly amount of the scholarship, which may yet be changed in the summer semester.

Average of grades

The average of grades required for the Rector’s scholarship in the case of students from the second and further years of the 1st cycle studies and long-cycle studies is the arithmetic mean of all modules’ final grades obtained in the previous year of studies. The average of grades does not include a physical education grade or a diploma examination grade, in the case of students who, after graduation from the 1st cycle studies at the University of Silesia, were admitted to the first year of the 2nd cycle studies or long-cycle studies.

The average of grades required for the Rector’s scholarship in the case of students enrolled for the first year of the 1st cycle studies or long-cycle studies after graduation from a secondary school is the arithmetic mean calculated on the basis of all grades presented on a school leaving certificate. Physical education grades are not included in the average of grades. The minimum average of grades for the Rector’s scholarship is 4,10.

Scientific achievements

The following achievements are included in the catalogue of scientific achievements which qualify students to apply for the Rector’s scholarship:

  • scientific publications, such as: monographs, books, articles in scientific journals included in the list of publishers and journals issued by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education, specialist journals, university journals, scientific bulletins, publications in post-conference monographs, publications in electronic form;
  • active participation (paper, communiqué, multimedia presentation) in a scientific conference, symposium, session of international, national, academic character;
  • participation in scientific and research projects;
  • participation in Olympics or other scientific competitions.

The following do not constitute scientific achievements entitling to apply for the Rector’s scholarship: membership and managerial positions in student research groups or other student organisations, non-scientific publications, scientific articles or other scientific works which have not been published and are in the process of being reviewed or in print, individual organisation of studies [IOS], individual course of studies [ITS], studies in the College of Interdisciplinary Individual Studies at the University of Silesia in Katowice, internships, courses, voluntary work, vocational traineeships, non-scientific traineeships (in legal, pedagogical, vocational and other counselling centres), passive participation in conferences, symposia, scientific sessions, participation in open lectures, workshops, summer schools, panel meetings, science popularization events, meetings with representatives of business and institutions, participation in non-academic competitions, organization of conferences, competitions, show stands, workshops during the University’s open days, festivals, classes and workshops for students, cultural and media-related activities, etc.

Sport achievements

Sport achievements at a minimum national level include the following :

  • participation in the Olympic Games, World Championships, European Championships, World Academic Championships, European Academic Championships, Universiades and European Student Games;
  • winning a medal place and participation in the Polish Championships or Polish Academic Championships;
  • participation in competitions at the central level of the first, second and third national leagues;
  • winning a medal place and participation in international competitions organized by the University Sports Association [Akademicki Związek Sportowy];
  • winning a medal place (1st– 3rd) during international or national mass events (jogging, downhill biking, etc.).

The following do not constitute sport achievements entitling to apply for the Rector’s scholarship: membership in the sports section at the University of Silesia, organization of sport events, participation in mass sport events.

Artistic achievements

The Rector’s scholarship may be awarded to a student having artistic achievements in the following fields: audiovisual and visual arts, music, literature, film, theatre, photography and dance. The achievements in the aforementioned fields include: taking leading places or winning awards in international or national competitions, festivals, reviews or artistic exhibitions.

The following do not constitute artistic achievements entitling to apply for the Rector’s scholarship: participation in an individual or collective performance (exhibition, concert, festival, project), creation, co-creation, production, co-production of artistic works within the university programme.

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