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Spinal Cord Injuries Australia PhD Scholarship

A postgraduate research scholarship
This scholarship aims to support research into spinal cord injuries in the Faculty of Health Sciences.

Highlights

Value Eligibility Open date Close date
Up to $28,596 per year (for up to 3 years)
  • Domestic
  • PhD or master's by research student
  • Research in the Australian National Physical Activity Survey for Spinal Cord Injury – 2020 project
24 October 2019 2 December 2019

How to apply

Apply here.

Benefits

The scholarship will provide a stipend for up to 3 years commencing no later than research period 3 2020, subject to satisfactory academic performance, with the following yearly rates:

  • Year 1: $27,596 per annum
  • Year 2: $28,096 per annum
  • Year 3: $28,596 per annum

Who's eligible

You must:

  • be a domestic student
  • have an unconditional offer to study a full-time PhD or master's by research in the Faculty of Health Sciences
  • convert to a PhD before completing 18 months equivalent full-time study load, if you enrol in a master's by research
  • be willing to research the project, Australian National Physical Activity Survey for Spinal Cord Injury – 2020
  • have a background in exercise physiology, exercise and sport science, physiotherapy, medicine, occupational therapy, public health or epidemiology (with an exercise science background), or a similar health sciences background
  • demonstrate interest to be embedded within the NeuroMoves Australia exercise program at one of its regional sites, for up to one day per week
  • be able to travel interstate for data collection based at a NeuroMoves Australia regional site.

Background

This scholarship is funded by Spinal Cord Injuries Australia.

1. Background

a. This Scholarship has been established to provide financial assistance to PhD or Masters by Research student who is undertaking research in the Spinal Cord Injury population.

b. This Scholarship is funded by Spinal Cord Injuries Australia.

2. Eligibility

a. The Scholarship is offered subject to the applicant having an unconditional offer of admission or being currently enrolled to study full-time in a PhD or Masters by Research within the Faculty of Health Sciences (or from 2020, School of Health Sciences within the Faculty of Medicine and Health) at the University of Sydney.

b. Applicants who have an unconditional offer of admission or are currently enrolled in a Masters by Research must convert to a PhD before completing 18 months equivalent full-time student load (EFTSL) of studies.

c. Applicants must be willing to conduct research in the project entitled “Australian National Physical Activity Survey for Spinal Cord Injury - 2020" (ANPAS-SCI 2020)”. The type of research is classified as translational, mixed-model with both qualitative and quantitative information being collected.

d. Applicants must be a domestic student.

e. Applicants must have a background in one of the following:

I. Exercise physiology or exercise and sport science (Exercise and Sport Science, Australia (ESSA) Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP) accreditation/ Exercise Science (ES) standards preferred),

II. Physiotherapy (Australia- accredited),

III. Medicine,

IV. Occupational therapy,

V. Public health or epidemiology (with an exercise science background), or

VI. a similar health sciences background.

f. Applicants must demonstrate interest to be “embedded” within the NeuroMoves Australia exercise program at one of its regional sites, for up to one day per week (subject to negotiation).

g. Applicants must be able to travel inter-state for data collection based at a NeuroMoves Australia regional site.

3. Selection Criteria

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

I. academic merit,

II. application letter containing the following information:

i. research summary/proposal outlining any previous area(s) of research, including prior degrees and/or research publications,

ii. what the applicant hopes to gain from completing their PhD,

iii. description of the potential impact of their research,

iv. how the applicant will use the scholarship funds to assist the completion of their thesis, and

v. any other relevant information to their support application,

III. curriculum vitae, and

IV. letter of reference from an academic with knowledge of the applicant’s educational background.

b. The successful applicant will be awarded the Scholarship on the nomination of a selection committee consisting of:

I. Associate Dean Research, Education or their nominated delegate(s) (Chair),

II. Professor Glen Davis,

III. Professor James Middleton,

IV. Dr Camila Oliveira, and

V. Ms Dianne Lucas (Ex-Officio).

4. Value

a. The Scholarship will provide a stipend allowance for up to 3 years commencing no later than Research Period 3, 2020, subject to satisfactory academic performance, with the following yearly rates:

I. Year 1: $27,596 per annum,

II. Year 2: $28,096 per annum, and

III. Year 3: $28,596 per annum.

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

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 passing the annual progress review.

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 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, Spinal Cord Injuries Australia 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 stipend.

10. Termination

a. The Scholarship will terminate:

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 scholarship. In such circumstances this Scholarship will be terminated in favour of the alternative stipend 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.

12. Reporting

a. The successful recipient must provide a copy of their thesis to the Spinal Cord Injuries Australia prior to submission for publication.

13. Privacy and Confidentiality

a. The successful applicant is required to keep all confidential information disclosed by the Spinal Cord Injuries Australia or the University of Sydney confidential and ensure it is not disclosed to a third party without the prior written consent of the University of Sydney or Spinal Cord Injuries Australia, as appropriate, or as required by law.

b. All information or data provided to the successful recipient by the Spinal Cord Injuries Australia must remain confidential unless used for the purposes of the research outlined in these terms and conditions.

14. Acknowledgement

a. The successful scholarship recipient must acknowledge the support of their scholarship in their thesis in the form and position approve by the recipient and the University.

b. The successful recipient must gain approval from Spinal Cord Injuries Australia prior to use of any quotes, logos or other content relating to Spinal Cord Injuries Australia.

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