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School of Geosciences Scholarship in Sustainable Futures

University of Sydney

Location
Australia
Level
Master Scholarship  
Publish
May 12, 2022

Description

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School of Geosciences Scholarship in Sustainable Futures

A postgraduate research scholarship

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Up to $35,950 stipend scholarship assistance to PhD students who are undertaking research in the School of Geosciences.

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Value Eligibility Open date Close date
$35,950 p.a. (up to 3.5 years) Domestic or international student Masters by Research or PhD in Geosciences N/A N/A
How to apply

Research students within the School of Geosciences applying for the Research Training Program (RTP) scholarship will automatically be considered for this scholarship. A separate application is not required.

To be considered for this scholarship, you must have applied for the RTP Scholarship (domestic or international) for the relevant research period.

Benefits

This scholarship will provide an annual stipend allowance equivalent to the University of Sydney RTP rate (indexed on 1 January each year) for up to three years

An extension for up to six months is available, subject to satisfactory academic performance.

Who's eligible

You must:

  • be a domestic or international 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 the School of Geosciences.
  • hold an honours degree (first class) or a master's degree in a related field with a substantial research component
  • have applied for the Research Training Program (RTP) at the University of Sydney

  • not hold an RTP, University of Sydney Postgraduate Award (UPA) or equivalent primary scholarship.

  • Background

    This scholarship has been established to provide financial assistance to PhD students who are undertaking research in the School of Geosciences.

    This scholarship is funded by the School of Geosciences.

    Terms and conditions

    1. Background

    a. This Scholarship has been established to provide financial assistance to PhD students who are undertaking research in the School of Geosciences.

    b. This Scholarship is funded by the School of Geosciences.

    2. Eligibility

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

    b. Candidate must be willing to conduct research in the School of Geosciences.

    c. Candidate must also hold at least one of the following:

    I. an Honours degree (First Class) or equivalent in a relevant discipline, or II. Masters degree with a substantial research component.

    d. Candidate must have applied for Research Training Program (RTP) stipend Scholarship for the relevant research period.

    e. Candidate cannot be in receipt of an RTP, University of Sydney Postgraduate Award (UPA) or equivalent primary stipend scholarship.

    3. Selection Criteria

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

    I. academic merit, II. research proposal that fits within one of the School’s research clusters and is consistent with the directions and priorities outlined in the current Geosciences School Strategic Plan, III. consideration of the proposed supervisor's workload and career-stage, noting a preference for supporting Early- and Mid-Career Researchers, and the School's goals for equity, diversity and inclusion, IV. feasibility of the proposal in terms of any laboratory and fieldwork requirements, V. applicant’s curriculum vitae.

    b. The successful applicant will be awarded the Scholarship on the nomination of the Head of School of Geosciences on advice from the Associate Head Research and the Director of Postgraduate Admissions and Scholarships, School of Geosciences, or their nominated delegate(s).

    4. Value

    a. The Scholarship will provide a stipend allowance equivalent to the University of Sydney Research Training Program (RTP) Stipend rate (indexed on 1 January each year) for up to three years, subject to satisfactory academic performance.

    b. The PhD recipient encouraged to complete their PhD in 3 years but may apply for an extension of the primary stipend allowance for up to 6 months.

    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 the 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 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.

    b. The Scholarship recipient may not normally conduct research overseas within the first six months of award.

    c. The recipient 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.

    d. 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.

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

    f. 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.

    g. If the recipient is conducting research outside of Australia, the recipient 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 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, 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.

    10. Termination

    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, 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.

    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. Acknowledgement

    a. The recipient of this scholarship must acknowledge the support of the scholarship, using the full name, The School of Geosciences Scholarship in Sustainable Futures, in any media, publications or presentations arising from the research.

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