|Value||Eligibility||Open date||Close date|
|Minimim RTP rate (up to 3.5 years)||
||01 October 2023||12 November 2023|
Applications will close once suitable recipients have been identified. Outcomes will be provided within 4 to 8 weeks from the time your online scholarship application form is received.
The Scholarship will provide a stipend allowance equivalent to the minimum Research Training Program (RTP) Stipend rate (indexed on 1 January each year) for the following duration, subject to satisfactory academic performance:
I. up to 1.75 years for a successful Master’s by research recipient who commenced their candidature on or after 1 January 2019,
II. up to 3.5 years for a successful PhD recipient who commenced their candidature on or after 1 January 2019.
This Scholarship has been established to provide financial assistance to a Masters by Research or PhD student who is undertaking research in plasma physics within the School of Physics or any schools within the Faculty of Engineering.
This Scholarship is funded by the Alan Lyall Walker Bequest.
a. This Scholarship has been established to provide financial assistance to a Masters by Research or PhD student within the School of Physics or any schools within the Faculty of Engineering who is undertaking research in plasma physics.
b. This Scholarship is funded by the Alan Lyall Walker Bequest.
a. The Scholarship is offered subject to the applicant having an unconditional offer of admission or being currently enrolled to study in a Masters by Research or PhD within the School of Physics, Faculty of Science or any schools within the Faculty of Engineering 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. Applicants must be willing to conduct research in plasma physics from a range of available projects on experimental, observational, theoretical, and simulational analyses of plasmas in a variety of contexts, including laboratory, applied, commercial / industrial, space, and astrophysical plasmas.
d. Applicant must also hold at least one of the following:
I. an Honours degree (First Class or Second Class Upper) or equivalent in a relevant discipline, or
II. Master’s degree with a substantial research component.
e. Recipients of this scholarship cannot hold RTP or RTP equivalent scholarships.
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. previous research experience, and
V. personal statement that outlines their interest and commitment to their selected project.
b. Preference will be given to commencing students and applicant’s research addressing the physics of plasmas, rather than application of techniques involving plasmas.
c. The successful applicant will be awarded the Scholarship on the nomination of the Head of School of Physics on recommendation of the senior academics in the field of plasma physics or their nominated delegate(s).
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 the following duration, 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. The PhD recipient encouraged to complete their PhD in 3 years but may apply for an extension of the primary stipend allowance for up to 6 months.
c. 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.
d. This scholarship doesn’t cover Academic Tuition Fees or Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) for international students.
e. A part-time scholarship may be approved where the University is satisfied that there are special circumstances beyond the student’s control. For example, medical conditions, financial hardship and carer’s responsibilities. A part-time scholarship may have tax implications and recipients should seek tax advice from a registered tax agent.
f. 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.
g. 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.
h. No other amount is payable.
i. 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 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.
c. 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.
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. if the recipient changes research project during their course without prior approval from the Head of School of Physics on recommendation of the senior academics in the field of plasma physics, or their nominated delegate(s),
III. upon submission of the thesis or at the end of the award,
IV. 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,
V. upon the recipient having completed the maximum candidature for their degree as per the University of Sydney (Higher Degree by Research) Rule 2011 Policy,
VI. 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,
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.
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.
a. The Scholarship recipient must acknowledge the support of the scholarship, using the full name, The Alan Lyall Walker Scholarship for Postgraduate Research in Plasma Physics, in any media, publications or presentations arising from the research.