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John A Lamberton Research Scholarships

A postgraduate research scholarship
Supporting postgraduate students researching an area of science related to the work of Dr John A Lamberton or in the chemical understanding of brain function.

Highlights

Value Eligibility Open date Close date
Minimum RTP stipend or $7500 (for up to 3 years)
  • Masters by Research or PhD student
  • Enrolled in Engineering, Medicine and Health or Science
  • Research into natural products and/or relationships between chemical structure and biological activity

15 January 2022

1 August 2022

23 February 2022

26 August 2022

How to apply

Apply here.

Benefits

The primary scholarship will provide an annual stipend allowance equivalent to the minimum RTP rate (indexed on 1 January each year) for up to three years.

An extension for up to six months is available for the primary scholarship recipient enrolled in the School of Chemistry, subject to satisfactory academic performance. Awardees from other faculties and schools may apply for an extension provided funding is available.

The supplementary scholarship will provide a stipend allowance of $7500 per annum for up to 3 years, subject to satisfactory academic performance.

Up to two primary stipend scholarships and up to four supplementary stipend scholarships will be available in this round.

Who's eligible

You must:

  • have an unconditional offer of admission or be enrolled in a full-time Masters by Research or PhD at the Faculty of Engineering, Faculty of Medicine and Health or Faculty of Science
  • be enrolled in one of the following schools: School of Biomedical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, School of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, School of Life and Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Science, School of Medical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine and Health, Sydney Medical School, Faculty of Medicine and Health, Sydney Pharmacy School, Faculty of Medicine and Health
  • be willing to conduct research into natural products and/or and on the understanding of the relationships between chemical structure and biological activity
  • hold an honours degree (first class) or a master's degree in a related field with a substantial research component
  • have applied for Research Training Program (RTP) stipend Scholarship at the University of Sydney.

Background

This scholarship has been established to provide financial assistance to Masters by Research and PhD students who are undertaking research in natural products and on the understanding of the relationships between chemical structure and biological activity

This scholarship is funded by donations from the widow of Dr John A Lamberton.

1. Background

a. This Scholarship has been established to provide financial assistance to Masters by Research and PhD students who are undertaking research in natural products and on the understanding of the relationships between chemical structure and biological activity

b. This Scholarship is funded by donations from the widow of Dr John A Lamberton.

2. Eligibility

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

b. Applicants must be enrolled in one of the following schools:

I. School of Biomedical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering
II. School of Chemistry, Faculty of Science
III. School of Life and Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Science
IV. School of Medical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine and Health
V. Sydney Medical School, Faculty of Medicine and Health
VI. Sydney Pharmacy School, Faculty of Medicine and Health

c. Applicants must be willing to conduct research into natural products and/or and on the understanding of the relationships between chemical structure and biological activity.

d. Applicants must also hold at least one of the following:
I. an Honours degree (First Class) or equivalent in a relevant discipline, or
II. Masters degree with a substantial research component.

e. Applicants must have applied for Research Training Program (RTP) stipend Scholarship at the University of Sydney

3. Selection Criteria

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

I. academic merit,
II. area of study and/or research proposal,
III. research output, and
IV. research supervisor assessment.

b. The Scholarships are to be awarded by the Dean of the Faculty of Science upon the recommendation of the Lamberton Research Scholarships Committee.

c. The Lamberton Research Scholarships Committee is to be chaired by a distinguished senior academic in the University in the field of research associated with the field of the award; other members of the Committee are the Head of the School of Chemistry or nominee, the Head of the Sydney Pharmacy School or nominee, and up to two other senior academics in allied fields such as agriculture, botany, medicine, to be appointed by the Dean of Science.

4. Value

a. Up to three Scholarships may be awarded may be awarded as a either a primary stipend scholarship or a supplementary stipend scholarship.

b. The primary 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.

c. The recipient of the primary stipend scholarship is encouraged to complete their PhD in 3 years. Awardees from the School of Chemistry may apply for an extension of the primary stipend allowance for up to 6 months. Awardees from other faculties and schools may apply for an extension provided funding is available.

d. The supplementary scholarship will provide a stipend allowance of $7500 (per annum) for up to 3 years, subject to satisfactory academic performance.

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. Leave Arrangements

a. A recipient of the primary scholarship will receive 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. A recipient of the primary scholarship 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.

c. A recipient of the supplementary scholarship will have the same conditions as indicated in the terms and conditions of the primary scholarship, excluding paid maternity leave.

7. Research Overseas

a. The Scholarship recipient may not normally conduct research overseas within the first six months of award.

b. The recipient is required to follow official advice from the University and Department of Foreign Affairs and Travel in light of travel restrictions due to Covid-19.

c. 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.

d. In addition, further approval may be required as outlined in the University of Sydney’s Covid-19 2021 Response Plan.

e. 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.

f. If the recipient is conducting research outside of Australia, the recipient acknowledges that the University of Sydney is not liable for any costs incurred. This includes but is not limited to: cost of travel and transfers (unless stated under section 4 (Value) of this scholarship to amount listed), delays due to travel restrictions or State and/or Federal quarantine requirements on their return to Australia.

g. A recipient of the supplementary scholarship will have the same conditions as indicated in the terms and conditions of the primary scholarship.

8. Suspension

a. A recipient of the primary scholarship cannot suspend their award within their first six months of study, unless a legislative provision applies.

b. A recipient of the primary scholarship 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.

c. A recipient of the supplementary scholarship will have the same conditions as indicated in the terms and conditions of the primary 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.

b. The University may approve a part time scholarship where a student is able to demonstrate a need for part time study (including but not limited to: medical condition, carer’s responsibilities, financial need) or where a faculty recommends part time study for the well-being of the candidate.

c. The PhD Scholarship recipient downgrading their candidature to a Masters by Research is permitted to retain the scholarship with permission from the School of Chemistry.

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 of the primary scholarship 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. for the recipient of the supplementary scholarship, on receipt of another supplementary stipend scholarship(s) that increases the overall supplementary amount paid to a student to more than 75% of the primary amount. In such circumstances, the supplementary stipend scholarship of the higher value prevails,
VII. if the recipient does not resume study at the end of a period of approved leave, or
VIII. 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 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.