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John O'Brien Memorial Research Scholarship in Criminal Law and Criminology

A postgraduate research scholarship
This scholarship aims to support research students at the University of Sydney Law School who are undertaking research in criminal law and/or criminology.

Highlights

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Minimum RTP stipend rate
  • PhD, MCrim by research or LLM by research student at the Sydney Law School
  • Research criminal law and/or criminology
  • Honours degree (first class or second class upper) or equivalent in a relevant discipline
Ongoing Ongoing

How to apply

Apply here.

You will be notified about the outcome of your application within four weeks of submission.

Benefits

The scholarship will provide a stipend allowance equivalent to the minimum Research Training Program (RTP) stipend rate (indexed on 1 January each year) for:

  • up to 1.75 years for a successful full-time Master of Criminology (MCrim) by research or Master of Laws (LLM) by research recipient
  • up to three years for a successful full-time Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) recipient.

Recipients enrolled part-time will be provided with a stipend allowance equivalent to 50 percent of the full-time stipend rate, for up to 3.5 years for MCrim by research or LLM by research, or up to six years for PhD.

Note: The scholarship is subject to satisfactory academic performance. No extension is possible.

Who's eligible

You must:

  • have an unconditional offer of admission or being currently enrolled to study full-time or part-time in a PhD, MCrim by research or LLM by research at the Sydney Law School
  • be willing to research in the disciplines of criminal law and/or criminology
  • hold an honours degree (first class or second class upper) or equivalent in a relevant discipline.

Note: Currently PhD, MCrim by research or LLM by research students are eligible to apply, but preference will be given to commencing applicants. 

Background

Established by a bequest of the John O'Brien Memorial Fund, this Scholarship is intended to support higher degree by research students in the University of Sydney Law School who are researching criminal law and/or criminology.

1. Background

a. Established by bequest of the John O'Brien Memorial Fund, this Scholarship is intended to support higher degree by research students in the University of Sydney Law School who are undertaking research in Criminal Law and/or Criminology.

2. Eligibility

a. The Scholarship is offered subject to the applicant having an unconditional offer of admission or being currently enrolled to study full-time or part-time in a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Master of Criminology (MCrim) by Research or Master of Laws (LLM) by research within the Sydney Law School.

b. Currently enrolled full-time or part-time PhD, MCrim by research or LLM by research students are also eligible to apply, but preference will be given to commencing applicants.

c. Applicants must be willing to conduct research in the disciplines of criminal law and/or criminology.

d. Applicants must also hold an Honours degree (First Class or Second Class Upper) or equivalent in a relevant discipline.

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, and

IV. a personal statement which demonstrates their interest in criminal law and/or criminology and previous research achievements.

b. The successful applicant will be awarded the Scholarship on the nomination of a selection committee consisting of the Sydney Law School Associate Dean (Research Education) as a chair and one or two academic staff members from Sydney Institute of Criminology at the University of Sydney.

4. Value

a. The Scholarship will provide a stipend allowance equivalent to the minimum Research Training Program (RTP) Stipend rate (indexed on 1 January each year) as per the below duration:

I. up to 1.75 years for a successful full-time MCrim by Research or LLM by Research recipient. No extension is possible,

II. up to 3 years for a successful full-time PhD recipient. No extension is possible.

b. A successful recipient enrolled part-time will be provided with a stipend allowance equivalent to 50% of the full-time stipend rate, for up to 3.5 years for MCrim by Research or LLM by Research, or up to six years for PhD, subject to satisfactory academic performance.

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 the relevant research period in which it is offered and cannot be deferred without the prior approval of the Sydney Law School Associate Dean (Research Education).

e. The Scholarship cannot be transferred to another area of research, University School of Faculty or University.

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 (for recipients enrolled full time) or 10 working days (for recipients enrolled part time) 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 (for recipients enrolled full time) or 5 working days (for recipients enrolled part time) 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. Conversion between Research Programs

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

11. 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. 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 (part-time recipients excepted),

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

V. 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,

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

VII. 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.

12. 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.

13. Other requirements

a. The successful recipient may be invited to assist in the promotion of the Sydney Law School’s Higher Degree Research programs, and represent the Sydney Law School at welcome week, recruitment and corporate networking events.