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Thomas and Ethel Mary Ewing Scholarships

A postgraduate research scholarship
This scholarship supports postgraduate research students in the University of Sydney School of Education and Social Work to undertake travel interstate or overseas as part of their degree.

Highlights

Value Eligibility Open date Close date
$35,000 pa
  • Postgraduate research student undertaking research in the field of education
  • Travelling interstate/overseas as part of your degree
9 December 2019 20 January 2020

How to apply

Apply here.

Benefits

$35,000 per annum, for the following duration:

  • up to three years for a PhD recipient, with a possible extension of up to six months upon application
  • up to two years for a master's by research recipient who began studies prior to 1 January 2019
  • up to 1.75 years for a master's by research recipient who began studies on or after 1 January 2019.

Who's eligible

You must:

  • be enrolled or have an unconditional offer to study a full-time master's by research or PhD in the Sydney School of Education and Social Work
  • be willing to undertake research in the field of education
  • demonstrate a need to undertake travel interstate or overseas as part of your degree
  • be a graduand or graduate of the Sydney School of Education and Social Work.

Background

This scholarship was founded in 1964 by a bequest from Dr Thomas Ewing.

1. Background

a. This Scholarship was funded in 1964 by a bequest from Dr Thomas Ewing to establish and maintain one or more travelling research scholarships.

2. Eligibility

a. Applicants must have an unconditional offer of admission or be currently enrolled in fulltime studies in a Masters by Research or PhD within the Sydney School of Education and Social Work at the University of Sydney.

b. Applicants must be willing to undertake research in the field of Education.

c. Applicants must be demonstrate a need to undertake travel interstate or overseas as part of their Masters by Research or PhD.

d. Applicants must be graduands or graduates of the Sydney School of Education and Social Work at the University of Sydney.

3. Selection Criteria

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

I. academic merit,

II. area of study and outline of research proposal (no more than two pages),

III. curriculum vitae,

IV. detailed proposed budget and itinerary,

V. list of publications,

VI. two academic referees reports, and

VII. a personal statement which demonstrates their need to travel and the importance of travel to the applicant’s research.

b. The successful applicant will be awarded the Scholarship by the Head of Sydney School of Education and Social Work on the nomination of the Awards Committee.

4. Value

a. The Scholarship will provide a stipend allowance of $35,000 per annum.

b. Subject to satisfactory academic performance, the duration of the Scholarship will be:

I. up to three years for a successful PhD recipient,

II. up to two years for a Masters by Research recipient who commenced studies prior to 1 January 2019, and

III. up to 1.75 years for a Masters by Research recipient who commenced studies on or after 1 January 2019.

c. A successful PhD recipient may apply for a maximum extension of up to 6 months provided the grounds for extension relate directly to study and are beyond the control of the recipient.

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 excluding the potential extension period.

e. The Scholarship is for commencement in relevant research period in which it is offered and 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, in rotation with Thomas and Ethel Mary Ewing Scholarships in Medicine.

5. Eligibility for Progression

a. Progression is subject to passing the annual progress review.

b. Successful recipients are required to maintain receipts for up to one year for all costs incurred that are relevant to this Scholarship.

c. Successful recipients may be required to produce these receipts if requested by the Sydney School of Education and Social Work.

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. Unless terminated earlier, the Scholarship will terminate:

I. on resignation or withdrawal of the student from their Masters by Research or PhD,

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

III. upon submission of the thesis or at the end of the award,

IV. 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,

V. if the recipient receives an alternative primary stipend scholarship. In such circumstances this Scholarship will be terminated in favour of the alternative scholarship where it is of higher value,

VI. does not resume study at the end of a period of approved leave,

VII. if the student fails to undertake relevant travel overseas as part of their Masters by Research or PhD within the required time frame, or

VIII. 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.

12. Reporting

a. Scholarship recipients are required to provide an annual report on their research work and details of their intended research in the following year to the Associate Dean (Research Education) in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.