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Research Scholarship in Theories of Autonomy in Reproductive Genomics

A postgraduate research scholarship
This scholarship aims to financially assist a PhD student researching theoretical bioethics, philosophy, or applied ethics as it relates to reproductive autonomy.

Highlights

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$28,106 pa (for up to 3 years)
  • Full-time PhD student at the Faculty of Medicine and Health
  • Research theoretical bioethics, philosophy or applied ethics
  • Hold an honours of master's degree
22 May 2020 16 July  2020

How to apply

Apply here.

Benefits

This scholarship will provide a stipend allowance valued at $28,106 per annum (indexed each year) for up to three years, subject to satisfactory academic performance.

If the successful recipient currently holds or is successful in receiving a University of Sydney Research Training Program (RTP) Stipend Scholarship, they will be offered a Supplementary Scholarship which will be valued at the RTP Supplementary Scholarship, for the remaining duration of the RTP.

Who's eligible

You must:

  • have an unconditional offer of admission to study a full-time PhD at the Faculty of Medicine and Health
  • be willing to conduct research into theoretical bioethics, philosophy, or applied ethics as it relates to reproductive autonomy
  • hold at least one of the following in bioethics or philosophy:
    • an honours degree (first class or second class upper) or equivalent in a relevant discipline
    • master's degree with a substantial research component
  • be able to demonstrate excellent writing skills and aptitude for independent research
  • apply for the RTP Stipend Scholarship within the first 12 months of the commencement of the scholarship.

Background

This scholarship has been established to provide financial assistance to a PhD student who is undertaking research into theoretical bioethics, philosophy, or applied ethics as it relates to reproductive autonomy. This Scholarship is funded by the Australian Research Council (ARC).

1. Background

a. This Scholarship has been established to provide financial assistance to a PhD student who is undertaking research into theoretical bioethics, philosophy, or applied ethics as it relates to reproductive autonomy.

b. This Scholarship is funded by the Australian Research Council (ARC).

2. Eligibility

a. The Scholarship is offered subject to the applicant having an unconditional offer of admission to study full-time in a PhD within the Faculty of Medicine and Health at the University of Sydney.

b. Applicants must be willing to conduct research into theoretical bioethics, philosophy, or applied ethics as it relates to reproductive autonomy.

c. Applicants must also hold at least one of the following in Bioethics or Philosophy:

I. an Honours degree (First Class or Second Class Upper) or equivalent in a relevant discipline, or

II. Masters degree with a substantial research component.

d. Applicants must be able to demonstrate the following:

I. excellent writing skills, and

II. aptitude for independent research.

e. Applicants must apply for the Research Training Program (RTP) Stipend Scholarship within the first 12 months of the commencement of the scholarship.

3. Selection Criteria

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

I. academic merit,

II. curriculum vitae,

III. referee reports,

IV. personal statement, and

V. a sample of written work.

b. Preferences will be given to applicants who have completed a Master’s degree.

c. 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 a stipend allowance valued at $28,106 per annum (indexed each year) for up to 3 years, subject to satisfactory academic performance.

b. No extension will be allowed.

c. If the successful recipient currently holds or is successful in receiving a University of Sydney Research Training Program (RTP) Stipend Scholarship, they will be offered a Supplementary Scholarship which will be valued at the University of Sydney Research Training Program (RTP) Supplementary Scholarship, for the remaining duration of the RTP.

d. 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.

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 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 is expected to conduct the majority of their research within Australia.

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 and 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 research degree,

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

III. if the student ceases to be a full-time student,

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

V. if the recipient receives an alternative primary stipend scholarship of higher value. In such circumstances this Scholarship will be converted to a Supplementary Scholarship as indicated in Clause 4.c,

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 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.

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