UNSW is now recruiting new PhD scholars of exceptional quality to work on research projects aligned with UNSW’s ten year strategy.
These prestigious scholarships offer unique benefits, individualised support and guaranteed funding to reach your personal development goals. Candidates are matched with our best researchers who have demonstrated excellence in supervision, and will work in research areas aligned with UNSW’s strategic goals. For further information please refer to the UNSW Scientia PhD Scholarships website
These prestigious scholarships includes:
- a stipend of $40,000 per annum for four years
- tuition fees covered for the full 4 year period
- a support package of up to $10,000 per annum for support of development activities, international collaboration and other related expenses
- work on high quality research projects with the best supervisory teams in world class environments
- coaching and mentoring will form a critical part of your highly personalised leadership development plan
- commence their candidature in either semester of 2019 Introduction: The UNSW Scientia PhD Scholarship Scheme aims to attract candidates of exceptional quality into strategic research areas in an environment of research excellence, mentoring, career development, leadership and community. It is a 4 year scholarship with additional support provided through a structured career and professional development program. Scientia Scholars are expected to participate in all aspects of the Scheme. The scholarship provides PhD candidates with a stipend of $40,000 p.a. (indexed) as well as a support package of up to $10,000 p.a. for career and professional development. Scientia PhD scholarships are awarded in accordance with the eligibility requirements outlined in this document and on a competitive basis, in line with the following key criteria:
- 1. Excellence – candidates must demonstrate their capability to carry out high quality research, using a combination of qualifications, experience and outputs.
- 2. Research Area – the proposed research must be of the highest quality and be closely aligned with the nominated research areas in the round. It should also align with the goals of the UNSW 2025 Strategy.
- 3. Global Impact and Social Engagement – candidates must demonstrate a strong commitment to making a difference in the world with evidence of potential for contributing to the learning and teaching excellence, social engagement and/or global impact pillars of the 2025 Strategy. This may encompass such themes as knowledge exchange, equity and diversity or specific initiatives relating to indigenous communities, global development and disability.
- 4. Career and Development – candidates must demonstrate a strong commitment to how they will use the resources provided to develop their careers and to engage with knowledge exchange activities. Scientia candidates are subject to all the conditions of UNSW PhD candidates and these terms and conditions should be read in conjunction with the Higher Degree Research Scholarships Policy and the Higher Degree Research Scholarships Procedure. The following terms and conditions apply to all candidates commencing on the Scientia PhD Scholarship Scheme from Semester 1, 2017. The terms and conditions that are particular to the Scheme are detailed in the following sections.
Eligibility: The Scientia Scheme is a structured 4-year program and so candidates must commence in year 1 of the PhD.
To be eligible for the scholarship, the candidate must:
(a) meet the UNSW admission requirements; and
(b) meet residency requirements; and
(c) not be enrolled in a PhD program either at UNSW or another institution at the time of application; and
(d) be accepted for admission to a PhD at UNSW supervised by an approved supervisory team; and
(e) be undertaking a PhD program commencing at the University in the year of the scholarship; and
(f) be enrolled as a full-time candidate unless the University has approved a part-time award under section 3.5.
(g) be located on a UNSW campus for a minimum of two years including the first year of the scholarship.
3.1 Supervisory team The candidate must be supervised by an approved supervisory team of three of an approved Scientia project.
3.2 Acceptance Awardees should accept their scholarship by the prescribed deadline in their letter of offer. The University may withdraw the scholarship offer if the awardee does not respond by the deadline.
3.3 Enrolment To be eligible for enrolment at the University, the candidate must: (a) commence their candidature within 2 semesters of the letter of offer; and (b) be enrolled in full-time study at UNSW for the appropriate semester; and See section 6 in the Higher Degree Research Scholarships Procedure for full details.
3.4 Duration (a) The duration of the scholarship is for a maximum period of four years, full time with no possibility of extension (b) The duration of the scholarship will be increased by any periods of leave approved by the University
3.5 Part-time awards Part-time scholarships are only approved in exceptional circumstances and will be reviewed on a case by case basis. Further details are available in Section 4.5 of the Higher Degree Research Scholarships Procedure.
3.6 Leave entitlements Candidates are entitled to paid leave entitlements. See Appendix A in the Higher Degree Research Scholarships Procedure for full details.
3.7 Expectations To meet ongoing eligibility in addition to requirements in Section 2, the candidate must: (a) submit a development plan and detailed budget each year (see section 4.2); and (b) provide a plan for publication and presentation in the first year of their candidature; and (c) participate at least once in a communication opportunity (such as the annual Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition at Faculty level); and (d) present at least one domestic and one international conference during their candidature; and (e) attend the mandatory Scientia events during their candidature
3.8 Progress Reviews and Candidature Variations Like all PhD candidates enrolled at UNSW Sydney, the progress of Scientia PhD Scholarship holders must be managed in accordance with the University’s Variation of Candidature Procedure and Progress Review and Confirmation of Research Candidatures Procedure. Changes to the project and/or the supervisory team requires approval from the SHARPest Committee and requests to do so must be submitted to the Scientia Team in the Graduate Research School
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