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The Khyentse Foundation Scholarship

A postgraduate research scholarship
This scholarship is valued at US$25,000 per annum and aims to support research in Buddhist studies within the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

Highlights

Value Eligibility Open date Close date
US$25,000 p.a. (for up to 2 years for Master of Art (Research) or MPhil and 4 years for PhD) for a full-time student
  • Master of Arts (Research), Master of Philosophy or PhD student
  • Research Buddhist studies
24 November 2020 15 January 2021

How to apply

Apply here.

Benefits

This scholarship provides a stipend equivalent to US$25,000 per annum for a full-time recipient and is tenable for up to two years for a Master of Arts (Research) or MPhil recipient and up to four years for a PhD recipient.

A part-time recipient will be provided with a stipend equivalent to 50 percent of the full-time stipend rate for up to four years for a Master of Arts (Research) or MPhil recipient and up to eight years for a PhD recipient. 

This scholarship is subject to satisfactory academic performance.

Who's eligible

You must:

  • have an unconditional offer of admission or be enrolled in a Master of Arts (Research), Master of Philosophy or PhD within the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences – you may apply for your degree after you have been made a conditional offer of scholarship
  • be willing to research Buddhist studies
  • have at least six months of your candidature available to consume before reaching maximum candidature for your degree by the closing date, or have approval from the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) to hold this scholarship after the maximum candidature of your degree has been reached.

Background

This scholarship has been established in 2020 to provide financial assistance to Master of Arts (Research), Master of Philosophy or PhD students who are undertaking research in the area of Buddhist studies. 

This scholarship is funded by a donation from The Khyentse Foundation, a nonprofit organisation founded in 2001 by Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche to support all traditions of Buddhist study and practice.

1. Background

a. This Scholarship has been established in 2020 to provide financial assistance to Master of Arts (Research), MPhil or PhD students who are undertaking research in the area of Buddhist studies.

a. This Scholarship is funded by a donation from The Khyentse Foundation, a nonprofit organization founded in 2001 by Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche to support all traditions of Buddhist study and practice.

2. Eligibility

a. The Scholarship is offered subject to the applicant having an unconditional offer of admission or being currently enrolled to study in a Master of Arts (Research), MPhil or PhD within the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Sydney.

b. Applicants must be willing to conduct research in Buddhist Studies.

c. At the advertised close date of this Scholarship, applicants must:

I. have at least six months of their candidature available to consume before reaching maximum candidature for their degree as per the University of Sydney (Higher Degree by Research) Rule 2011 Policy, or

II. have approval from the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) to hold this Scholarship after the maximum candidature of their degree has been reached.

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. personal statement addressing their commitment in the area of Buddhist Studies.

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

I. the Chair of the Department of Indian Subcontinental Studies or their nominated delegate(s), and

II. two other academic staff in the area of Buddhist studies.

4. Value

a. A successful recipient enrolled full-time in a Master of Arts (Research) or MPhil will be provided with a stipend allowance of the equivalent of US$25,000 per annum for up to 2 years, subject to satisfactory academic performance.

b. A successful recipient enrolled part-time in a Master of Arts (Research) or MPhil will be provided with a stipend allowance equivalent to 50% of the full-time stipend rate for up to 4 years, subject to satisfactory academic performance.

c. A successful recipient enrolled full-time in a PhD will be provided with a stipend allowance of the equivalent of US$25,000 per annum for up to 4 years, subject to satisfactory academic performance.

d. A successful recipient enrolled part-time in a PhD will be provided with a stipend allowance equivalent to 50% of the full-time stipend rate for up to 8 years, subject to satisfactory academic performance.

e. No extensions are available.

f. The Scholarship is for commencement in the relevant research period in which it is offered and may be deferred if recipients can demonstrate extenuating circumstances and receive approval of the Head of School.

g. The Scholarship cannot be 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. 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. 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.

8. 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.

9. 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. upon the recipient having completed the maximum candidature for their degree as per the University of Sydney (Higher Degree by Research) Rule 2011 Policy,

IV. 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,

V. if the recipient does not resume study at the end of a period of approved leave, or

VI. 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.

10. 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.