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Sydney Quantum Academy Postgraduate Scholarship

A postgraduate research scholarship
This scholarship is available for a PhD student working in the field of quantum science and technology at one of the partner universities of the Sydney Quantum Academy (SQA).

Highlights

Value Eligibility Open date Close date
Various
  • Full time PhD student at a partner university of the SQA
  • Interested in a field related to quantum science and technology
Closed Closed

How to apply

Apply here. You will be required to contact the SQA to express interest.

Benefits

Both primary and top-up/supplementary scholarships are available to support full-time PhD candidates working in the field of quantum science and technology. They are subject to satisfactory academic performance.

Please refer to terms and conditions for more information.

Who's eligible

You must:

  • have an unconditional offer of admission or be currently enrolled in a full-time PhD in a field related to quantum science and technology at a partner university: 
    • The University of Sydney
    • University of New South Wales
    • University of Technology Sydney
    • Macquarie University

For primary scholarship applicants, you must:

  • have applied for the Research Training Program (RTP) scholarship international or domestic at the hosting partner university by the closing date of this scholarship (successful RTP applicants can also apply for the SQA PhD Supplementary and Primary Extension Scholarship)
  • not hold another primary stipend and/or tuition fee scholarship.

For top-up/supplementary scholarship applicants, you must:

  • hold a primary Stipend Scholarship eg, RTP or equivalent administered by one of the partner universities 
  • have started your PhD less than 2.5 years (full-time equivalent) before application
  • not hold a primary scholarship exceeding $33,000 per annum.

Background

The SQA scholarships foster research and recognise and encourage excellence amongst postgraduate candidates intending to undertake their research training in related fields of quantum science and technology. The scholarships provide successful candidates with a unique opportunity to work with researchers with industry linkages across Sydney’s foremost universities leading the way in the quantum field.

Terms and conditions

1. Background

a. This scholarship is available for a PhD student working in the field of quantum science and technology at one of the partner universities of the Sydney Quantum Academy.

b. This primary scholarship is funded by the Sydney Quantum Academy (SQA), an unincorporated joint venture funded and managed in partnership between the NSW Government and The University of Sydney, UNSW Sydney, University of Technology Sydney, and Macquarie University.

c. This scholarship recognises and fosters outstanding postgraduate research degree candidates.

2. Eligibility

a. The Scholarship is offered subject to the applicants having an unconditional offer of admission or being currently enrolled in a full-time PhD in a field related to quantum science and technology at The University of Sydney, UNSW Sydney, University of Technology Sydney, or Macquarie University.

b. Successful applicants are expected to commence their Scholarship in the research period that the scholarship is awarded.

c. Applicants must separately apply for a Research Training Program (RTP) Fee Offset (International applicants only) and RTP Stipend Scholarship at the hosting partner university by the closing date of the SQA scholarship. Successful RTP applicants can also apply for the SQA PhD Supplementary and Primary Extension Scholarship.

d. Applicant must not hold another primary stipend and/or tuition fee scholarship.

3. Selection Criteria

a. The successful applicant will be awarded the Scholarship on the basis of:

I. academic excellence and quality of research project proposal;

II. a personal statement which demonstrates interest and any experience in topics related to Quantum Science and Technology;

III. strong preference will be given to joint-institutional supervision; and

IV. preference will be given to applicants undertaking projects with an element of industry engagement.

b. The successful applicant will be awarded the Scholarship on the nomination of the SQA Selection Committee comprising at least one representative of each of the partner universities.
4. Value

a. Domestic Student:

I. The Scholarship will provide a stipend allowance of AUD $35,000 per annum for up to four (4) years, subject to satisfactory academic performance.

II. The Student Services Amenities fee (SSAF) is also provided subject to satisfactory academic performance.

b. International student:

I. The Scholarship will provide a stipend allowance of AUD $35,000 per annum for up to four years, subject to satisfactory academic performance.

II. Tuition fees and the Student Services Amenities fee (SSAF) are also provided for a successful international applicant, subject to satisfactory academic performance.

III. For successful international recipients, the Scholarship will also cover Overseas Health Cover for the recipient (single cover only) for the normal full-time duration of their higher degree studies, and will provide reimbursement for the initial visa application fee required to commence their research studies at one of the partner universities.

c. 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.

d. The Scholarship is for commencement in the relevant research enrolment period in which it is offered and cannot be deferred or transferred to another research enrolment period or another area of research without prior approval.

e. No other amount is payable.

f. The Scholarship will be offered subject to the availability of funding.

5. Eligibility for Progression

a. Progression is subject to the annual progress review being rated as meets or exceeds expectation.

b. The successful applicant is expected to successfully participate in the SQA PhD Experience 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 complete. Recreation leave does not attract a leave loading and the 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 carer’s leave on presentation of medical certificate(s). Students taking sick leave must inform their supervisor as soon as practicable.

7. Research Overseas

a. The Scholarship recipient may not normally conduct research overseas within the first six months of award.

b. The Scholarship holder may conduct up to 12 months of their research outside Australia. Approval must be sought from the student's supervisor, Head of School and the Faculty via application to the Higher Degree by Research Administration Centre (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.

8. Suspension

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 of the Scholarship for any reason during the tenure of the Scholarship. Periods of Scholarship suspension are cumulative and failure to resume study after suspension will result in the award being terminated. Approval must be sought from the student's supervisor, Head of School and the Faculty via application to the Higher Degree by Research Administration Centre (HDRAC). Periods of study towards the degree during suspension of the Scholarship will be deducted from the maximum tenure of the Scholarship.

9. Changes in Enrolment

a. The Scholarship recipient must notify HDRAC, the Sydney Quantum Academy and their supervisor promptly of any planned changes to their enrolment 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.

10. Termination

a. The Scholarship will be terminated:

I. on resignation or withdrawal of the student from their research degree,

II. upon submission of the thesis or at the end of the award,

III. 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,

IV. upon the student having completed the maximum candidature for their degree as per the University of Sydney (Higher Degree by Research) Rule 2011 Policy,

V. if the recipient receives an alternative primary stipend and/or tuition fee scholarship. In such circumstances this Scholarship will be terminated in favour of the alternative stipend and/or tuition fee scholarship where it is of higher value,

VI. does not resume study at the end of a period of approved leave, or

VII. 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, or

III. the student has committed misconduct or other inappropriate conduct.

c. The Scholarship will be suspended throughout the duration of any enquiry/appeal process.

d. Once the Scholarship has been terminated, it will not be reinstated unless due to University error.

11. Misconduct

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 provided, the University may require the student to repay payments made 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.

1. Background

a. This supplementary/top up scholarship is funded by the Sydney Quantum Academy (SQA) an unincorporated joint venture funded and managed in partnership between the NSW Government and The University of Sydney, UNSW Sydney, University of Technology Sydney, and Macquarie University.

b. This scholarship is available for a PhD student working in the field of quantum science and technology at one of the partner universities of the Sydney Quantum Academy.

c. This scholarship recognises and fosters outstanding postgraduate research degree candidates.

2. Eligibility

a. The supplementary/top up Scholarship is offered subject to the applicants having an unconditional offer of admission or being currently enrolled in a full-time PhD in a field related to quantum science and technology at The University of Sydney, UNSW Sydney, University of Technology Sydney, or Macquarie University.

b. Successful applicants are expected to commence their Scholarship in the research period that the scholarship is awarded.

c. Applicants must hold a primary Stipend Scholarship for e.g. Research Training Program (RTP) scholarship or equivalent administered by one of the partner university.

d. The applicant should have started their PhD less than 2.5 years (full time equivalent) prior of application.

e. Applicant’s primary scholarship must not exceed AUD $33,000 per annum.

3. Selection Criteria

a. The successful applicant will be awarded the Scholarship on the basis of:

I. academic excellence and quality of research project proposal;

II. a personal statement which demonstrates interest and any experience in topics related to Quantum Science and Technology;

III. strong preference will be given to joint-institutional supervision; and

IV. preference will be given to applicants undertaking projects with an element of industry engagement.

b. The successful applicant will be awarded the Scholarship on the nomination of the SQA scholarship selection committee comprising at least one representative of each of the partner universities.

4. Value

a. The supplementary/top up Scholarship will cover the difference between the value of the applicant’s primary stipend and the SQA Primary Scholarship stipend value of AUD $35,000 per annum for a maximum of up to four (4) years, subject to satisfactory academic performance.

b. The Scholarship cannot be deferred or transferred to another area of research.

c. No other amount is payable.

d. The Scholarship will be offered subject to the availability of funding.

5. Eligibility for Progression

a. Progression is subject to the annual progress review being rated as meets or exceeds expectation.

b. the successful applicant is expected to successfully participate in the SQA PhD Experience Program.

6. Leave Arrangements

a. The same conditions as indicated in the terms and conditions of the primary scholarship.

7. Research Overseas

a. The same conditions as indicated in the terms and conditions of the primary scholarship.

8. Suspension

a. The same conditions as indicated in the terms and conditions of the primary scholarship.

9. Changes in Enrolment

a. The Scholarship recipient must notify the Higher Degree by Research Administration Centre (HDRAC), the Sydney Quantum Academy and their supervisor promptly of any planned changes to their enrolment 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, Sydney Quantum Academy may require repayment of any overpaid stipend.

10. Termination

a. Unless terminated earlier under this paragraph, the Scholarship will terminate:

I. on resignation or withdrawal of the candidate from their PhD (including downgrade to a Masters by Research),

II. upon submission of the thesis or at the end of the award,

III. 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,

IV. upon the student having completed the maximum candidature for their degree as per the policy at the university with which they are enrolled,

V. on receipt of another supplementary/to up scholarship that increases the overall supplementary/top up rate paid to a candidate to more than 75% of the primary amount. In such circumstances, the supplementary/ top up scholarship of the higher value prevails,

VI. if the recipient does not resume study at the end of a period of approved leave, or

VII. 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 Sydney Quantum Academy before this time if, in the opinion of the Sydney Quantum Academy:

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, or

III. the student has committed misconduct or other inappropriate conduct.

c. Stipend payments will be suspended throughout the duration of any enquiry/appeal process.

d. Once the Scholarship has been terminated, it will not be reinstated.

11. Misconduct

a. Where during the Scholarship a candidate engages in misconduct, or other inappropriate conduct (either during the Scholarship or in connection with the candidate’s application and eligibility for the Scholarship), which in the opinion of the Sydney Quantum Academy warrants recovery of funds paid to the candidate, Sydney Quantum Academy may require the candidate to repay stipend amounts and any other payments made to the candidate 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 candidate consents to all aspects of any investigation into misconduct in connection with this Scholarship being disclosed by the Sydney Quantum Academy to the funding body and/or any relevant professional body.