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Postgraduate Research Scholarship in Computational Modelling

A postgraduate research scholarship

This scholarship aims to provide financial support to a PhD student student undertaking research in computational modelling.

Highlights

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University of Sydney's RTP stipend rate (for up to 3 years)
  • Full-time PhD student at the Faculty of Engineering
  • Research computational modelling for designing a heart valve
  • Hold an honours degree in engineering and applied mathematics
  • Apply for an RTP Scholarship
Ongoing Ongoing

How to apply

Please note only applicants who have applied for admission to commence in 2021 will be considered for this scholarship. 

Applications will close once suitable recipients have been identified. 

Outcomes will be provided within eight to twelve weeks from the time your online scholarship application form is received.

Benefits

The Scholarship will provide an annual stipend allowance equivalent to the University of Sydney’s Research Training Program (RTP) stipend rate (indexed on 1 January each year), for up to three years, subject to satisfactory academic performance.

The stipend allowance is partially funded by ARC and partially funded the Faculty of Engineering.

Academic course fees are also provided for a successful international applicant, for up to twelve research periods, subject to satisfactory academic performance.

Subject to funding availability, an extension of the stipend and academic course fees may be possible for up to six months.

Who's eligible

You must:

  • have an unconditional offer of admission to study full-time in a PhD within the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Sydney
  • be willing to conduct research into Computational Modelling for designing optimum structural, mechanical, and physical properties of materials for a heart valve
  • hold an honours degree (first class or second class upper) or equivalent in engineering and applied mathematics or a relevant discipline 
  • apply for an RTP Scholarship.

Background

This scholarship has been established by the Bioengineering Research Laboratory at the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Sydney to support a PhD student who is undertaking research in Computational Modelling for designing optimum structural, mechanical, and physical properties of materials for a heart valve.

In this project, fluid-structure simulations of flow through a heart valve will be performed to understand the impact of design parameters and the properties of novel materials. There will be an opportunity to perform experimental work to collect flow data for use in model validation. Also, there is the possibility to be involved in other projects for in silico gut models. 

The scholarship is partially funded by an Australian Research Council (ARC) grant and partially funded by the Faculty of Engineering.

Terms and Conditions

1. Background

a.This Scholarship has been established by the Bioengineering Research Laboratory at the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Sydney to support a PhD student who is undertaking research in Computational Modelling for designing optimum structural, mechanical, and physical properties of materials for a heart valve.

b. In this project, fluid structure simulations of flow through a heart valve will be performed to understand the impact of design parameters and the properties of novel materials. There will be an opportunity to perform experimental work to collect flow data for use in model validation. Also, there is the possibility to be involved in other projects for in silico gut models.

c. The scholarship is partially funded by an Australian Research Council (ARC) grant and partially funded by the Faculty of Engineering.

2. Eligibility

a. The Scholarship is offered subject to the applicant having an unconditional offer of admission to study full-time in a PhD within the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Sydney.

b. Applicants must be willing to conduct research into Computational Modelling for designing optimum structural, mechanical, and physical properties of materials for a heart valve.

c. Applicants must hold an Honours degree (First Class or Second Class Upper) or equivalent in engineering and applied mathematics or a relevant discipline.

d. Applicants must apply for the Research Training Program (RTP) Stipend Scholarships.

3. Selection Criteria

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

  1. academic merit,
  2. area of study and/or research proposal,
  3. curriculum vitae, including previous research experience through publications
  4. feedback from two academic referees, and
  5. a personal statement which demonstrates:
  1. their ability to work independently and collaboratively across different research disciplines and industry,
  2. excellent communication and interpersonal skills with high level of competency in both written and spoken English, and
  3. a proven record of exceptional academic and extracurricular performance

b. Preference will be given to applicants with experience in CFD and FEA.

c. Shortlisted applicants may be invited to attend an interview as part of the selection process.

d. The successful applicant will be awarded the Scholarship on the nomination of the relevant research supervisor(s), or their nominated delegate(s).

4. Value

a. The Scholarship will provide an annual stipend allowance equivalent to the University of Sydney’s Research Training Program (RTP) stipend rate (indexed on 1 January each year), for up to three years, subject to satisfactory academic performance. The total stipend value is partially funded by an ARC grant and partially funded by the Faculty of Engineering.

b. Subjec to funding availability, an extension of the stipend allowance for up to six months may be possible.

c. Academic course fees are also provided for a successful international applicant, for up to twelve research periods, subject to satisfactory academic performance.

d. Subject to funding availability, an extension of the academic course fees for up to two research periods may be possible. 

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 and cannot be deferred or transferred to another area of research without prior approval.

g. No other amount is payable.

h. 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 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 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 or tuition fees.

10. Termination

a. The Scholarship will be terminated:

  1. on resignation or withdrawal of the recipient from their research degree
  2. upon submission of the thesis or at the end of the award,
  3. if the recipient ceases to be a full-time student and prior approval has not been obtained to hold the Scholarship on a part-time basis
  4. upon the recipient having completed the maximum candidature for their degree as per the University of Sydney (Higher Degree by Research) Rule 2011 Policy
  5. if the recipient receives an alternative primary stipend or tuition fee scholarship. In such circumstances this Scholarship will be terminated in favour of the alternative stipend or tuition fee scholarship where it is of higher value,
  6. if the recipient does not resume study at the end of a period of approved leave, or
  7. 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:

  1. the course of study is not being carried out with competence and diligence or in accordance with the terms of this offer,
  2. the student fails to maintain satisfactory progress, or
  3. 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.