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ARC Training Centre in Innovative Bioengineering Scholarship

A postgraduate research scholarship
Providing the next generation of skilled graduates with technical, translational, commercialisation, and entrepreneurial skills to overcome industry-focused challenges in biomedical engineering.

Highlights

Value Eligibility Open date Close date
University of Sydney’s RTP stipend rate (for up to 3 years)
  • Unconditional offer of admission for full-time PhD studies in the eligible Schools
  • Conduct research in one of the eight available projects
  • Hold an honours degree or master's degree in an engineering or related field
  • Applied for RTP Stipend Scholarship
Ongoing Ongoing

How to apply

Apply here. You will also need to apply for a Research Training Program (RTP) Stipend Scholarship (domestic or international).

Applicants may apply for one or more of the eight available projects. Please ensure you read the project description document (pdf, 126.5KB) for additional information.

Applications will close once suitable recipients have been identified. Outcomes will be provided within eight to twelve weeks from the time your online scholarship application form is received.

Benefits

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

The recipient may apply for an extension of up to six months subject to funding availability. The stipend allowance is partially funded by ARC and partially funded the Faculty of Engineering.

Academic course fees and the Student Services Amenities Fee (SSAF) may be provided to a successful international applicant, for up to twelve research periods, subject to satisfactory academic performance. The recipient may apply for an extension of up to two research periods.

Who's eligible

You must:

  • be a current full time PhD student, or have applied for admission for full-time studies in a PhD, in either the School of Computer Science, School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering, School of Biomedical Engineering or the School of Electrical and Information Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Sydney
  • be willing to undertake research in one or more of the advertised projects and have an approved academic supervisor from the University of Sydney
  • apply for an RTP scholarship
  • hold an honours degree (first class or second class upper) or a master's degree in an engineering or related field with a substantial research component.

Background

A number opportunities are available for outstanding PhD scholars to work in a multidisciplinary research team in a new Australian Research Council (ARC) Training Centre for Innovative BioEngineering (ARC-TCIB).

The purpose of the ARC-TCIB will be to provide the next generation of skilled graduates with technical, translational, commercialisation, and entrepreneurial skills to overcome industry-focused challenges in biomedical engineering.

1. Background

a. A number of opportunities are available for outstanding PhD scholars to work in a multidisciplinary research team in a new Australian Research Council (ARC) Training Centre for Innovative BioEngineering (ARC-TCIB) at the University of Sydney.

b. The ARC-TCIB is a multidisciplinary collaboration among researchers at the University of Sydney, Swinburne University of Technology, Deakin University and the Australian National University, the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Centre, in collaboration with leading industry partners including Allegra Orthopaedics, Osseointegration International Pty Ltd, Peter Brehm GmbH, Ti2Medical, and Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.

c. The purpose of the ARC-TCIB will be to provide the next generation of skilled graduates with technical, translational, commercialisation, and entrepreneurial skills to overcome industry-focused challenges in biomedical engineering.

2. Eligibility

a. Applicants must be a current full time PhD student, or have applied for admissions for full-time studies in a PhD, in either the School of Computer Science, School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering, School of Biomedical Engineering, or School of Electrical and Information Engineering within the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Sydney.

b. Applicants must be willing to undertake research in one or more of the advertised projects and have an approved academic supervisor from the University of Sydney.

c. Applicants must also hold an Honours degree (First Class or Second Class upper) or a Master's degree in an Engineering or related field with a substantial research component.

d. Applicants must apply for the Research Training Program (RTP) Stipend Scholarships.

3. Selection Criteria

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

I. academic merit,

II. area of study and research proposal,

III. curriculum vitae,

IV. feedback from two academic referees, and

V. a personal statement which demonstrates their interest in the area of research and demonstrated knowledge required for the relevant project.

b. The successful applicant will be awarded the Scholarship on the nomination of the relevant research supervisor(s) and the ARC Training Centre for Innovative BioEngineering Director at the University of Sydney.

4. Value

a. The Scholarship will provide an annual stipend allowance equivalent to the University of Sydney’s Research Training Program (RTP) Stipend rate (indexed on 1 January each year) for up to three years, subject to satisfactory academic performance. The recipient may apply for an extension of up to 6 months subject to funding availability.

b. Academic course fees and the Student Services Amenities Fee (SSAF) may be provided to a successful international applicant, for up to twelve research periods, subject to satisfactory academic performance. The recipient may apply for an extension of up to two research periods.

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 relevant research period in which it is offered. It 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 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, and Faculty’s Associate Dean (Research Education) 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 terminate:

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

II. if the student changes their thesis topic which no longer aligns with the eligible project,

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

IV. 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,

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

VI. 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,

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

VIII. 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.