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Walter Eberhard Schroeder Obstetrics and Gynaecology Research Scholarship

A postgraduate research scholarship
Stipend scholarship to support research into obstetrics and gynaecology at the Sydney Medical School.

Highlights

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RTP stipend rate (for up to 3 years)
  • Australian citizen or permanent resident or a New Zealand citizen
  • Researcher in obstetrics and gynaecology
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How to apply

No separate application necessary – you must have applied for the RTP Scholarship (domestic or international).

Successful recipients will be notified at the end of each year if they are successful in receiving one of these scholarships for the following year.

Benefits

The scholarship will provide a stipend allowance equivalent to the minimum rate of the Research Training Program (RTP) stipend scholarship, as indexed on 1 January of each year, for up to two years for a master's by research and up to three years for a PhD, subject to satisfactory academic performance.

A successful PhD applicant may apply for an extension of up to six months.

Who's eligible

You must:

  • have an unconditional offer of admission or be currently enrolled in a master's by research or PhD at the Sydney Medical School 
  • apply for a Research Training Program (RTP) stipend scholarship
  • conduct research into obstetrics and gynaecology
  • be a university graduate or graduand
  • must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident or a New Zealand citizen.

Background

This scholarship was established in 2015 by a bequest from Mrs Margit Schroeder in memory of her husband.

1. Background

a. A unique opportunity is available for an outstanding Masters by Research or PhD scholar at the Sydney Medical School at the University of Sydney to conduct research into obstetrics and gynaecology.

b. This Scholarship was established in 2015 by a bequest from Mrs Margit Schroeder in memory of her husband.

2. Eligibility

a. This scholarship is offered subject to the applicant having an unconditional offer of admission or being currently enrolled in a Masters by Research or PhD at the Sydney Medical School at the University of Sydney.

b. Applicants must conduct research into obstetrics and gynaecology.

c. Applicants must be a graduate or graduand of an Australian or overseas University.

d. Applicants must be an Australian citizen, Australian Permanent resident or New Zealand citizen.

e. To be considered for this Scholarship applicants must apply for a Research Training Program (RTP) Stipend Scholarship.

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, and

III. previous research experience.

b. The successful applicant will be awarded the Scholarship by the Dean of the Sydney Medical School or nominee.

4. Value

a. The Scholarship will provide a stipend allowance equivalent to the minimum rate of the Research Training Program (RTP) Stipend Scholarship, as escalated on 1 January of each year, for up to two years for a Masters by Research and up to three years for a PhD, subject to satisfactory academic performance.

b. A successful PhD applicant may apply for an extension of up to six months.

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

d. 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.

e. The Scholarship cannot be transferred to another area of research.

f. No other amount is payable.

g. 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.

c. Once the Scholarship recipient has completed twelve months of their award, they are entitled to a maximum of twelve weeks paid maternity leave during the tenure of the award. Students applying for paid maternity leave must do so at least four weeks prior to the expected date of birth. Periods of paid maternity leave are added to the normal duration of the award. Scholarship holders who have not completed twelve months of their award may access unpaid maternity leave through the suspension provisions.

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 Department and 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 for any reason during the tenure of their Scholarship. Periods of suspension are cumulative and failure to resume study after suspension will result in the award being terminated. Approval to suspend must be given by both HDRAC and the head of the department concerned. 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 Masters by Research or PhD,

II. upon the student having completed 4 years equivalent full-time study for a PhD, or 2 years equivalent full time study for a masters by research,

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. 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. A Scholarship recipient must submit an annual report towards the end of each year.

13. Acknowledgement

a. A Scholarship recipient must acknowledge the support of their scholarship in any media, publications or presentations arising from the research whilst on this scholarship.

14. Other Requirements

a. Scholarship holders will be invited to attend and to give presentations at functions where they can meet with donors and/or the Council of the Sydney Medical School Foundation.