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Paleoecology of the Great Barrier Reef in Response to Environmental Changes

A postgraduate research scholarship
$28,092 per annum scholarship for up to three years to conduct research into paleoecology of the Great Barrier Reef.

Highlights

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$28,092 per annum for up to three years
  • Domestic
  • Full-time PhD in the School of Geosciences
  • Be willing to travel to remote field areas such as the Great Barrier Reef
21 September 2020 4 December 2020

How to apply

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Benefits

This scholarship will provide a stipend allowance of $28,092 per annum (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 student.
  • have an unconditional offer of admission to study full-time PhD in the School of Geosciences.
  • be willing to conduct research into paleoecology of the Great Barrier Reef.
  • hold an honours degree (first class or second class upper) in geosciences, or a master's degree in a related field with a substantial research component.
  • be willing to travel to remote field areas such as the Great Barrier Reef.

Background

This scholarship has been established to provide financial assistance to a PhD student who is undertaking research in investigating the links between environmental stress/disturbance, climate, and coral reef composition, diversity and structure by investigating episodes of reef growth and demise over the past 9,000 years.

This project will investigate the links between environmental stress/disturbance, climate, and coral reef composition, diversity and structure by investigating episodes of reef growth and demise over the past 9,000 years. We will use fossil reef cores from across the GBR. Major changes and/or hiatuses in reef growth will be identified down core, and between adjacent cores, as major time gaps and changes in the reef communities. High-precision U-Th dates will pin down their precise timing and will be used to accurately calculate accumulation rates for the reef successions. We will measure reef stress during the Holocene during the periods leading up to and after major changes in reef growth and relate this to other geochemical proxy data reconstructing paleoenvironmental changes.

This scholarship is funded by an ARC Discovery Project.

1.     Background

a.     This Scholarship has been established to provide financial assistance to a PhD student who is undertaking research in investigating the links between environmental stress/disturbance, climate, and coral reef composition, diversity and structure by investigating episodes of reef growth and demise over the past 9,000 years.

b.     This Scholarship is funded by an ARC Discovery Project.

2.     Eligibility

a.     The Scholarship is offered subject to the applicant having an unconditional offer of admission to study full-time in a PhD within the School of Geoscience at the University of Sydney.

b.     Applicants must be willing to conduct research into paleoecology of the Great Barrier Reef.

c.      Applicants must be a domestic student.

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

I. an Honours degree (First Class or Second Class Upper) or equivalent in in Geosciences or

II. Masters degree with a substantial research component.

e.     Applicant must be willing to travel to remote field areas such as the Great Barrier Reef.

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. curriculum vitae.

IV. personal statement.

b.     Preference will be given to applicants with a background in sedimentology, paleoecology, geochemistry, marine science, numerical modelling.

c.      The successful applicant will be awarded the Scholarship on the nomination of the relevant research supervisor(s), or their nominated delegate(s).

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 6 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 the relevant research period in which it is offered and cannot be 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.     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.

9.     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.  

10.  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.

11.  Confidentiality and Intellectual Property

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

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