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Postgraduate Research Scholarship in Learning Sciences

A postgraduate research scholarship
This stipend scholarship valued at up to $81,282 will assist a PhD student researching interdisciplinary knowledge practices and learning.

Highlights

Value Eligibility Open date Close date
$27,094 p.a. (up to 3 years)
  • Domestic student
  • Full-time PhD student
  • Research interdisciplinary knowledge practices and learning
24 November 2020 18 January 2021

How to apply

Apply here.

Benefits

This scholarship will provide a stipend allowance of $27,094 per annum for up to three years, subject to satisfactory academic performance.

Who's eligible

You must:

  • be a domestic student
  • be eligible for an unconditional offer of admission, have an unconditional offer of admission or be enrolled in a PhD (if you are enrolled part-time and plan to change to full-time if you are awarded the scholarship, you are eligible to apply)
  • not exceed six months of full-time equivalent enrolment in your PhD at 31 December 2020
  • be willing to research interdisciplinary knowledge practices and learning
  • aligned your PhD project with the methodology and contribute to the aims of the larger research project
  • be supervised by Professor Lina Markauskaite and Professor Peter Goodyear
  • hold an honours degree (first class or second class upper) or a master's degree in a relevant field
  • have a background in learning sciences, sociology, anthropology, education, psychology and/or cognitive sciences, or related field
  • demonstrate excellent skills working collaboratively in interdisciplinary contexts.

Preference will be given to students who:

  • identify as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person
  • demonstrate low socio-economic status
  • demonstrate carer responsibilities
  • have a long-term medical condition/disability
  • have sole-parent responsibilities
  • demonstrate regional or remote disadvantage
  • have refugee status.

Background

This scholarship has been established to provide financial assistance to a PhD student who is undertaking research that investigates interdisciplinary knowledge practices and learning in research and student teams.

This scholarship is a part of the Australian Research Council's Discovery project Developing interdisciplinary expertise in universities: Learning to co-create knowledge across disciplinary boundaries in laboratories and courses (2020-2024).

1. Background

a. This Scholarship has been established to provide financial assistance to a PhD student who is undertaking research that investigates interdisciplinary knowledge practices and learning in research and student teams.

a. This Scholarship is a part of the Australian Research Council's Discovery project "Developing interdisciplinary expertise in universities: Learning to co-create knowledge across disciplinary boundaries in laboratories and courses", 2020-2024.

2. Eligibility

a. Applicants must be eligible for an unconditional offer of admission, have an unconditional offer of admission or be currently enrolled to study full-time in a PhD at the University of Sydney.

b. Applicants who are currently enrolled to study a PhD must not exceed six months of full-time equivalent enrolment in their PhD degree as of the 31 December 2020.

c. Applicants must be willing to conduct research into interdisciplinary knowledge practices and learning.

d. Applicants must undertake their PhD project that is aligned with the methodology and contribute to the aims of the larger research project.

e. Applicants must be a domestic student.

f. Applicants must be supervised by Professor Lina Markauskaite and Professor Peter Goodyear.

g. Applicants must hold at least one of the following in an appropriate area of study:

I. an Honours degree (First Class or Second Class Upper), or

II. a Masters degree.

h. Applicants must have a background in at least one of the following areas of study:

I. learning sciences,

II. sociology,

III. anthropology,

IV. education,

V. psychology/cognitive sciences, or

VI. a related field.

i. Applicants must demonstrate excellent skills working collaboratively in interdisciplinary contexts.

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. letters of references from two academic referees,

V. a personal statement which demonstrates their interest in understanding how researchers and students in higher education learn to solve complex interdisciplinary problems and develop interdisciplinary expertise. This statement should demonstrate their familiarity with relevant theoretical ideas and research methods, and

VI. equity.

b. Preference will be given to students who demonstrate at least one of the following:

I. identify as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person as defined in the University of Sydney’s Confirmation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Identity Policy 2015.

II. low socio-economic status,

III. carer responsibilities,

IV. long-term medical condition/disability (including ongoing effects of abuse),

V. sole-parent responsibilities, and/or

VI. regional or remote disadvantage.

c. The successful applicant will be awarded the Scholarship on the nomination of a selection committee consisting of:

I. Professor Lina Markauskaite,

II. Professor Peter Goodyear, and

III. Professor Cara Wrigley.

4. Value

a. The Scholarship will provide a stipend allowance equivalent to $27,094 per annum for up to 3 years, subject to satisfactory academic performance.

b. The recipient may not apply for an extension of the stipend allowance.

c. 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.

d. No other amount is payable.

e. 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.

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 scholarship. In such circumstances this Scholarship will be terminated in favour of the alternative stipend 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, 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.

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.

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