Postgraduate Research Scholarship in Sleep, Vascular Function and Cognition

1. Background

a. This scholarship is established to provide financial assistance to a master’s student by research or PhD who is conducting research on sleep, vascular function, and cognition in the elderly.

NS. This scholarship is funded by the 2020 Future Leaders Fellowship Heart Foundation (award name): Targeting the Heart Improves Healthy Brain Aging in Various At-Risk Groups Across Adulthood (Award ID: 104945).

NS. The terms and conditions of this scholarship follow the Research Award Funding Agreement (the Agreement) between the National Heart Foundation of Australia and the University of Sydney.

2. Eligibility

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 at a Masters by Research or PhD degree in the School of Psychology, Faculty of Science at the University of Sydney.

NS. Applicants who do not have an offer of admission but will only receive a full scholarship offer may apply once condition 2a is met.

NS. Applicants must be willing to undertake research into vascular function and cognition in the elderly.

Dr.. Applicants must be a domestic student

NS. Applicants must also hold at least one of the following:
I. A degree with honors (first class or upper second class) or its equivalent in a relevant discipline, or
Secondly. Master’s degree with a substantial research component.

3. Selection criteria

a. The successful applicant will be awarded the scholarship on the basis of:

1. Academic merit,
Secondly. Field of study and/or research proposal,
Third. Curriculum Vitae
Fourthly. Previous research experience.

NS. The successful applicant (student) will be awarded the scholarship based on the nomination of the relevant research supervisor(s), or designated commissioner(s).

4. Value

a. The scholarship will provide a salary allowance of $28,000 per annum (fixed rate) subject to satisfactory academic performance, for the following period:

I am up to 1.75 years old to succeed masters by research,
Secondly. Up to 3 years to successfully obtain a Ph.D.

NS. If a student switches from a master’s degree by research to a doctoral degree or vice versa, the maximum duration of the scholarship becomes the duration of the new candidacy. The student must obtain permission from his/her supervisor to retain the scholarship before changing the enrollment.

NS. Periods of study already taken to access the degree prior to the start of the scholarship will be deducted from the maximum duration of the scholarship excluding any possible extension period.

Dr.. 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.

NS. There is no other amount payable.

F. The scholarship will be awarded subject to 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 student receives up to 20 working days of leisure leave each year from the scholarship and may be eligible. 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.

NS. The student 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 those experiencing domestic violence may convert up to five days of their annual sick leave entitlement to care leave upon presentation of medical certificate(s). Students taking sick leave must inform their supervisor as soon as practicable.

7. Search abroad

a. A student may not normally conduct a research abroad during the first six months of the scholarship.

NS. The student is required to follow the official advice from the University, Department of Foreign Affairs and Travel in view of the travel restrictions due to Covid-19.

NS. A student may conduct up to 20% of their research outside Australia. Consent must be obtained from the student’s supervisor, Heart Foundation, and School and College President by submitting an application for the Graduate Degree from 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 2021 Covid-19 Response Plan.

NS. 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 student is conducting research outside Australia, the student 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.

8. Comment

a. A student cannot suspend his award during the first six months of study, unless a legislative provision is applied.

NS. A student may apply for up to 12 months to suspend the scholarship 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. The student must immediately notify HDRAC, Heart Foundation, and supervisor of any planned changes to their enrollment including but not limited to: attendance pattern, suspension, leave of absence, withdrawal, course transfer, and promotion or downgrade of nomination. If the student does not provide notice of the changes specified above, the University may require payment of any excess stipend.

10. Termination

a. The scholarship will be terminated:

1. When the student resigns or withdraws from the research degree,
Secondly. at the presentation of the thesis or at the end of the award,
Third. If the student ceases to be a full-time student and no prior approval has been obtained to contract the scholarship on a part-time basis,
Fourthly. After the student has completed the maximum nomination for his/her degree in accordance with the University of Sydney 2011 Rule Policy (Upper Degree by Research),
5. If the student receives an alternative starting salary grant. In such circumstances, this scholarship will be terminated in favor of the alternative stipend scholarship where it is of higher value,
VI. If the student does not resume studies at the end of the approved leave period, or
vii. If the student 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).

NS. 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. The student fails to maintain satisfactory progress, or
Third. If the student commits misconduct or any other inappropriate behavior.

NS. 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.

11. Misbehavior

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.

NS. 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. Intellectual property

a. The student must complete the Student Instrument Survey submitted by the University of Sydney.

13. Secrecy

a. The student is required to maintain the confidentiality of all confidential information disclosed by the Heart Foundation 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 Heart Foundation as applicable, or as required by law.

NS. The Student may only use confidential information disclosed by The Heart Foundation in connection with the Agreement except in connection with the performance of obligations under the Agreement.

NS. The student must notify the Heart Foundation and their supervisors within 14 days if they learn of suspected abuse or disclosure of confidential information.

14. Publications, thanks and appreciation

a. The student must acknowledge support for their scholarship in any media, publications, or presentations arising from the research. This acknowledgment must include the National Heart Foundation of Australia; “Future Leaders Fellowship 2020” and “Award ID: 104945.”

15. Other terms

a. The student may be invited to participate in other Heat Foundation activities such as peer review, fundraising activities and/or presentations at donor events, or the preparation of promotional materials.

NS. The student must fully comply with the Heart Foundation’s tobacco policy. The Tobacco Policy states:

Individuals, research groups, research organizations or employees of research institutions associated with the Heart Foundation Award may not accept any funds through research grants, consultancies, or sponsorships from the tobacco industry or persons associated with the tobacco industry. This includes direct financing, as well as advertising, sponsorship, gifts, loading of goods or services, or financing by any other means.

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