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Science Summer Research Program

An undergraduate scholarship for second or third year students

This program provides students an opportunity to engage in a formal supervised research project over the summer break period.

Highlights

Value Eligibility Open date Close date
RTP stipend rate
  • Domestic and international student at the University of Sydney or domestic student residing in NSW from other universities in Australia and New Zealand
  • Accepted to participate in the Science Summer Research Program
2 November 2021 14 November 2021

How to apply

Read more about the program on the Faculty of Science website.

Apply here.

Benefits

The scholarship is valued at five weeks of the pro-rata rate of a standard full-time Research Training Program (RTP) stipend, for the year in which the offer is made.

The recipient will engage in a formal supervised five-week research project over the summer break period (exact dates to be arranged between supervisor and recipient).

Who's eligible

You must:

  • be a domestic or international student at the University of Sydney, or a domestic student residing in NSW from other universities in Australia and New Zealand who is accepted to participate in the Science Summer Research Program.

Background

The Science Summer Research Program provides students in their second or third year of study in their undergraduate degree with an opportunity to engage in a formal supervised four-week research project over the summer break period.

Terms and conditions

1. Background

a. The Denison Research Scholarship provides students with an opportunity to engage in a formal supervised research project over the summer break period, equipping participants with valuable academic and professional skills, as well as links to industry. These projects allow students to engage in research whilst completing their undergraduate studies, which enhances their student experience and provides insight into potential further research studies.

2. Eligibility

a. To be eligible for the Scholarship, applicants must be either:

i. a currently enrolled University of Sydney student, or
ii. an Australian Citizen, New Zealand Citizen, or Australian Permanent Resident residing in NSW and enrolled at another Australian or New Zealand university.

b. Applicants must be enrolled full-time in an undergraduate science degree (including combined and single degrees).

c. Applicants must have completed at least 72 credit points (or equivalent) of study towards their undergraduate science degree at the time of application.

d. Applicants must be on track to complete at least 96 credit points (or equivalent) of study towards their undergraduate science degree by the time they commence their research project.

e. Applicants must have achieved a weighted average mark (WAM) of at least 75 (or equivalent) in their current undergraduate degree.

f. Applicants must be eligible to enrol in the unit of study DENR3901 Denison Research in the Intensive February session.

g. Applicants who have already commenced their Honours year or a postgraduate course are not eligible.

h. Applicants who have previously received a Denison Research scholarship are not eligible.

3. Selection Criteria

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

i. academic merit and
ii. supporting personal statement for each project selected detailing why the applicant is applying for the project, their academic and research achievements to date, how they feel the scholarship would enhance their student experience and develop their research skills, and how this experience may apply to any future study or research.

b. Shortlisted applicants may be asked to attend a face to face or phone interview with the project supervisor of the relevant project.

c. The Scholarship will be awarded on the nomination of the Dean of the Faculty of Science, or their nominated delegate with the recommendation of the respective School.

4. Value

a. The Scholarship is valued at 5 weeks of the pro rata rate of a standard full-time Research Training Program (RTP) stipend, for the year in which the offer is made.

b. The Scholarship will be paid in two equal instalments, the first occurring near the beginning of the research project and the second near the conclusion of the research project. The actual payment schedule will be provided in the offer letter.

c. Deferral of the Scholarship is not permitted, and it is not transferable to another university faculty or university without prior approval.

d. Students who participate in a placement do so on a voluntary basis. No employment relationship is created between participating students and the University.

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

f. No other amount is payable.

5. Ongoing Eligibility

a. To continue receipt of the Scholarship, the recipient must enrol and continue to be enrolled in DENR3901 for the duration of the research project.

6. Termination

a. The Scholarship will be terminated if the recipient:

I. withdraws from an eligible course or fails to enrol,
II. withdraws from or fails to enrol in DENR3901,
III. does not maintain satisfactory academic performance, or does not meet the requirements of the placement unit of study DENR3901,
IV. undertakes an additional placement with another faculty or university during the tenure of this Scholarship,
V. commences or continues to undertake employment (paid or otherwise) that interferes with their ability to complete the project,
VI. is determined by the University to be guilty of serious misconduct, including, but not limited to, having provided false or misleading information as part of their Scholarship application, or
VII. any other provision as indicated in these terms that would lead to termination.

b. Once the Scholarship has been terminated, it will not be reinstated unless due to University error.

c. Where a student is found guilty of serious misconduct or the Scholarship is terminated under any instance in the Termination Clause of these terms and conditions, the University reserves the right to request that any Scholarship funds paid to the Scholarship recipient be reimbursed.
 

1. Background

a. The Denison Relocation Scholarship is offered as a supplementary scholarship to the Denison Research Scholarship, for students who are living outside metropolitan Sydney, to assist with the costs of relocation, travel and accommodation.

2. Eligibility

a. The Scholarship will be offered subject to the applicant being a recipient of the Denison Research Scholarship for the relevant year.

b. Applicants must be located onshore in Australia at the time of application.

c. Applicants must reside outside metropolitan Sydney and have a rural or remote primary residential address as per the Rural, Remote, and Metropolitan Area (RRMA) as defined by the Australian Government Doctor Connect classifications.

d. Applicants must be applying for a project that is:
i. Located within metropolitan Sydney
ii. Offered in On Campus or Hybrid mode of delivery and requires attendance at the location.

e. Applicants must be able to demonstrate need and expected expenses to relocate, travel and/or source accommodation for the duration of the project.

3. Selection Criteria

a. The Scholarship will be awarded on the basis of:
i. academic merit,
ii. evidence of rural or remote primary residential address outside metropolitan Sydney, and
iii. a personal statement detailing the applicant’s need and expected expenses to relocate, travel and/or source accommodation for the duration of the project

b. The Scholarship will be awarded on the nomination of the Dean of the Faculty of Science, or their nominated delegate, with the recommendation of the respective School or Unit.

4. Value

a. The Scholarship is valued at $1,500 and is paid in one lump sum payment near the beginning of the research project

b. Deferral of the Scholarship is not permitted, and it is not transferable to another university faculty or university without prior approval

c. The Scholarship will be offered subject to the availability of funds

d. No other amount is payable.

5. Ongoing eligibility

a. Not applicable.

6. Termination

a. The Scholarship will be terminated if the recipient:

I. withdraws from an eligible course or fails to enrol,
II. withdraws from or fails to enrol in DENR3901,
III. does not maintain satisfactory academic performance or does not meet the requirements of the placement unit of study DENR3901,
IV. is determined by the University to be guilty of serious misconduct, including, but not limited to, having provided false or misleading information as part of their Scholarship application, or
V. any other provision as indicated in these terms that would lead to termination.

b. Once the Scholarship has been terminated, it will not be reinstated unless due to University error.

c. Where a student is found guilty of serious misconduct or the Scholarship is terminated under any instance in the Termination Clause of these terms and conditions, the University reserves the right to request that any Scholarship funds paid to the Scholarship recipient be reimbursed.