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Periods of absence

Fellowship holders or named staff members working on grants are entitled to take periods of absence from their grant for maternity, paternity and adoption leave as well as periods of long term sickness.

Arthritis Research UK will not pay the cost of these absences - it is the responsibility of the Host Institution to ensure all employer statutory and contractual payments for such leave are honoured.

No-cost extensions on grants can be applied for to account for time lost due to periods of absence, however supplements to the grant will not be provided. Alternatively, grantholders can apply to suspend their grant – this is a route typically used by fellowship holders to cover periods of absence, but is available to all grantholders.

Grant suspensions:

  • Grantholders can apply to suspend their grant for the period of the time they will be absent from work due to maternity, paternity, adoption leave or long term sickness.
  • We have no formal restrictions on the length of time that can be taken, but the dates should be agreed with the appropriate programme manager responsible for the award.
  • Whilst the grant is suspended, no invoices can be claimed on the grant.
  • The end date of the award will be extended for the same length of time as the period of suspension, so no grant/fellowship time will be lost.

Please read the further information on applying for a grant suspension.

All suspension requests need to be submitted through grant tracker.

The full policy regarding maternity, paternity, adoption leave and sick leave can be found in our terms and conditions.

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