a. This scholarship is established to support a doctoral student who is conducting research in Aboriginal foreign policy.
NS. This scholarship is supported by an Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) scholarship.
a. Applicants must be Aboriginal Australians or Torres Strait Islander students as defined in University of Sydney policy.
NS. The scholarship is awarded on the condition that the applicant has an unconditional offer of admission to a full-time PhD degree at the University of Sydney’s School of Arts and Social Sciences. Applicants who do not have an unconditional offer of admission can apply and be selected, however, no scholarship offer will be issued until the applicant receives an unconditional offer of admission.
NS. Applicants must have an honors (first class) or equivalent degree with first class honors or a master’s degree with a significant research component in international relations.
Dr.. Applicants must be willing to undertake research in Aboriginal foreign policy under the supervision of Professor Laura Shepherd.
NS. Applicants must demonstrate the following skills:
Ability to conduct interdisciplinary and collaborative research across the fields of Indigenous policy and international relations, including Australia in regional and global perspectives,
Secondly. Research experience in Indigenous community outreach and public participation, and
Third. Ability to maintain relationships with Indigenous communities and researchers especially in the area of Indigenous constitutional recognition.
3. Selection criteria
a. The successful applicant will be awarded the scholarship on the basis of:
show academic achievement,
Secondly. Proven research experience,
Third. Curriculum Vitae
Fourthly. Field of study and/or research proposal,
V. Personal statement stating:
I. Commitment to undertake a PhD in the field of indigenous foreign policy,
Secondly. Ability to conduct interdisciplinary and collaborative research across the areas of Indigenous policy and international relations, including Australia in regional and global perspectives,
Third. Research experience in Indigenous community outreach and public engagement,
Fourthly. The ability to maintain relationships with Indigenous communities and researchers especially in the area of Indigenous constitutional recognition, and
v. to interview
NS. The successful applicant will be awarded the Postgraduate Scholarship by the Research Grants Subcommittee (HDRSSC) on the recommendation of the Vice-Chancellor (Research) and Professor Laura Sheppard.
a. The scholarship provides a salary allowance equivalent to the University of Sydney Research Training Program (RTP) salary rate (indexed on 1 January each year) for up to 3.5 years for PhD candidates. The University may agree to award a Part-Time Scholarship* where the University is satisfied that there are special circumstances beyond the student’s control (eg medical conditions, financial hardship, caregiver responsibilities).
*The part-time scholarship may have tax implications and students should seek tax advice from registered tax agents.
NS. No extension possible.
NS. Periods of study already taken for the degree prior to the start of the scholarship will be deducted from the maximum duration of the scholarship.
Dr.. The scholarship cannot be deferred or transferred to another field of research.
NS. There is no other amount payable.
F. The scholarship will be awarded subject to the availability of funding.
5. Eligibility to apply
a. Progression is subject to passing annual progress assessments and maintaining satisfactory progress on the HDR coursework units.
6. Leave Arrangements
a. Scholarship holders are entitled to up to 20 working days of leisure leave every 12 months from the scholarship and may be accrued. Any unused leave will be forfeited upon termination or completion of the scholarship. Recreational leave does not attract leave of loading. Supervisor approval must be obtained before taking leave.
NS. Scholarship holders may take up to 10 working days of sick leave every 12 months from the scholarship and this may accrue over the course of the scholarship period. Students who are carer-responsible may convert up to five days of their annual sick leave entitlement to carer leave upon presentation of medical certificate(s). Students taking sick leave must inform their supervisor as soon as practicable.
NS. Scholarship holders may receive up to a total of twelve weeks of paid sick leave during the scholarship period for medically proven periods of sickness where the student does not have sufficient sick leave entitlements available under Section 6b above. Students applying for paid sick leave must do so at the start of the absence or as soon as practicable. Periods of paid sick leave are added to the duration of the scholarship.
Dr.. Once scholarship holders have completed twelve months of their award, they are entitled to a paid maternity leave of no more than twelve weeks during the scholarship period if they are the one giving birth. Female students applying for paid maternity leave must do so at least four weeks before the expected date of delivery. Periods of paid maternity leave are added to the duration of the scholarship. Scholarship holders who have not completed twelve months of their grant can take unpaid maternity leave through suspension provisions.
NS. For non-birth scholarship holders, upon completion of twelve months of their award, they are entitled to a maximum of 5 days of paid paternity leave. Periods of paid paternity leave are added to the duration of the scholarship. Scholarship holders who have not completed twelve months of their grant can take unpaid maternity leave through suspension provisions.
7. Search abroad
a. The scholarship recipient may not normally undertake a research abroad during the first six months of the scholarship.
NS. The scholarship holder may conduct up to 12 months of research outside Australia. Consent must be obtained from the student’s supervisor, and the school and college president by submitting an application for the higher degree by the Research Management Center (HDRAC) and will only be awarded if research is necessary to complete the degree. All research periods abroad are cumulative and will be counted toward the student’s nomination. Students must remain enrolled full-time at the university and obtain approval to count the time apart.
a. Scholarship holders cannot suspend their award for the first six months.
NS. Scholarship holders may apply for suspension of up to 4 research periods for any reason during their award period. Suspension periods are cumulative and failure to resume classes after suspension will result in termination of the award. Consent for the suspension must be given by the Head of the concerned department/school. Periods of study towards the degree while the scholarship is suspended will be deducted from the maximum duration of the scholarship.
NS. Scholarship holders are entitled to suspend 4 additional research periods (less than any period of paid maternity leave) after each delivery. The scholarship holder must apply for suspension within four weeks of the expected date of confinement.
9. Changes in the registry
a. Scholarship recipients must promptly notify HDRAC and their supervisor of any planned changes to their registration including but not limited to: attendance pattern, suspension, leave of absence, withdrawal, course transfer, and promotion or downgrade of nomination. If the award holder does not provide notice of changes specified above, the University may require payment of any excess stipend.
a. Unless it is terminated in accordance with the provisions specified in the preceding clauses, the scholarship will be terminated:
I. At the presentation of the thesis or at the end of the award,
Secondly. When a student resigns or withdraws from their HDR program,
Third. If the student ceases to be a full-time student and no prior approval has been obtained to contract the scholarship on a part-time basis,
Fourthly. After the student has completed 14 full-time research periods for a doctoral study,
If the recipient is awarded an alternative scholarship whose value exceeds 75% of the award value of this scholarship,
VI. Do not resume studies at the end of the approved leave period, or
vii. If the student ceases to meet the specific eligibility requirements for this scholarship, (other than during the period in which the scholarship was suspended or during the period of approved leave).
NS. The scholarship may also be terminated by the University before this time if, in the opinion of the University:
1. The course is not carried out with competence and diligence or in accordance with the terms of this offer,
Secondly. Student fails to maintain satisfactory progress, or
Third. If the student commits misconduct or any other inappropriate behavior.
NS. Salary payments will be suspended for the duration of any investigation/appeal process.
Dr.. Once the scholarship is terminated, it will only be reinstated due to university error.
a. Where during the scholarship the student engages in misconduct or other improper 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 a refund of the money paid to the student, the University may require the student to reimburse the stipend and any other payments to the student in connection with the scholarship. Examples of this behavior include but are not limited to; Academic dishonesty or research misconduct within the meaning of the Research Code of Conduct (for example, plagiarism in proposing, implementing or reporting research results, failure to declare or manage a serious conflict of interest), breach of the Code of Conduct for Students and misrepresentation of material Application or other documents related to the scholarship.
NS. The university may request this reimbursement at any time during or after the scholarship period. In addition, by accepting this scholarship, the student agrees to all aspects of any investigation of misconduct in connection with this scholarship that have been disclosed by the University to the funding body and/or any relevant professional body.