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FASS/WZB Berlin Social Sciences Centre Research Exchange (WZB) Program

A scholarship for students and fellowship for academics
The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)/WZB Berlin Social Sciences Centre (WZB) Research Exchange Program Scholarship/Fellowship supports staff and students conducting research with the WZB.

Highlights

Value Eligibility Open date Close date
From $6000
  • PhD student or academic affiliate in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Planning to conduct research at the WZB Berlin Social Science Centre
1 November 2019 1 March 2020

How to apply

Apply here.

Benefits

The Scholarship/Fellowship value will be determined by the selection committee and will be stipulated in the Scholarship Offer Letter to the successful recipient(s). The minimum value of the Scholarship/Fellowship will be $6000.

Who's eligible

Student must:

  • be enrolled in a PhD within the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.
  • be willing to participate in research programs and other agreed activities in any field of social sciences at the WZB Berlin Social Science Centre.
  • be on exchange for a minimum of six weeks and a maximum of three months
  • make contact with the host department or member of staff at WZB in order to identify a research area of mutual interest for further exploration during your visit.
  • must be endorsed by the relevant Head of School or Supervisor to confirm that an explicit case for the proposed visit has been made and there is potential for on-going collaboration.

Academics must: 

  • be an academic affiliate employed by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.
  • be willing to participate in collaborative research, guest lectures, master classes, seminars, training and research programs and other agreed activities in any field of social sciences at the WZB Berlin Social Science Centre
  • be on exchange for a minimum of three weeks and a maximum of three months
  • make contact with the host department or member of staff at WZB in order to identify a research area of mutual interest for further exploration during your visit.
  • must be endorsed by the relevant Head of School or Supervisor to confirm that an explicit case for the proposed visit has been made and there is potential for on-going collaboration.
  • must not be a previous short-term FASS/WZB Staff Exchange Program

Background

This Scholarship/Fellowship is to assist University of Sydney staff (including post-doctoral researchers) and doctoral students with airfare and living expenses for research exchanges conducted at the WZB.

This short-term staff and doctoral student research exchange program is based on the five-year Memorandum of Understanding between the University of Sydney and the WZB and aims to strengthen research collaboration between the two institutions through visits of up to three months of selected staff members and doctoral students.

1. Background

a. This Scholarship is to assist University of Sydney staff (including post-doctoral researchers) and doctoral students with airfare and living expenses for research exchanges conducted at the WZB.

b. This short-term staff and doctoral student research exchange program is based on the five-year Memorandum of Understanding between the University of Sydney and the WZB and aims to strengthen research collaboration between the two institutions through visits of up to three months of selected staff members and doctoral students.

c. The FASS/WZB agreement allows for staff fellowships and student scholarships in any field of the social sciences, enabling visits from one Institution to the other for the purpose of participating in collaborative research, guest lectures, master classes, seminars, training and research programs, and other agreed activities.

2. Eligibility

a. Applicants must be currently enrolled in a PhD within the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) at the University of Sydney.

b. Applicants must be willing to participate in research programs and other agreed activities in any field of social sciences at the WZB Berlin Social Science Centre.

c. Applicants must be on exchange for a minimum of six weeks and a maximum of three months.

d. Applicants must make contact with the host department or member of staff at WZB in order to identify a research area of mutual interest for further exploration during their visit.

e. Applicants must be endorsed by the relevant Head of School or Supervisor to confirm that:

I. an explicit case for the proposed visit has been made, and
II. there is potential for on-going collaboration in the proposed research area.

3. Selection Criteria

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

I. academic excellence and merit,
II. outline of proposed WZB research,
III. relevance and innovativeness of the proposed research,
IV. evidence of how the scholarship will contribute to the development of ongoing research links between the WZB and FASS,
V. research activities at FASS in the past year which are relevant to the proposed research at the WZB,
VI. Curriculum Vitae, and
VII. an invitation letter from the WZB collaborator.

b. The successful applicant will be awarded the Scholarship on the nomination of a selection committee consisting of the FASS Associate Dean (Research) and two nominated FASS academics. The selection committee will consult with academic leadership within disciplines relevant to the submitted applications, as necessary. It will separately consider applications for awards under the categories for staff and students.

4. Value

a. The Scholarship value will be determined by the selection committee and will be stipulated in the Scholarship Offer Letter to the successful recipient(s). The minimum value of the Scholarship will be $6,000.

b. The Scholarship is tenable for a minimum of six weeks and a maximum of three months.

c. The Scholarship value will be paid as a one-off payment after receipt of the Scholarship Acceptance Form.

d. The Scholarship will fund the following expenses:

I. one return economy airfare to Berlin, and
II. living expenses.

e. The Scholarship is for an exchange which must be completed within twelve months of award 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.

h. The Selection Committee has the discretion not to award the scholarship if there is no applicant of sufficient merit.

5. Eligibility for Progression

a. During their stay at the WZB, successful recipients will be expected to present their work in a seminar or workshop setting.

b. Successful recipients are required to maintain receipts for up to one year for all costs incurred that are relevant to this Scholarship.

c. Successful recipients may be required to produce these receipts if requested by the FASS.

6. Leave Arrangements

a. Not relevant.

7. Research Overseas

a. Not relevant.

8. Suspension

a. The scholarship recipient cannot suspend their award.

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 Scholarship funds.

10. Termination

a. The Scholarship will terminate:

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 does not undertake the research exchange program at the WZB and/or the relevant project or activity for which the funds have been approved within the required time frame,
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. Scholarship 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 Scholarship 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.

1. Background

a. This Fellowship is to assist University of Sydney staff (including post-doctoral researchers) and doctoral students with airfare and living expenses for research exchanges conducted at the WZB.

b. This short-term staff and doctoral student research exchange program is based on the five-year Memorandum of Understanding between the University of Sydney and the WZB and aims to strengthen research collaboration between the two institutions through visits of up to three months of selected staff members and doctoral students.

c. The FASS/WZB agreement allows for staff fellowships and student scholarships in any field of the social sciences, enabling visits from one Institution to the other for the purpose of participating in collaborative research, guest lectures, master classes, seminars, training and research programs, and other agreed activities.

2. Eligibility

a. Applicants must be an academic affiliate in a fixed term or continuing position employed at the University of Sydney by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS).

b. Applicants must be willing to participate in collaborative research, guest lectures, master classes, seminars, training and research programs, and other agreed activities in any field of the social sciences at the WZB Berlin Social Science Centre.

c. Applicants must be on exchange for a minimum of three weeks and a maximum of three months.

d. Applicants must make contact with the host department or member of staff at WZB in order to identify a research area of mutual interest for further exploration during their visit.

e. Applicants must be endorsed by the relevant Head of School or Supervisor to confirm that:

I. an explicit case for the proposed visit has been made, and
II. there is potential for on-going collaboration in the proposed research area.

f. Applicants must not be a recipient of a previous short-term FASS/WZB Staff Exchange Program.

3. Selection Criteria

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

I. academic excellence and merit,
II. outline of proposed WZB research,
III. relevance and innovativeness of the proposed research,
IV. evidence of how the fellowship will contribute to the development of ongoing research links between the WZB and FASS,
V. research activities at FASS in the past year which are relevant to the proposed research at the WZB,
VI. Curriculum Vitae, and
VII. an invitation letter from the WZB collaborator.

b. The successful applicant will be awarded the Fellowship on the nomination of a selection committee consisting the FASS Associate Dean (Research) and two nominated FASS academics. The selection committee will consult with academic leadership within disciplines relevant to the submitted applications, as necessary. It will separately consider applications for awards under the categories for staff and students.

4. Value

a. The Fellowship value will be determined by the selection committee and will be stipulated in the Fellowship Offer Letter to the successful recipient(s). The minimum value of the Fellowship will be $6,000.

b. The Fellowship is tenable for a minimum of three weeks and a maximum of three months.

c. The Fellowship value will be paid as a one-off payment after receipt of the Fellowship Acceptance Form.

d. The Fellowship will fund the following expenses:

I. one return economy airfare to Berlin, and
II. living expenses.

e. The Fellowship is for an exchange which must be completed within twelve months from award and cannot be deferred or transferred to another area of research without prior approval.

f. No other amount is payable.

g. The Fellowship will be offered subject to the availability of funding.

h. The Selection Committee has the discretion not to award the Fellowship if there is no applicant of sufficient merit.

5. Eligibility for Progression

a. During their stay at the WZB, successful recipients will be expected to present their work in a seminar or workshop setting.

b. Successful recipients are required to maintain receipts for up to one year for all costs incurred that are relevant to this Fellowship.

c. Successful recipients may be required to produce these receipts if requested by the FASS.

6. Termination

a. The Fellowship will terminate:

I. on resignation of the staff member from their fixed term or continuing appointment with the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Sydney,
II. if the recipient does not undertake the research program at the WZB and/or the relevant project or activity for which the funds have been approved within the required time frame,
III. ceases to meet the eligibility requirements specified for this Fellowship, or
IV. any other provision as indicated in these terms that would lead to termination.

b. The Fellowship may also be terminated by the University before this time if, in the opinion of the University:

I. the staff member’s appointment is not being carried out with competence and diligence or in accordance with the terms of this offer,
II. the staff member fails to maintain satisfactory progress, or
III. the staff member has committed misconduct or other inappropriate conduct.

c. Payments will be suspended throughout the duration of any enquiry/appeal process.

d. Once the Fellowship has been terminated, it will not be reinstated.