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Reca Stone Postgraduate Scholarship in Legal Theory (Primary)

A postgraduate research scholarship
Supporting postgraduate research in the field of legal theory.

Highlights

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University of Sydney RTP stipend rate
  • Full-time PhD student
  • Conduct research in the discipline of legal theory
  • Hold an honours degree or master's degree in law
30 April 2021 1 November 2021

How to apply

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Benefits

The scholarship will provide an annual stipend allowance equivalent to the University of Sydney's Research Training Program (RTP) stipend for up to 3 years with a possible six months extension.

Academic tuition fees and the Student Services Amenities Fee (SSAF) are not covered by this scholarship for an international recipient.

Note: The scholarship is subject to satisfactory academic performance. 

Who's eligible

You must:

  • have an unconditional offer of admission for full-time studies in a PhD within the University of Sydney Law School
  • be willing to undertake research in the discipline of legal theory
  • hold at least one of the following degrees in Law:
  • a Bachelor’s degree with first class honours, or
  • a Master of Laws by Research, or
  • a Master of Laws by Coursework at a High Distinction or Distinction level including a research component equivalent to 25% of one year’s full-time enrolment.

Note: current PhD students may apply but preference will be given to commencing applicants.

Background

This scholarship was established by the generous donation of the Wolfensohn Family Foundation. The donation is intended to support higher degree by research students in the field of legal theory. It is awarded through the Julius Stone Institute of Jurisprudence within the University of Sydney Law School.

1. Background

a. This Scholarship was established by the generous donation of the Wolfensohn Family Foundation.

b. The donation is intended to support higher degree by research students in the field of Legal Theory. It is awarded through the Julius Stone Institute of Jurisprudence within the University of Sydney Law School.

2. Eligibility

a. The Scholarship is offered subject to the applicant having an unconditional offer of admission for full-time studies in a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) within the Sydney Law School.

b.  Applicants must be willing to undertake research in the discipline of Legal Theory.

c. Currently enrolled PhD students are also eligible to apply, but preference will be given to commencing applicants.

d. Applicants must also hold at least one of the following degrees in Law:

I.  a Bachelor’s degree with first class honours, or

II.  a Master of Laws by Research, or

 III.  a Master of Laws by Coursework at a High Distinction or Distinction level including a research component equivalent to 25% of one year’s full-time enrolment.

3. Selection Criteria

a. The scholarship has been established with the aim of attracting top candidates, who have well-developed research projects and who would be competitive at top international institutes of higher learning, to do their research degree at the Sydney Law School. The School may also prioritise candidates whose research aligns with the School's strategic research priorities.

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

I. academic merit,

II. area of study and research proposal,

III. curriculum vitae, and
a personal statement which demonstrates their interest in legal theory and previous research achievements.

b. The successful applicant will be awarded the Scholarship on the nomination of a Selection Committee chaired by the Associate Dean (Research Education) and at least one academic staff member within the Julius Stone Institute of Jurisprudence at the University of Sydney Law School.

4. Value

a. The Scholarship will provide an annual 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, with a possible six months extension.

b. 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.

c. The Scholarship is for commencement in the relevant research period in which it is offered and cannot be deferred without the prior approval of the Sydney Law School Associate Dean (Research Education).

d. The Scholarship cannot be transferred to another area of research, University School, Faculty or University.

e. Academic Tuition fees and the Student Services Amenities Fee (SSAF) are not covered by this Scholarship for an international recipient.

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 attending and passing the annual progress evaluation. 

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 and Associate Dean (Research Education) 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 and Associate Dean (Research Education) 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 is granted 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 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.

12. Other requirements

a. The successful recipient may be invited to assist in the promotion of the Sydney Law School’s Higher Degree Research programs, and represent the Sydney Law School at welcome week, recruitment and corporate networking events.