Postgraduate Research Scholarship in Additive Manufacturing

1. Background

a. The Additive Manufacturing Postgraduate Research Scholarship was developed to support an outstanding postgraduate research student in the Faculty of Engineering, University of Sydney to research additive manufacturing.

b. This fellowship is supported by the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research) University of Sydney.

2. Eligibility

a. Applicants must be an Australian citizen, a New Zealand citizen or an Australian permanent resident.

b. The scholarship is awarded on the condition that the applicant has an unconditional offer of admission to full-time PhD in the Faculty of Engineering. Applicants who do not yet have an unconditional offer of admission may apply and be selected, but a scholarship offer will not be sent until the applicant has received an unconditional offer of admission.

c. Applicants must hold an honors degree (first class), or a first class honors equivalent degree, or a master’s degree in engineering, physics, and chemistry.

i.e. Applicants must be prepared to conduct research on a project with a focus on hard metals
with an industrial partner, the CERATIZIT Group, and can travel to Europe for research stays.

3. Selection Criteria

a. The successful applicant will receive the scholarship based on:
a. proven academic achievements,
b. proven research experience,
c. CV,
i.e. field of study and/or research project,
e. personal statement expressing interest in the research project

b. The successful applicant is awarded the scholarship by the Vice Chancellor (Research) at the suggestion of Professor Simon Ringer.

4. value

a. The bursary provides a living equivalent to the University of Sydney Research Training Program (RTP) bursary rate (indexed on 1 January of each year) for up to 3.5 years for PhD students, provided they meet academic progress requirements. The University may approve a part-time bursary scholarship* if the University is satisfied that there are special circumstances beyond the student’s control (e.g. medical conditions, financial difficulties, supervisor’s duties).

*A part-time scholarship may have tax implications and students should seek advice from registered tax advisors.

b. An extension is not possible

c. Periods of study that have already been completed before the start of the scholarship for the course will be counted towards the maximum duration of the scholarship.

i.e. The scholarship cannot be postponed or transferred to another research area.

e. There is no other amount to pay.

f. The scholarship is awarded subject to the availability of funds.

5. Eligibility for Advancement

a. Progress is dependent on passing the annual progress assessments and maintaining satisfactory progress in coursework.

6. Leave arrangements

a. Scholarship recipients receive up to 20 working days of annual leave every 12 months of the scholarship, which can be accumulated. Any unused leave when the scholarship is terminated or completed will be forfeited. Holiday leave does not result in a holiday burden. The supervisor’s approval must be obtained prior to the leave of absence.

b. Scholarship holders can take sick leave for up to 10 working days every 12 months of the scholarship, which can be accumulated over the duration of the scholarship. Students with care obligations can convert up to five days of their annual sick leave entitlement into care leave upon presentation of a medical certificate. Students who are on sick leave must inform their supervisor as soon as possible.

c. Scholarship holders can receive additional paid sick leave of up to a total of twelve weeks during the scholarship for medically justified periods of illness during which the student does not have sufficient sick leave entitlements in accordance with Section 6b above. Students requesting additional paid sick leave must do so at the beginning of the absence or as soon as possible. Periods of additional paid sick leave are added to the duration of the grant.

i.e. Once the fellows have completed twelve months of their award, they are entitled to a maximum of twelve weeks of paid parental leave during the term of the fellowship. Students applying for paid parental leave should do so at least four weeks before the start of the leave. Periods of paid parental leave count towards the duration of the grant. Scholarship holders who have not yet completed the twelve months of their award can take unpaid parental leave within the framework of the suspension provisions. When applying for parental leave, the applicant should attach at least one of the following documents:

a. Doctor’s letter related to pregnancy,
b. a surrogacy contract,
c. child’s birth certificate,
i.e. adoption certificates or
e. Documents justifying the application.

7. Research abroad

a. As a rule, the scholarship holder is not allowed to carry out research abroad within the first six months after the grant has been awarded.

b. The grantee may conduct their research outside of Australia for up to 12 months. Approval must be requested by the student’s supervisor, principal and faculty via application to the Higher Degree by Research Administration Center (HDRAC) and is only granted if the research is essential to the completion of the degree. All research stays abroad are cumulative and count towards the application. Students must continue to be enrolled full-time at the university and obtain approval for crediting absences.

8. Suspension

a. Scholarship holders cannot suspend their award within the first six months.

b. Scholarship holders can apply for a suspension of up to 4 research periods during the term of their scholarship for any reason. Periods of suspension are cumulative and if study is not resumed after suspension, the award will be terminated. Approval for suspension must be obtained from the Head of Department/School concerned. Study times for completion during the scholarship suspension will be deducted from the maximum duration of the scholarship.

9. Registration Changes

a. The grantee must promptly notify HDRAC and their supervisor of any proposed changes to their enrollment, including but not limited to: attendance pattern, suspension, leave of absence, resignation, course transfer, and candidacy upgrade or downgrade. If the awardee fails to notify the above changes, the university may request reimbursement of any overpaid scholarship.

10. Termination

a. Unless terminated in accordance with the provisions set out in previous clauses, the scholarship will be terminated:

I. upon submission of the dissertation or at the end of the award;
II. upon Student’s resignation or withdrawal from their HDR program;
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. After completing 14 research periods, full-time study for a doctorate,
V. if the recipient receives an alternative scholarship whose value exceeds 75% of the scholarship value of this scholarship.
VI. does not resume studies at the end of an approved leave of absence, or;
vii. if the student no longer meets the eligibility requirements set for that scholarship (except during a period of scholarship suspension or approved leave);

b. The scholarship can also be terminated by the university before this point in time if, in the opinion of the university:

I. the study is not carried out with competence and care or in accordance with the conditions of this offer;
II. the student is not making satisfactory progress, or;
III. the student has committed misconduct or other improper conduct.

c. Scholarship payments will be suspended pending an investigation/appeal process.

i.e. Once the scholarship has ended, it will not be reinstated unless there is an error by the university.

11. Misconduct

a. If a student engages in misconduct or other improper behavior during the scholarship (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 monies paid to the student The University may require the student to repay any stipend and other payments made to the student in connection with the stipend. Examples of such behavior include, but are not limited to; academic dishonesty, research misconduct as defined in the Research Code of Conduct (e.g., plagiarism in proposing, conducting, or reporting research, or failure to explain or manage a serious conflict of interest), violation of the Student Code of Conduct, and false disclosures in the application documents or other documents related to the scholarship.

b. The University may request such repayment at any time during or after the scholarship period. In addition, by accepting this scholarship, the student agrees that all aspects of any investigation of misconduct related to this scholarship may be disclosed by the University to the funding agency and/or any relevant professional body.