a. This scholarship was established to provide financial assistance to a doctoral student who is conducting research on unlocking the potential of Kikuyu (Project 1 of the Dairy UP Programme). Research in the PhD project will explore the opportunities and limitations of dairy production systems based on neutral pastures.
B. This scholarship is funded by Dairy UP, managed by the University of Sydney Dairy Research Foundation and supported by the Government of New South Wales and the Commonwealth Government through the Forest Fire Industry Recovery Package – Sector Development Grant Program (BIR-SDG).
c. The terms and conditions of the grant have been drafted to align with the Bushfire Industry Recovery Package – Sector Development Grants, the Research Collaboration Agreement (Removing Risks from the Dairy Industry NSW) and the relevant project schedule.
a. The scholarship is awarded on the condition that the applicant has an unconditional offer of admission or is currently registered for full-time study on a PhD in the School of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Sydney School of Science.
B. Applicants must be willing to undertake research into the greenhouse gas balance of dairy production, using a range of methodologies including modeling and field studies.
c. Applicants must also hold at least one of the following in a related field:
I. A degree with honors (first class or upper second class) or its equivalent,
Secondly. Master’s degree with a substantial research component.
Dr.. Candidates must have a background in veterinary or animal sciences; Milk production in intensive systems (TMR).
e. The applicant must be willing to receive the vaccinations required to work in a farm environment).
3. Selection criteria
a. The successful applicant will be awarded the scholarship on the basis of:
1. Academic merit, and
Secondly. Field of study and/or research proposal,
Third. Curriculum Vitae
Fourthly. previous research experience,
V. A personal statement demonstrating interest in and commitment to the research project and working collaboratively in a team and in remote locations?
B. Preference will be given to applicants who:
I am skilled in data analysis and statistical software,
Secondly. Who are willing to do field trials including deployment.
c. The successful applicant will be awarded the scholarship based on the nomination of the relevant research supervisor(s), or the designated commissioner(s).
a. The scholarship will provide a salary allowance equivalent to $40,000 (fixed rate) for up to 3 years, subject to satisfactory academic performance.
B. PhD recipients are encouraged to complete their PhD in 3 years but can apply for an extension of their base salary allowance for up to 6 months.
c. Student Services Fee (SSAF) is included for up to 12 research periods, subject to satisfactory academic performance.
Dr.. An extension of the SSAF fee and academic course fee (if applicable) may be permitted for up to two research periods.
e. If the successful scholarship recipient is an international student, the scholarship will also cover the recipient’s external health coverage (single cover only) for the full-time regular term at the University of Sydney.
F. Periods of study that have already taken place in order to obtain the degree before the start of the scholarship will be deducted from the maximum duration of the scholarship except for the possible extension period.
g. The scholarship is to commence in the relevant research period in which it is offered and cannot be deferred or transferred to another field of research without prior approval.
h. There is no other amount payable.
I. The scholarship will be awarded based on the availability of funding.
5. Eligibility to apply
a. Application is subject to attendance and passing of the annual progress assessment.
6. Leave Arrangements
a. The scholarship recipient receives up to 20 business days of leisure leave each year from the scholarship and may be accrued. However, the student will forfeit any remaining unused leave upon termination or completion of the scholarship. Recreational leave does not attract loading leave and supervisor approval must be obtained before taking leave.
B. A scholarship recipient may take up to 10 working days of sick leave each year from the scholarship and this may accrue over the term 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 care leave upon presentation of the medical certificate(s). Students taking sick leave must inform their supervisor as soon as practicable.
7. Search abroad
a. The scholarship recipient may not normally undertake a research abroad during the first six months of the scholarship.
B. The recipient is requested to follow the official advice from the University and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Travel in light of the travel restrictions due to Covid-19.
c. The scholarship holder may conduct up to 12 months of research outside Australia. Consent must be obtained from the student’s supervisor, and the school and college president by submitting an application for the higher degree by the Research Management Center (HDRAC) and will only be awarded if research is necessary to complete the degree.
Dr.. In addition, further approval may be required as outlined in the University of Sydney’s Covid-19 response plan.
e. All research periods abroad are cumulative and will be counted toward the student’s nomination. Students must remain enrolled full-time at the university and obtain approval to count the time apart.
F. If the recipient is conducting research outside Australia, the recipient acknowledges that the University of Sydney is not responsible for any costs incurred. This includes but is not limited to: the cost of travel and remittances (unless otherwise stated in Section 4 (value) of this scholarship in the amount stated), delays due to travel restrictions or state and/or federal quarantine requirements upon their return to Australia.
a. Scholarship recipients cannot suspend their award for the first six months of study, unless a legislative provision has been applied.
B. Scholarship recipients may apply for scholarship suspension for up to 12 months for any reason during the scholarship period. Scholarship suspension periods are cumulative and failure to resume studies after suspension will result in termination of the scholarship. Approval must be obtained from the student’s supervisor and the principal of the school and college by submitting an application for the higher degree by the Research Management Center (HDRAC). Periods of study towards the degree while the scholarship is suspended will be deducted from the maximum duration of the scholarship.
9. Changes in the registry
a. Scholarship recipients must promptly notify HDRAC, the University of Sydney Dairy Research Foundation and their supervisor of any planned changes to their registration including but not limited to: attendance pattern, suspension, leave of absence, withdrawal, course transfer, candidacy upgrade or downgrade. If the award holder does not provide notice of changes specified above, the University may require payment of any excess stipend and/or SSAF.
a. The scholarship will be terminated:
I. Upon resignation or withdrawal of the research degree recipient,
Secondly. at the presentation of the thesis or at the end of the award,
Third. If the recipient ceases to be a full-time student and no pre-approval has been obtained to contract the scholarship on a part-time basis,
Fourthly. After the recipient has completed the maximum nomination for their degree in accordance with the 2011 University of Sydney (Upper Degree by Research) rule policy,
If the recipient is receiving a scholarship alternative to the base salary. In such circumstances, this scholarship will be terminated in favor of the alternative stipend scholarship where it is of higher value,
VI. If the recipient has not resumed studies at the end of the approved leave period, or
vii. If the recipient ceases to meet the specific eligibility requirements for this scholarship, (other than during the period in which the scholarship was suspended or during the 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 is not carried out with competence and diligence or in accordance with the terms of this offer,
Secondly. Student fails to maintain satisfactory progress, or
Third. If the student commits misconduct or any other inappropriate behavior.
c. The scholarship will be suspended for the duration of any investigation/appeal process.
Dr.. Once the scholarship is terminated, it will only be reinstated due to university error.
a. Where during the scholarship the student engages in misconduct or other improper 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 a refund of the funds provided, the University may require the student to make payments in connection with the scholarship. Examples of this behavior include but are not limited to; Academic dishonesty or research misconduct within the meaning of the Research Code of Conduct (for example, plagiarism in proposing, implementing or reporting research results, failure to declare or manage a serious conflict of interest), breach of the Code of Conduct for Students and misrepresentation of material Application or other documents related to the scholarship.
B. The university may request this reimbursement at any time during or after the scholarship period. In addition, by accepting this scholarship, the student agrees to all aspects of any investigation of misconduct in connection with this scholarship that have been disclosed by the University to the funding body and/or any relevant professional body.
12. Ethics/Biosafety Consent
a. Ethics/Biosafety approval must be obtained and obtained by the recipient of this scholarship for any aspect of research involving humans or animals for the duration of this scholarship.
13. Intellectual property
a. Recipient of this scholarship must complete the Student Instrument Survey submitted by the University of Sydney.
a. Recipient of this scholarship is required to maintain the confidentiality of all confidential information disclosed by any participating organization or the University of Sydney and to ensure that it is not disclosed to a third party without the prior written consent of the University of Sydney or the participating organization as applicable, or as required by law.
a. Recipients of this scholarship must obtain management approval prior to any public announcement of the project; You acknowledge the support of both the Department and the Commonwealth, as directed by the Department from time to time in any public publications and statements about the Project.
a. At the request of any institution not registered with Dairy UP, recipients of this scholarship may be required to submit their dissertation to examinees in confidence and keep their dissertation in restricted confidential storage, if:
1. The thesis includes the results of the program (and any related project) in whole or in part, and
Secondly. Confidential information of any unregistered institution will be subject to bias if published in the scholarship recipient’s thesis.