Supplementary Information for Research Scholarship Applicants

International Postgraduate Research Scholarships (IPRS) are funded by the Australian government. Information about the IPRS is available from:

The IPRS is available in all faculties and covers the tuition fees for the students. The University will award an Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) to successful IPRS applicants as their living allowance.

The University of Sydney International Scholarships (USydIS) are funded by the University of Sydney and each individual faculty. Availability of the scholarships in each discipline in a given semester is therefore at the discretion of the dean of each faculty. The USydIS covers the tuition fees and a living allowance for the students. Further information about the USydIS program is available from:

The University of Sydney awards these scholarships twice a year – in October/November for commencement in Semester 1 (March) and in early April for commencement in Semester 2 (July).

SCHOLARSHIP ELIGIBILITY

To be eligible for an IPRS or USydIS, you must:

  • Be an international student commencing full-time enrolment in a higher degree by research (HDR) at the University of Sydney.
  • Be a student undertaking study in a subject area identified by the university as within the areas of its research concentration.
  • Not hold a research qualification regarded to be equivalent to an Australian research doctorate or, if undertaking a research masters degree, not hold a research qualification regarded to be equivalent to an Australian research masters.
  • Not be receiving a scholarship for which course tuition is a component under any other scholarship scheme to which the Australian government makes a substantial contribution.

For IPRS applicants you:

  • Must not have held an AusAid scholarship within the two years prior to commencement of the IPRS.
  • May have commenced enrolment in a HDR at the University of Sydney in the current academic year but, due to the timing of your application and subsequent enrolment, were not considered for an IPRS in the previous year.
  • Students who have already commenced enrolment but were not considered for an IPRS in the previous round/year will need to complete a separate, IPRS Special Application form by the date specified on the form.

SCHOLARSHIP SELECTION

There are a limited number of these awards available each year and selection is highly competitive. Admission to a course does not guarantee the award of a scholarship. To be considered for these scholarships you MUST:

  • Have the equivalent of an Australian first class honours degree (80% or better) or, for doctoral applicants, a masters by research degree.
  • Demonstrated capacity to carry out independent research through completion of a previous research thesis, relevant work experience, research publications etc. You must be able to provide evidence of academic research experience in the last five years.

All eligible applicants will be assessed and ranked according to their prior academic performance and demonstrated research potential as per the following process.

Each Faculty shall prepare a ranked list, in order of final mark as described below, of all applicants that it wishes to support for the award of a scholarship. The Faculty lists will then be checked by one of the three ‘faculty cluster’ Ranking Committees: Health, Humanities and Social Sciences, and Sciences and Technology. The checked Faculty lists will be combined into a single list using the applicants’ final mark. The Academic Board’s Postgraduate Awards Sub-Committee will consider the combined ranking list and determine the number of offers to be made. Offer of an award will depend upon an applicant’s position on the list and for USydIS, the discretion of the dean of the faculty on the availability of these scholarships.

The applicant’s final mark is derived from the undergraduate weighted average mark (UG WAM) and/or Honours 1 (or Honours 1 equivalent) mark and Research Potential Indicator. The use of these components is based on whether the applicant has attained an Honours 1 degree, has completed his/her most recent studies (Honours 1 degree or equivalent – see 2 below) within the last five years by the time the scholarship is being awarded, and the extent of any relevant research/professional experience. A greater weight is given to the Honours 1 (or H1E) mark.

UG WAM: The undergraduate weighted average mark (average mark, weighted according to the relative credit point value of the individual units of study) is obtained by averaging the marks the applicant obtained in all second and third year units of study in the relevant degree. Some faculties will also calculate the WAM according to the year-levels (2 for second year, 3 for third year) of the units of study. The UG WAM of combined degrees will normally be calculated from all units except those in the first year and the honours subjects.

H1 (or H1E) mark: This is the mark achieved in the Honours (or equivalent) degree. The criteria for ranking Honours 1 equivalent qualifications are detailed in section 2 below.

Research Potential Indicator (RPI) point: RPI points are awarded for relevant research and/or professional achievements as detailed in section 3 below.

1. Calculating the UG WAM and Hons Mark

It is the responsibility of applicants to provide numerical marks of their academic results wherever possible. If the mark is not available or is unobtainable, the result will be entered at the respective mid-point for the equivalent Pass (i.e. 57) and Credit (i.e. 69.5) grades at the University of Sydney. A mark at the lowest one-third (i.e. 78.33) will be entered for the equivalent Distinction and the lowest mark (i.e. 85) for High Distinction grades. If the results are ungraded, applicants should provide information on the overall position in the class and/or thesis examiners reports if available.

It is important to provide the grading system showing the range of marks or the minimum mark required for each grade and different levels of Honours. Discounting of marks will be made to account for a pass mark of e.g. 60 used in some overseas institutions compared to 50 in Australian universities. Scaling of Honours 1 marks will be made if the institution does not use 80 as the cut-off requirement for Honours 1.

2. Honours 1 Equivalence

Where applicants did not have an Honours 1 degree, they can be ranked as having an Honours 1 equivalent degree on the basis of an additional qualification under the following criteria:

  1. A completed Master of Philosophy (or equivalent) by thesis. In this case, the ‘Hons mark’ will be 83 unless a higher thesis mark has been recorded on the transcript.
  2. A completed Masters by coursework with a weighted average mark of at least 80 and a research component (requiring the completion of a dissertation, treatise, long essay or major report) of at least 12 credit points (where 48 credit points denotes a one-year full-time course). In this case, the weighted average mark in all units of study, including the dissertation, will be the ‘Hons mark’.
  3. A completed Masters by coursework with a weighted average mark of at least 80 and a research treatise of ≥ 25,000 words as a requirement of the course. In this case, the weighted average mark in all units of study, including the treatise, will be the ‘Hons mark’.
  4. A completed Masters by coursework with a weighted average mark of at least 80 and a research component verified by the Faculty Research Committee to be academically demanding and a relevant foundation in research training for the proposed PhD project.
  5. A completed Masters Preliminary or Graduate Diploma with a research component (as per b above) of at least 25% of the course, requirements and assessment equivalent to Fourth Year Honours at Honours 1 standard (a minimum mark of 80). In this case, the weighted average mark in all Masters Preliminary or Graduate Diploma units of study will be the ‘Hons mark’.
  6. Overseas qualifications that are considered as equivalent to an Australian Honours 1 degree. In this case, the weighted average mark (after discounting/scaling if applicable) in all units of study will be the ‘Hons mark’.
  7. Graduates who did not have an Honours 1 result but have attained membership or fellowship of prestigious learned professional organisations by advanced study, examination and professional practice may be eligible for H1E. The relevant Faculty will be required to demonstrate an appropriate level of academic rigor. In all such cases, the ‘Hons mark’ will be 80. In assessing whether membership or fellowship of a learned body confers the H1E status, consideration will be taken of the level of additional skills and training required for membership, the length of training required, and the academic level and pass rate of the entrance examination.
3. Research Potential Indicator (RPI)

RPI points may be awarded on the basis of demonstrable research performance, relevant professional and direct research experience as per the following criteria.

a. Criteria

i. Relevant academic qualifications in addition to Honours 1.
Examples are a completed Masters degree by research (with a research component of at least 2/3 of the course), a completed second Honours 1 degree (in a combined honours degree).

ii. Scholarly publications (must contain original work or substantial original analysis, be published or accepted for publication by a reputable publisher) in the relevant field of research within the last five years. Self-publishing, publications by vanity publisher or in publications which lack basic publishing standards will not be accepted.

iii.Academic journals must either be:

iv.Conference publications must be in national and international conferences and not primarily arranged for research students. For conference abstracts, only a maximum of 5 will be considered.

Examples of scholarly publications are:

  • A published book or chapter in an edited book (not conference proceedings).
  • A published research article in a refereed international journal.
  • A published or refereed conference paper, a published or refereed presenting author abstract in a national or international conference, a published, peer-reviewed book/literature review or a published research report/case study in a refereed journal.
  • A patent that has been granted after an examination process by a government agency.

Do not include the following as they will not be assessed under RPI:

  • Publications that are not research (e.g. newspaper or magazine articles).
  • Publications or outputs that are more than five years old.
  • Publications that have been submitted or under consideration.
  • Publications that have been considered but require revision before acceptance.
  • The same (or substantially the same) work being published/presented again in a book, journal or conference.

v. Significant output in the art or music areas in the relevant field of research within the last five years.

Examples are:

  • An exhibition (with published catalogue) with multiple venues of international standard, or a series of performances of international standard, for which reviews in significant outlets are available.
  • An exhibition in a Public Gallery or Museum (with published catalogue) but excluding regional galleries, or in a Private Gallery of standing in which the artist is asked to exhibit by invitation (subject to documentary evidence).
  • Visual work(s) held in significant National and/or International Collections or commissioned by Government Bodies and/or the Corporate Sector.
  • A significant published musical composition or a significant commercially published CD of a musical performance.
  • Visual documentation of performance, installation and electronic creative works in significant National and/or International Collections.
  • Participation (as presenting author or equivalent) in significant National or International Festivals or professional conventions.

vi. Relevant professional experience at a responsible level or direct research experience of at least two full-time (or part-time equivalent) years since graduation and not in a training situation.

vii. Other

  • Participation in moots such as the Jessop International Law moot at an international level.

viii. Publication in languages other than English

  • A publication written in language other than English (with or without an English abstract in an ISI journal) will NOT be accepted for RPI purpose unless the publication has been read and its scientific quality certified by a University of Sydney’s academic who is in that area of research [b||and]] can read that language fluently.
b. Details and evidence required

It is the responsibility of the applicants to provide details and evidence of outputs or experience which meet the criteria in the form of an Appendix to their application. Please refer to the instructions below and examples in the separate RPI Appendix Guide (Word 27KB) document.

i. Refereed article or publication in refereed journal (refer to 3.a.iii above)

Title of article

Provide the full title of the article or publication as it appeared in the journal.

Author(s)

Provide the full list of authors in the order that appeared in the journal.

Title of publication

Provide the full name of the journal.

ISSN

Provide the 8 digit ISSN number of the journal.

Volume/Issue and page number

Leave blank if the article has been accepted for a volume/issue yet to be published and attach evidence of acceptance from the journal editor showing the full list of authors of the accepted publication.

Date of publication or accepted for publication

Provide actual date which must not be more than five years prior to the cut-off date (1 October for Semester one scholarships or 1 March for Semester two scholarships).

Peer review proof

State:

URL to article

Provide the direct URL to the article or publication.  If no link is available, attach a hard copy of the first page of the publication.

ii. Conference presentation or published paper (refer to 3.a.iv above)

Output type

State whether it is a poster, abstract or paper presented at the conference or a published paper after the conference.

Title of output

Provide the full title of the output.

Author(s)

Provide the full list of authors of the output.

Name and date of conference

Must be a national or international conference, not a local or student conference/ workshop, and held not more than five years prior to the cut-off date (1 October for Semester one scholarships or 1 March for Semester two scholarships).

URL to output

Provide the direct URL to the conference program (with the section showing your name as a presenter) and output or to the published conference paper.  If no link is available, attach a hard copy of relevant section(s) of the conference program and output (only the first page is required for published conference paper).

iii. Published book chapter or book

Output type

State whether it is a book or book chapter.

Title of book

For a book chapter, also provide the page numbers and title of the chapter.

Author(s)

Provide the full list of authors as it appeared in the book or book chapter.

Publisher and place of publication

Provide the publisher name and place of publication of the book.

ISBN

Provide the 10 or 13 digit ISBN number.

Date of publication

Provide actual date which must not be more than five years prior to the cut-off date (1 October for Semester one scholarships or 1 March for Semester two scholarships).

URL to book

Provide the direct URL to the book and contents page(s) if the output is a book chapter.  If no link is available, attach a photocopy of the front cover of the book and the contents page(s) if the output is a book chapter.

iv. Significant output in the art or music areas

Output type

State whether it is an exhibition, visual work, performance, musical composition, national and international festival.

Title of output

Provide the full title of the output.

Contributor(s)

State your contribution to the output – sole or part of a group.

Date and place of exhibition or performance

Provide actual date which must not be more than five years prior to the cut-off date (1 October for Semester one scholarships or 1 March for Semester two scholarships).

URL to output and/or review

Provide the direct URL to the published catalogue and/or reviews of the output.  If no link is available, attach a hard copy of such evidence.

v. Other significant research output (not listed above)

Output type

State the type of output – e.g. a patent that has been granted, participation in moots at an international level.

Details

Provide the details and if applicable the direct URL to the output.

vi. Relevant professional or direct research experience (total duration of a minimum of two full-time, or part-time equivalent, years)

Employer

State name of employer.

Job title

The experience needs to be at a responsible level or direct research, and not experience gained in a training situation (such as internship).

Employment status

State whether it is full-time, part-time or casual.

Total duration

Full-time – provide start and end dates.
Part-time or casual – provide hours or days per week, how many weeks a year, start and end dates.

Evidence

Attach a letter from employer (which must be dated, signed and on the organisation’s letterhead) verifying details on employment status and total duration that you have provided, together with a short description of the duties performed.