a. The Engineering Research Stipend Scholarship (ERSS) has been established to encourage and support outstanding higher degree research (HDR) students within the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Sydney.
b. The scholarships may be fully funded by the Faculty of Engineering or co-funded by external research grants or industry funded research projects.
a. The Scholarship is offered subject to the applicant having an unconditional offer of admission for full-time enrollment in a PhD program or an unconditional offer of admission for full-time enrollment in a Master’s by Research program with the intention to transfer to PhD after satisfactory completion. of the first annual progress evaluation within the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Sydney.
b. Applicants will be automatically considered for the ERSS Scholarship. A separate application is not required.
c. It is a condition of accepting the ERSS that awardees withdraw applications for Research Training Program (RTP) funding, including any RTP Allowance, RTP Fees Offset (international only), RTP Stipend or RTP Scholarships.
d. International students currently outside Australia must have applied for their student visa before they commence their studies.
3. Selection Criteria
a. The successful applicant will be awarded the Scholarship on the basis of academic merit, their area of study and research proposal, or other evidence of research potential.
b. The successful applicant will be awarded the Scholarship on the nomination of the relevant research supervisor (s), or their nominated delegate (s) and Associate Dean (Research Education).
a. The Scholarship will provide a stipend allowance equivalent to the University of Sydney’s Research Training Program (RTP) stipend rate (indexed on 1 January each year), and is maintained through satisfactory academic performance, as per the following duration:
I. up to one year for a successful Master’s by Research recipient. No possible extension (full-time equivalent).
II. up to three years for a successful PhD recipient with a possible six months extension (full-time equivalent).
b. For international students approved to enroll part-time while commencing their studies overseas, scholarship payments will be at 50% of full-time rates and the Scholarship extended accordingly. Payments are made when students arrive in Australia and is subject to confirmation of satisfactory progress from the lead supervisor.
c. The Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) is also provided for a successful international applicant, subject to satisfactory academic performance, for:
I. up to four research periods for a successful Master’s by Research recipient. No possible extension (full-time equivalent).
II. up to twelve research periods for a successful PhD recipient with a possible two research period extension (full-time equivalent).
d. If a successful applicant 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.
e. 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 the potential extension period.
f. The Scholarship is for commencement in the relevant research period in which it is offered. Recipients can defer the Scholarship for up to three research periods subject to the approval of their Lead Supervisor. Deferment of the Scholarship for more than three research periods is considered on a case-by-case basis by the Associate Dean (Research Education), or their nominee. International students currently outside Australia should apply for their student visa once they have received their ECOE number and defer their application if their student visa has not been granted by their enrollment deadline.
g. Recipients cannot transfer the Scholarship to another area of research or change their lead supervisor without the prior approval of the Associate Dean (Research Education), or their nominee.
h. The Scholarship will be offered subject to the availability of funding.
i. No other amount is payable.
5. Eligibility for Progression
a. The Scholarship is maintained for PhD students by attending and passing the annual progress evaluation, including all the required candidature milestones and remaining enrolled in their PhD.
b. Progression for Master’s by Research students is subject to attending and passing their first annual progress evaluation, including all the required candidature milestones and subsequent transfer to a PhD program.
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 completed. Recreation leave does not attract a leave loading and the lead 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 carers leave on presentation of medical certificate (s). Students taking sick leave must inform their lead supervisor as soon as practicable.
7. Research Overseas
a. Scholarship recipients commencing in Australia may not normally conduct research overseas within the first six months of award.
b. Scholarship recipients commencing in Australia may conduct up to 12 months of their research outside Australia. Approval must be sought from the student’s lead supervisor, Head of School and the Higher Degree by Research Administration Center (HDRAC), 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 full-time at the University and receive approval to count time away.
c. Scholarship recipients are normally expected to commence their degree in Australia. However, Scholarship recipients who are not able to travel to Australia to start their degree, may commence their studies overseas only if they have applied for their student visa and with the approval of their lead supervisor and Associate Dean (Research Education).
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 for any reason during the tenure of their Scholarship. 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 both HDRAC and the Associate Dean (Research Education). Periods of study towards the degree during suspension of the Scholarship will be deducted from the maximum tenure of the Scholarship.
9. Changes in Enrollment
a. The Scholarship recipient must notify HDRAC and their lead supervisor promptly of any planned changes to their enrollment 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 and academic tuition fees.
a. The Scholarship will be terminated:
I. on resignation or withdrawal of the student from their research degree,
II. upon the student having completed the maximum candidature for their degree as per the University of Sydney (Higher Degree by Research) Rule 2011 Policy,
III. If a Master’s by Research student does not satisfactorily complete their first annual progress evaluation, complete the required 6 credit points of HDR coursework units, and subsequently transfer to a PhD program,
IV. upon submission of the thesis or at the end of the award,
V. 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,
VI. If the recipient receives an alternative primary stipend scholarship. In such circumstances this Scholarship will be terminated in favor of the alternative stipend scholarship where it is of equal or higher value,
VII. if the recipient does not resume study at the end of a period of approved leave, or
VIII. if the recipient commences their degree from overseas without having applied for their student visa
IX. 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,
III. the student fails to attend and pass their annual progress evaluation and complete 12 credit points of HDR coursework units by the end of year 2, or
IV. the student has committed misconduct or other inappropriate conduct.
c. The Scholarship will be suspended throughout the duration of any inquiry / 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 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.
12. Other requirements
a. Where the scholarship is co-funded by the Faculty of Engineering and external research grants, the successful recipient may be required to comply with other conditions related to the research grant such as intellectual property, confidentiality, publication and acknowledgment requirements. Where applicable it will be outlined in the scholarship offer letter and these requirements may be as follows:
I. Intellectual Property – Where indicated, the successful recipient of this Scholarship must complete the Student Deed Poll supplied by the University of Sydney to cover any jointly created Intellectual Property during the course of the project.
II. Confidentiality – Where indicated, the successful applicant is required to keep all confidential information disclosed by the funder organization or the University of Sydney confidential and ensure it is not disclosed to a third party without the prior written consent of the University of Sydney or the funder organization as appropriate, or as required by law.
III. Publications and Acknowledgment – Where indicated, the successful scholarship recipient must acknowledge the support of their scholarship in any media, publications or presentations arising from the research. This must include where applicable, acknowledgment of funding source and comply with their guidelines.