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Postgraduate Research Scholarship in Sleep, Vascular Function and Cognition

University of Sydney

Location
Australia
Level
Master Scholarship  
Publish
November 24, 2021

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Postgraduate Research Scholarship in Sleep, Vascular Function and Cognition

A postgraduate research scholarship

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A $28,000 p.a. scholarship for a postgraduate student to undertake research at the Faculty of Science.

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$28,000 p.a. (up to 3 years) Domestic student Masters by Research or PhD student Research in sleep, vascular function and cognition in older adults 26 November 2021 23 December 2021
How to apply

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Benefits

This scholarship will provide an annual stipend allowance of $28,000 per annum and is subject to satisfactory academic performance.

A successful Masters Research recipient may be awarded the scholarship for up to 1.75 to two years.

A successful Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) may be awarded the scholarship for up to three years.

Who's eligible

You must:

  • be a domestic student
  • have an unconditional offer of admission or be enrolled in a full-time Masters by Research or PhD at the Faculty of Science
  • be willing to research in sleep, vascular function and cognition in older adults
  • hold an honours degree (first class or second class upper) or a master's degree in a related field with a substantial research component.
  • Applicants without an offer of admission may apply but will only receive a full scholarship offer once they have an unconditional offer of admission.

    Background

    This scholarship has been established to provide financial assistance to a Masters by Research or PhD student who is undertaking research on sleep, vascular function, and cognition in older adults.

    This scholarship is funded by the Heart Foundation for the 2020 Future Leader Fellowship (Award Name): Targeting the heart optimise healthy brain ageing in different at risk populations across adulthood (Award ID: 104945).

    The terms and conditions of this scholarship follows Research Award Funding Agreement (the Agreement) between the National Heart Foundation of Australia and the University of Sydney.

    Terms and conditions

    1. Background

    a. This Scholarship has been established to provide financial assistance to a Masters by Research or PhD student who is undertaking research on sleep, vascular function, and cognition in older adults.

    b. This Scholarship is funded by the Heart Foundation for the 2020 Future Leader Fellowship (Award Name): Targeting the heart optimise healthy brain ageing in different at risk populations across adulthood (Award ID: 104945).

    c. The terms and conditions of this scholarship follows Research Award Funding Agreement (the Agreement) between the National Heart Foundation of Australia and the University of Sydney.

    2. Eligibility

    a. The Scholarship is offered subject to the applicant having an unconditional offer of admission or being currently enrolled to study full-time in a Masters by Research or PhD within the School of Psychology, Faculty of Science at the University of Sydney.

    b. Applicants without an offer of admission may apply but will only receive a full scholarship offer once condition 2a has been met.

    c. Applicants must be willing to undertake research in vascular function and cognition in older adults.

    d. Applicants must be a domestic student

    e. Applicants must also hold at least one of the following: I. an Honours degree (First Class or Second Class Upper) or equivalent in a relevant discipline, or II. Masters degree with a substantial research component.

    3. Selection Criteria

    a. The successful applicant will be awarded the Scholarship on the basis of:

    I. academic merit, II. area of study and/or research proposal, III. curriculum vitae, IV. previous research experience.

    b. The successful applicant (the Student) will be awarded the Scholarship on the nomination of the relevant research supervisor(s), or their nominated delegate(s).

    4. Value

    a. The Scholarship will provide a stipend allowance of $28,000 per annum (fixed rate) subject to satisfactory academic performance, for the following duration:

    I. up to 1.75 years for a successful Masters by Research, II. up to 3 years for a successful PhD recipient.

    b. If the Student converts from a Masters by Research to a PhD or vice-versa, the maximum duration of the Scholarship becomes that of the new candidature. The Student must seek permission from their supervisor to retain the scholarship prior to a change of enrolment.

    c. Periods of study already undertaken towards the degree prior to the commencement of the Scholarship will be deducted from the maximum duration of the Scholarship excluding any potential extension period.

    d. The Scholarship is for commencement in the relevant research period in which it is offered and cannot be deferred or transferred to another area of research without prior approval.

    e. No other amount is payable.

    f. The Scholarship will be offered subject to the availability of funding.

    5. Eligibility for Progression

    a. Progression is subject to attending and passing the annual progress evaluation.

    6. Leave Arrangements

    a. The Student receives up to 20 working days recreation leave each year of the Scholarship and this may be accrued. However, the Student will forfeit any unused leave remaining when the Scholarship is terminated or complete. Recreation leave does not attract a leave loading and the supervisor's agreement must be obtained before leave is taken.

    b. The Student may take up to 10 working days sick leave each year of the Scholarship and this may be accrued over the tenure of the Scholarship. Students with family responsibilities, caring for sick children or relatives, or experiencing domestic violence, may convert up to five days of their annual sick leave entitlement to carer’s leave on presentation of medical certificate(s). Students taking sick leave must inform their supervisor as soon as practicable.

    7. Research Overseas

    a. The Student may not normally conduct research overseas within the first six months of award.

    b. The Student is required to follow official advice from the University and Department of Foreign Affairs and Travel in light of travel restrictions due to Covid-19.

    c. The Student may conduct up to 20% of their research outside Australia. Approval must be sought from the Student's supervisor, Heart Foundation, Head of School and the Faculty via application to the Higher Degree by Research Administration Centre (HDRAC) and will only be granted if the research is essential for completion of the degree.

    d. In addition, further approval may be required as outlined in the University of Sydney’s Covid-19 2021 Response Plan.

    e. All periods of overseas research are cumulative and will be counted towards a student's candidature. Students must remain enrolled full-time at the University and receive approval to count time away.

    f. If the Student is conducting research outside of Australia, the Student acknowledges that the University of Sydney is not liable for any costs incurred. This includes but is not limited to: cost of travel and transfers (unless stated under section 4 (Value) of this scholarship to amount listed), delays due to travel restrictions or State and/or Federal quarantine requirements on their return to Australia.

    8. Suspension

    a. The Student cannot suspend their award within their first six months of study, unless a legislative provision applies.

    b. The Student may apply for up to 12 months suspension of the Scholarship for any reason during the tenure of the Scholarship. Periods of Scholarship suspension are cumulative and failure to resume study after suspension will result in the award being terminated. Approval must be sought from the Student's supervisor, Head of School and the Faculty via application to the Higher Degree by Research Administration Centre (HDRAC). Periods of study towards the degree during suspension of the Scholarship will be deducted from the maximum tenure of the Scholarship.

    9. Changes in Enrolment

    a. The Student must notify HDRAC, Heart Foundation and their supervisor promptly of any planned changes to their enrolment including but not limited to: attendance pattern, suspension, leave of absence, withdrawal, course transfer, and candidature upgrade or downgrade. If the Student does not provide notice of the changes identified above, the University may require repayment of any overpaid stipend.

    10. Termination

    a. The Scholarship will be terminated:

    I. on resignation or withdrawal of the Student from their research degree, II. upon submission of the thesis or at the end of the award, III. if the Student ceases to be a full-time student and prior approval has not been obtained to hold the Scholarship on a part-time basis, IV. upon the Student having completed the maximum candidature for their degree as per the University of Sydney (Higher Degree by Research) Rule 2011 Policy, V. if the Student receives an alternative primary stipend scholarship. In such circumstances this Scholarship will be terminated in favour of the alternative stipend scholarship where it is of higher value, VI. if the Student does not resume study at the end of a period of approved leave, or VII. if the Student ceases to meet the eligibility requirements specified for this Scholarship, (other than during a period in which the Scholarship has been suspended or during a period of approved leave).

    b. The Scholarship may also be terminated by the University before this time if, in the opinion of the University:

    I. the course of study is not being carried out with competence and diligence or in accordance with the terms of this offer, II. the Student fails to maintain satisfactory progress, or III. the Student has committed misconduct or other inappropriate conduct.

    c. The Scholarship will be suspended throughout the duration of any enquiry/appeal process.

    d. Once the Scholarship has been terminated, it will not be reinstated unless due to University error.

    11. Misconduct

    a. Where during the Scholarship a Student engages in misconduct, or other inappropriate conduct (either during the Scholarship or in connection with the Student’s application and eligibility for the Scholarship), which in the opinion of the University warrants recovery of funds provided, the University may require the Student to repay payments made in connection with the Scholarship. Examples of such conduct include and without limitation; academic dishonesty, research misconduct within the meaning of the Research Code of Conduct (for example, plagiarism in proposing, carrying out or reporting the results of research, or failure to declare or manage a serious conflict of interests), breach of the Code of Conduct for Students and misrepresentation in the application materials or other documentation associated with the Scholarship.

    b. The University may require such repayment at any time during or after the Scholarship period. In addition, by accepting this Scholarship, the Student consents to all aspects of any investigation into misconduct in connection with this Scholarship being disclosed by the University to the funding body and/or any relevant professional body.

    12. Intellectual Property

    a. The Student must complete the Student Deed Poll supplied by the University of Sydney.

    13. Confidentiality

    a. The Student is required to keep all confidential information disclosed by the Heart Foundation or the University of Sydney confidential and ensure it is not disclosed to a third party without the prior written consent of the University of Sydney or Heart Foundation as appropriate, or as required by law.

    b. The Student may only use confidential information disclosed by the Heart Foundation in connection to the Agreement except in connexion with the performance of obligations under the Agreement.

    c. The Student must notify Heart Foundation and their supervisor within 14 of days if they become aware of suspects misuse or disclosure of confidential information.

    14. Publications and Acknowledgement

    a. The Student must acknowledge the support of their scholarship in any media, publications or presentations arising from the research. This acknowledgement must include the “National Heart Foundation of Australia”; “2020 Future Leader Fellowship” and “Award ID: 104945”.

    15. Other Conditions

    a. The student can be called on to participate in other heat foundation activities such as peer reviewing, fundraising activities and/or presentations at donor events, or the preparation of promotional material.

    b. The Student must fully comply with the Heart Foundation’s Tobacco Policy. The Tobacco Policy states:

    The individuals, research groups, research institutions or personnel of research institutions associated with the Heart Foundation award shall not accept any money by way of research grants, consultancies or sponsorships from the tobacco industry or persons connected with the tobacco industry. This includes direct funding, as well as advertising, sponsorship, gifts or load of goods or services, or funding by any other means.

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