|Value||Eligibility||Open date||Close date|
|$37,207 pa + tuition fees (3.5 years)||
||1 September 2023||7 December 2023|
Note: Applicants do not have to have received an offer of admission to submit a scholarship application to the Ministry of Education. However, only applicants who have received a subsequent offer of admission to the University of Sydney will be considered for the final award of the scholarship.
Generally, the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) requires a minimum IELTS result of 6.5 overall and a result of 6 in each band. Please check your course page for each faculty requirement.
Each Scholarship will cover the costs of the annual University of Sydney tuition fee for the successful applicant’s PhD program (international students rate); and an annual stipend/living allowance, which will be at the same rate as that for RTP International scholarships ($37,207 in 2023).
This scholarship is co-funded by The Department of International and Cross-Strait Education (DICE) of the Ministry of Education of the Republic of China (Taiwan) and the University of Sydney. Up to five PhD scholarships will be available each year.
1. This Scholarship has been established to provide financial assistance to Taiwanese students undertaking Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) studies at the University of Sydney.
2. This Scholarship is co-funded by The Department of International and Cross-Strait Education (DICE) of the Ministry of Education of the Republic of China (Taiwan) and University of Sydney (the University).
3. Applicants must be citizens of the Republic of China (Taiwan) who normally reside in Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen, or Matsu. A Taiwanese citizen currently studying outside Taiwan is also eligible to apply.
4. Taiwan - University of Sydney Scholarship (the Scholarship) holders are expected to enrol in a full-time PhD degree.
5. The Scholarship may be held for three years and six months (full time) for PhD studies. Periods of study already undertaken towards the degree prior to the commencement of the award will be deducted from the maximum tenure of the award.
Commencement of Studies/Deferral of Commencement
6. A student is expected to commence the Scholarship by the enrolment date of Research Period, as indicated in the offer letter, during the year the Scholarship is awarded. Failure to enrol by enrolment date of the Research Period during the year of Scholarship offer will result in the forfeiture of the Scholarship, except in cases where the PhD program requires a commencement date later than this date. In such circumstances, the student must seek written permission for deferral from the Scholarships Office and Department of International and Cross-Strait Education of the Ministry of Education of the Republic of China (Taiwan) via Scholarships Office.
7. Requests to defer the Scholarship for personal reasons including failure to gain an appropriate visa will not be considered.
Stipend and Benefits
8. Holders of the Scholarship who enrol full time will receive a stipend at the University of Sydney Research Training Program (RTP) rate, indexed annually on 1 January. Current rate is published at: www.sydney.edu.au/scholarships/e/australian-government-rtp-scholarship-international.html
9. Holders of the Scholarship who enrol full time will also receive full tuition fees for up to 14 research periods.
10. Holders of the Scholarship may receive a concurrent award, scholarship or salary to undertake their research degree provided such award, scholarship or salary provides a benefit less than 75% of the Scholarship. The Scholarship will be terminated if this limit is exceeded. Salary for work unrelated to the student’s research is not subject to this limit.
11. Holders of the Scholarship may not concurrently hold another scholarship that provides support for tuition fees.
12. Holders of the Scholarship receive up to 20 working days recreation leave every 12 months of the Scholarship and this may be accrued. Any unused leave when the Scholarship is terminated or completed will be forfeited. Recreation leave does not attract a leave loading. The supervisor's agreement must be obtained before leave is taken.
13. Holders of the Scholarship may take up to 10 working days sick leave every 12 months of the Scholarship and this may be accrued over the tenure of the Scholarship. Students with carer responsibility may convert up to five days of their annual sick leave entitlement to carers leave on presentation of medical certificate/s. Students taking sick leave must inform their supervisor as soon as practicable.
14. Holders of the Scholarship may receive additional paid sick leave of up to a total of twelve weeks during their scholarship for medically substantiated periods of illness where the student has insufficient sick leave entitlements available under Clause 12 above. Students applying for additional paid sick leave must do so at the start of absence or as soon as practicable. Periods of additional paid sick leave are added to the duration of the Scholarship.
15. Holders of the Scholarship may not normally conduct research overseas within the first 6 months of an award.
16. Holders of the Scholarship may conduct up to 12 months (18 months for students of Anthropology and other special cases) of their research outside Australia. Approval must be sought from the student's supervisor, and Head of department/School, 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 at the University and receive approval to Count Time Away.
17. Subject to relevant VISA conditions, holders of the Scholarship cannot suspend their award within the first six months.
18. Subject to relevant VISA conditions, holders of the Scholarship may apply for up to 4 research periods suspension for any reason during the tenure of their award. Periods of suspension are cumulative and failure to resume study after suspension will result in the award being terminated. Approval to suspend must be given by the Head of the Department/School concerned. Periods of study towards the degree during suspension of the Scholarship will be deducted from the maximum tenure of the Scholarship.
Whenever a student suspends their studies, the University MUST report the suspension to immigration authorities and the student may be obliged to return to their home country for the duration of the suspension. Therefore, if a student wishes to remain in Australia during a period of suspension of studies, they must contact the closest Australian immigration office within 28 days of the approval notice to seek approval to remain in Australia during the suspension.
Changes in Enrolment
19. Holders of the Scholarship must notify HDRAC promptly of any planned changes to their enrolment including but not limited to: attendance pattern, suspension, leave of absence, withdrawal, course transfer, and candidature downgrade. If the award holder does not provide notice of the changes identified above, the University may require repayment of any overpaid stipend and tuition fees.
20. The Scholarships will be terminated on resignation or withdrawal of the student, upon submission of the thesis or at the end of the award, whichever occurs first. The Scholarships will be terminated before this time if after due enquiry the University concludes that a student has not carried out the course of study with competence and diligence or in accordance with the offer of the Scholarship, or fails to maintain satisfactory progress, or has committed serious misconduct. Stipend payment and tuition fees offset will be suspended throughout the duration of the enquiry/appeal process.
21. The University of Sydney reserves the right to reassess a student’s scholarship entitlements if it believes the student has provided false or misleading information to the university in relation to their application for admission or the scholarship award.
22. The University recognises the right of any student to appeal to the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Researcher Training) against any decision affecting the award or tenure of the Scholarship.