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Postgraduate Scholarship in Cardiovascular Research

A postgraduate research scholarship 
This scholarship is for an outstanding PhD scholar to conduct research into cardiovascular disease a joint project of the University and Bayer.

Highlights

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$40,000 pa
(for 3 years)
  • PhD Student, Faculty of Medicine and Health
  • Domestic students
4 June 2020 18 June 2020

How to apply

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Benefits

A stipend allowance of $40,000 per annum for three years, subject to satisfactory academic performance.

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:

  • 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.
  • be willing to conduct research into cardiovascular disease.
  • be an Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • hold an undergraduate degree with at least a credit average or equivalent, and either:
    • honours degree (first class or second class upper) in a relevant discipline
    • master's by research degree in a relevant discipline.

Background

A unique opportunity is available for an outstanding PhD scholar to conduct research into cardiovascular disease as part of a project between the University of Sydney and Bayer Australia.

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 cardiovascular disease as part of a project between the University of Sydney and Bayer Australia.

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 be willing to conduct research into cardiovascular disease.

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, and

III. referee reports.

b. The successful applicant will be awarded the Scholarship on the nomination of the relevant research supervisor(s), or their nominated delegate(s).

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 must commence in or before Research Period 2, 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 student from their 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 stipend Scholarship where it is of higher value,

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

VII. 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.

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. 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 Bayer Australia 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.

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