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Peter Nicol Russell Postgraduate Scholarship

For mechanical and mechatronic engineering students
This scholarship provides financial support to outstanding master's by research and PhD students.

Highlights

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$5000 (for up to 3 years)
  • Master's by research or PhD student in mechanical and mechatronic engineering 
  • Awarded a RTP Stipend Scholarship
Ongoing Ongoing

How to apply

The application process is ongoing. To be considered for this scholarship, you must apply for a Research Training Program (RTP) Stipend Scholarship.

The scholarship is awarded subject to funding availability.

Benefits

  • The scholarship will provide an annual stipend supplementary allowance of $5000 per year (fixed amount) for up to three years for PhD students and up to two years for masters by research students, subject to satisfactory academic performance.
  • PhD recipients may apply for an extension of up to 6 months. No extension is possible for a master's by research recipient.

Who's eligible

You must:

  • be studying or have an offer of admission to a full-time master's by research or PhD in mechanical and mechatronic engineering in the School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering
  • have been awarded a Research Training Program (RTP) Stipend Scholarship from the University of Sydney.

Background

This scholarship was established in 1896 from a gift from Sir Peter Nicol Russell, which later became known as the Peter Nicol Russell Bequest.

1. Background

a. Established in 1896, this Scholarship has been generously donated by Sir Peter Nicol Russell, and later became known as the Peter Nicol Russell Bequest, to encourage higher education in mechanical and mechatronic engineering.

b. This Scholarship is open to Masters by Research or PhD students within the School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering who are undertaking research in the area of mechanical and mechatronic engineering.

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 in a Masters by Research or PhD within the School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering at the University of Sydney.

b. Applicants must be willing to conduct research into mechanical and mechatronic engineering.

c. Applicants must have been awarded a Research Training Program (RTP) Stipend Scholarship from the University of Sydney.

3. Selection Criteria

a. The successful applicant will be awarded the Scholarship on the basis of their RTP application, their area of study and research proposal.

b. The successful applicant will be awarded the Scholarship on the nomination of a Selection Committee consisting of the Head of the School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering and at least two other members at the level of Professors, Associate Professors or Reader in the School.

4. Value

a. The Scholarship will provide a supplementary stipend allowance of $5,000 per annum (fixed rate), subject to satisfactory academic performance, as per the below duration:

I. up to 2 years for a successful Masters by Research recipient. No possible extension.

II. up to 3 years for a successful PhD recipient with a possible 6 months extension.

b. 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.

c. The Scholarship is for commencement in relevant research period in which it is offered and cannot be deferred without prior approval.

d. The Scholarship is not transferable to another area of research outside Mechanical and Mechatronics within the School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering at the University of Sydney.

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 same conditions as indicated in the terms and conditions of the primary stipend scholarship.

7. Research Overseas

b. The same conditions as indicated in the terms and conditions of the primary stipend scholarship.

8. Suspension

a. The same conditions as indicated in the terms and conditions of the primary stipend 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. The Scholarship recipient may convert a masters by research to a PhD or vice-versa provided such change in candidature is approved by the HDRAC. The maximum duration of the converted Scholarship will be the time remaining for their new candidate, providing it does not exceed more than 3.5 years in total (includes the potential extension) since the commencement of the Scholarship.

11. 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. 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,

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. on receipt of another supplementary stipend scholarship(s) that increases the overall supplementary amount paid to a student to more than 75% of the primary amount. In such circumstances, the supplementary stipend scholarship of the higher value prevails, 

VI. if the recipient 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.