Plagiarism is the wrongful appropriation of another author's texts, language, thoughts, ideas, or expressions, and the representation of them as one's own original work. REF SP considers plagiarism as an instance of academic dishonesty and a violation of Program’s values and principles. Therefore, applications in which plagiarism and /or self-plagiarism will be detected will be disqualified from the scholarship competition.

While completing the application, in particular the Academic Goals’ Statement of Purpose and the Essay on Roma Issues, the applicant is allowed to make only a limited use of quoting, ensuring that the original source is properly mentioned and that the quote is not counted as part of the minimum requirement of words.

Self-plagiarism is the reuse of significant, identical, or nearly identical portions of past applications for REF SP schemes. Similarly with the situation of plagiarism, the self-plagiarism will lead to disqualification from the scholarship competition.

Please note that besides the checking conducted by REF SP staff and by NSBs, the Program is making use of anti-plagiarism software to detect instances of plagiarism in applications.

Furthermore, according to the REF SP’s Policies and Procedures, applicants found responsible for sending forged documents will not be considered further for REF SP competition and for any REF funded Programs. Any other instances of academic dishonesty related to REF SP application process and during the Grant Contract period (such as providing false /forged data and information, attempts to bribery, etc.) will also lead to disqualification from the Program.