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The University of Sydney Nano Institute Student Ambassador Scholarship

A Sydney Nano Institute postgraduate research scholarship
This scholarship supports science students in developing an in-depth understanding of the interdisciplinary nature of nanoscience and aims to increase the visibility of the study in innovative and creative ways.

Highlights

Value Eligibility Open date Close date
$5000
  • PhD student studying nanoscale science and technology
  • Holder of a primary stipend scholarship
  • Participant of Sydney Nano
  • Valid working with children check
TBC TBC

How to apply

Apply here.

This scholarship will be awarded on the nomination of a selection committee consisting of Deputy Director Outreach, Training & Education, Sydney Nano Chief Operating Officer, and two representatives from Sydney Nano Grand Challenges.

Benefits

This scholarship is valued at $5000 (for two years).

Who's eligible

You must:

  • be the holder of a primary stipend scholarship (e.g. RTP or equivalent)
  • have an unconditional offer of admission or be enrolled full-time in a PhD at the University of Sydney
  • conduct research in the areas of nanoscale science and technology
  • be located in Sydney
  • be a participant of Sydney Nano
  • have a letter of support from their respective supervising member of Sydney Nano
  • obtain a valid Working with Children Check.

Background

Sydney Nano is an interdisciplinary centre within the University of Sydney with the objective of undertaking world-class research and development in nanoscience, supporting education of future generations, and engaging with a range of stakeholders through outreach programs. Secondary Scholarships are being offered to postgraduate students who can contribute towards the goals of Sydney Nano through its outreach programs, giving visibility to the study of nanoscience in innovative and creative ways.

1. Background

a. This Scholarship has been established to assist students achieve practical experience and contribute towards the goals of Sydney Nano through its outreach programs, giving visibility to the study of nanoscience in innovative and creative ways. The successful recipient will produce artifacts/resources, actively contribute to outreach activities, participate in team meetings, play a role in team activities and support the objectives of Sydney Nano.

b. This Scholarship is funded by The University of Sydney Nano Institute (Sydney Nano).

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 willing to conduct research in the area of Nanoscale science and technology.

c. Applicants must be a recipient of a primary scholarship from the University of Sydney that provides a stipend allowance.

d. Applicants must be located in Sydney.

e. Applicants must be a participant of Sydney Nano.

f. Applicants must have a letter of support from their respective supervising member of Sydney Nano.

g. Scholarship will be awarded subject to the applicant getting a valid Working with Children Check. 

3. Selection Criteria

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

I. Academic Merit

II. Curriculum vitae

III. Prior experience of engaging in outreach/science communications activities.

IV. A Personal Statement outlining the following

- An example of an outreach/science communications activity showing innovation/creativity.

- An example of an outreach/science communications activity showing organizational skills e.g. approaching stakeholders, taking initiative and independence

- What skillset do you bring and what do you want to develop.

b. The Scholarship will be awarded on the nomination of a selection committee consisting of Deputy Director Outreach, Training & Education, Sydney Nano Chief Operating Officer, and two representatives from Sydney Nano Grand Challenges.

4. Value

a. The Scholarship is valued at $5000 p.a (pro-rata) and is tenable for two years and cannot be extended.

b. The Scholarship annual value will be paid in two equal instalments after the census date of research period 2 and research period 3. 

c. The Scholarship is for commencement in relevant research period in which it is offered and cannot be deferred or transferred to another area of research without prior approval.

d. No other amount is payable.

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

5. Eligibility for Progression

a. Progression is subject to passing the annual progress evaluation.

6. Leave Arrangements

a. The same conditions as indicated in the terms and conditions of the primary stipend scholarship.

7. Research Overseas

b. The same conditions as indicated in the terms and conditions of the primary stipend scholarship.

8. Suspension

a. The same conditions as indicated in the terms and conditions of the primary stipend scholarship.

9. Changes in Enrolment

a. The Scholarship recipient must notify HDRAC, Sydney Nano 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.

10. Termination

a. The Scholarship will terminate:

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. if the student 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 student having completed the maximum candidature for their degree as per the University of Sydney (Higher Degree by Research) Rule 2011 Policy,

V. on receipt of another supplementary stipend scholarship(s) that increases the overall supplementary rate paid to a student to more than 75% of the primary amount. In such circumstances, the supplementary stipend scholarship of the higher value prevails,

VI. if the recipient does not resume study at the end of a period of approved leave, or

VII. if the student 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. Stipend payments 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 paid to the student, the University may require the student to repay stipend amounts and any other payments made to the student 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.