Terms of use


By using this website, you consent to the terms and conditions provided here forth with by www.FundMyPhD.com.

FundMyPhD.com is a web portal that offers PhD students the possibility to match their research topics to the right commercial interest for funding thus creating a win/win solution for all stakeholders. The web portal also helps PhD students to gain access to the right companies in order to conduct their field and empirical research.
The key feature of the service is that PhD students will be given a powerful tool to advertise their PhD research projects and interests to their target audience. Their family, friends, well-wishers, investors and other industrial and academic stakeholders are also able to support PhD projects by donating through the site. Industrial stakeholders and academics can leverage on the medium to reach out to PhD research of their choice for funding.
FundMyPhD.com admin will make sure that every content posted by the users at www.FundMyPhD.com website will be carefully examined and moderated before approval for public view. FundMyPhD.com admin will also exam all comment for moderation before contents are posted for public view. However, FundMyPhD.com will not be held liable for any copyright violation an individual post will violate, although the admin at FundMyPhD.com will do our best to see that all contributions are original. Also the admin will make sure that all inciting comments, videos and pictures that do not adhere to FundMyPhD.com ethics and principles will be deleted immediately upon noticed. We therefore urge all users to show ethics, discipline and a high sense of morality, fairness and equity when publishing or commenting on posts. FundMyPhD.com takes ownership of any content posted by users and contributors.

FundmyPhD – Terms of Use

Please read these Terms of Use (the “Agreement” or “Terms of Use”) carefully before using the services offered by FundmyPhD.com. or Beamos Technologies Limited (together “FundmyPhD” or the “Company”). This Agreement sets forth the legally binding terms and conditions for your use of the website at www.fundmyphD.com, all other sites owned and operated by FundmyPhD that redirect to www.fundmyphd.com, and all subdomains (collectively, the “Site”), and the service owned and operated by the Company (together with the Site, the “Service”). By using the Service in any manner, including, but not limited to, visiting or browsing the Site or contributing content, information, or other materials or services to the Site, you agree to be bound by this Agreement.

Summary of Service

FundmyPhd is a platform where certain users (“Project Creators”) run campaigns to fund their PhD projects by offering rewards to raise money from other users (“Funders”). Through the Site, email, websites, and other media, the Service makes accessible various content, including, but not limited to, videos, photographs, images, artwork, graphics, audio clips, comments, data, text, software, scripts, projects, other material and information, and associated trademarks and copyrightable works (collectively, “Content”). Project Creators, Funders, and other visitors to and users of the Service (collectively, “Users”) may have the ability to contribute, add, create, upload, submit, distribute, facilitate the distribution of, collect, post, or otherwise make accessible (“Submit”) Content. “User Submissions” means any Content Submitted by Users.

Acceptance of Terms

The Service is offered subject to acceptance of all of the terms and conditions contained in these Terms of Use, including the Privacy Rights available at https://www.fundmyphd.com/ privacy-rights, and all other operating rules, policies, and procedures that may be published on the Site by the Company, which are incorporated by reference. These Terms of Use apply to every user of the Service. In addition, some services offered through the Service may be subject to additional terms and conditions adopted by the Company. Your use of those services is subject to those additional terms and conditions, which are incorporated into these Terms of Use by this reference.

The Company reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to modify or replace these Terms of Use by posting the updated terms on the Site. It is your responsibility to check the Terms of Use periodically for changes. Your continued use of the Service following the posting of any changes to the Terms of Use constitutes acceptance of those changes.

The Company reserves the right to change, suspend, or discontinue the Service (including, but not limited to, the availability of any feature, database, or Content) at any time for any reason. The Company may also impose limits on certain features and services or restrict your access to parts or all of the Service without notice or liability.

The Service is available only to individuals who are at least 18 years old (and at least the legal age in your jurisdiction). You represent and warrant that if you are an individual, you are at least 18 years old and of legal age in your jurisdiction to form a binding contract, and that all registration information you submit is accurate and truthful. The Company reserves the right to ask for proof of age from you and your account may be suspended until satisfactory proof of age is provided. The Company may, in its sole discretion, refuse to offer the Service to any person or entity and change its eligibility criteria at any time. This provision is void where prohibited by law and the right to access the Service is revoked in those jurisdictions.

Rules and Conduct

As a condition of use, you promise not to use the Service for any purpose that is prohibited by the Terms of Use or law. The Service is provided only for your own personal, non-commercial use. You are responsible for all of your activity in connection with the Service. You shall not, and shall not permit any third party using your account to, take any action, or Submit Content, that:

  • infringes any patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright, right of publicity, or other right of any other person or entity, or violates any law or contract;
  • you know is false, misleading, or inaccurate;
  • is unlawful, threatening, abusive, harassing, defamatory, libelous, deceptive, fraudulent, tortious, obscene, offensive, profane, or invasive of another’s privacy;
  • constitutes unsolicited or unauthorized advertising or promotional material or any junk mail, spam, or chain letters;
  • contains software viruses or any other computer codes, files, or programs that are designed or intended to disrupt, damage, limit, or interfere with the proper function of any software, hardware, or telecommunications equipment or to damage or obtain unauthorized access to any system, data, password, or other information of the Company or any third party;
  • is made in breach of any legal duty owed to a third party, such as a contractual duty or a duty of confidence; or
  • impersonates any person or entity, including any employee or representative of the Company.

Additionally, you shall not: (i) take any action that imposes or may impose (as determined by the Company in its sole discretion) an unreasonable or disproportionately large load on the Company’s or its third-party providers’ infrastructure; (ii) interfere or attempt to interfere with the proper working of the Service or any activities conducted on the Service; (iii) bypass any measures the Company may use to prevent or restrict access to the Service (or other accounts, computer systems, or networks connected to the Service); (iv) run Maillist, Listserv, or any form of auto-responder or “spam” on the Service; or (v) use manual or automated software, devices, or other processes to “crawl” or “spider” any page of the Site.

You shall not directly or indirectly: (i) decipher, decompile, disassemble, reverse engineer, or otherwise attempt to derive any source code or underlying ideas or algorithms of any part of the Service, except to the extent applicable laws specifically prohibit such restriction; (ii) modify, translate, or otherwise create derivative works of any part of the Service; or (iii) copy, rent, lease, distribute, or otherwise transfer any of the rights that you receive hereunder. You shall abide by all applicable local, state, national, and international laws and regulations.

Project Creators agree to not abuse other users’ personal information. Abuse is defined as using personal information for any purpose other than those explicitly specified in the Project Creator’s Project, or is not related to fulfilling delivery of a product or service explicitly specified in the Project Creator’s Project.

Registration

You may view Content on the Site without registering, but as a condition of using certain aspects of the Service, you may be required to register with the Company and select a screen name (“User ID”) and password. You shall provide accurate, complete, and updated registration information. Failure to do so shall constitute a breach of the Terms of Use, which may result in immediate termination of your account. You shall not use as a User ID, domain name, or project name any name or term that (i) is the name of another person, with the intent to impersonate that person; (ii) is subject to any rights of another person, without appropriate authorization; or (iii) is offensive, vulgar, or obscene. The Company reserves the right in its sole discretion to refuse registration of or cancel a User ID, domain name, and project name. You are solely responsible for activity that occurs on your account and shall be responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your password for the Site. You shall never use another User account without the other User’s express permission. You will immediately notify the Company in writing of any unauthorized use of your account, or other known account-related security breach.

Projects: Fundraising and Commerce

FundmyPhD is a platform where Project Creators run campaigns to fund PhD projects by offering rewards (Perks) to raise money from Funders. By creating a fundraising campaign on FundmyPhD, you as the Project Creator are offering the public the opportunity to enter into a contract with you. By backing a fundraising campaign on FundmyPhD, you as the Funder accept that offer and the contract between Funder and Project Creator is formed. FundmyPhD is not a party to that agreement between the Funder and Project Creator. All dealings are solely between Users.

By funding or creating a PhD fundraising campaign on FundmyPhD, you agree to be bound by this entire Agreement, including the following terms:

  • Funders agree to provide their payment information at the time they pledge to a campaign. The payment will be collected at or after the campaign deadline money pledged as of the. The amount Funders pledge is the amount they will be charged.
  • Funders consent to FundmyPhD and its payments partners authorizing or reserving a charge on their payment card or other payment method for any amount up to the full pledge at any time between the pledge and collection of the funds.
  • Funders agree to have sufficient funds or credit available at the campaign deadline to ensure that the pledge will be collectible.
  • Funders may increase, decrease, or cancel their pledge at any time during the fundraising campaign, except that they may not cancel or reduce their pledge if the campaign is in its final 24 hours and the cancellation or reduction would drop the campaign below its goal.
  • The Estimated Delivery Date listed on each perk is not a promise to fulfill by that date, but is merely an estimate of when the Project Creator hopes to fulfill by.
  • Project Creators agree to make a good faith attempt to fulfill each perk by its Estimated Delivery Date.
  • For all campaigns, FundmyPhD gives to the Project Creator each Funders’ User ID and pledge amount. For successful campaigns, FundmyPhD additionally gives to the Project Creator each Funders name and email.
  • For some perks, the Project Creator needs further information from Funders, such as a mailing address or t-shirt size, to enable the Project Creator to deliver the perk. The Project Creator shall request the information directly from Funders at some point after the fundraising campaign is successful. To receive the perk, Funders agree to provide the requested information to the Project Creator within a reasonable amount of time.
  • FundmyphD does not offer refunds. A Project Creator is not required to grant a Funders request for a refund unless the Project Creator is unable or unwilling to fulfill the reward.
  • Project Creators are required to fulfill all perks of their successful fundraising campaigns or refund any Funders whose reward they do not or cannot fulfill.
  • Project Creators may cancel or refund a Funder’s pledge at any time and for any reason, and if they do so, are not required to fulfill the reward.
  • Because of occasional failures of payments from Funders, FundmyPhD cannot guarantee the receipt by Project Creators of the amount pledged minus fees.
  • FundmyPhD and its payments partners will remove their fees before transmitting proceeds of a campaign. Fees may vary depending on region and other factors.
  • FundmyPhD reserves the right to cancel a pledge at any time and for any reason.
  • FundmyPhD reserves the right to reject, cancel, interrupt, remove, or suspend a campaign at any time and for any reason. FundmyPhD is not liable for any damages as a result of any of those actions. FundmyPhD’s policy is not to comment on the reasons for any of those actions.
  • Project Creators should not take any action in reliance on having their project posted on the Site or having any of the money pledged until they have the ability to withdraw and spend the money via their accredited university. There may be a delay between the end of a successful fundraising campaign and access to the funds.

FundmyPhD is not liable for any damages or loss incurred related to perks or any other use of the Service. FundmyPhD is under no obligation to become involved in disputes between any Users, or between Users and any third party arising in connection with the use of the Service. This includes, but is not limited to, delivery of goods and services, and any other terms, conditions, warranties, or representations associated with campaigns on the Site. FundmyPhD does not oversee the performance or punctuality of projects. The Company does not endorse any User Submissions. You release FundmyPhD, its officers, employees, agents, and successors in rights from claims, damages, and demands of every kind, known or unknown, suspected or unsuspected, disclosed or undisclosed, arising out of or in any way related to such disputes and the Service.

Campaign Owners can offer Perks in exchange for a contribution. Perks can be objects, acknowledgements, a thank you, services, events, or anything that does not violate our Terms of Service. Below is a list of what you cannot offer as perks, per FundmyPhD Terms of Use:

What You Can’t Offer As Perks

  • A monetary return on investment, share of a company, share of profits, or loan repayment.
  • Real estate property
  • Entry into a raffle or contest
  • Firearms or weapons
  • Prescription or illegal drugs
  • Pornography or sexually explicit materials
  • Tax Deductions

If you have any questions about whether or not you can offer a certain Perk, you can ask our team for advice. Email phdfunding@fundmyphd.com. Or, via our ‘contact us’ link at the bottom of the home page.

Fees and Payments

Joining FundmyPhD is free. However, we do charge fees for certain services. When you use a service that has a fee you have an opportunity to review and accept the fees that you will be charged. Changes to fees are effective after we provide you with notice by posting the changes on the Site. You are responsible for paying all fees and taxes associated with your use of the Service.

If a project is successfully funded, FundmyPhD applies a 5% fee to the funds collected & if the project is not successfully funded the fee increases to 9% of the funds collected.

In the UK, pledges are processed securely through a third-party payments processor (PayPal). The payment system fees are 5% plus £0.05 for pledges of less than £10, and 3% plus £0.20 for pledges of £10 or greater.

We are happy to transfer funds to overseas students however any bank charges or currency conversion fees for this service will be incurred by the campaign creator & deducted from the final campaign total before transfer of the funds occur.

Funders should be aware that although it is possible to support a Campaign from outside the UK, the cost of conducting international transactions can be considerably higher than that of domestic transactions. These extra costs vary from country to country, include variations in foreign exchange rates and therefore may more than offset the value of Cash Benefits featured in each Campaign.

FundmyPhD, through its payment service providers, may require a surcharge or service charge for the extra costs of processing international payments from Funders, and this may impact the overall Returns of supporting a Campaign. If any surcharge or service charge is applied it will be line with the fees that payments schemes and Funders’ banks apply to international card payments. It is the responsibility of the Funder to be aware of the any service charge or surcharges applicable to their Contribution.

FundmyPhD reserves the right to amend its fees from time to time. FundmyPhD will notify Funders of any changes to its fees by posting a notice on the Website. It is the User’s responsibility to ensure that it checks the current fee schedule prior to creating any Campaign or contributing to any Campaign.

See PayPal website for additional information on charges & fees  https://www.paypal.com/uk/webapps/mpp/paypal-fees

Third-Party Sites

The Service may permit you to link to other websites or resources on the internet, and other websites or resources may contain links to the Site. When you access third-party websites, you do so at your own risk. Those other websites are not under the Company’s control, and you acknowledge that the Company is not liable for the content, functions, accuracy, legality, appropriateness, or any other aspect of those other websites or resources. The inclusion on another website of any link to the Site does not imply endorsement by or affiliation with the Company. You further acknowledge and agree that the Company shall not be liable for any damage related to the use of any content, goods, or services available through any third-party website or resource.

Content and License

You agree that the Service contains Content provided by the Company and its partners and Users and that the Content may be protected by copyrights, trademarks, service marks, patents, trade secrets, or other rights and laws. You shall abide by and maintain all copyright and other legal notices, information, and restrictions contained in any Content accessed through the Service.

The Company grants to each User of the Service a worldwide, non-exclusive, non-sublicensable and non-transferable license to use and reproduce the Content, solely for personal, non-commercial use. Use, reproduction, modification, distribution, or storage of any Content for other than personal, non-commercial use is prohibited without prior written permission from the Company, or from the copyright holder. You shall not sell, license, rent, or otherwise use or exploit any Content for commercial use or in any way that violates any third-party right.

Intellectual Property

By Submitting User Submissions on the Site or otherwise through the Service, you agree to the following terms:

  • The Company will not have any ownership rights over your User Submissions. However, the Company and its affiliates need the following license to perform and market the Service on your behalf and on behalf of its other Users and itself. You grant to the Company the worldwide, non-exclusive, perpetual, irrevocable, royalty-free, sublicensable, transferable right to (and to allow others acting on its behalf to) (i) use, edit, modify, prepare derivative works of, reproduce, host, display, stream, transmit, playback, transcode, copy, feature, market, sell, distribute, and otherwise fully exploit your User Submissions and your trademarks, service marks, slogans, logos, and similar proprietary rights (collectively, the “Trademarks”) in connection with (a) the Service, (b) the Company’s (and its successors’ and assigns’) businesses, (c) promoting, marketing, and redistributing part or all of the Site (and derivative works thereof) or the Service in any media formats and through any media channels (including, without limitation, third-party websites); (ii) take whatever other action is required to perform and market the Service; (iii) allow its Users to stream, transmit, playback, download, display, feature, distribute, collect, and otherwise use the User Submissions and Trademarks in connection with the Service; and (iv) use and publish, and permit others to use and publish, the User Submissions, Trademarks, names, likenesses, and personal and biographical materials of you and the members of your group, in connection with the provision or marketing of the Service. The foregoing license grant to the Company does not affect your other ownership or license rights in your User Submissions, including the right to grant additional licenses to your User Submissions.
  • You are publishing your User Submission, and you may be identified publicly by your name or User ID in association with your User Submission.
  • You grant to each User a non-exclusive license to access your User Submissions through the Service, and to use, edit, modify, reproduce, distribute, prepare derivative works of, display and perform such User Submissions solely for personal, non-commercial use.
  • You further agree that your User Submissions will not contain third-party copyrighted material, or material that is subject to other third-party proprietary rights, unless you have permission from the rightful owner of the material or you are otherwise legally entitled to post the material and to grant FundmyPhD all of the license rights granted herein.
  • You will pay all royalties and other amounts owed to any person or entity based on your Submitting User Submissions to the Service or the Company’s publishing or hosting of the User Submissions as contemplated by these Terms of Use.
  • The use or other exploitation of User Submissions by the Company and Users as contemplated by this Agreement will not infringe or violate the rights of any third party, including without limitation any privacy rights, publicity rights, copyrights, contract rights, or any other intellectual property or proprietary rights.
  • The Company shall have the right to delete, edit, modify, reformat, excerpt, or translate any of your User Submissions.
  • All information publicly posted or privately transmitted through the Site is the sole responsibility of the person from which that content originated.
  • The Company will not be liable for any errors or omissions in any Content.
  • The Company cannot guarantee the identity of any other Users with whom you may interact while using the Service.
  • All Content you access through the Service is at your own risk and you will be solely responsible for any resulting damage or loss to any party.

FundmyPhD has adopted a policy of, in appropriate circumstances, terminating User accounts that are repeat infringers of the intellectual property rights of others. FundmyPhD also may terminate User accounts even based on a single infringement.

Copyright Notifications

FundmyPhD will remove infringing materials if properly notified that Content infringes copyright. If you believe that your work has been copied in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, please notify FundmyPhD by using our ‘contact us link at the bottom of the home page. You can also submit a notification by emailing us at admin@fundmyphd.com. Your notification should contain the following information:

  • an electronic or physical signature of the person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of the copyright interest;
  • a description of the copyrighted work that you claim has been infringed;
  • a description of where the material that you claim is infringing is located on the Site, sufficient for FundmyPhD to locate the material;
  • your address, telephone number, and email address;
  • a statement by you that you have a good faith belief that the disputed use is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law; and
  • a statement by you that the information in your notice is accurate and, under penalty of perjury, that you are the copyright owner or authorized to act on the copyright owner’s behalf.

Termination

The Company may terminate your access to the Service, without cause or notice, which may result in the forfeiture and destruction of all information associated with your account. If you wish to terminate your account, you may do so by submitting a request via our ’contact us’ link at the bottom of the home page. Any fees paid to the Company are non-refundable. All provisions of the Terms of Use that by their nature should survive termination shall survive termination, including, without limitation, ownership provisions, warranty disclaimers, indemnity, and limitations of liability.

Warranty Disclaimer

The Company has no special relationship with or fiduciary duty to you. You acknowledge that the Company has no duty to take any action regarding any of the following: which Users gain access to the Site; what Content Users access through the Site; what effects the Content may have on Users; how Users may interpret or use the Content; or what actions Users may take as a result of having been exposed to the Content. The Company cannot guarantee the authenticity of any data or information that Users provide about themselves or their campaigns and projects. You release the Company from all liability for your having acquired or not acquired Content through the Site. The Site may contain, or direct you to websites containing, information that some people may find offensive or inappropriate. The Company makes no representations concerning any Content on the Site, and the Company is not liable for the accuracy, copyright compliance, legality, or decency of material contained on the Service.

The Company does not guarantee that any Content will be made available through the Service. The Company has no obligation to monitor the Service or Content. The Company reserves the right to, at any time, for any reason, and without notice: (i) cancel, reject, interrupt, remove, or suspend a campaign or project; (ii) remove, edit, or modify any Content, including, but not limited to, any User Submission; and (iii) remove or block any User or User Submission. FundmyPhD reserves the right not to comment on the reasons for any of these actions.

The Service is provided “as is” and “as available” and is without warranty of any kind, express or implied, including, but not limited to, the implied warranties of title, non-infringement, merchantability, and fitness for a particular purpose, and any warranties implied by any course of performance or usage of trade, all of which are expressly disclaimed. The Company, and its directors, employees, agents, suppliers, partners, and content providers do not warrant that: (a) the Service will be secure or available at any particular time or location; (b) any defects or errors will be corrected; (c) any content or software available at or through the Service is free of viruses or other harmful components; or (d) the results of using the Service will meet your requirements. Your use of the Service is solely at your own risk. Some states or countries do not allow limitations on how long an implied warranty lasts, so the above limitations may not apply to you.

The Company makes no guaranty of confidentiality or privacy of any communication or information transmitted on the Site or any website linked to the Site. The Company will not be liable for the privacy of email addresses, registration and identification information, disk space, communications, confidential or trade-secret information, or any other Content stored on the Company’s equipment, transmitted over networks accessed by the Site, or otherwise connected with your use of the Service.

Indemnification

You shall defend, indemnify, and hold harmless the Company, its affiliates, and each of its and its affiliates’ employees, contractors, directors, suppliers, and representatives from all liabilities, claims, and expenses, including reasonable attorneys’ fees and other legal costs, that arise from or relate to your use or misuse of, or access to, the Service and Content, or otherwise from your User Submissions, violation of the Terms of Use, or infringement by you, or any third party using your account, of any intellectual property or other right of any person or entity. The Company reserves the right to assume the exclusive defense and control of any matter otherwise subject to indemnification by you, in which event you will assist and cooperate with the Company in asserting any available defenses.

Limitation of Liability

In no event shall the Company, nor its directors, employees, agents, partners, suppliers, or content providers, be liable under contract, tort, strict liability, negligence, or any other legal or equitable theory with respect to the service (i) for any lost profits, data loss, cost of procurement of substitute goods or services, or special, indirect, incidental, punitive, or consequential damages of any kind whatsoever, substitute goods or services (however arising), (ii) for any bugs, viruses, trojan horses, or the like (regardless of the source of origination), or (iii) for any direct damages in excess of (in the aggregate) one hundred U.S. dollars ($100.00). some states or countries do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages, so the above limitations and exclusions may not apply to you.

International

Accessing the Service is prohibited from territories where the Content is illegal. If you access the Service from other locations, you do so at your own initiative and are responsible for compliance with local laws.

Electronic Delivery, Notice Policy, and Your Consent

By using the Services, you consent to receive from FundmyPhD all communications including notices, agreements, legally required disclosures, or other information in connection with the Services (collectively, “Contract Notices”) electronically. FundmyPhD may provide the electronic Contract Notices by posting them on the Site. If you desire to withdraw your consent to receive Contract Notices electronically, you must discontinue your use of the Services.

Governing Law

These Terms of Service (and any further rules, policies, or guidelines incorporated by reference) shall be governed by and construed in accordance with English law, without giving effect to any principles of conflicts of law, and without application of the United Nations Convention of Controls for International Sale of Goods. You agree that the Company and its Services are deemed a passive website that does not give rise to personal jurisdiction over FundmyPhD or its parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, successors, assigns, employees, agents, directors, officers or shareholders, either specific or general, in any jurisdiction other than the United Kingdom. You agree that any action at law or in equity arising out of or relating to these terms, or your use or non-use of the Services, shall be filed only in English courts, and you hereby consent and submit to the personal jurisdiction of such courts for the purposes of litigating any such action. You hereby irrevocably waive any right you may have to trial by jury in any dispute, action, or proceeding.

Integration and Severability

These Terms of Use and other referenced material are the entire agreement between you and the Company with respect to the Service, and supersede all prior or contemporaneous communications and proposals (whether oral, written or electronic) between you and the Company with respect to the Service and govern the future relationship. If any provision of the Terms of Use is found to be unenforceable or invalid, that provision will be limited or eliminated to the minimum extent necessary so that the Terms of Use will otherwise remain in full force and effect and enforceable. The failure of either party to exercise in any respect any right provided for herein shall not be deemed a waiver of any further rights hereunder.

Miscellaneous

The Company shall not be liable for any failure to perform its obligations hereunder where the failure results from any cause beyond the Company’s reasonable control, including, without limitation, mechanical, electronic, or communications failure or degradation. The Terms of Use are personal to you, and are not assignable, transferable, or sublicensable by you except with the Company’s prior written consent. The Company may assign, transfer, or delegate any of its rights and obligations hereunder without consent. No agency, partnership, joint venture, or employment relationship is created as a result of the Terms of Use and neither party has any authority of any kind to bind the other in any respect. In any action or proceeding to enforce rights under the Terms of Use, the prevailing party will be entitled to recover costs and attorneys’ fees. All notices under the Terms of Use will be in writing and will be deemed to have been duly given when received, if personally delivered or sent by certified or registered mail, return receipt requested; when receipt is electronically confirmed, if transmitted by facsimile or e-mail; or the day after it is sent, if sent for next day delivery by recognized overnight delivery service.

On our FundmyPhD website every PhD student asking for funding will be required to create a campaign page detailing their research project & will be required to tell potential funders (donors) about the benefits of their research & why they are conducting their research. Students can upload supporting documentation such as YouTube video & PowerPoint presentations etc.

Before starting a campaign each students credentials will be verified by us as there is a requirement for them to upload proof that they are enrolled at a university (or an accredited educational institution) as a PhD student or that they have a letter of intent of starting a PhD programme. The student will open an account by registering their personal information with us before they can start a campaign on the crowdfunding platform.

The Funder (donor) will give money on a voluntary basis if they like the project with no financial return. The student does have the option to offer  funders ‘perks’ (rewards) for donating such as; updates on the progress of the project via a newsletter or a dedication in the published thesis, maybe even a promotional pen or T-shirt etc but definitely not monetary/financial rewards (see above for full list of prohibited perks). The funder is made aware of how the website works as we have the following pages on the website; ‘how it works’, ‘support a student’, ‘frequently asked questions’, ‘terms of use’, ‘privacy rights’ & if you require any further information there is a ‘contact us’ link at the bottom of the homepage

The Funder (donor) will not get any financial return on their donation to the students PhD campaign as all money is given on a voluntary basis. There is no equity share for any potential Funders (donors) in the students PhD research.

Any donations pledged to a campaign will be held until the end of the campaign (campaign limit is currently set at no more than 60 days although we are recommending student to run their campaigns for no more than 30 days). The money would then be collected via our online payment gateway (which supports donations through Pay Pal & major credit/debit cards) & the funds donated would be sent to the student’s bank account or PayPal account depending on their preference. There is a risk of any student not completing their PhD programme. Should this be the case the Funder has donated the money at their own risk.

If the crowdfunding platform collapses mid campaign then no money would be taken from any Funders (donors) as the money is not drawn until the end of the campaign.

All money donated on the FundmyPhD website is given on a purely voluntary basis