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   Australian Postgraduate Award (Industry) 2005–2010 * [F7152]

Australian Postgraduate Award (Industry) 2005–2010 * [F7152]

An asterisk (*) indicates that this scholarship is governed by conditions.

For scholarships funded from ARC Linkage Project Grants from 2005–2010

Australian Postgraduate Awards (Industry) are available to assist students enrolled for a higher degree by research (HDR) at The University of Western Australia (the University). The conditions set out below are determined by the Australian Research Council (ARC) and the University and are subject to change from time to time.

Definitions and acronyms
For the purpose of these conditions—

the University is The University of Western Australia;

domestic applicant or domestic student is an Australian or New Zealand citizen or an Australian Permanent Resident;

international student is a student who is a citizen of an overseas country, except New Zealand;

Head of School means a person appointed or acting in that capacity or the Postgraduate Research Coordinator of the school, Postgraduate Research Coordinators being designated academics who have been approved by the head of school and the Board of the Graduate Research School to act on behalf of the head of school on matters pertaining to higher degrees by research;

HDR is a higher degree by research, which is a doctorate or master's course for which at least two-thirds of the student load for the course is required as research work;

HESA is the Higher Education Support Act 2003 (HESA);

APA(I) is the Australian Postgraduate Awards (Industry);

ARC is the Australian Research Council;

BGRS is the Board of the Graduate Research School, and may include officers, committee or other bodies to whom the stated powers have been delegated;

GRSO is the Graduate Research and Scholarships Office;

RTS is the Research Training Scheme, administered by the Commonwealth Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations. The RTS provides Commonwealth-funded higher degree by research candidates with exemption from the requirement to pay student contributions and tuition fees for the duration of the accredited higher degree by research;

SIRF is a Scholarship for International Research Fees;

IPRS is an International Postgraduate Research Scholarship.

Part 1—Tuition fees, stipend and allowances

Tuition Fees
1.1 Domestic applicants—RTS 1.1.1 Domestic scholarship holders commencing an HDR are normally granted exemption from tuition fees for the research component of the master's by research, PhD or professional doctorate course for the tenure of their scholarship.

1.1.2 Students enrolled in combined postgraduate courses that include a master's by coursework may be required to pay postgraduate tuition fees for the master's by coursework component of the course.

1.1.3 A student may not hold more than one RTS place at any one time regardless of whether a student studies on a full-time or part-time basis.

1.2. International applicants—SIRF and IPRS
1.2.1
International applicants may apply for either a SIRF or an IPRS which covers tuition fees and health insurance.

1.2.2 Recipients of a SIRF or IPRS must ensure that they read and understand SIRF and IPRS conditions at http://www.scholarships.uwa.edu.au/home.

2. Concurrent scholarships
2.1
The scholarship may be held concurrently with another external or University award provided that the conditions of the concurrent award so permit.

2.2 The scholarship holder is not permitted to be in receipt of another award or scholarship that provides benefits greater than 75 per cent of the APA(I) base stipend rate.1

1 The maximum supplementation for 2013 is $22,383 per annum.

3. Stipend and allowances
3.1 Level of stipend
3.1.1
The level of stipend is contingent upon the Industry Partner meeting its obligations under the Conditions of Agreement.

3.1.2 Where an Industry Partner has failed to meet its obligations and an alternative Industry Partner cannot be found an award may be reduced to the current level of an Australian Postgraduate Award, which is $24,653 per annum in 2013 for full-time study and $12,326 per annum for part-time study in 2013 which is indexed annually in accordance with the Higher Education Support Act 2003 (HESA).

3.2 Full-time scholarships
3.2.1
A full-time APA(I) carries a stipend of $29,844 per year (in 2013) and is indexed annually in accordance with HESA.

3.2.2 Payments are made in fortnightly instalments.

3.2.3 It is the responsibility of the scholarship recipient to check the implications for income tax liability of accepting a scholarship. 2

2 http://www.ato.gov.au

3.3 Part-time scholarships
3.3.1
A part-time APA(I) carries a stipend of $16,300 per annum (in 2013) which is indexed annually in accordance with HESA.

3.3.2 Payments are made in fortnightly instalments.

3.3.3 A part-time scholarship is taxable.

3.3.4 A part-time scholarship may be offered to a student who is able to demonstrate that special circumstances, such as a medical condition or major family commitments, preclude full-time study.

3.3.5 An applicant is not granted permission to hold a scholarship on a part-time basis because they wish to undertake paid employment on a full-time or substantial part-time basis.

3.3.6 A student who holds a scholarship on a part-time basis is subject to the same employment restrictions as a full-time scholarship holder (see clause 26).

3.3.7 A student holding a part-time scholarship must be enrolled at the University as a part-time student.

3.3.8 A holder of a part-time scholarship may convert to full-time at any stage or may be required by the University to convert to full-time if compelling social reasons no longer apply.

3.4 Relocation allowance
3.4.1
Relocation allowance is applicable where the student must relocate to Perth to take up the scholarship or an approved transfer.

3.4.2 A scholarship recipient is entitled to—

(a)(i) an economy class or student airfare for themselves, a spouse and dependants for travel to Perth, up to a maximum of $530 per person, which includes airfares to Perth from within Australia, New Zealand or other countries on production of receipts;

or

(ii) a maximum allowance of $530 for travel by car for which an itemised fuel receipt is submitted; 3

and

(b) removal expenses up to $505 per adult and $255 per child (with a maximum entitlement of $1520) on production of receipts.

3 A scholarship recipient cannot claim for accommodation or cost of meals if they chose to travel by car.

3.4.3 Claims for relocation allowances must be made within six months of the expenditure being incurred.

3.4.4 A candidate may be reimbursed to a maximum of not more than $6000 for all allowances combined.

3.5. Thesis allowance
3.5.1
A scholarship holder is entitled to a total thesis allowance of $420 for a master's thesis or $840 for a PhD thesis. The thesis must be submitted within six months of the completion of the project.

3.5.2 The thesis allowance is a contribution towards the cost of production of a thesis and does not include costs such as the purchase of computer equipment.

3.5.3 A thesis allowance may be claimed after submission of a thesis on the production of receipts.

3.5.4 Part of the thesis allowance may be used to claim costs associated with the re-submission of a thesis or the lodgement of bound copies.

3.5.5 Claims for thesis allowance must be made within 12 months of the completion of the project.

3.6 Other stipend matters
3.6.1
A scholarship is not affected by payments in relation to long service leave, assistance granted for travel associated with overseas research or field trips, concurrent assistance from a private employer in the form of part salary, or any other assistance for purposes other than those covered by the scholarship.

Part 2—Scholarship conditions

4. Purpose
4.1
The purpose of the scholarship is to enable eligible domestic and international students to pursue an HDR at the University.

5. Value and number of scholarships available
5.1
The value of the scholarship is as set out in Part 1.

5.2 The number of scholarships available each year is determined by the Scholarships Committee.

6. Eligibility
6.1
To be eligible to apply for a scholarship an applicant must—

(a) be eligible to enrol or be enrolled as a full-time student or, in exceptional circumstances [see clause 3.3.4] and with the approval of the University, as a part-time student, in an HDR at the University by the date of commencement of the scholarship;

(b) be a domestic student (for linkage projects prior to 2009);

(c) be a domestic or international student (for linkage projects from 2009 onwards);

(d) have a bachelor's degree of at least 2A honours standard or equivalent:

(e) not have completed a degree either at the same level as, or at a higher level than, the degree for which candidature is sought;

(f) have been accepted into the proposed HDR by the BGRS;

(g) not have held an Australian Postgraduate Award or Australian Postgraduate Award (Industry) previously unless it was terminated within six months of the commencement of benefits;

(h) not be in receipt of an award or scholarship that provides a benefit greater than 75 per cent of the APA (Industry) stipend.

7. Selection criteria
7.1
The scholarship is awarded by the Scholarships Committee to an eligible applicant on the basis of—

(a) academic achievement as evidenced by their academic record; and

(b) research potential based on academic referee reports, relevant research experience, and publications, if applicable.

8. Application procedure
8.1
Applicants must complete and submit an application as set out in the advertisement on the GRSO website at http://www.scholarships.uwa.edu.au/home by the advertised closing date.

9. Awarding body
9.1
The scholarship is awarded by the Scholarships Committee.

10. Duration of award
10.1
The scholarship is tenable for the duration of the course for which it is awarded which is—

(a) two years for a master's degree by research; or

(b) three years for a doctoral degree.

10.2 The tenure of a part-time scholarship is—

(a) four years for a master's degree by research; or

(b) six years for a doctoral degree.

10.3 Doctoral candidates may apply for a maximum extension of up to six months, subject to satisfactory progress, provided the grounds are related to their research and are beyond the control of the student.

10.4 Extension of tenure is conditional upon the submission of the Research Proposal and Confirmation of Candidature, and all outstanding milestone reports including Annual and Interim Reports, and Travel Award Reports, if applicable.

10.5 No extensions are possible for students undertaking a master's degree by research.

10.6 Periods of study already undertaken towards the degree prior to the commencement of the award or undertaken during suspension of the scholarship are deducted from the maximum period of tenure unless the study was undertaken as part of a Commonwealth Government financially supported international postgraduate research scholarship or award.

10.7 Candidates enrolled in Professional Doctorate degree courses or combined master's and PhD degree courses which include a formal coursework component are only eligible for scholarship payments for years in which the research component of the course is at least two-thirds (66 per cent) of the full-time student load.

10.8 Where a scholarship is converted from a scholarship for a master's degree by research to that for a doctoral degree, the maximum period of a scholarship is three years, or three-and-a-half years if an extension is approved

11. Criteria for continuation
11.1
Continuation of scholarship payments is subject to the recipient—

(a) maintaining continuous enrolment at the University as a full-time student, unless otherwise recommended by the Scholarships Committee and approved by the BGRS; and

(b) upon the submission of the Research Proposal and Confirmation of Candidature, and all milestone reports by the due date including Annual and Interim Reports, and Travel Award Reports, if applicable.

12. Administering body
12.1
The scholarship is administered by the GRSO.

13. Commencement
13.1
A scholarship holder must enrol by the date set by the University or the scholarship may be withdrawn and reallocated to another applicant.

14 Transfer of award
14.1
An APA(I) holder who has already completed at least six months of the program may request a transfer of an APA(I) to another institution.

14.2 Any proposed transfer of a scholarship between Institutions/Industry Partners/Supervisors/ Postgraduate Research students requires the prior approval of the ARC.

14.3 The ARC will only consider transfer requests in exceptional circumstances, where there are compelling reasons, such as the transfer of a supervisor and where a proposed transfer has the support of all parties to an award (i.e. Institutions/Industry Partners/Supervisors/Postgraduate Research students).

14.4 The fact that an award has been transferred does not constitute sufficient grounds for a subsequent extension of the award.

15. Changes to enrolment and suspension status
15.1 Changes to enrolment status
15.1.1
Students must inform the GRSO at least two weeks in advance if they intend to suspend or terminate their enrolment or change their enrolment to part-time which affects their scholarship eligibility.

15.1.2 Failure to notify the GRSO promptly of suspension, termination or a change to enrolment to part-time which affects their scholarship eligibility may result in a scholarship overpayment to the scholarship holder.

15.1.3 Scholarship holders are required to repay all scholarship overpayments to the University.

15.2 Suspension of a scholarship
15.2.1
A student who wishes to suspend their candidature must obtain written approval from their supervisor, head of school and industry partner and then apply to the BGRS for a period of suspension.

15.2.2 Applications for suspension of candidature are considered by the BGRS.

15.2.3 A student who is applying for a period of suspension of candidature must apply to suspend their scholarship for the same period.

15.2.4 Subject to 15.2.10, a student may apply to suspend their scholarship even if they are not proposing to suspend their candidature.

15.2.5 Applications to suspend a scholarship are considered by the Scholarships Committee.

15.2.6 Unless it decides otherwise in recognition of exceptional circumstances, the Scholarships Committee will not approve suspension of a scholarship in the first six months of tenure of the scholarship, or if it will result in an accumulated period of suspension that is of more than 12 months' duration.

15.2.7 A scholarship holder who wishes to gain work experience in industry may apply for a period of suspension of up to 12 months during the tenure of the award.

15.2.8 A scholarship holder who wishes to apply for a period of suspension for the sole purpose of gaining work experience in industry should seek approval in the first instance from the student's supervisor, the industry partner and the Head of School.

15.2.9 In exceptional circumstances, a further period of suspension of not more than 12 months, subject to the approval of the BGRS, may be approved.

15.2.10 The Scholarships Committee will under no circumstances approve suspension of a scholarship for a period or accumulated periods exceeding two years.

15.2.11 If a student whose scholarship has been suspended does not either resume study at the end of the period of suspension or apply by the due date to extend the period of suspension, their scholarship will be terminated.

15.2.12 Periods of study undertaken by the student while their scholarship is suspended are deducted from the maximum period of tenure of a scholarship.

16. Termination
16.1
The BGRS terminates a scholarship—

(a) if the student ceases to meet the eligibility requirements outlined in the conditions;

(b) at the end of the period for which it was granted;

(c) upon completion of the course;

(d) when the thesis is submitted. (A scholarship cannot then be reinstated should the thesis require revision and resubmission.);

(e) when the student ceases to be enrolled full-time if approval has not been granted for the scholarship to be held on a part-time basis;

(f) if the student does not maintain satisfactory academic progress;

(g) if the course of study is not carried out with competence and diligence or in accordance with the scholarship offer;

(h) if in the opinion of the BGRS, the student has committed misconduct as defined in Statute 17 http://calendar.publishing.uwa.edu.au/latest/partc/stat17 including, but not limited to, the provision of false or misleading information;

(i) the scholarship recipient does not resume study at the conclusion of a period of suspension;

(j) if the student does not resume study at the end of a period of leave or formal arrangements (via the GRSO) have not been made to extend the period of leave; or

(k) if the student accepts another equivalent award or scholarship to undertake their HDR that provides a benefit more than 75 per cent of the base APAI stipend rate and does not suspend their scholarship while receiving the concurrent award, scholarship or salary, or upon the death, inability of the student to continue their course, resignation or withdrawal of the student from the course; or

(l) upon the resignation or withdrawal of the student from the course;

(m) the parties have agreed to the termination of the award;

(n) the industry partner fails to meet its obligation and an alternative industry partner cannot be found.4

4 The student may then be funded as an Australian Postgraduate Award Student.

16.2 The University may terminate a scholarship or place the student on probation if, after due inquiry, the University forms the view that the student has not complied with the conditions set out in this document.

16.3 If a scholarship is terminated, it cannot be reactivated unless the termination occurred in error.

17. Publications
17.1
Any thesis, dissertation or other publication, resulting from research undertaken by the recipient while in receipt of an APA(I) must acknowledge the support of the scholarship and carry the University by-line.

18. Intellectual property
18.1
Intellectual property is governed by the University's Intellectual Property policy available on the University's website at http://www.universitypolicies.uwa.edu.au/page/117132.

Part 3—Leave entitlements and paid employment conditions

19. Leave entitlements
19.1
Approval of all paid and unpaid leave is conditional on scholarship holders having submitted the Research Proposal and Confirmation of Candidature, and having provided any milestone reports such as Annual and Interim Reports, and Travel Award Reports, if applicable, by the due date.

20. Recreation leave
20.1
Students undertaking an HDR are entitled to four weeks' paid recreation leave a year calculated on a pro-rata basis.

20.2 Recreation leave may be accumulated subject to 20.3.

20.3 No more than five weeks' recreation leave may be accumulated and leave must be taken during the tenure of the scholarship.

20.4 Approval to undertake periods of recreation leave must be obtained from the supervisor and Head of School before leave is taken.

20.5 Applications for paid recreation leave will not normally be approved within the first six months of the commencement of the award or prior to the approval of the Research Proposal.

21. Sick leave
21.1
Scholarship holders are provided with up to two weeks' paid sick leave each year of their scholarship which may be accrued but cannot be taken after the scholarship has expired.

21.2 Scholarship holders may receive up to a total of 12 weeks' paid sick leave which is additional to the normal duration of the scholarship.

21.3 Paid sick leave referred to in 21.2 is only for medically substantiated periods of illness lasting longer than two weeks (10 University working days).

21.4 Periods of sick leave longer than 12 weeks must be accessed through the suspension provisions set out in 15.2.

22. Maternity leave
22.1 Domestic students
22.1.1
On completion of 12 months of a scholarship domestic scholarship holders may access up to 12 weeks' paid maternity leave in addition to the normal tenure of the scholarship.

22.2.1 A student is not permitted to take paid maternity leave in the first year of the scholarship; however unpaid maternity leave may be accessed through the suspension provisions.

22.2 International students
22.2.1
International students are not entitled to paid maternity leave.

22.2.2 International students may take unpaid maternity leave if they give birth to a child within the tenure of the scholarship.

22.2.3 Unpaid maternity leave must be accessed through the suspension provisions set out in clause 15.2.

23. Parenting Leave
23.1 Domestic Students
23.1.1
Domestic scholarship holders who are partners of women giving birth and who have completed 12 months of their scholarship may be entitled to a period of five days paid parenting leave.

23.1.2 Paid parenting leave cannot be taken in the first year of a scholarship, however unpaid parenting leave may be accessed through the suspension provisions set out in 15.2.

23.1.3 Paid parenting leave is in addition to the normal duration of the scholarship.

23.2 International students
23.1
International students are not entitled to paid parenting leave, however they may take unpaid parenting leave of five days.

24. Paid overseas leave
24.1
The BGRS may grant approval for Paid Overseas Leave for scholarship holders to—

(a) take annual recreation leave;

(b) to attend conferences; and/or

(c) undertake fieldwork and conduct research towards their HDR, outside Australia.

24.2 Applications for Paid Overseas Leave for recreation or research will not normally be approved within the first six months of commencement of the scholarship or prior to the approval of the Research Proposal.

24.3 Approval of Paid Overseas Leave is conditional upon submission of the Research Proposal and Confirmation of Candidature and all outstanding milestone reports, including Annual and Interim Reports and Travel Reports, if applicable.

24.4 Approval to undertake fieldwork or conduct research outside Australia is only granted where it can be demonstrated that it is essential for the completion of the course.

24.5 The BGRS approves paid overseas leave to undertake fieldwork or conduct research only where the students has confirmed in writing that the proposed destination has not been listed as an area to which the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade have advised against all travel and there is adequate supervision at the overseas institution.

24.6 The scholarship holder must maintain contact with their supervisor and remain enrolled at the University.

24.7 Students should note that in the event of war or civil disturbance breaking out in a country to which a student has travelled for the purpose of research, the University's travel insurance policies may cease to apply.

24.8 Failure to obtain approval for paid overseas leave may result in the award being suspended or terminated.

25. Research at other organisations (within Australia)
25.1
The BGRS may approve a scholarship holder conducting research at the industry partner's facilities provided that adequate support supervision, training and research freedom for the student is available at these facilities.

25.2 Applications to conduct such fieldwork or research referred to in 25.1 require the approval of the Scholarships Committee and are only approved on the understanding that the student remains as an enrolled student of the University.

26. Employment
26.1
The University does not require a student to undertake employment.

26.2 A scholarship holder may undertake only a strictly limited amount of paid employment during the notional standard working hours of 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

26.3 No more than eight hours' employment a week during notional standard working hours is permitted.

26.4 The Head of School is responsible for ensuring that excessive part-time employment is not undertaken to the detriment of the student's studies.

26.5 Working hours must be noted on the scholarship holder's Graduate Research School Annual Progress Report

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