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Postgraduate Research Scholarship in Engineering a Targeted Delivery System

A postgraduate research scholarship
Up to $105,000 stipend scholarship to support a PhD student undertaking research to develop a targeted delivery system for probiotics.

Highlights

Value Eligibility Open date Close date
$35,000 p.a (up to 3 years)
  • Full-time PhD student
  • Hold an honours degree or equivalent in engineering, microbiology or a relevant discipline
  • Conduct research into engineering a targeted delivery system for promoting gut flora health
9 December 2020  11 January 2021 

How to apply

Apply here.

Outcomes will be provided within 8 to 12 weeks from the time your online scholarship application form is received. 

Benefits

The Scholarship will provide a stipend allowance of $35,000 (fixed amount) per annum for up to three years.

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

No extension of the stipend, academic course fees or SSAF is possible. The Scholarship is subject to funding availability and it is maintained through satisfactory academic performance. 

Who's eligible

You must:

  • hold an honours degree (first class or second class upper) or equivalent in engineering, microbiology or a relevant discipline
  • have an unconditional offer of admission to study full-time in a PhD within the Faculty of Engineering
  • be willing to conduct research into engineering a targeted delivery system for promoting gut flora health.

Background

This scholarship has been established to provide financial assistance to a PhD student who is undertaking research to expedite the development of a targeted delivery system for probiotics to enhance their shelf-life and promote gut flora health and human wellbeing.

This scholarship is funded by the University of Sydney through the Centre of Advanced Food Enginomics (CAFE) established at the University of Sydney in 2017.

The Centre aims to meet the food and health challenges of the 21st century by creating and delivering nutritious and wholesome processed foods to improve human well-being.

CAFE comprises a cross-disciplinary cluster of high-profile researchers using the state-of-art facilities and equipment located within the Faculty of Engineering.

1. Background

a. This Scholarship has been established to provide financial assistance to a PhD student who is undertaking research to expedite the development of a targeted delivery system for probiotics to enhance their shelf-life and promote gut flora health and human wellbeing.

b. This Scholarship is funded by the University of Sydney through the Centre of Advanced Food Enginomics (CAFE) established at the University of Sydney in 2017. The Centre aims to meet the food and health challenges of the 21st century by creating and delivering nutritious and wholesome processed foods to improve human well-being. CAFE comprises a cross-disciplinary cluster of high-profile researchers using the state-of-art facilities and equipment located within 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 engineering a targeted delivery system for promoting gut flora health.

c. Applicants must hold an honours degree (first class or second class upper) or equivalent in engineering, microbiology or 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/or research proposal, and

        III. curriculum vitae.

b. 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 of $35,000 (fixed amount) per annum for up to three years, and it is maintained through satisfactory academic performance.

b. No extension of the stipend allowance is possible.

c. For international students who commences their studies overseas, 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.

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

e. No extension of the academic course fees and SSAF is possible.

f. 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 any potential extension period.

g. 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.

h. No other amount is payable.

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

5. Eligibility for Progression

a. The Scholarship is maintained 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 lead 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 in Australia may not normally conduct research overseas within the first six months of award.

b. Scholarship recipients commencing in Australia 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.

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 approver 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 review 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.