Eric and Shirley Barrington Scholarship [F51280]
The Eric and Shirley Barrington Scholarship is
provided to encourage and assist domestic students to enrol in a
higher degree by research (HDR) at The University of Western
Australia ('the University'). The scholarship is for financially
disadvantaged students with demonstrated high academic
achievement, whose financial circumstances would restrict their
ability to complete a higher degree by research in a timely
The Eric and Shirley Barrington Scholarship
provides a living allowance to be held in conjunction with a
Research Training Scheme (RTS) place. The scholarship is
established and awarded in accordance with the following
conditions. Conditions for the scholarship may be subject to
change from time to time.
Definitions and acronyms
For the purpose of these conditions—
APA is an Australian Postgraduate Award;
BGRS is the Board of the Graduate
Research School, and may include officers, committees or other
bodies to whom stated powers have been delegated;
domestic applicant or domestic
student is an Australian or New Zealand citizen or an
Australian Permanent Resident;
external student is a person undertaking
research towards a higher degree by research who, as a result of
their location, cannot conduct research and study towards the
higher degree on a campus of the University for most or all of
GRSO is the Graduate Research and
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;
head of school means a person appointed
or acting in that capacity or the graduate research
coordinator of the school. Graduate 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;
internal student is a person undertaking
study towards a higher degree by research who, except for
approved periods, will conduct research and study towards the
higher degree on a campus of the University for most or all of
their period of candidature;
RTS is the Research Training Scheme
administered by the Australian Government and 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
the University is The University of Western
UPA is a University Postgraduate Award.
Part 1—Tuition fees, stipend
1. Tuition fees
1.1 Domestic scholarship holders commencing
an HDR are normally granted exemption from tuition fees for the
research component of the master's degree by research, PhD or
professional doctorate course for the tenure of their
1.2 Students enrolled in
combined postgraduate courses that include a master's degree by
coursework component may be required to pay postgraduate tuition
fees for the master's degree by coursework component of the
1.3 A student may not hold more
than one RTS place at any one time regardless of whether the
student studies on a full-time or part-time basis.
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 must
not be receiving an equivalent award, scholarship or salary
providing a benefit greater than 75 per cent of the Eric and
Shirley Barrington Scholarship base stipend rate1 to undertake
the HDR. Income from sources unrelated to the course of study is
not to be taken into account.1
1 The maximum
supplementation is $26,250 per annum.
3. Stipend and allowances
3.1.1 A full-time Eric and Shirley Barrington
Scholarship carries a stipend of $35,000 per annum for full-time
3.1.2 Payments are made in
3.1.3 It is the responsibility
of scholarship recipients to check the implications for income
tax liability of accepting a scholarship.2
3.2 Part-time scholarships
3.2.1 A part-time Eric and Shirley Barrington
Scholarship carries a stipend of $17,500 per annum for part-time
3.2.2 Payments are made in
3.2.3 A part-time scholarship is
3.2.4 A part-time scholarship
may be offered to a student who is able to demonstrate that
compelling social reasons, such as a medical condition or primary
care responsibilities prevent full-time enrolment.
3.2.5 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.
3.2.6 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
3.2.7 A student holding a
part-time scholarship must be enrolled at the University as a
3.2.8 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.
3.3 Relocation allowance
3.3.1 Relocation allowance is applicable where
the student must relocate to Perth to take up the scholarship or
an approved transfer.
3.3.2 A scholarship recipient is
(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, on production
of receipts; or
(ii) a maximum allowance of
$530 for travel by car for which an itemised fuel receipt is
(b) removal expenses of up
to $600 per adult and $250 per child to a maxium of $1700, on
production of receipts.
3 A scholarship
recipient cannot claim for accommodation or cost of meals if they
choose to travel by car.
3.3.3 Relocation allowance
claims must normally be submitted within six months of the
commencement of the award.
3.4 Thesis allowance
3.4.1 A scholarship holder is entitled to a
total thesis allowance of $420 for a master's thesis or $840 for
a PhD thesis.
3.4.2 The thesis allowance is a
contribution towards the cost of production of up to six copies
of the thesis and does not include costs such as editing or the
purchase of computer equipment.
3.4.3 A thesis allowance may be
claimed after submission of a thesis on the production of
3.4.4 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.
3.4.5 Claims for thesis
allowance must be made within two years of the completion of
3.5 Other stipend matters
3.5.1 Scholarships do not cover the cost of
student union or amenities fees, costs associated with tuition
fees, health insurance, overseas fieldwork, bridging English
language courses or travel expenses associated with the
relocation of the student to take up the award, except as set out
4.1 The purpose of the scholarship is to
enable eligible students to pursue
an HDR at the University.
5. Value and number of scholarships
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
6. Eligibility requirements
6.1 To be eligible to apply for a
scholarship an applicant must—
(a) be a domestic
(b) be able to
demonstrate financial hardship through either—
(i) being in receipt of
a means-tested Commonwealth income support payment (such as Youth
Allowance, Austudy, Abstudy, disability support pension,
Veteran’s Entitlements payment or another income-tested
benefit or pension) in the year in which the scholarship is
(ii) submitting a
financial hardship statement explaining their economic
circumstances and the manner in which those circumstances would
restrict their ability to complete the course in a timely
(c) be eligible to
enrol or be enrolled as a full-time student or, in exceptional
circumstances (see clause 3.2.4) 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;
(d) be intending to
enrol or be enrolled an an internal student based on a campus of
the University for most or all of their period of candidature and
scholarship tenure unless approval is granted for external
enrolment (see 11 and 17.2);
(e) have a
bachelor’s degree with first class honours (H1) or
(f) not have completed
a degree either at the same level as, or at a higher level than,
the degree for which candidature is sought; and
(g) have been accepted
into the proposed HDR by the BGRS.
7. Selection criteria
7.1 The scholarship is awarded by the
Scholarships Committee to an eligible applicant on the basis
achievement as evidenced by their academic record;
(b) research potential
based on academic referee reports, relevant research experience,
and publications, if applicable; and
(c) financial hardship
as evidenced by their Financial Hardship Statement and supporting
8. Application procedure
8.1 Applicants must complete and submit the
online application for the Australian Postgraduate Awards (APA)
and University Postgraduate Awards (UPA) as advertised on the
GRSO website at http://www.scholarships.uwa.edu.au/home
by the advertised closing date.
8.2 Applicants must also submit
a financial hardship statement explaining their economic
circumstances and the manner in which those circumstances would
restrict their ability to complete the course in a timely
9. Awarding body
9.1 The scholarship is awarded by the
10. Duration of award
10.1 The tenure of a full-time scholarship is—
(a) up to two years for a
master's degree by research; or
(b) up to three years for a
10.2 The tenure of
a part-time scholarship is—
(a) up to four years for a
master's degree by research; or
(b) up to six years for a
10.3 Doctoral students may apply
for an extension of tenure of up to six months’
duration subject to satisfactory progress, provided the grounds
for extension 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
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
scholarship 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
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.
11.1 Scholarship holders are normally expected
to enrol as internal students and live close enough to the
University to enable frequent and systematic use of University
facilities, including use of physical resources, formal research
training and frequent contact with supervisors if required.
11.2 Scholarship applicants who
intend to enrol as external students must apply for external
enrolment at the time of their scholarship application.
11.3 If the research program
requires study away from the University for extended periods of
time, the recipient must apply for external enrolment (see clause
12. Criteria for continuation
12.1 Continuation of scholarship
payments is subject to the recipient—
continuous enrolment at the University as a full-time student,
unless otherwise recommended by the Scholarships Committee and
approved by the BGRS; and
(b) submitting the
Research Proposal Confirmation of Candidature, and all milestone
reports by the due date including Annual and Interim
Reports, and Travel Award Reports, if applicable.
13. Administering body
13.1 The scholarship is administered by the
14.1 A scholarship holder must enrol by the
date set by the University or the scholarship may be
withdrawn and reallocated to another applicant.
14.2 Applications to transfer the scholarship
and enrolment to another school within the University must be
approved by the Scholarships Committee.
15. Conversion between master's and
15.1 If the BGRS approves a transfer of
candidature in accordance with the Doctor of
Philosophy Rules Rule 22 and the Master's Degree by Research
Rules for courses administered by the BGRS, it may permit the
scholarship to be converted from a scholarship for doctoral
studies to a scholarship for master’s studies or vice
15.2 If the BGRS approves the conversion of a
scholarship in accordance with 15.1 the maximum duration of the
scholarship becomes that of the new research degree minus periods
of study undertaken towards the related degree prior to
15.3 A scholarship holder who, prior to
completing a master's degree, intends to enrol in a doctoral
degree, may use the balance of the scholarship towards the
15.4 There must be no interval between
completion of the master’s degree and enrolment
in the doctoral degree, or such an interval must be
covered by the suspension of the scholarship.
15.5 A scholarship for a master’s
degree normally expires on submission of a thesis for examination
or at the end of two years (whichever is the earlier).
15.6 The scholarship holder must ensure that
the progression to a doctoral degree, or suspension of the
scholarship, is arranged before the master's studies are
completed or the scholarship expires.
15.7 The maximum period of a scholarship for
a student progressing from a master's degree to doctoral study is
three years (or three and a half years if an extension is
approved) from the date the student commenced the master's
16. Transer of award
16.1 An Eric and Shirley Barrington Scholarship
cannot be taken up at another institution.
17. Changes to enrolment and suspension
17.1 Changes to enrolment status
17.1.1 Students must inform the GRSO at
least three weeks in advance if they intend to suspend or
terminate their enrolment or change their enrolment to
part-time which affects their scholarship eligibility.
17.1.2 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.
17.1.3 Scholarship holders are required to
repay all scholarship overpayments to the University.
17.2 External enrolment
17.2.1 Approval for external enrolment for
scholarship holders must be granted by the GRSO.
17.2.2 Scholarship holders must obtain
approval from the GRSO if they intend to change their enrolment
from internal to external enrolment. See
Variation in terms of candidature in the UWA Handbook.
17.3 Suspension of a scholarship
17.3.1 A student who wishes to suspend their
candidature must apply in writing through their supervisor and
head of school to the BGRS for a period of suspension.
17.3.2 Applications for suspension of
candidature are considered by the BGRS.
17.3.3 A student who is applying for a period
of suspension of candidature must apply to suspend their
scholarship for the same period.
17.3.4 Subject to 17.3.10 a student may
apply to suspend their scholarship even if they are not proposing
to suspend their candidature.
17.3.5 Applications to suspend a scholarship
are considered by the Scholarships Committee.
17.3.6 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 twelve months’ duration.
17.3.7 In exceptional circumstances a
further period of suspension of not more than twelve months,
subject to the approval of the BGRS, may be approved.
17.3.8 The Scholarships Committee will under
no circumstances approve suspension of a scholarship for a period
or accumulated periods exceeding two years.
17.3.9 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.
17.3.10 Periods of study undertaken by the
student while their scholarship is suspended are deducted from
the maximum period of tenure of a scholarship.
17.4.1 The BGRS terminates a
(a) if the student
ceases to meet the eligibility requirements outlined in the
(b) at the end of the
period for which it was granted;
(c) upon completion of
(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
17 including, but not limited to, the provision of false or
(i) the scholarship
recipient does not resume study at the conclusion of a period of
(j) if the student does
not resume study at the end of the period of leave or formal
arrangements (via the GRSO) have not been made to extend the
period of leave;
(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 Eric and Shirley Barrington Scholarship stipend rate and
does not suspend their scholarship while receiving the concurrent
award, scholarship or salary; or
(l) upon the
resignation or withdrawal of the student from the course.
17.4.2 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.
17.4.3 If a scholarship is terminated, it
cannot be reactivated unless the termination occurred in
18.1 Any thesis, dissertation or other
publication resulting from research undertaken by the recipient
while in receipt of an Eric and Shirley Barrington
Scholarship must acknowledge the support of the scholarship and
carry the University by-line.
19. Intellectual property
19.1 Intellectual property is governed by the
University Policy on: Intellectual Property.
entitlements and paid employment conditions
20.1 Approval of all paid and unpaid leave is
conditional on scholarship holders having submitted the Research
Proposal and any milestone reports such as Confirmation of
Candidature, Annual and Interim Reports, and Travel Award
Reports, which are due at the same time of the proposed
21. Recreation leave
21.1 Students undertaking an HDR are
entitled to four weeks' paid recreation leave a year calculated
on a pro-rata basis.
21.2 Recreation leave may be
accumulated subject to 21.3.
21.3 No more than five weeks'
recreation leave may be accumulated and leave must be taken
during the tenure of the scholarship.
21.4 Approval to undertake
periods of recreation leave must be obtained from the supervisor
and head of school before leave is taken.
21.5 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
submission of the Research Proposal.
22. Sick leave
22.1 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
22.2 Paid sick leave is not in
addition to the normal duration of the scholarship.
22.3 Scholarship holders may
receive up to a total of 12 weeks' paid sick leave which is
additional to the normal duration of the scholarship.
22.4 Paid sick leave referred to
in 22.3 is only for medically substantiated periods of illness
lasting longer than two weeks (ten University working days).
22.5 Periods of sick leave
longer than 12 weeks must be accessed through the suspension
provisions set out in 17.3.
23. Maternity leave
23.1 On completion of 12 months of a
scholarship, a scholarship holder may access up to 12 weeks'
paid maternity leave in addition to the normal tenure of the
23.2 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 suspension provisions.
24. Parenting leave
24.1 Scholarship holders who are partners of
women giving birth and who have completed 12 months of their
scholarship are entitled to a period of five days' paid parenting
leave in addition to the normal tenure of the
24.2 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 17.3.
25. Paid overseas leave
25.1 The BGRS may grant
approval for paid overseas leave for scholarship holders
(a) take annual recreation
(b) to attend conferences;
undertake fieldwork and conduct research towards their HDR
25.2 Applications for paid
oversease leave for recreation or research will not normally
be approved within the first six months of commencement of the
scholarship or prior to the submission of the Research
25.3 Approval of paid overseas
leave is conditional on scholarship holders having submitted the
Research Proposal, and having submitted any milestone reports
such as Confirmation of Candidature, Annual and Interim Reports,
and Travel Award Reports, which are due at the time of the
25.4 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.
25.5 The BGRS approves paid
overseas leave to undertake fieldwork or conduct research only
where the student 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
25.6 The scholarship holder must
maintain contact with their supervisor and remain enrolled at the
25.7 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
25.8 Failure to obtain
approval for paid overseas leave may result in the award being
suspended or terminated.
26. Research at other organisations
26.1 The BGRS may approve a scholarship
holder conducting fieldwork or undertaking a substantial amount
of research in Australia at organisations outside the higher
education sector provided adequate support, supervision, training
and research freedom for the student is available at the other
26.2 Applications to conduct
such fieldwork or research referred to in 26.1 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.
27.1 The University does not require a student
to undertake employment.
27.2 A scholarship holder may
undertake only a strictly limited amount of paid employment
during the notional standard working hours of 9am to 5pm, Monday
27.3 No more than eight hours'
employment a week during notional standard working hours is
27.4 The head of school is
responsible for ensuring that excessive part-time employment is
not undertaken to the detriment of the student’s
27.5 Working hours must be noted
on the scholarship holder’s Graduate Research School Annual