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DARE PhD Scholarships (Engineering)

A postgraduate research scholarship
A number of opportunities are available for outstanding PhD scholars to work in a multidisciplinary research team in a new Australian Research Council (ARC) Training Centre for Data Analytics for Resources and Environments (DARE).

Highlights

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$40,000 pa (up to 3 years)
  • Full-time PhD or master's by research student
  • Hold an bachelor’s degree with honours or a master’s degree
  • Be considered for and RTP Stipend Scholarship
1 May 2020 Ongoing

How to apply

Engineering students applying for the Research Training Program (RTP) scholarship will automatically be considered for this scholarship. A separate application is not required. To be considered for this scholarship, you must have applied for the RTP Scholarship (domestic or international) and your research supervisor must be a researcher with the DARE Centre.

For a comprehensive list of projects associated with this scholarship, please refer to the DARE Centre.

Learn more about the DARE PhD Program (pdf, 798.3KB).

Benefits

The scholarship will provide a primary stipend allowance of $40,000 per annum (fixed rate) for up to three years. The scholarship may also provide a supplementary stipend allowance of $10,000 per annum (fixed rate) for up to three years to applicants who hold an RTP stipend allowance.

The scholarship is subject to satisfactory academic performance and the recipient may apply for an extension of the stipend allowance for up to six months.

Highly ranked international applicants may be awarded academic course fees and the Student Services Amenities Fee (SSAF) for up to twelve research periods, subject to satisfactory academic performance. If academic course fees and SSAF are included this will be indicated in the scholarship offer letter.

A recipient awarded academic course fees and SSAF may apply for an extension for up to two research periods.

Who's eligible

You must:

  • have an unconditional offer of admission to study full-time in a PhD or Masters by Research within the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Sydney
  • if you are initially in the master's by research program, have the intent to transfer to a PhD after satisfactory completion of the first Progress Review interview within the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Sydney
  • have a support letter in your application for admission, from your intended research supervisor in the Faculty of Engineering or Faculty Science to apply for an available project listed by that Supervisor as part of this scholarship
  • hold either an Australian bachelor’s degree with honours (first class or second class upper) in a relevant discipline or an Australian standard master’s degree in engineering or science with at least 25 percent of the final year being a substantial research component
  • have applied and be considered for an RTP stipend scholarship.

Background

A number of opportunities are available for outstanding PhD scholars to work in a multidisciplinary research team in a new Australian Research Council (ARC) Training Centre for Data Analytics for Resources and Environments (DARE).

The DARE Centre will train PhD candidates in world-leading data science methods that have real-world applications for better decision making in the management of natural resources in Australia.

The stipend portion of this scholarship is funded by the Commonwealth of Australia through the Australian Research Council (ARC) Industrial Transformation Training Centre.

1. Background

a. A number of opportunities are available for outstanding PhD scholars to work in a multidisciplinary research team in a new Australian Research Council (ARC) Training Centre for Data Analytics for Resources and Environments (DARE).

b. The DARE Centre will train PhD candidates in world leading data science methods that have real world applications for better decision making in the management of natural resources in Australia.

c. This scholarship is funded in part by the Commonwealth of Australia through the Australian Research Council (ARC) Industrial Transformation Training Centre (Grant ID: IC190100031).

2. Eligibility

a. The Scholarship is offered subject to the candidate having an unconditional offer of admission to study full-time in a PhD or Masters by Research within the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Sydney.

b. Candidates for the Masters by Research program must have the intent to transfer to a PhD after satisfactory completion of the first Progress Review interview within the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Sydney.

c. Candidates must have the support letter, from their intended research supervisor in the Faculty of Engineering or Faculty Science at the University of Sydney to apply for an available project listed by that Supervisor as part of this Scholarship.

d. Candidates must also hold at least one of the following:

I. An Australian Bachelor’s degree with Honours (First Class or Second Class Upper) or equivalent in a relevant discipline to the project, or

II. An Australian standard Master’s degree in Engineering or Science with at least 25% of the final year being a substantial research component or equivalent in a relevant discipline to the project.

d. Candidates must apply and be considered for the Research Training Program (RTP) Stipend Scholarships.

3. Selection Criteria

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

I. academic merit,

II. area of study and/or research proposal,

III. curriculum vitae,

IV. feedback from two academic referees, and

V. a personal statement which demonstrates a candidate’s interest in the area of research and demonstrated knowledge required for the relevant project.

b. Preference will be given to students with data science capabilities and competency in liner algebra, Python or Regression analysis.

c. The Scholarship will be awarded based on the nomination of a Selection Committee chaired by the ARC Centre Training Director at the University of Sydney.

4. Value

a. The Scholarship will provide a primary stipend allowance of $40,000 per annum (fixed rate), subject to satisfactory academic performance.

b. The Scholarship may provide a supplementary stipend allowance of $10,000 per annum (fixed rate), subject to satisfactory academic performance, to applicants who have an RTP stipend allowance.

c. The duration of the primary and supplementary stipend allowance is as follows:

I. up to one year for a successful Masters by Research recipient;
II. up to three years for a successful PhD recipient.

d. PhD recipients may apply for an extension of the stipend allowance for up to six months.

e. Academic course fees and the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) are also provided to successful international applicants, subject to satisfactory academic performance.

f. The duration of the academic course fees and SSAF is as follows:

I. up to four research periods for a successful Masters by Research recipient;

II. up to twelve research periods for a successful PhD recipient.

g. PhD recipients may apply for an extension of academic course fees and SSAF for up to two research periods.

h. If a successful applicant converts from a Masters by Research to a PhD or vice-versa, the maximum duration of the Scholarship becomes that of the new candidature.

i. 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.

j. The Scholarship is for commencement in the relevant research period in which it is offered and cannot be deferred or transferred to another area of research without prior approval.

k. No other amount is payable.

l. The Scholarship will be offered subject to the availability of funding.

5. Eligibility for Progression

a. Progression for PhD students is subject to attending and passing the annual progress review and remaining enrolled full-time in their PhD.

b. Progression for Master’s by Research students is subject to satisfactory completion of their first progress review interview and subsequent transfer to a PhD program.

c. Enrolment in, and successful completion of two units of study (DATA5710 and DATA5711) within the first two years of candidature.

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.

c. The Scholarship recipient may take up to 14 weeks paid maternity leave if the leave is taken during the course of the Project. The Scholarship recipient take up to two weeks paid partner/parental leave at the time of birth or adoption if they are not identified as the primary caregiver during the course of the Project.

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 to suspend must be given by HDRAC, DARE Centre and the Associate Dean (Research Education). 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, DARE Centre 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 and/or tuition fees.

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 a Masters by Research student does not satisfactorily complete their first progress review interview and subsequently transfer to a PhD program,

IV. the student fails to attend and pass their annual progress review, or

V. 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,

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

VII. if the recipient receives an alternative primary stipend and/or tuition fee scholarship. In such circumstances this Scholarship will be terminated in favour of the alternative stipend and/or tuition fee scholarship where it is of higher value,

VIII. on receipt of another supplementary stipend scholarship(s) that increases the overall supplementary rate paid to a student to more than 75% of the primary amount. In such circumstances, the supplementary stipend scholarship of the higher value prevails,

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

X. 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.

12. Intellectual Property

a. The successful recipient of this Scholarship must complete the Student Deed Poll supplied by the University of Sydney.

13. Privacy and Confidentiality

a. The successful applicant is required to keep all confidential information disclosed by the ARC or the University of Sydney confidential and ensure it is not disclosed to a third party without the prior written consent of the University of Sydney or ARC, as appropriate, or as required by law.

b. The successful applicant is to comply with the requirements of the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth).

14. Acknowledgement

a. The Scholarship recipient must acknowledge the support of the ARC and Project ID IC190100031 in any media, publications or presentations arising from the research whilst on this Scholarship.

b. Metadata for the Research Output must include the ARC Project ID, list the ARC as a funding source and contain a permanent DOI for the Research Output. If a DOI is not available, then a permanent Uniform Resource Locator (URL) link must be provided instead to the Research Output.

15. Reporting

a. The Scholarship recipient must assist the University meet its reporting requirements as per contract (IC190100031).