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Postgraduate Research Scholarship in Automation and Robotics

A postgraduate research scholarship

Sydney RTP stipend rate to support a PhD student in the School of Electrical and Information Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering to undertake research into an automation solution for waste sorting applications.

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Sydney RTP stipend rate (up to 3 years)
  • Full-time PhD student in the School of Electrical and Information Engineering 
  • Research into designing an automation solution for waste sorting applications
  • Hold an honours, or Master of Philosophy or Masters degree with a substantial research component
20 October 2021 22 November 2021

How to apply

Apply here.

Benefits

This scholarship will provide a stipend allowance equivalent to the University of Sydney’s Research Training Program (RTP) Stipend rate (indexed on 1 January each year) for up to 3 years. 

Academic course fees and the Student Services Amenities fee (SSAF) are also provided for a successful international applicant, for up to 12 research periods. 

Note: The scholarship is subject to satisfactory academic performance and availability of funding.

Who's eligible

You must:

- have an unconditional offer of admission to study full-time in a PhD within the School of Electrical and Information Engineering at the University of Sydney

- be willing to conduct research into designing an automation solution for waste sorting applications

- hold at least one of the following degrees in electrical engineering, computer science or robotics, automation or mechanical engineering:

   - an Honours degree (First Class) or equivalent, or
   - Master of Philosophy, or
   - Masters degree with a substantial research component

- have mathematic knowledge and programming skills

- demonstrate hands on experience in programming and software tools

Note: Preference will be given to applicants with experience in robotics and automation systems.

Background

The Centre of Excellence in IoT and Telecommunications in the School of Electrical and Information Engineering at the University of Sydney has established this scholarship to provide financial assistance to a PhD student to research and design an automation solution for waste sorting.

This Scholarship is funded by a Cooperative Research Centre Project (CRC-P) through a collaboration between different participating organisations and the University of Sydney.

1. Background

a. The Centre of Excellence in IoT and Telecommunications in the School of Electrical and Information Engineering at the University of Sydney has established this scholarship to provide financial assistance to a PhD student to research and design an automation solution for waste sorting.

b. This Scholarship is funded by a Cooperative Research Centre Project (CRC-P) through a collaboration between different participating organisations and the University of Sydney.

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 School of Electrical and Information Engineering at the University of Sydney.

b. Applicants must be willing to conduct research into designing an automation solution for waste sorting applications.

c. Applicants must also hold at least one of the following degrees in electrical engineering, computer science or robotics, automation or mechanical engineering:

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

d. Applicants must have mathematic knowledge and programming skills.

e. Applicants must demonstrate hands on experience in programming and software tools.

3. Selection Criteria

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

I. academic merit,
II. area of study and/or research proposal,
III. curriculum vitae,
IV. a personal statement which demonstrates their interest in designing an automation solution for waste sorting applications; their mathematic knowledge and programming skills; and experience in programming and software tools.

b. Preference will be given to applicants with experience in robotics and automation systems.

c. Shortlisted applicants may be requested to attend an interview.

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 a stipend allowance equivalent to the University of Sydney’s Research Training Program (RTP) Stipend rate (indexed on 1 January each year) for up to 3 years, subject to satisfactory academic performance.

b. For international students approved to commence their studies overseas as part-time enrolment, payment will be provided at 50% of full-time rates and the Scholarship extended accordingly. Payments are made when students arrive in Australia and is subject to confirmation of satisfactory progress from the lead supervisor.

c. Academic course fees and the Student Services Amenities fee (SSAF) are also provided for a successful international applicant, for up to 12 research periods, subject to satisfactory academic performance.

d. 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.

e. 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.

f. No other amount is payable.

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

5. Eligibility for Progression

a. The Scholarship is maintained for PhD students by attending and passing the annual progress evaluation and remaining enrolled in their PhD. For PhD students commencing from 2021 onwards, progression also includes completing 12 credit points of HDR coursework units by the end of year 2.

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. Scholarship recipients commencing their studies in Australia may not normally conduct research overseas within the first six months of award.

b. Scholarship recipients commencing their studies in Australia may conduct up to 12 months of their research outside Australia. Approval must be sought from the student's lead 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.

c. Scholarship recipients who are not able to travel to Australia to start their degree, may commence their studies overseas part-time. Approval must be sought from the student’s lead supervisor and will only be granted where a progress plan has been agreed and application for remote candidature has been approved by the Associate Dean (Research Education), or their nominee. Students commencing their degree overseas will receive this scholarship initially for 12 months. The stipend payment for the period spent overseas will be paid on a pro-rata basis and made when students arrive in Australia and is subject to confirmation of satisfactory progress from the lead supervisor. Extensions beyond 12 months, if scholarship recipients are not able to travel to Australia, will be considered on a case-by-case basis and subject to the approval of an application to extend their remote candidature.

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 lead 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/tuition fees.

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. 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,
IV. upon the recipient 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/tuition fee scholarship. In such circumstances this Scholarship will be terminated in favour of the alternative stipend/tuition fee scholarship where it is of higher value,
VI. if the recipient does not resume study at the end of a period of approved leave, or
VII. 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,
III. the student fails to attend and pass their annual progress evaluation and complete 12 credit points of HDR coursework units by the end of year 2, or
IV. 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. Intellectual Property

a. The successful recipient of this Scholarship must complete the Student Deed Poll supplied by the University of Sydney to cover any jointly created Intellectual Property during the course of the project.

13. Confidentiality

a. The successful recipient is required to keep all confidential information disclosed by the participant institutions or the University of Sydney confidential and ensure it is not disclosed to a third party without the prior written consent of the University of Sydney as appropriate, or as required by law.

14. Publications and Acknowledgement 

a. The successful scholarship recipient must acknowledge the support of their scholarship in all material, publications and advertising materials arising from the research in accordance to the guidelines provided by their lead supervisor.

b. The successful applicant must provide to the grantor and the University of Sydney with a copy of any proposed publications within 30 days in advance of submitting for publication. Comments and/or reasonable amendments to the publication can be made by the grantor and the University of Sydney to protect their Confidential Information and/or Intellectual Property.