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Postgraduate Research Scholarship in Computational Chemistry

A postgraduate research scholarship
Stipend scholarship supporting a PhD student in the School of Chemistry to research computer simulations to design better printable solar cells.

Highlights

Value Eligibility Open date Close date
$28,854 pa (for up to 3.5 years)
  • Domestic/international student
  • Full-time PhD student in the School of Chemistry
  • Research computational chemistry
1 August 2022 30 September 2022

How to apply

Apply here.

Benefits

This scholarship will provide a stipend allowance equivalent to the minimum Research Training Program (RTP) stipend rate (indexed on 1 January each year) for up to three years, subject to satisfactory academic performance. The recipient may apply for an extension of the stipend allowance for up to six months.

Who's eligible

You must:

  • be a domestic or international student
  • have an unconditional offer of admission or be enrolled in a full-time PhD in the School of Chemistry
  • be willing to research computational chemistry
  • hold an honours degree (first class) in chemistry, physics or a related field, or a master's degree in a related field with a substantial research component
  • have a background in physical chemistry, chemical physics or a related field, ideally with experience in computational research.

Note: International applicants must be able to pay for their academic course fees or hold a tuition fee scholarship.

Background

Funded by the ARC Centre of Excellence in Exciton Science, this scholarship aims to support a student undertaking a PhD within the School of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, where the focus of their research is on using computer simulations to design better printable solar cells.

The ARC Centre of Excellence in Exciton Science, in partnership with CSIRO, is working to make this a reality by combining a multidisciplinary research team with pilot-scale printing capabilities.

In this project, you will use computer simulations to study how crystalline films of metal halide perovskites form from solution and how they are affected by moisture. The insights gained from this work will help our experimental partners to obtain better control of device nanostructure and performance.

1. Background

a. This Scholarship has been established to provide financial assistance to PhD students who are undertaking research using computer simulations to design better printable solar cells.

b. This Scholarship is funded by the ARC Centre of Excellence in Exciton Science.

2. Eligibility

a. Applicants must have an unconditional offer of admission or be currently enrolled to study full-time in a PhD within the School of Chemistry at the University of Sydney.

b. Applicants must be willing to conduct research into computational nanoscience.

c. Applicants must also hold at least one of the following:

I. an Honours degree (First Class) in chemistry, physics or a related field,

II. a Masters degree in a related field with a substantial research component.

d. Applicants must have a background in physical chemistry, chemical physics or a related field, ideally with experience in computational research.

e. International applicants must be able to pay for their academic course fees or hold a tuition fee 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

III. curriculum vitae, and

IV. research experience.

b. The successful applicant will be awarded the Scholarship on the nomination of the relevant research supervisor in the School of Chemistry.

4. Value

a. The Scholarship will provide a stipend allowance equivalent to the minimum Research Training Program (RTP) Stipend rate (indexed on 1 January each year) for up to 3 years, subject to satisfactory academic performance.

b. The recipient may apply for an extension of the stipend allowance for up to six months.

c. 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.

d. The Scholarship is for commencement in relevant research period in which it is offered and cannot be deferred or transferred to another area of research without prior approval.

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 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 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, ARC Centre of Excellence in Exciton Science 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 be terminated:

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

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

III. 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,

IV. upon the recipient 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. 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. The Scholarship 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.

12. Centre Executive Committee Approval

a. The successful recipient of this Scholarship acknowledges that their participation in this project is dependent on approval from the Centre Executive Committee.

b. Approval requires that the recipient understands their obligations of the ARC Centre of Excellence Participants Agreement for ARC Centre of Excellence in Exciton Science.

13. Acknowledgement

a. The Scholarship recipient must acknowledge the support of the ARC Centre for Excellence in Exciton Science in any media, publications or presentations arising from the research whilst on this Scholarship.

14. Confidentiality and Intellectual Property

a. The successful recipient of this Scholarship must complete the Student Deed Poll supplied by the University of Sydney.