HJ Cowan Architectural Science Scholarship

A postgraduate research scholarship
Up to $7500 scholarship to financially assist a student researching architectural science at the Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning.


Value Eligibility Open date Close date
$2500 p.a. (for up to 3 years)
  • Enrol in a research degree in the area of architectural science
March 2022 April 2022

How to apply

No application required. The scholarship will be awarded to a full-time PhD research student based on merit, determined by the Professor of Architectural Science and an academic committee.


The value of this scholarship is $2500 per year for up to three years.

Who's eligible

You must:

  • enrol in a research degree in the School of Architecture, Design and Planning in the area of architectural science 
  • be a recipient of a University or Commonwealth-funded scholarship.


This scholarship was established in 2010 from a donation of $50,000 from Mrs Renate Cowan, Dr Judith Cowan and Mr David Hartstein in memory of Professor Henry Jacob 'Jack' Cowan. 

Professor Cowan committed a significant part of his life to ensuring the success of architecture at the University of Sydney. In over 50 years of dedication to and passion for architectural science, he inspired many students, fellow academics, teachers and researchers worldwide.

1. Background

a. This Scholarship offers a supplementary stipend which aims to support research studies in architectural science at the University of Sydney.

2. Eligibility

a. Candidates must have an unconditional offer of admission for full-time studies in a PhD within the Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning at the University of Sydney and undertaking research in architectural science.

b. Candidates must also be a recipient of a primary Research Training Program (RTP) scholarship or equivalent from the University of Sydney that provides a stipend allowance.

3. Selection Criteria

a. The successful candidate will be awarded the Scholarship on the basis of the candidate’s RTP application and:

I. academic merit,

II. area of study and research proposal,

III. curriculum vitae,

IV. personal statement expressing interest in this scholarship.

b. The successful candidate will be awarded the Scholarship on the nomination of the Dean of the Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning and committee of academic staff.

4. Value

a. The Scholarship will provide an annual stipend supplementary allowance of $2,500 per annum for up to three years, subject to satisfactory academic performance. No extension is permitted.

b. 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.

c. The Scholarship is for commencement in relevant research period in which it is offered. it cannot be deferred or transferred to another area of research.

d. No other amount is payable.

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

5. Eligibility for Progression

a. Progression is subject to passing the annual progress review.

6. Leave Arrangements

a. The same conditions as indicated in the terms and conditions of the primary scholarship.

7. Research Overseas

b. The same conditions as indicated in the terms and conditions of the primary scholarship.

8. Suspension

a. The same conditions as indicated in the terms and conditions of the primary 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. Unless terminated earlier, the Scholarship will terminate:

I. on resignation or withdrawal of the student from their PhD,

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. on receipt of another supplementary scholarship that increases the overall supplementary rate paid to a student to more than 75% of the primary amount. In such circumstances, the supplementary scholarship of the higher value prevails,

VI. if the recipient 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. Stipend payments 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 paid to the student, the University may require the student to repay stipend amounts and any other payments made to the student 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. Any papers presented or published based on research conducted under this scholarship should acknowledge the support of the Henry J Cowan Architectural Science Scholarship.