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Faculty of Engineering Research Scholarship

A postgraduate research scholarship
This scholarship was established to encourage and support outstanding higher degree research students at the Faculty of Engineering.

Highlights

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University of Sydney’s RTP stipend rate (for up to 3 years)
  • Full-time PhD or master's by research student at the Faculty of Engineering
  • Be considered for a RTP Stipend Scholarship
Ongoing Ongoing

How to apply

Engineering students 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).

Note: The award of this scholarship is subject to funding availability.

Benefits

The Scholarship will provide a stipend allowance equivalent to the University of Sydney’s RTP stipend rate (indexed on 1 January each year).

Academic course fees and the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) are also provided for a successful international recipient.

Stipend allowance duration:

  • Up to one year for a successful master’s by research recipient (no extension).
  • Up to three years for a successful PhD recipient with a possible six months extension.

Academic course fees and SSAF duration:

  • Up to four research periods for a successful master’s by research recipient (no extension).
  • Up to twelve research periods for a successful PhD recipient with a possible two research period extension.
     

Who's eligible

You must:

  • have an unconditional offer of admission for full-time enrolment in a PhD program or in a master’s by research program with the intent to transfer to PhD at the Faculty of Engineering
  • apply for and be considered for the RTP Scholarship
  • not be in receipt of the RTP or equivalent primary scholarship.

Background

Funded by the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Sydney, this scholarship has been established to encourage and support outstanding higher degree research students within the Faculty.

1. Background

a. Funded by the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Sydney, this Engineering Research Scholarship (ERS) has been established to encourage and support outstanding higher degree research (HDR) students within the Faculty.

2. Eligibility

a. The Scholarship is offered subject to the applicant having an unconditional offer of admission for full-time enrolment in a PhD program or an unconditional offer of admission for full-time enrolment in a Master’s by Research program with the intent to transfer to PhD after satisfactory completion of the first annual progress evaluation within the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Sydney.

b. Applicants must apply and be considered for the Research Training Program (RTP) Stipend Scholarships. RTP applicants will be automatically considered for the ERS Scholarship. A separate application is not required.

c. Applicants cannot be in receipt of an RTP or equivalent primary scholarship. If an ERS scholarship award is made and the applicant is subsequently offered an RTP or equivalent primary scholarship, this Scholarship will be terminated in favour of the RTP or equivalent primary scholarship.

3. Selection Criteria

a. The successful applicant will be awarded the Scholarship on the basis of academic merit, their area of study and research proposal, or other evidence of research potential.

b. The Faculty maintains the discretion to prioritise the awarding of the Scholarship to students whose supervisors are early to mid-career researchers and where their proposed research aligns with the Faculty's strategic research priorities.

c. The Scholarship will be awarded based on the nomination of a Selection Committee consisting of the Faculty Associate Dean (Research), Associate Dean (Research Education), and each School’s Research Education Director, or their nominees. The ultimate decision rests with the Associate Dean (Research).

4. Value

a. The Scholarship will provide a stipend allowance equivalent to the University of Sydney’s Research Training Program (RTP) stipend rate (indexed on 1 January each year), subject to satisfactory academic performance, as per the below duration:

I. up to one year for a successful Master’s by Research recipient. No possible extension (full-time equivalent).

II. up to three years for a successful PhD recipient with a possible six months extension (full-time equivalent).

b. For international students approved to commence their studies overseas as part-time enrolment, payment will be provided at 50% of full-time rates and the Scholarship extended accordingly. Payments are made when students arrive in Australia and is subject to confirmation of satisfactory progress from the lead supervisor. 

c. Academic course fees and the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) are also provided for a successful international applicant, subject to satisfactory academic performance, as per the below duration:

I. up to four research periods for a successful Master’s by Research recipient. No possible extension (full-time equivalent).

II. up to twelve research periods for a successful PhD recipient with a possible two research period extension (full-time equivalent).

d. If a successful applicant converts from a Master’s by Research to a PhD or vice-versa, the maximum duration of the Scholarship becomes that of the new candidature.

e. 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.

f. The Scholarship is for commencement in the relevant research period in which it is offered. Recipients can defer the Scholarship for up to three research periods subject to the approval of their Lead Supervisor and Head of School, or their nominee. Deferment of Scholarship for more than three research periods is considered on a case-by-case basis by the Associate Dean (Research Education), or their nominee.

g. Recipients cannot transfer the Scholarship to another area of research or change their lead supervisor without the prior approval of the Associate Dean (Research Education), or their nominee.

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

i. No other amount is payable.

5. Eligibility for Progression

a. The Scholarship is maintained for PhD students by attending and passing the annual progress evaluation and remaining enrolled in their PhD.  For PhD students commencing from 2021 onwards, progression also includes completing 12 credit points of HDR coursework units by the end of year 2.

b. Progression for Master’s by Research students is subject to attending and passing their first annual progress evaluation and subsequent transfer to a PhD program. For Master’s by Research students commencing from 2021 onwards, progression also includes completing 6 credit points of HDR coursework units by the end of year 1.

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. Scholarship recipients commencing in Australia may not normally conduct research overseas within the first six months of award.

b. Scholarship recipients commencing in Australia may conduct up to 12 months of their research outside Australia. Approval must be sought from the student's lead supervisor, Head of School 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.

c. Scholarship recipients who are not able to travel to Australia to start their degree, may commence their studies overseas part-time.  Approval must be sought from the student’s lead supervisor and will only be granted where a progress plan has been agreed and application for remote candidature has been approved by the Associate Dean (Research Education), or their nominee. Students commencing their degree overseas will receive this scholarship initially for 12 months. The stipend payment for the period spent overseas will be paid on a pro-rata basis and made when students arrive in Australia and is subject to confirmation of satisfactory progress from the lead supervisor.  Extensions beyond 12 months, if scholarship recipients are not able to travel to Australia, will be considered on a case by case basis and subject to the approval of an application to extend their remote candidature.

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 Associate Dean (Research Education). 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 lead 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 and academic tuition fees.

10. Termination

a. The Scholarship will be terminated:

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

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

III. if a Master’s by Research student does not satisfactorily complete their first annual progress evaluation, complete the required 6 credit points of HDR coursework units, and subsequently transfer to a PhD program,

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

V. 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,

VI. if the recipient receives an alternative primary stipend and/or academic tuition fee scholarship. In such circumstances this Scholarship will be terminated in favour of the alternative stipend and/or academic tuition fee scholarship where it is of equal or higher value,

VII. if the recipient 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,

III. the student fails to attend and pass their annual progress evaluation and complete 12 credit points of HDR coursework units by the end of year 2, or

IV. 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 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.