|Value||Eligibility||Open date||Close date|
|$29,507 p.a. (up to 3 years)||
||23 May 2023||19 June 2023|
The Scholarship will provide a stipend allowance equivalent to $29,507 per annum (fixed rate), subject to satisfactory academic performance:
I. up to 1.75 years for a successful Master’s by research recipient.
II. up to 3 years for a successful PhD recipient.
International recipients may be eligible for Faculty of Science Research Tuition Fee Scholarship, subject to approval.
Please Note: An applicant without an unconditional offer of admission may apply and be selected, however, no scholarship offer will be sent until the applicant has an unconditional offer of admission
This Scholarship aims to support a student undertaking a Masters by Research or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) within the School of Life and Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Science, where the focus of their research is on characterising the functional behaviour of human stem cells in response to the extracellular matrix protein, tropoelastin.
This Scholarship is co-funded by the Australian Research Council through Discovery Project (DP220101644) and NHMRC Investigator Grant Emerging Leadership (EL1) for the project: Functional amplification of stem cells for tissue repair.
The project seeks to investigate how adult stem cells receive and interpret mechanical or biochemical signals from matrix proteins such as tropoelastin, to stimulate or enhance a broad range of biological functions, including self-renewal, multi-lineage plasticity, and the secretion of cell-instructive factors. This work will contribute towards the understanding of natural mechanisms that modulate stem cell biology, with applications towards the production of stem cells possessing superior regenerative potential for tissue repair.
a. This Scholarship aims to support a student undertaking a Masters by Research or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) within the School of Life and Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Science, where the focus of their research is on characterising the functional behaviour of human stem cells in response to the extracellular matrix protein, tropoelastin.
b. This Scholarship is co-funded by the Australian Research Council through Discovery Project (DP220101644) and NHMRC Investigator Grant Emerging Leadership (EL1) for the project: Functional amplification of stem cells for tissue repair.
a. The Scholarship is offered subject to the successful applicant having an unconditional offer of admission for full-time studies, or currently enrolled, in a Masters by Research or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) within the Faculty of Science at the University of Sydney.
b. An applicant without an unconditional offer of admission may apply and be selected, however, no scholarship offer will be sent until the applicant has an unconditional offer of admission.
c. Applicant must be willing to undertake research in stem cell biology.
d. Applicant must also hold at least one of the following degrees, with a focus on disciplines relevant to cell biology, molecular biology, biochemistry or biotechnology:
I. an Honours degree (First Class) or equivalent, or
II. Masters degree with a substantial research component or equivalent.
3. Selection Criteria
a. The successful applicant will be awarded the Scholarship on the basis of:
I. academic merit,
II. demonstrated research experience,
III. area of study and/or research proposal,
IV. curriculum vitae,
V. feedback from two academic referees.
b. The successful applicant will be awarded the Scholarship on the nomination of the relevant research supervisor(s), or their nominated delegate(s).
a. The Scholarship will provide a stipend allowance equivalent to $29,507 per annum (fixed rate), subject to satisfactory academic performance:
I. up to 1.75 years for a successful Master’s by research recipient.
II. up to 3 years for a successful PhD recipient.
b. If the scholarship recipient converts from a Master’s by research to a PhD or vice-versa, the maximum duration of the Scholarship becomes that of the new candidature.
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 any potential extension period.
d. 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.
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 attending and passing the annual progress evaluation.
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 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 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.
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). HDRAC will consult with Scholarship Office to confirm funding availability for the period of suspension. 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 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.
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.
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.
12. Intellectual Property
a. The successful recipient of this Scholarship must complete the Student Deed Poll supplied by the University of Sydney.
b. Any intellectual property developed in the course of this research is owned by the University of Sydney, unless the University determines it does not wish to proceed with a patent.
a. The successful recipient of this Scholarship may be requested to contribute to the progress and final reports to ARC.
a. All ARC-funded research projects must comply with the ARC Open Access Policy on the dissemination of research findings, which is on the ARC website.
b. Any Research Outputs arising from ARC-funded research must be made openly accessible within a 12-month period from the publication date. Where this requirement cannot be met, reasons must be provided in the Final Report for the project.
c. The successful scholarship recipient must comply with the guidelines as outlined on the NHMRC Open Access Policy
a. The successful recipient agrees to acknowledge the ARC’s support in all Material, publications and promotional and advertising materials published in connection with this Agreement. The ARC will make available, on the ARC website, the form of acknowledgement that You are to use.
b. ARC’s contribution and support of the project is acknowledged in a prominent place and an appropriate form acceptable to the ARC when, at any time during or after completion of the project.
c. Where the Research Output is a publication, in addition to acknowledging ARC support, the relevant Project ID (DP220101644) must be included. Metadata for the Research Output must include the ARC Project ID, list the ARC as a Grant source and contain a permanent Digital Object Identifier (DOI) for the Research Output. If a DOI is not available, then a permanent Uniform Resource Locator (URL) link must be provided instead to the Research Output.
a. The successful recipient agrees to not to disclose confidential information without prior written Supervisor consent unless such disclosure is required or authorised by law or Parliament.