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Business School Research Scholarship

A postgraduate research scholarship
This scholarship supports domestic and international master's by research and PhD students studying at the University of Sydney Business School.

Highlights

Value Eligibility Open date Close date
$32,000
  • Currently enrolled postgraduate research student
N/A 15 March 2020

How to apply

Apply for the Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarships prior to 15 March 2020 to be considered for award in the following semester. No separate scholarship application required.

Benefits

Primary value award:

  • stipend (living allowance) of $32,000 per annum (fixed rate) for up to three years for a PhD recipient, or two years for a master's by research recipient, subject to satisfactory academic progress. PhD recipients may apply for up to a six-month extension.
  • academic tuition fees for international recipients. If an international applicant is already receiving a stipend of a higher value, this scholarship will only provide academic tuition fees.
  • no other amount is payable.

Supplementary:

  • a supplementary stipend of $10,000 per year (fixed rate) for up to three years for a PhD recipient, or two years for a master's by research recipient, subject to satisfactory academic progress. PhD recipients may apply for up to a six-month extension.
  • the supplementary scholarship is only available to students with a University RTP Scholarship, who are completing a research degree within theUniversity of Sydney Business School.

Who's eligible

You must:

  • be enrolled full-time in a postgraduate research degree at the University of Sydney Business School
  • have at least 12 months remaining in your degree 
  • hold an honours degree (first class or second class upper) or a master's degree in a related field with a substantial research component, or other equivalent University approved qualifications and experience.

Note: Primary scholarship applicants must not be in receipt of other stipend primary scholarship(s), if you are a domestic student. Newly commencing students are only eligible to be considered for Enhanced Business School Research Scholarship and not the Business School Research Scholarship.

Background

This scholarship has been developed to support outstanding researchers undertaking postgraduate research with the University of Sydney Business School.

1. Background

a. The Business School Research Scholarship has been developed to support outstanding researchers undertaking postgraduate research with The University of Sydney Business School.

2. Eligibility

a. Applicants must be enrolled as full-time students in a postgraduate research degree within The University of Sydney Business School with at least 12 months remaining in their research degree.

b. To be considered for the BSRS, candidates must apply for the Research Training Program (RTP) scholarship by the relevant advertised deadlines.

c. Applicants must also hold an Honours degree (First Class or Second Class Upper), or a Master's degree in a related field with a substantial research component, or other combination of qualifications/research experience considered by the University to be equivalent to First Class Honours or Second Class Upper.

d. Domestic applicants cannot be in receipt of an alternative primary scholarship providing stipend allowance.

e. International applicants are still eligible to be considered where the primary scholarship provides stipend support only.

3. Selection Criteria

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

I. academic merit,

II. prior research output,

III. curriculum vitae, and

IV. area of study and research proposal.

b. The successful applicant will be awarded the Scholarship on the nomination of the Selection Committee consisting of the Associate Dean (Research), or their nominee, and two other academic staff from The University of Sydney Business School.

4. Value

a. The Scholarship provides a stipend (living allowance) of $32,000 per annum (fixed rate) for up to three years for a PhD recipient, or 2 years for a masters by research recipient, subject to satisfactory academic progress. PhD recipients may apply for up to a six-month extension. No extension is possible for masters by research students.

b. The Scholarship also provides academic tuition fees for international recipients. If an international applicant is already in receipt of a stipend of a higher value than the BSRS, the BSRS will be offered as an academic tuition fee scholarship only.

c. No other amount is payable.

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 the potential extension period.

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, maintaining satisfactory progress in coursework and completing school research milestones.

b. Recipients must also successfully defend their thesis proposal within 12 months of enrolment.

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 carers 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 holder may conduct up to 12 months of their research outside Australia. Approval must be sought from the student's supervisor, Head of Department and 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.

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 for any reason during the tenure of their Scholarship. Periods of suspension are cumulative and failure to resume study after suspension will result in the award being terminated. Approval to suspend must be given by both HDRAC and the head of the department concerned. 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. Conversion Between Research Programs

a. The Scholarship recipient may convert a masters by research to a PhD or vice-versa provided such change in candidature is approved by the HDRAC. The maximum duration of the converted Scholarship will be the time remaining for their new candidate, providing it does not exceed more than 3.5 years in total (includes the potential extension) since the commencement of the Scholarship.

11. Termination

a. Unless terminated earlier under this paragraph, the Scholarship will terminate:

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

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. if the recipient receives an alternative primary scholarship. In such circumstances this Scholarship will be terminated in favour of the alternative scholarship where it is of higher value, or provided as an academic tuition fee scholarship only where relevant,

V. does not resume study at the end of a period of approved leave, or

VI. 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

12. 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.