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The TDM Foundation Scholarship

A postgraduate research scholarship
Supporting PhD students undertake research into behavioural and psychological management of chronic pain in adults.

Highlights

Value Eligibility Open date Close date
RTP stipend rate (for up to three years)
  • Hold an honours degree or a master's degree
  • High academic achiever
16 April 2018 14 May 2018

How to apply

Apply here.

Benefits

The scholarship will provide an annual stipend allowance equivalent to the minimum Research Training Program (RTP) Stipend Rate for up to three years, subject to satisfactory academic performance. The recipient may apply for an extension of up to six months, subject to funding availability.

The selection committee will also determine a value to cover travel, conference and equipment costs for the recipient.

Note: The scholarship is for commencement in relevant research period in which it is offered for and cannot be deferred or transferred to another area of research.

Who's eligible

You must:

  • have an unconditional offer of admission or be currently enrolled for full-time studies in a PhD at the Sydney Medical School
  • undertake research into pain medicine or pain management
  • hold an honours degree or a master's degree with a substantial research component in one of the following areas:
    i. psychology
    ii. physiotherapy
    iii. medicine
    iv. nursing
    v. occupational therapy.    

Note: Preference will be given to applicants with a background in pain management or pain medicine, and who are an Australian citizen or permanent resident or a New Zealand citizen.

Background

An opportunity is available for an outstanding PhD scholar to conduct research in the behavioural and psychological management of chronic pain in adults. The research is to be conducted at the Pain Management Research Institute at the Royal North Shore Hospital.

This scholarship is funded by the Pain Management Research Institute Limited.

1. Background

a. An opportunity is available for an outstanding PhD scholar to conduct research in the behavioural and psychological management of chronic pain in adults. The research is to be conducted at the Pain Management Research Institute at the Royal North Shore Hospital.

b. This Scholarship is funded by the Pain Management Research Institute Limited.

2. Eligibility

a. This Scholarship is offered subject to the applicants having an unconditional offer of admission or being currently enrolled for full-time studies in a PhD at the Sydney Medical School at the University of Sydney.

b. Applicants must undertake research into pain medicine or pain management.

c. Applicants must also hold an Honours degree or a Master's degree with a substantial research component in one of the following areas:

I. Psychology,

II. Physiotherapy,

III. Medicine,

IV. Nursing, or

V. Occupational Therapy.

3. Selection Criteria

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

I. academic merit,

II. area of study and research proposal,

III. curriculum vitae,

IV. previous experience in human psycho-social research,

V. good verbal and oral communication skills, and

VI. skills in using computer software.

b. Preference will be given to applicants:

I. with a background in pain management or pain medicine, and

II. who are an Australian Citizen, Australian Permanent Resident or New Zealand Citizen.

c. The successful applicant will be awarded the Scholarship by the Dean of the Sydney Medical School on the recommendation of a selection committee which includes Professor Michael Nicholas, Professor Paul Glare and a delegate from the Northern Clinical School.

4. Value

a. The Scholarship will provide an annual stipend allowance equivalent to the minimum Research Training Program (RTP) Stipend Rate for up to three years, subject to satisfactory academic performance. The recipient may apply for an extension of up to 6 months, which will be subject to the availability of funding.

b. A value determined by the selection committee will also be available to the successful recipient for the purpose of travel, conference and equipment costs.

c. The Scholarship is for commencement in relevant research period in which it is offered for and cannot be deferred or transferred to another area of research.

d. No other amount is payable.

e. 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. Unless terminated earlier under this paragraph, the Scholarship will terminate:

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

II. upon the student having completed 4 years equivalent full time study for a PhD,

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 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, 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.  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. Confidentiality

a. All information or data provided to the successful recipient by the Pain Management Research Institute Limited must remain confidential unless used for the purposes of the research outlined in these terms and conditions.

13. Other Requirements

a. The successful recipient must provide a copy of their thesis to the Pain Management Research Institute Limited prior to submission for publication.