Dr Peter Domachuk Scholarship

A postgraduate research scholarship in the School of Physics
This scholarship supports current and commencing PhD students studying at the School of Physics.


Value Eligibility Open date Close date
  • Enrolled in or have an unconditional offer to study a PhD in the School of Physics
12 July 2023 08 August 2023

How to apply

Apply here.


This scholarship is valued at $9000 per year and is tenable for one year only.

Who's eligible

You must:

  • be enrolled or have an unconditional offer to study a PhD in the School of Physics.

Note: Preference will be given to students completing research in photonics and/or optical science, or those who themselves or their family members hold or have held refugee or asylum seeker status.


This scholarship is funded by a donation from Katrina Drake in honour of her husband Dr Peter Domachuk.

1. Background

a. This Scholarship has been established to provide financial assistance to a PhD student who is undertaking research in the School of Physics.

b. This Scholarship is funded by donation from Katrina Drake, in honour of her husband, Dr Peter Domachuk.

2. Eligibility

a. The Scholarship is offered subject to the applicant having an unconditional offer of admission or being currently enrolled full time or part time to study in a PhD within the School of Physics at the University of Sydney.

3. Selection Criteria

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

I. area of study,
II. a personal statement, and
III. academic merit.

b. Preference will be given to students who are:

I. studying Photonics and/or Optical Science, and/or
II. who hold, or who in the past they or their family member(s) have held, refugee or asylum seeker status.

c. Previous recipients of this scholarship may be awarded the scholarship more than once.

d. The successful applicant will be awarded the Scholarship on the nomination of the Head of School, or their nominated delegate(s).

4. Value

a. The Scholarship will provide a payment of up to $9,000 per annum and is tenable for 1 year. A recipient who is enrolled part-time will receive the same amount.

b. The Scholarship value will be paid as a one-off payment on receipt of Scholarship Acceptance Form.

c. Where there is more than one recipient, the amount awarded may be shared. The awarded amount will be determined by the Head of School, or the nominated delegate(s) and indicated in the letter of offer.

d. No other amount is payable.

e. The Scholarship will be offered subject to the availability of funding.

5. Termination

a. The Scholarship will be terminated:

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. upon the student having completed the maximum candidature for their degree as per the University of Sydney (Higher Degree by Research) Rule 2011 Policy.
IV. if the recipient does not resume study at the end of a period of approved leave, or
V. 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.

6. 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 provided, the University may require the student to repay payments made 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.