Paid work can be undertaken at the same time as receiving your stipend but may depend on the terms of your enrolment / visa / scholarship. It is often limited at 20 hours a week and it is wise and polite to consult your Supervisor about your plans. Many postgraduate students earn additional income by helping out with undergraduate practical classes. Positions are generally advertised via email and you could also ask your Supervisor for opportunities within your subject area.
In your initial meetings with your Supervisor you should discuss budgets and funds specific to your project and scholarship. It’s worthwhile having an early idea of funds (if any) that have been set aside by your Supervisor to support conference travel, field work expenses and publication costs.
During the induction process your Supervisor may wish to introduce you to local finance staff within the Faculty (Grace in Sydney: firstname.lastname@example.org and Sandra in Camden ). You should discuss with your Supervisor and confirm the processes for requesting and accessing project funds and claiming back small expenses associated with work (less than $100 at Sydney and less than $30 at Camden) through petty cash.
If there’s none or not much money set aside for travel and other expenses fear not, there are financial support schemes available at the University and Faculty level.
The Postgraduate Research Support Scheme (PRSS)
This aims to provide direct support for some currently enrolled research students. Funds are allocated annually to the Faculty based on the number of higher research students. The Faculty then awards money to applicants based on eligibility criteria set by the University. It only opens for a few months each year (usually closing during September) and to benefit from it, students must be able to provide original receipts for resources/travel that were required for their research.
You should also be aware that these funds will generally be distributed amongst eligible applicants and therefore only partial re-imbursements may be possible.
For more information, including specific details regarding eligibility criteria and the monetary levels of support you may apply for, access the Research Office website.
Grants In Aid are available to provide students with travel grants support for short-term periods of research overseas. The average amount received is $1,500 and is only available to local full time research degree candidates. Some Grants-In-Aid are open to applicants in any research area, however many awards are targeted at students in particular faculties or research areas. They are awarded by the University and applications go through the Research Office. Applications open in April and close around the beginning of May each year. For forms and further details access Grants-In-Aid (GIA) website.
The Faculty also has its own annual Grants-In-Aid scheme, which usually opens in May or June for a short period of time. Like other Grants-In-Aid some are targeted at student involved in research in specific areas of veterinary science. Notifications and forms related to Faculty Grant-in-Aid schemes will be posted on BLACKBOARD and distributed via e-mail. Details can also be found at the scholarships website.
Each year the Faculty will open up a number of selected top-up (~$5,000) and APA (Australian Postgraduate Award) equivalent Faculty Scholarships for currently enrolled postgraduate student. Applications for these usually open in September and close at the end of October.
These scholarships are awarded largely based on merit and research performance to date in your candidature and some are targeted to specific areas of veterinary and animal science. They are designed to offer currently enrolled students who are not on an APA stipend or equivalent the opportunity to be awarded one by the Faculty, or to top up those on the minimum APA stipend (~$23,000,) to support them through their candidature.
The postgraduate BLACKBOARD site will provide forms and details of scholarships on offer and you’ll be notified of application open and closing dates via BLACKBOARD and personal e-mail. A list of Faculty scholarships can also be viewed at scholarships website.