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CUAVA Research Scholarship

A postgraduate research scholarship
The Postgraduate Research Scholarship at the ARC Training Centre for CubeSats, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, and their Applications (CUAVA) supports students pursuing research in this field.

Highlights

Value Eligibility Open date Close date

Various

  • MPhil or PhD student within the Faculty of Science or Engineering
  • Research proposal that aligns with a CUAVA project
N/A N/A

How to apply

Complete this application form

Applicants should also refer to the CUAVA research projects (pdf, 482.5KB) for further information on available projects and project leaders at the Centre.

Applications will close once suitable recipients have been identified. You will be notified about the outcome of your application eight to twelve weeks after submission.

Benefits

The CUAVA stipend scholarship is available to support the living costs of students while completing their studies. They are subject to satisfactory academic performance, and the recipient may apply for an extension of up to six months.

The primary scholarship is valued at:

  • $28,092 per annum for a successful Master of Philosophy (MPhil) recipient for 1.75 to two years.
  • $32,788 per annum for a successful Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) recipient for three years with a potential six-month extension.

The supplementary scholarship is valued at a combined total stipend of $32,788 per annum.

Note: the above values are indexed to the Research Training Program (RTP) rate on 1 January each year.

Who's eligible

You must:

  • have an unconditional offer of admission for full-time studies in an MPhil or PhD at the Faculty of Science or the Faculty of Engineering
  • have a research proposal that aligns with a CUAVA project
  • not be engaged in full-time employment or be subject to an obligation with another party to provide that party with any intellectual property rights over the course of their research studies.

You must also hold the following qualifications or equivalent:

  • PhD applicants: honours degree (first class or second class upper) or a master's degree in a related field with a substantial research component.
  • MPhil (Engineering) applicants: honours or a master's degree in a related field with a research component.
  • MPhil (Science) applicants: bachelor's degree (minimum credit average in senior-level units of study relevant to the research area), master's degree or University of Sydney Graduate Diploma in Science (final mark of 80).

If you are applying for a CUAVA Supplementary Research Scholarship, you must also hold a primary scholarship from the University of Sydney or equivalent that provides a stipend allowance that does not exceed the full CUAVA Research Scholarship rate.

Note: PhD applicants with an honours degree (second class upper) must also have a history of research aptitude such as scholarly publication in either peer-reviewed national or international journals.

Background

The ARC Training Centre for CubeSats, UAVs, and Their Applications (CUAVA) is providing several research scholarships for outstanding PhD and/or master's scholars at the Faculty of Science or Faculty of Engineering where the focus of their research is aligned with one or more the centre’s projects.

Funded by the Australian Research Council and working with Industry Partners, our mission is to train the next generation of workers in advanced manufacturing, commercial space and UAV applications.

Our Research Training Program is intended to be rigorous and innovative and consists of:

  • Up to two courses to be chosen from the student’s area of expertise, and the other in business, management, or law.
  • Up to one-year placement with an industry partner.
  • One start-up/entrepreneurship experience involving being part of a team that identifies and develops a technological, commercialisable solution to a significant space problem and then pitches it to a start-up incubator/accelerator.
  • One flight experience involving participation in our annual UAV or CubeSat flight teams. Each flight experience will involve project design, build, integration, test, and operational work. 

The Centre’s trained students, postdocs, CIs, PIs, and partner organisations are expected to develop into global players in space-related research, industry, data, and services.

Terms and conditions

1. Background

a. The ARC Training Centre for CubeSats, UAVs, and their Applications (CUAVA) (The Centre) is providing several scholarships for outstanding Masters by Research and PhD scholars within the Faculty of Science or Faculty of Engineering where the focus of their research is aligned with one or more of The Centre’s projects.

b. This scholarship is available to support the living costs of students while completing their studies.

2. Eligibility

a. Applicants must have an unconditional offer of admission for full-time studies in a Master of Philosophy (MPhil) or PhD within the Faculty of Science or the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Sydney.

b. Applicants must undertake research in one of The Centre's specified project areas.

c. PhD applicants must also hold an Honours degree (First Class or Second Class Upper) or a Master's degree in a related field with a substantial research component, or equivalent.

d. PhD applicants with an Honours degree (Second Class Upper) must also have a history of research aptitude such as scholarly publication in either peer-reviewed national or international journals.

e. MPhil (Engineering) applicants must also hold an Honours degree or a Masters degree in a related field with a research component, or equivalent.

f. MPhil (Science) applicants must hold either bachelor's degree with a minimum overall credit average in the senior level unit(s) of study relevant to the proposed area of research, Master's degree or, University of Sydney Graduate Diploma in Science with a final mark of 80.

g. Applicants must not be engaged in full-time employment or be subject to an obligation with another party to provide that party with any intellectual property rights over the course of their research studies.

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 – aligned with The Centre’s needs,

III. curriculum vitae,

IV. a personal statement which demonstrates their interest in or experience with one of The Centre’s relevant projects,

b. The successful applicant will be awarded the Scholarship on the nomination of the relevant research supervisor, approval by the Centre’s Director, and ratification by the Centre’s Management Committee.

4. Value

a. The Scholarship will provide an annual stipend allowance as follows:

I. valued at $28,092 per annum (indexed to the RTP rate on January One each year) for a successful Master of Philosophy recipient,

II. valued at $32,788 per annum (indexed to the RTP rate on January One each year) for a successful PhD recipient

b. The duration of the Scholarship, subject to satisfactory academic performance, is as follows:

I. up to 2 years for a successful Master of Philosophy recipient who commenced their candidature prior to the 1 January 2019,

II. up to 1.75 years for a successful Master of Philosophy recipient who commenced their candidature on or after the 1 January 2019,

III. up to 3 years for a successful PhD recipient.

c. A PhD recipient may apply for an extension of the stipend allowance for up to 6 months.

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 is for commencement in the relevant research period in which it is offered and cannot be deferred or 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. Conversion between Research Masters and Research Doctorate degrees

a. Holders of the Scholarship may convert from a Research Masters degree to a Research Doctorate degree or vice-versa provided such change in candidature is approved by the Faculty/University School and the Centre Director. The conversion from Research Doctorate to Research Masters may result in termination of the scholarship. Should the Scholarship holder be approved to retain the scholarship, the maximum duration of the converted Scholarship becomes that for the new candidature.

7. 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.

8. 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.

9. 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.

10. 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.

11. Termination

a. The Scholarship will be terminated:

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

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. 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.

12. 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.

1. Background

a. The ARC Training Centre for CubeSats, UAVs, and their Applications (CUAVA) (The Centre) is providing several scholarships for outstanding Masters by Research and PhD scholars within the Faculty of Science or Faculty of Engineering where the focus of their research is aligned with one or more The Centre’s projects.

b. This supplementary scholarship is available to support the living costs of students while completing their studies.

2. Eligibility

a. Applicants must have an unconditional offer of admission for full-time studies in a Master of Philosophy (MPhil) or PhD within the Faculty of Science or the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Sydney.

b. Applicants must undertake research in one of The Centre's specified project areas.

c. PhD applicants must also hold an Honours degree (First Class or Second Class Upper) or a Masters degree in a related field with a substantial research component, or equivalent.

d. PhD applicants with an Honours degree (Second Class Upper) must also have a history of research aptitude such as scholarly publication in either peer-reviewed national or international journals.

e. MPhil (Engineering) applicants must also hold an Honours degree or a Masters degree in a related field with a research component, or equivalent.

f. MPhil (Science) applicants must hold either bachelor's degree with a minimum overall credit average in the senior level unit(s) of study relevant to the proposed area of research, Master's degree or, University of Sydney Graduate Diploma in Science with a final mark of 80.

g. Applicants must not be engaged in full-time employment or be subject to an obligation with another party to provide that party with any intellectual property rights during the course of their research studies.

h. Applicants must also be in recipient of a primary scholarship from the University of Sydney or equivalent that provides stipend allowance that does not exceed the full CUAVA Research Scholarship rate.

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 – aligned with The Centre’s needs,

III. curriculum vitae,

IV. a personal statement which demonstrates their interest in and experience with one of The Centre’s relevant projects,

b. The successful applicant will be awarded the Scholarship on the nomination of the relevant research supervisor, approval by the Centre’s Director, and ratification by the Centre’s Management Committee.

4. Value

a. The Scholarship will provide a supplementary allowance in addition to the recipient’s current primary stipend allowance to a combined total stipend allowance of $32,788 per annum (indexed to RTP rate January one each year). The exact scholarship value will be stated in the offer letter.

b. The duration of the Scholarship, subject to satisfactory academic performance, is as follows:

I. up to 2 years for a successful Masters by Research recipient who commenced their candidature prior to the 1 January 2019,

II. up to 1.75 years for a successful Masters by Research recipient who commenced their candidature on or after the 1 January 2019,

III. up to 3 years for a successful PhD recipient.

c. The PhD recipient may apply for an extension of the stipend allowance for up to 6 months.

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

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. Conversion between Research Masters and Research Doctorate degrees

a. Holders of the Scholarship may convert from a Research Masters degree to a Research Doctorate degree or vice-versa provided such change in candidature is approved by the Faculty/University School and the Centre Director. The conversion from Research Doctorate to Research Masters may result in termination of the scholarship. Should the Scholarship holder be approved to retain the scholarship, the maximum duration of the converted Scholarship becomes that for the new candidature.

7 Leave Arrangements

a. The same conditions as indicated in the terms and conditions of the primary scholarship.

8 Research Overseas

b. The same conditions as indicated in the terms and conditions of the primary scholarship.

9 Suspension

a. The same conditions as indicated in the terms and conditions of the primary scholarship.

10 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.

11 Termination

a. The Scholarship will be terminated:

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

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

III. 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,

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. on receipt of another supplementary stipend scholarship that increases the overall supplementary amount paid to a student to more than 75% of the primary amount. In such circumstances, the supplementary scholarship of the higher value prevails,

VI. if the recipient 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.

12 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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