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DBH Scholarship

A postgraduate research scholarship
This scholarship rotates every year, to provide support to students who are researching the social effects of alcohol, or geology and geophysics or are of German descent. In 2020 it is offered to students of German descent.

Highlights

Value Eligibility Open date Close date
Various
  • Master's by research or PhD student
  • Australian permanent resident, citizen of a Commonwealth country or Germany
1 January 2020 15 February 2020

Benefits

The scholarship will provide an annual stipend allowance equivalent to the Research Training Program (RTP) stipend rate for up to two years for a successful master's by research recipient, and up to three years for a successful PhD recipient, subject to satisfactory academic performance. A PhD recipient may apply for an extension of up to six months.

If the successful recipient relocates their place of residence they may claim an allowance for eligible expenses of up to $515 for each eligible adult and $255 for each eligible child, up to a maximum $1485 for each scholarship recipient.

A successful master's by research recipient may claim up to $420 while a successful PhD recipient may claim up to $840 in thesis allowance, within one year of thesis submission and no more than two years after scholarship end date.

How to apply

Apply here.

Who's eligible

The scholarship is offered in three different fields in rotation, with only one being offered at a time. In 2020, the scholarship for German nationals is offered. These fields and their corresponding eligibility criteria are indicated below:

You must:

  • be a citizen of any Commonwealth country or permanent residents of Australia
  • have an unconditional offer of admission or be enrolled full-time in master's by research or a PhD 
  • be undertaking or willing to undertake research in the field of geology and geophysics
  • have completed at least one of the following:
    • honours degree (first class or second class upper), or
    • master's degree in a related field with a substantial research component, or
    • an equivalent qualification.

You must:

  • be a citizen of Germany
  • have an unconditional offer of admission or be enrolled full-time in master's by research or a PhD
  • have completed at least one of the following:
    • honours degree (first class or second class upper), or
    • master's degree in a related field with a substantial research component, or
    • an equivalent qualification.

You must:

  • be a citizen of any Commonwealth country or permanent residents of Australia
  • have an unconditional offer of admission or be enrolled full-time in master's by research or a PhD
  • be undertaking or willing to undertake research related to the social effects of alcoholism 
  • have completed at least one of the following:
    • honours degree (first class or second class upper), or
    • master's degree in a related field with a substantial research component, or
    • an equivalent qualification.
1. Background

Established in 1983 by a series of donations and valued to approximately $80,000 from Dr Robin J. Helby, three DBH Scholarships were established in the memory of Dr Helby’s mother. At the express wish of Dr Helby, the scholarship is offered in three different fields in rotation, as indicated below:

a. DBH Scholarship for German Nationals: to allow German nationals to undertake postgraduate research in any field

b. DBH Scholarship in Geology and Geophysics: to encourage research in the field of geology and geophysics

c. DBH Scholarship in the Social Effects of Alcoholism: to encourage research in area of the social effects of alcoholism

Only one award in one of the specific fields is available at any one time.

2. Eligibility

a. DBH Scholarship for German Nationals:

  • Applicants must be German Nationals.
  • Applicants must have an unconditional offer of admission or must be currently enrolled full-time in Masters by Research or a PhD in any field in the University of Sydney.

b. DBH Scholarship in Geology and Geophysics:

  • Applicants must be citizens of any Commonwealth country or permanent residents of Australia.
  • Applicants must have an unconditional offer of admission or must be currently enrolled full-time in Masters by Research or a PhD at the University of Sydney.
  • Applicants must be undertaking or willing to undertake research in the field of geology and geophysics.
  • Applicants must be willing to join a related industry on completion of their studies.

c. DBH Scholarship in the Social Effects of Alcoholism:

  • Applicants must be citizens of any Commonwealth country or permanent residents of Australia.
  • Applicants must have an unconditional offer of admission or must be currently enrolled full-time in Masters by Research or a PhD at the University of Sydney.
  • Applicants must be undertaking or willing to undertake research related to the social effects of alcoholism

d. Applicants must have completed at least one of the following:

I. Honours degree (First Class or Second Class upper), or

II. Master's degree in a related field with a substantial research component, or

III. an equivalent qualification

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,

III. curriculum vitae, and

IV. two academic references

b. The Scholarship will be awarded by the Academic Board on the advice of a committee appointed by the Academic Board.

4. Value

a. The Scholarship will provide an annual stipend allowance equivalent to the minimum University of Sydney Research Training Program Stipend Rate for up to two years for a Masters by Research recipient, and up to three years for a PhD recipient, subject to satisfactory academic performance. A potential extension of up to 6 months is available to PhD recipient.

b. If the successful recipient of the Scholarship relocates their place of residence to take up the Scholarship they may claim an allowance for eligible expenses up to a value of $515 for each eligible adult and $255 for each eligible child. The maximum value of relocation expenses that a successful recipient may receive is $1,485.

c. The successful recipient may claim a thesis allowance within one year of submission of the thesis and no more than two years after their Scholarship ends. A successful Masters by Research recipient may claim up to $420 while a successful PhD recipient may claim up to $840 in allowances.

d. 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.

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

f. No other amount is payable.

g. 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 carers leave on presentation of medical certificate(s). Students taking sick leave must inform their supervisor as soon as practicable.

c. Once the Scholarship recipient has completed twelve months of their award, they are entitled to a maximum of twelve weeks paid maternity leave during the tenure of the award. Students applying for paid maternity leave must do so at least four weeks prior to the expected date of birth. Periods of paid maternity leave are added to the normal duration of the award. Scholarship holders who have not completed twelve months of their award may access unpaid maternity leave through the suspension provisions.

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/tuition fees.

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.