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Vice-Chancellor's Research Scholarships (VCRS)

A supplementary scholarship for RTP/UPA recipients
This scholarship supports highly ranked PhD students who are eligible for the Research Training Program (RTP) or University of Sydney Postgraduate Award (UPA).

Highlights

Value Eligibility Open date Close date
$35,000
  • Australian citizens or permanent residents, or New Zealand citizens
  • PhD students 
  • Awarded a RTP Stipend or UPA
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How to apply

No separate application neccesary. Highly ranked eligible applicants for the RTP/UPA will be automatically considered.

Benefits

This scholarship is valued at up to $35,000.

Who's eligible

You must:

  • be an Australian citizen,  permanent resident or New Zealand citizen
  • have an outstanding record of academic achievement and research potential
  • have an unconditional offer of admission or be currently enrolled in a PhD at the University of Sydney
  • have been awarded Research Training Program (RTP) Stipend Scholarship or University of Sydney Postgraduate Award (UPA)
  • not be enrolled prior the year of award.

Background

The Vice Chancellor’s Research Scholarships were offered for the first time in 2007 to attract students with an outstanding track record of academic achievement and research potential to pursue full time Research Doctorate study at the University of Sydney. 

1. Background

a. The Vice Chancellor’s Research Scholarships were offered for the first time in 2007 to attract students with an outstanding track record of academic achievement and research potential to pursue full time Research Doctorate study at the University of Sydney.

2. Eligibility

a. This Scholarship is offered subject to the applicants having an unconditional offer of admission or being currently enrolled in a PhD at the University of Sydney.

b. Applicants must have received a Research Training Program Stipend Scholarship or University Postgraduate Award paid at the minimum rate payable for the Research Training Program stipend.

c. Applicants must be Australian Citizens, Australian Permanent residents or New Zealand Citizens.

d. Applicants who enrolled prior the year of award are not eligible.

3. Selection Criteria

a. The successful applicants will be awarded the Scholarship on the basis of the ranking of their application for the Research Training Program Stipend Scholarship and University Postgraduate Award as determined by the Higher Degree by Research Scholarships Sub Committee.

b. The successful applicants will be awarded the Scholarship by the Vice Chancellor on the recommendation of the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Education) and the Higher Degree by Research Scholarship Sub Committee.

4. Value

a. The Scholarship will provide a total stipend supplementary allowance of $35,000 over three years, subject to satisfactory academic performance. The stipend will be $5,000 in the first year and $12,000 per annum for the remaining duration.

b. An extension of up to six months is possible provided the student is making satisfactory progress, the grounds for the extension relate to the study and are beyond the control of the student.

c. A relocation allowance of up to $5,000 (including any eligible claim payable under the Research Training Program Stipend Scholarship) may be provided for applicants who need to relocate to Sydney to take up their Scholarship.

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

f. The Scholarship is not transferable to another area of research or to another University.

g. No other amount is payable.

h. 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

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

  1. on resignation or withdrawal of the student from their PhD (including downgrade to a Masters by Research),
  2. upon submission of the thesis or at the end of the award,
  3. 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,
  4. on receipt of another supplementary scholarship that increases the overall supplementary rate paid to a student to more than 75% of the primary amount. In such circumstances, the supplementary scholarship of the higher value prevails,
  5. if the recipient does not resume study at the end of a period of approved leave, or
  6. 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:

  1. 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
  2. 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 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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