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Postgraduate Research Scholarship in Transforming Inequality in Schools

A postgraduate research scholarship

$50,050 per annum for up to 3.5 years to support an Indigenous-identified PhD student to conduct research as part of the ARC-funded Linkage Project Sparking Imagination Education: Transforming inequality in schools.

Highlights

Value Eligibility Open date Close date

$35,950 p.a. (up to 3.5 years)

$14,100 (fixed amount) for up to 3.5 years

  • Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander student
  • Commencing PhD at Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Holds First Class Honours or equivalent degree
1 June 2022 30 June 2022

How to apply

Apply here.

Benefits

This scholarship is valued at $35,950 per annum and is tenable for 3.5 years.

Supplementary stipend allowance of $14,100 (fixed amount) for up to 3.5 years, subject to satisfactory academic performance.

Who's eligible

You must:

  • be an Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Student as defined by University of Sydney Policy
  • have an unconditional offer of admission to undertake PhD on a full-time basis at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences of University of Sydney,
  • hold an Honours degree (First Class) or a First Class Honours Equivalent Degree or a Master's degree with a substantial research component in a relevant area of study
  • hold a Working with Children Check (WWC)
  • be willing to undertake research in the field of Aboriginal Education with a research focus outlined in the terms and conditions and under the supervision of Associate Professor Cathie Burgess and Professor Valerie Hardwood.

Background

Postgraduate Research Scholarship in Transforming Inequality in Schools has been established to enable an outstanding indigenous PhD scholar to conduct research as part of the ARC funded Linkage Project Sparking Imagination Education: Transforming inequality in schools under the supervision of Associate Professor Cathie Burgess and Professor Valerie Harwood.

1. Background

a. Postgraduate Research Scholarship in Transforming Inequality in Schools has been established to enable an outstanding indigenous PhD scholar to conduct research as part of the ARC funded Linkage Project Sparking Imagination Education: Transforming inequality in schools under the supervision of Associate Professor Cathie Burgess and Professor Valerie Harwood.

b. This exciting new project is a collaboration between industry partners AIME and Social Ventures Australia and four Australian universities (University of Sydney, University of Queensland, University of Technology Sydney, and University of Wollongong), with a team of Indigenous and non-Indigenous academics. The project responds to the challenge of how schools can provide innovations in imagination education to address the educational inequality that is experienced by some young Australians, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people, those from low socio-economic status (LSES), young former refugees, and those living in regional and remote communities.

c. This scholarship is supported by Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research) University of Sydney.

2. Eligibility

a. Applicants must be an Australia Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander student as identified in University of Sydney Policy.

b. The Scholarship is offered subject to the applicant having an unconditional offer of admission to undertake PhD on a full-time basis at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences of University of Sydney. Applicants who don’t yet have an unconditional offer of admission can apply and be selected, however, no scholarship offer will be sent until the applicant has an unconditional offer of admission.

c. Applicants must hold an Honours degree (First Class) or a First Class Honours Equivalent Degree or a Master's degree with a substantial research component in a relevant area of study.

i. Applicant must hold a Working with Children Check (WWC),

d. Applicants must be willing to undertake research in the field of Aboriginal Education with a
research focus outlined in the terms and conditions and under the supervision of Associate Professor Cathie Burgess and Professor Valerie Hardwood.

3. Selection Criteria

a. The successful applicant will be awarded the Scholarship on the basis of:
i. demonstrated academic achievement,
ii. demonstrated research experience,
iii. curriculum vitae,
iv. feedback from two referees including one academic referee,
v. area of study and/or research proposal,
vi. personal statement demonstrating interest to undertake research in either one of the following areas:
• Investigate how imagination, informed by Indigenous imagination practices, is used by AIME as an educational strategy with young people.
• Investigate and trial these imagination practices to develop an Imagination Education Pedagogical Framework for equity in Australian schools.
• Investigate whether teachers can engage with the Imagination Education Pedagogical Framework to support the educational success of Indigenous and other marginalised students.
• Build knowledge of how Indigenous cultural uses of imagination can contribute to the development of imagination practices in education.
• Identify the enablers and constrainers for scaling up Imagination Education in Australian schooling contexts.
vii. holding a Working with Children Check,
viii. interview

b. The successful applicant will be awarded the Scholarship by the Higher Degrees by Research Scholarships Sub-Committee (HDRSSC) on the recommendation of Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research) and Professor Valerie Hardwood.

4. Value

a. The Scholarship provides 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 3.5 years for PhD candidates.  The University may approve a part-time Stipend Scholarship* where the University is satisfied that there are special circumstances beyond the student’s control (for example medical conditions, financial hardship, carer’s responsibilities).

*A part-time scholarship may have tax implications and student should seek tax advice from registered tax agents.

b. Supplementary stipend allowance of $14,100 (fixed amount) for up to 3.5 years, subject to satisfactory academic performance.

c. The duration of each benefit will be indicated in the Scholarship Offer Letter. 

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.

e. The Scholarship cannot be deferred or transferred to another area of research.

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 evaluations, and maintaining satisfactory progress in coursework.

6. Leave Arrangements

a. Holders of the Scholarship receive up to 20 working days recreation leave every 12 months of the Scholarship and this may be accrued. Any unused leave when the Scholarship is terminated or completed will be forfeited. Recreation leave does not attract a leave loading. The supervisor's agreement must be obtained before leave is taken.

b. Holders of the Scholarship may take up to 10 working days sick leave every 12 months of the Scholarship and this may be accrued over the tenure of the Scholarship. Students with carer responsibility may convert up to five days of their annual sick leave entitlement to carers leave on presentation of medical certificate/s. Students taking sick leave must inform their supervisor as soon as practicable.

c. Holders of the Scholarship may receive additional paid sick leave of up to a total of twelve weeks during their scholarship for medically substantiated periods of illness where the student has insufficient sick leave entitlements available under Clause 6b above. Students applying for additional paid sick leave must do so at the start of absence or as soon as practicable. Periods of additional paid sick leave are added to the duration of the Scholarship.

d. Once female holders of the Scholarship have completed twelve months of their award, they are entitled to a maximum of twelve weeks paid maternity leave during the tenure of the Scholarship if she is the person who gives birth. Students applying for paid maternity leave should do so at least four weeks prior to the expected date of confinement. Periods of paid maternity leave are added to the duration of the Scholarship. Holders of the Scholarship who have not completed twelve months of their award may access unpaid maternity leave through the suspension provisions.

e. For non-birth giving scholarship holders, upon completed twelve months of their award, they are entitled to a maximum of 5 days paid paternity leave. Periods of paid paternity leave are added to the duration of the Scholarship. Holders of the Scholarship who have not completed twelve months of their award may access unpaid maternity leave through the suspension provisions.

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. Holders of the Scholarship cannot suspend their award within the first six months.

b. Holders of the Scholarship may apply for up to 4 research periods suspension for any reason during the tenure of their award. Periods of suspension are cumulative and failure to resume study after suspension will result in the award being terminated. Approval to suspend must be given by the Head of the Department/School concerned. Periods of study towards the degree during suspension of the Scholarship will be deducted from the maximum tenure of the Scholarship.

c. Female holders of the Scholarship are entitled to up to an additional 4 research periods suspension (less any period of paid maternity leave) following each birth. The Scholarship holder should apply for the suspension within four weeks of the expected date of confinement.

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. Unless terminated according to provisions specified in earlier clauses, the Scholarship will be terminated:

I. upon submission of the thesis or at the end of the award;
II. on resignation or withdrawal of the student from their HDR program;
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 14 research periods full-time study for a PhD,
V. if the recipient receives an alternative stipend scholarship whose value exceeds 75% of the stipend value of this scholarship.
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. Stipend payments 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 paid to the student, the University may require the student to repay stipend amounts and any other payments made to the student 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.