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Postgraduate Research Scholarship in Media Representations of Obesity

A postgraduate research scholarship
This scholarship aims to support a research student in the field of linguistics in the corpus-linguistic analysis of representations of obesity in Australian news media.

Highlights

Value Eligibility Open date Close date
$35,000 pa (for up to 3.5 years)
  • Unconditional offer in a PhD
  • Research in the field of linguistics
16 December 2019 20 January 2020

How to apply

Apply here.

Benefits

This scholarship is valued at the stipend allowance equivalent to $35,000 per annum for up to three years, subject to satisfactory academic performance. The recipient may apply for an extension of up to six months. 

Who's eligible

You must:

  • have an unconditional offer to study a full-time PhD full-time in the Department of Linguistics
  • be willing to research linguistics in the area of corpus-linguistic analysis of representations of obesity in Australian news media
  • have experience in or capacity to learn corpus linguistics
  • have experience or interest in health language research
  • hold or about to complete one of the following degrees in linguistics, English language or closely related discipline:
    • honours (first class) or equivalent
    • master's by coursework with a minimum 25 percent research component and WAM of 80
    • master's by research
    • equivalent international qualification.

Background

This scholarship is funded by Charles Perkins Centre funding and the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

1. Background

a. This Scholarship has been established to provide financial assistance to a PhD student who is undertaking research in the area of corpus-based discourse analysis of media representations of obesity.

b. This Scholarship is funded by Charles Perkins Centre (CPC) funding and the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

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 Department of Linguistics, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Sydney.

b. Applicants must be willing to conduct research in Linguistics in the area of corpus-linguistic analysis of representations of obesity in Australian news media.

c. Applicants must either:

I. hold at least one of the following degrees in Linguistics, English Language or a closely related discipline:

i. an Honours degree (First Class) or equivalent,

ii. a Master’s degree by coursework with at least 25% research component and weighted average mark of 80 per cent in the degree,

iii. a Master’s degree by research, or

iv. equivalent overseas qualifications.

II. be currently enrolled in any of the degrees listed in 2.c.I and be due to complete the requirements of the degree by the date identified in the Scholarship application form.

d. Applicants must demonstrate:

I. experience in or capacity to learn corpus linguistics, and

II. experience or interest in health language research.

3. Selection Criteria

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

I. academic merit,

II. curriculum vitae, and

III. a brief personal statement (up to 1 page) which provides evidence of and describes their:

i. willingness to conduct research in Linguistics in the area of corpus-linguistic analysis of representations of obesity in Australian news media,

ii. experience in or capacity to learn corpus linguistics, and

iii. experience or interest in health language research.

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

I. Head of School of Literature, Art and Media or their nominated delegate(s),

II. relevant research supervisor, and

III. at least one academic.

4. Value

a. The Scholarship will provide a stipend allowance equivalent to $35,000 per annum for up to 3 years, subject to satisfactory academic performance.

b. The recipient may apply for an extension of up to 6 months.

c. 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.

d. The Scholarship is for commencement in relevant research period in which it is offered. It may be deferred for up to a maximum of 12 months with prior approval of the research supervisor and the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

e. The Scholarship cannot be 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. 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 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. 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. 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.

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.