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The MPLS Division’s parental leave funding policy aims to support women doctoral students in STEM subjects to proactively manage any pause in their studies due to maternity. It is intended to support women to progress through their academic career and improve the representation of women over time in STEM subjects.

MPLS doctoral students who suspend for maternity leave are entitled to 26 weeks paid leave regardless of their current funding situation at the RC stipend level. In those cases where both the mother and father are students, this financial support can be shared if it enables the female student to return to study in her MPLS department. Funding is available for students in years 1-4 of their programme.

Where funding is not already provided for under a student’s existing grant arrangements eligibility for this funding is as follows:

Oxford Division / location

 

Mother

Partner

Eligibility

MPLS

MPLS

Mother eligible and partner eligible for sharing

MPLS

Other Oxford Student

Mother eligible and partner eligible for sharing

Not MPLS

MPLS

Neither are eligible

MPLS

Student at other UK HEI

Mother eligible and partner eligible for sharing

MPLS

Not a student

Mother eligible only

Please contact maria.poole@mpls.ox.ac.uk for further information.