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# Postgraduate Research Scholarship in Novel Therapeutics

$40,000 per annum stipend allowance for 3 years, plus$20,000 per annum for project expenses to conduct research into the development of novel therapeutics targeting fungal infections.

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$40,000 per annum (3 years) • Australian citizen or permanent resident. • Full-time PhD student within the Faculty of Medicine and Health. 22 October 2020 5 November 2020 ## How to apply Apply here. ## Benefits The scholarship will provide the following benefits: • a stipend allowance of$40,000 per annum for three years, subject to satisfactory academic performance, and
• project expenses of $20,000 per annum which can be accessed through the successful recipient’s supervisor and/or Faculty/School finance manager. No extension will be allowed. ## Who's eligible You must: • Be an Australian citizen or permanent resident. • Have an unconditional offer of admission to commence in a full-time PhD within the Faculty of Medicine and Health at the University of Sydney • Conduct research into the development of novel therapeutics. • Hold: I. an undergraduate degree with at least a credit average or equivalent, and II. an honours degree (First Class or Second Class Upper) in a relevant discipline, or III. a masters by research degree in a relevant discipline. ## Background A unique opportunity is available for an outstanding PhD scholar to conduct research into the development of novel therapeutics as part of a project between the University of Sydney and BioDiem Ltd. These novel therapeutics will be targeted against invasive fungal infections. Globally these infections afflict 300 million people and cause 1.6 million deaths annually. Limitations associated with the current antifungal drug therapies are a major contributing factor to the high rates of morbidity and mortality. This exciting project will work towards the development of an entirely new class of antifungal agent. This scholarship is funded by New South Wales (NSW) Health as part of the NSW Health PhD Partnership Program. #### Terms and conditions 1. Background a. A unique opportunity is available for an outstanding PhD scholar to conduct research into the development of novel therapeutics as part of a project between the University of Sydney and BioDiem Ltd. These novel therapeutics will be targeted against invasive fungal infections. Globally these infections afflict 300 million people and cause 1.6 million deaths annually. Limitations associated with the current antifungal drug therapies are a major contributing factor to the high rates of morbidity and mortality. This exciting project will work towards the development of an entirely new class of antifungal agent. b. This scholarship is funded by New South Wales (NSW) Health as part of the NSW Health PhD Partnership Program. 2. Eligibility a. This Scholarship is offered subject to applicants having an unconditional offer of admission to commence in a full-time PhD within the Faculty of Medicine and Health at the University of Sydney. b. Applicants must conduct research into the development of novel therapeutics. c. Applicants must hold: I. an undergraduate degree with at least a credit average or equivalent, and II. an Honours degree (First Class or Second Class Upper) in a relevant discipline, or III. a Masters by Research degree in a relevant discipline. d. Applicants must be an Australian Citizen or Australian Permanent Resident. 3. Selection Criteria a. The successful applicant will be awarded the Scholarship on the basis of: I. academic merit, II. curriculum vitae, III. cover letter, and IV. academic referees. b. The successful applicant will be awarded the Scholarship on the nomination of the relevant research supervisor(s), or their nominated delegate(s) with approval from the supervisor from BioDiem Ltd. 4. Value a. The Scholarship will provide the following benefits: I. a stipend allowance of$40,000 per annum for three years, subject to satisfactory academic performance, and

II.         project expenses of \$20,000 per annum which can be accessed through the successful recipient’s supervisor and/or Faculty/School finance manager.

b.     No extension will be allowed.

c.      The Scholarship will commence on the 1 January 2021 and cannot be deferred or transferred to another area of research.

d.     The Scholarship will be offered conditionally to the successful recipient subject to the execution of the funding agreement between the University of Sydney and NSW Health.

e.     No other amount is payable.

f.      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 carers 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 Scholarships for any reason during the tenure of their Scholarship. Periods of Scholarships 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.     The Scholarship will terminate:

I.         on resignation or withdrawal of the recipient from their PhD,

II.         upon the recipient 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 recipient 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 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.      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 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.  Reporting

a.     The successful recipient of the Scholarship must provide the following as outlined in the agreement:

I.         an Annual Progress Report which contains input from both the successful recipient and their supervisors,

II.         an Annual Financial Report, and

III.         a Final Report upon the conclusion of the project.

13.  Acknowledgement

a.     The recipient of this Scholarship must acknowledge NSW Health, the University of Sydney and BioDiem Ltd. in their thesis or any publications or presentations arising from the research funded by this Scholarship.

14.  Other Requirements

a.     The successful recipient must complete the NSW Health Commercialisation Training Program.

b.     The successful recipient must attend the Program Evaluation of the NSW Health PhD Partnership Program when initiated by NSW Health.