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Postgraduate Research Scholarship in Fostering Lifelong Connections

A postgraduate research scholarship
This scholarship aims to provide financial assistance to a PhD student who is interested in the ‘Fostering lifelong connections for children in permanent care’ project funded by the Australian Research Council (ARC).

Highlights

Value Eligibility Open date Close date
$35,000 pa
  • Domestic PhD student
  • Hold an honours or master's
  • Conduct research aligned with the aims of the ARC Linkage project
29 May 2020 30 July 2020

Project description

The research will be within the Research Centre for Children and Families in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. For further information on the ‘Fostering lifelong connections for children in permanent care’ project, download the project description (pdf, 28KB).

How to apply

Apply here.

Benefits

The Scholarship will provide stipend allowance equivalent to the 2020 University of Sydney Research Training Program (RTP) Stipend rate (indexed on 1 January each year) for up to 3 years. The annual rate is currently $35,000.

Note: A successful PhD recipient enrolled part-time will be provided with a stipend allowance equivalent to 50 percent of the full-time stipend rate for part-time equivalent of the duration.

Who's eligible

You must:

  • be an Australian citizen or permanent resident, or New Zealand citizen
  • have an unconditional offer of admission or be enrolled to study a PhD at the Sydney School of Education and Social Work
  • be willing to conduct research aligned with the aims of the ARC Linkage project 'Fostering lifelong connections for children in permanent care'
  • hold an honours or master's degree with a WAM of 75 (or appropriate experience and an alternative qualification)
  • be willing to conduct research in the Research Centre for Children and Families
  • be willing to undertake research in partnership with out-of-home agencies from NSW in Dubbo, Sydney, Wollongong and Newcastle.
1. Background

a. This Scholarship has been established to provide financial assistance to a PhD student who is interested in undertaking research focused on strengthening relationships between children in permanent care (foster care, kinship care and adoption) and their families.

b. This Scholarship is part of an Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Project: Fostering lifelong connections for children in permanent care.

2. Eligibility

a. The Scholarship is offered subject to the applicant having an unconditional offer of admission or being currently enrolled to study in a PhD within the Sydney School of Education and Social Work at the University of Sydney.

b. Applicants must be an Australian Citizen, New Zealand Citizen or Permanent Resident.

c. Applicants must be willing to conduct research aligned with the aims of the ARC Linkage project Fostering Lifelong Connections for Children in Permanent Care.

d. Applicants must:

I. hold an Honours degree (First Class or Second Class) in an appropriate area of study that includes a research thesis based on primary data not literature review,

II. hold a Master’s degree by research in an appropriate area of study that includes a research thesis that draws on primary data,

III. hold a Master’s degree by coursework with a research thesis or dissertation of 12,000-15,000 words that draws on primary data not literature review, with a weighted average mark of at least 75 per cent or above in the degree, or

IV. have demonstrated appropriate experience and alternative qualifications in the field of study.

e. Applicants must be willing to undertake research based in the Research Centre for Children and Families, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

f. Applicants must be willing to undertake research in partnership with out-of-home care agencies from New South Wales in Dubbo, Sydney, Wollongong and Newcastle.

3. Selection Criteria

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

I. academic merit,

II. 500 - 1,000 word research proposal, and

III. an interview.

b. Preference will be given to applicants with professional or personal experience in the out-of-home care sector.

c. Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants are strongly encouraged to apply.

d. The successful applicant 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 equivalent to the 2020 University of Sydney Research Training Program (RTP) Stipend rate (indexed on 1 January each year) for up to 3 years. The annual rate is currently $35,000.

b. A successful PhD recipient may apply for an extension of 6 months but this will need to be approved by the Chief Investigator of Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Project and the co-supervisor of the successful recipient.

c. A successful PhD recipient enrolled part-time will be provided with a stipend allowance equivalent to 50% of the full-time stipend rate for part-time equivalent of the duration set out in Clause 4.a.

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 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.

f. No other amount is payable.

g. 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 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 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.

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 student from their research degree,

II. upon submission of the thesis or at the end of the award,

III. upon the student having completed the maximum candidature for their degree as per the University of Sydney (Higher Degree by Research) Rule 2011 Policy,

IV. 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,

V. if the recipient 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. 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. Privacy and Confidentiality

a. The successful applicant is required to keep all confidential information disclosed by the ARC 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 ARC, as appropriate, or as required by law.

b. The successful recipient must comply with ARC Open Access Policy on the dissemination of research findings.

13. Other Requirements

a. The successful applicant must abide by ARC funding rules.

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