Frequently Asked Administrative Questions

Question #1: What funding is available, and how do I apply for it?

During your candidature you may want to apply for a scholarship or to the Postgraduate Research Support Scheme, the Fieldwork Funding Scheme or the Pre-Doc Scheme.

Scholarships

All students are required to apply for a University Scholarship in the first instance, should their application be unsuccessful then they will be automatically assessed for a Faculty Scholarship. Students are not required to submit an additional application.

The applicant should have, or expect to obtain a good honours (i.e. first or upper second class honours) or masters level degree which has involved them carrying out high quality independent research.

Local University Scholarships

APA/UPA/VCRS

  • APA are only offered in semester 1
  • UPA are offered in both semesters BUT only commencing students are eligible to apply in semester 2.
  • VCRS is offered both semesters but only commencing students will be considered

APA/UPA/VCRS - semester 1 closing date is the last working day in October (commencing students will need to ensure they have also submitted an application to the Faculty for admission into a research degree by this date).

UPA/VCRS - semester 2 closing date will be mid June

International University Scholarships

IPRS/USydIS

  • IPRS/USydIS is offered both semesters but only commencing students will be considered for USydIS. (International students need to lodge an application for admission to the International Student Office by 31st July of the previous year for semester 1 commencement and by 31st December of the previous year for semester 2 commencement. Students do not need to apply separately for IPRS and USydIS scholarships.

The scholarship awards are:

  • Local up to $30,000
  • International up to $50,000 inclusive of tuition fees

This is tax exempt for up to three years for full time PhD students or two years for Master of Philosophy students. A PhD student may apply for a maximum extension of up to six months provided the student is making satisfactory progress and the grounds for extension relate to the study and are beyond the control of the student.

CSC (Chinese Scholarship Council) scholarship: refer to the Faculty of Economics and Business Research Scholarships webpage for more information.

World Scholars: refer to the University of Sydney Scholarships for International Students webpage for more information.

Postgraduate Research Support Scheme

Three times during the candidature in the PhD program and once during candidature on the Masters of Philosophy program, students may apply for funding through the PRSS. There are two funding rounds per year April/May and September. The application form and guidelines for PRSS funding will be available on the website and blackboard site one month before the application deadline.

Fieldwork Funding

Students are eligible to apply to the FFS only within three years from the commencement of the full-time candidature (pro rata part-time). Students under suspension and examination are not eligible. There is one funding round per year April/May. The application form and guidelines for FFS funding will be available on the website and blackboard site one month before the application deadline.

Pre-Doc Funding

Candidates are eligible to apply to the scheme if they are currently enrolled full-time in a PhD in the Faculty of Economics and Business. Students under suspension are not eligible. The PreDoc is awarded on a full time basis for up to 6 months. Candidates must not be receiving any other scholarships during the period of the PreDoc.

Support for funding must be obtained from the relevant discipline's Postgraduate Research Coordinator and the supervision team. The supervision team must provide a letter stating the expected dates of thesis submission and their availability and agreement to supervise during the six month award.

Question # 2: Once I've enrolled, how can I alter details of my candidature?

Change of Supervisor

Students wishing to switch supervisors must do so in consultation with the relevant Postgraduate Research Co-ordinator. The appropriate form is found on the Postgraduate Research Students' Policies, Procedures and Forms webpage.

Change of Candidature

Students wishing to switch from full to part time or vice versa should complete the form found on the Postgraduate Research Students' Policies, Procedures and Forms webpage.

Students wishing to transfer from the Masters of Philosophy degree program to the PhD program must complete the thesis proposal defence process to the satisfaction of the relevant discipline officers, must have the approval of his or her supervisory team, and must adhere to the program policy in place at the time of commencing candidature in the PhD program.

Suspension of Candidature

Students wishing to suspend candidature must do so in consultation with the relevant Postgraduate Research Co-ordinator and supervisory team. University policy limits the amount of time of suspension. Current policy for suspension can be found in the Postgraduate Studies handbook. The appropriate form is found on the Postgraduate Research Students' Policies, Procedures and Forms webpage.

Question #3: How will I know how I am progressing?

Annual Progress Reviews

Each year students are required to complete the Annual Progress Review. The review is designed to assess progress in the past year and to plan for the year ahead. Details of the policy surrounding the annual progress review are available at www.usyd.edu.au/senate/policies/PhD_Rule.pdf. Discipline specific details concerning the interview process and timing are available from the relevant Postgraduate Research Co-ordinator.

Question #4: How do I submit my thesis?

Thesis Submission

Candidates for Higher Degrees by Research are asked to give 3 months advance notice of the expected date for submission of their thesis by completing an "Intention to Submit" form. This allows the Faculty to make arrangements for the timely appointment of examiners. Upon receipt of the intention to submit the Faculty will email the postgraduate research coordinator and supervisor the Appointment of Examiner's form for completion. Please note if the appointment of examiners is not noted by the PhD Award Sub Committee at least one month prior to the student submitting for examination then the Discipline will be required to provide justification to the committee.

When a student lodges their thesis for examination the student must also submit the Statement of Supervisor on Submission form and the HDR Student Plagiarism Compliance Statement. Policy pertaining to plagiarism can be found on the Postgraduate Research Students' Policies, Procedures and Forms webpage. Students will not be eligible to submit for examination without these forms. These forms along with the Intention to Submit and Guidelines for Submitting a Thesis for Examination can be downloaded from the Postgraduate Research Students' Policies, Procedures and Forms webpage.

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