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GC Henderson Scholarship

A postgraduate research scholarship

This scholarship supports postgraduate students to conduct research into the history of the Polynesian, Melanesian and Micronesian communities.

Highlights

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University of Sydney RTP stipend rate (up to 2 years)
  • PhD student in the School of Humanities
  • Research into history of the South Pacific Islands
11 October 2022 1 December 2022

How to apply

Apply here.

Successful applicants will have the opportunity to undertake a teaching fellowship as part of the scholarship. For more information please click here.

Benefits

For a full-time recipient, the Scholarship will provide a stipend allowance equivalent to the University of Sydney Research Training Program (RTP) Stipend rate for up to 2 years, subject to satisfactory academic performance.

A part-time enrolled recipient will receive a stipend rate valued at 50% of the full stipend rate for the equivalent full-time duration.

Find out more about RTP Scholarship (Domestic) and RTP Scholarship (International).

Who's eligible

You must:

  • be enrolled, intending to apply, applied for admission, have a conditional or unconditional offer of admission to study a PhD in the School of Humanities 
  • must conduct research into history of South Pacific Islands
  • have completed your undergraduate degree or equivalent within four years or less
  • have taken a course of lectures in anthropology
  • spend at least three months during your scholarship tenure in the island(s) whose history you are studying
  • hold an honours degree (first class or second class upper), master's degree with a substantial research component, or an equivalent degree in history or related field
  • have applied for a Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarship.

Background

This Scholarship has been established to provide financial assistance to PhD students who are undertaking research into History of South Pacific Islands.

This Scholarship is funded by a donation from George Cockburn Henderson.

1. Background

a. This Scholarship has been established to provide financial assistance to PhD students who are undertaking research into History of South Pacific Islands.

b. This Scholarship is funded by a donation from George Cockburn Henderson.

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 School of Humanities at the University of Sydney.

b. Applicants must conduct research into History of South Pacific Islands.

c. Applicants must have completed their undergraduate degree or equivalent within four years or less at the time of application.

d. Applicants must have taken a course of lectures in Anthropology.

e. Applicants must spend at least three months, during the tenure of their Scholarship, in the island or island(s) whose history they are studying.

f. Applicants must hold at least one of the following in History or related field:

I. Honours degree (First Class or Second Class Upper),
II. Masters degree with a substantial research component, or
III. an equivalent degree.

g. Applicants must have also applied for a Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarship.

3. Selection Criteria

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

I. academic merit,
II. research proposal
III. two academic referees,
IV. curriculum vitae, and
V. a personal statement which explaining the applicant’s interest in the proposed area of research.

b. The Scholarship will be awarded by a selection committee comprising of:

I. the Vice-Chancellor or their nominated delegate(s) (Chair of the selection committee),
II. the Chair of History,
III. the Chair of Anthropology, and
IV. reader of ancient history.

4. Value

a. The Scholarship will provide a stipend allowance equivalent to the University of Sydney Research Training Program (RTP) Stipend rate for up to 2 years to a full-time recipient, subject to satisfactory academic performance.

b. A recipient enrolled part-time will receive a stipend rate valued at 50% of the full stipend rate for the equivalent full-time duration, subject to satisfactory academic performance.

c. The recipient may not apply for an extension of the stipend allowance.

d. The Scholarship is for commencement in the relevant research period in which it is offered and cannot be deferred without prior approval from the Head of School.

e. The scholarship cannot be transferred to another area of research.

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 attending and passing the annual progress evaluation.

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 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 recipient from their research degree,
II. upon submission of the thesis or at the end of the award,
III. upon the recipient 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 recipient 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. Other Requirements

a. The recipient must present a thesis on the work they have accomplished within three years of the date of the award.