Postgraduate Research Scholarship in Sri Lankan Coastal Archaeology
A postgraduate research scholarship
This Scholarship provides financial assistance to a PhD student undertaking research in Sri Lankan Coastal Archaeology.Highlights
|Value||Eligibility||Open date||Close date|
|$35,629 p.a. (up to 3.5 years)||PhD student researching the archaeology and archaeomalacology of the southern Sri Lankan coast Hold first class honours degree (or equivalent) in archaeology criteria Experience in Indo-Pacific archaeomalacology||27 May 2022||10 June 2022|
The scholarship will provide a stipend allowance of $35,629 per annum for up to 3.5 years, subject to satisfactory academic performance.Who's eligible
This Scholarship has been established to provide financial assistance to a PhD student who is undertaking research in Sri Lankan Coastal Archaeology.
This PhD project will investigate the nature of mid to late Holocene coastal occupation and resource use on the southern coast of Sri Lanka. By applying high-resolution archaeomalacological methods, the aim of this research is to examine human-environmental interactions with dynamic coastal ecosystems, investigating drivers of change and/or stability in human behaviour from c. 5,000 years ago into the present.
This Scholarship is funded by an Australian Research Council (ARC) funded Future Fellowship project (From the Rainforest to the Coast: deep-time human- environmental interactions in South Asia) to Dr Patrick Faulkne.Terms and conditions
a. This Scholarship has been established to provide financial assistance to a PhD student who is undertaking research in Sri Lankan Coastal Archaeology.
b. This PhD project will investigate the nature of mid to late Holocene coastal occupation and resource use on the southern coast of Sri Lanka. By applying high-resolution archaeomalacological methods, the aim of this research is to examine human-environmental interactions with dynamic coastal ecosystems, investigating drivers of change and/or stability in human behaviour from c. 5,000 years ago into the present.
c. This Scholarship is funded by an Australian Research Council (ARC) funded Future Fellowship project (From the Rainforest to the Coast: deep-time human- environmental interactions in South Asia) to Dr Patrick Faulkner.
a. The Scholarship is offered subject to the applicant having an unconditional offer of admission to study full-time in a PhD in Archaeology, School Humanities, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Sydney.
b. Applicants must be willing to conduct research into the archaeology and archaeomalacology of the southern Sri Lankan coast.
c. Applicants must hold a first class honours degree (or equivalent) in archaeology.
d. Applicants must demonstrate ability to conduct high quality research.
e. Applicants must have experience in archaeological field and laboratory methods.
f. Applicants must have experience in Indo-Pacific archaeomalacology, preferably with experience in the analysis of archaeological shell deposits in Sri Lanka.
g. Applicants must demonstrate capacity to work effectively in a team environment and with international collaborators.
h. Applicants must have effective verbal and written communication skills.
3. Selection Criteria
a. The successful applicant will be awarded the Scholarship on the basis of:
I. academic merit, II. feedback from one academic referees, III. research proposal, IV. curriculum vitae, and V. personal statement which addresses the following: i. their commitment and experience in studying Indo-Pacific archaeomalacology, and ii. their capacity to work effectively in a team environment and with international collaborators.
b. The successful applicant will be awarded the Scholarship on the nomination of a selection committee comprising of: I. Associate Dean (Research Education), Faculty of Arts and Social Science, and II. at least two other academics from the area of research.
a. The scholarship will provide a stipend allowance of $35,629 per annum for up to 3.5 years, subject to satisfactory academic performance. If the end date of the scholarship is after the end date outlined in clause 4.f., the end date in clause 4.f. prevails.
b. If a recipient is approved to change their candidature for an eligible degree to part-time and they receive written approval from the ARC and Head of School, School of Humanities to hold this scholarship on a part-time basis, then the value of the stipend allowance will be 50% of the full-time stipend rate for the equivalent full-time student load duration as outlined in Clause 4.a.
c. The recipient may not apply for an extension.
d. 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.
e. The Scholarship is for commencement in the relevant research period in which it is offered and cannot be deferred without prior approval of the Head of School, School of Humanities.
f. If the scholarship duration is not complete by the 31 January 2026, the scholarship will be automatically terminated.
g. The Scholarship cannot be transferred to another area of research.
h. No other amount is payable.
i. 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 Scholarship recipient 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 Scholarship recipient 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 Scholarship recipient may not normally conduct research overseas within the first six months of award. Written approval must be sought from the Chair of Archaeology in order to conduct research overseas within the first 6 months of the award.
b. The Scholarship holder may conduct up to 12 months of their research outside Australia. 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), and will only be granted if the research is essential for completion of the degree. 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.
a. The Scholarship recipient cannot suspend their award within their first six months of study, unless a legislative provision applies.
b. The Scholarship recipient 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 Scholarship recipient must notify HDRAC, ARC 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 award holder does not provide notice of the changes identified above, the University may require repayment of any overpaid stipend.
a. The Scholarship will be terminated:
I. on resignation or withdrawal of the recipient from their research degree, II. upon submission of the thesis or at the end of the award, III. if the recipient ceases to be a full-time student and prior approval has not been obtained to hold the Scholarship on a part-time basis from the ARC and Head of School, School of Humanities, IV. upon the recipient having completed the maximum candidature for their degree as per the University of Sydney (Higher Degree by Research) Rule 2011 Policy, V. if the recipient 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 recipient does not resume study at the end of a period of approved leave, or VII. if the recipient 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.
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.Study archaeology with us
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