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CUAVA Scholarship

A postgraduate research scholarship
The Postgraduate Research Scholarship at the ARC Training Centre for CubeSats, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, and their Applications (CUAVA) supports students pursuing research in this field.

Highlights

Value Eligibility Open date Close date

Various

  • PhD student within the Faculty of Science or Engineering
  • Hold first or second class upper honours or a master's in a related field
  • Applied for the RTP Scholarship
16 November 2018 When filled

How to apply

Apply here.

Benefits

Both stipend and supplementary scholarships are available to support the living costs of students while completing their studies. They are subject to satisfactory academic performance, and the recipient may apply for an extension of up to six months.

Please refer to terms and conditions for more information.

Who's eligible

You must:

  • have an unconditional offer of admission for full-time studies in a PhD within the Faculty of Science or the Faculty of Engineering
  • be willing to undertake research in one of the ARC Training Centre for CubeSats, UAVs, and their applications (CUAVA)'s specific projects
  • hold an honours degree (first class or second class upper) or a master's degree in a related field with a substantial research component, or equivalent
  • have applied for the Research Training Program (RTP) scholarship at the University of Sydney
  • not be engaged in full-time employment or be subject to an obligation with another party to provide that party with any intellectual property rights over the course of their research studies

Note: Applicants with an honours degree (second class upper) must also have a history of research aptitude such as scholarly publication in either peer-reviewed national or international journals.

To be eligible for the Supplementary Scholarship you must also hold an alternative primary scholarship that provides a stipend allowance.

Background

The ARC Training Centre for CubeSats, UAVs, and Their Applications (CUAVA) is providing several scholarships for outstanding PhD scholars within the Faculty of Science or Faculty of Engineering where the focus of their research is aligned with one or more the centre’s projects.

View CUAVA projects.

Terms and conditions

1. Background

a. The ARC Training Centre for CubeSats, UAVs, and their Applications (CUAVA) (The Centre) is providing several scholarships for outstanding PhD scholars within the Faculty of Science or Faculty of Engineering where the focus of their research is aligned with one or more The Centre’s projects.

b. This scholarship is available to support the living costs of students while completing their studies.

2. Eligibility

a. Applicants must have an unconditional offer of admission for full-time studies in a PhD within the Faculty of Science or the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Sydney and be willing to undertake research in one of The Centre's specified project areas.

b. Applicants must also hold an Honours degree (First Class or Second Class Upper) or a Master's degree in a related field with a substantial research component, or equivalent.

c. Applicants with an Honours degree (Second Class Upper) must also have a history of research aptitude such as scholarly publication in either peer-reviewed national or international journals.

d. Applicants must also have applied for the Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarship at the University of Sydney.

e. Applicants must not be engaged in full-time employment or be subject to an obligation with another party to provide that party with any intellectual property rights during the course of their research studies.

3. Selection Criteria

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

I. academic merit,

II. area of study and research proposal – aligned with The Centre’s needs,

III. curriculum vitae,

IV. a personal statement which demonstrates their interest in and experience with one of The Centre’s relevant projects,

b. The successful applicant will be awarded the Scholarship on the nomination of the relevant research supervisor, The Centre’s Director, and ratified by the Centre’s Management Committee.

4. Value

a. The Scholarship will provide an annual stipend allowance of $32,788 (indexed to the RTP rate on January One each year) for up to three years, subject to satisfactory academic performance. The recipient may apply for an extension of up to 6 months.

b. 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.

c. The Scholarship is for commencement in relevant research period in which it is offered and cannot be deferred or transferred to another area of research.

d. No other amount is payable.

e. 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 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 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 be terminated:

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

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

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

IV. 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,

V. if the recipient receives an alternative primary scholarship. In such circumstances this Scholarship will be terminated in favour of the alternative 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. 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 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 paid to the student, the University may require the student to repay stipend amounts and any other payments made to the student 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. The ARC Training Centre for CubeSats, UAVs, and their Applications (CUAVA) (The Centre) is providing several scholarships for outstanding PhD scholars within the Faculty of Science or Faculty of Engineering where the focus of their research is aligned with one or more The Centre’s projects.

b. This supplementary scholarship is available to support the living costs of students while completing their studies.

2. Eligibility

a. Applicants must have an unconditional offer of admission for full-time studies in a PhD within the Faculty of Science, or the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Sydney, and be willing to undertake research in one of The Centre's specified project areas.

b. Applicants must also hold an Honours degree (First Class or Second Class Upper) or a Master's degree in a related field with a substantial research component, or equivalent.

c. Applicants with an Honours degree (Second Class Upper) must also have a history of research aptitude such as scholarly publication in either peer-reviewed national or international journals.

d. Applicants must not be engaged in full-time employment or be subject to an obligation with another party to provide that party with any intellectual property rights during the course of their research studies.

e. Applicants must also be in recipient of a primary scholarship from the University of Sydney that provides stipend allowance.

3. Selection Criteria

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

I. academic merit,

II. area of study and research proposal – aligned with The Centre’s needs,

III. curriculum vitae,

IV. a personal statement which demonstrates their interest in and experience with one of The Centre’s relevant projects,

b. The successful applicant will be awarded the Scholarship on the nomination of the relevant research supervisor, The Centre’s Director, and ratified by the Centre’s Management Committee.

4. Value

a. The Scholarship will provide an annual stipend supplementary allowance of $5192 per annum (fixed rate) for up to three years, subject to satisfactory academic performance. A six month extension is possible.

b. 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.

c. The Scholarship is not deferrable or transferable to another area of research.

d. No other amount is payable.

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

7. Research Overseas

b. 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 HDRAC 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 be terminated:

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

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. on receipt of another supplementary stipend scholarship that increases the overall supplementary amount paid to a student to more than 75% of the primary amount. In such circumstances, the supplementary 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 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. 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 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 paid to the student, the University may require the student to repay stipend amounts and any other payments made to the student 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.

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