International Fee Extension Scholarships * [F2649]
An asterisk (*) indicates that this scholarship is governed by conditions.
International Fee Extension Scholarships1 are provided by The University of Western Australia's ('the University') Scholarships Committee to enable timely Higher Degree by Research completions by international postgraduate research students. This is a reimbursement scheme, whereby payments of the International Tuition Fees are provided in the first instance by the University Scholarships Committee. The full amount of each scholarship will be reimbursed to the Scholarship for International Research Fees (SIRF) budget from the Higher Degree Completion funds distributed to the faculty, according to the Faculty Funding model.
The scholarships provide international tuition fees to allow international postgraduate research students to complete their thesis when the term of their tuition fee scholarship or personal funding has expired.
1 Recipients of International Fee Extension Scholarships are required to submit a Nomination of Thesis Examiners form and a copy of the thesis abstract to the Graduate Research and Scholarships Office at least three weeks prior to the intended thesis submission date. The Nomination of Examiners form can be downloaded from the Graduate Research School website atÂ http://www.postgraduate.uwa.edu.au/
Definitions and acronyms
For the purpose of these conditionsâ€”
the University is The University of Western Australia;
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 masterâ€™s course for which at least two-thirds of the student load for the course is required as research work;
IPRS is an International Postgraduate Research Scholarship;
GRSO is the Graduate Research and Scholarships Office;
SIRF is a Scholarship for International Research Fees funded by the University;
recipient means a person in receipt of an International Fee Extension Scholarship.
1. The scholarship is called an International Fee Extension Scholarship.
2. The purpose of the scholarship is to encourage and assist timely HDR completions by international postgraduate research students.
3.(1) The value of the scholarship is the cost of the international tuition fees for the research component of the masterâ€™s by research, PhD or professional doctorate course for the tenure of the scholarship.
(2) The scholarship does not cover payment of the Overseas Student Health Charge (OSHC) and recipients must ensure that their health insurance cover is maintained for the full duration of their enrolment.
Visa entitlements and requirements
4.(1) An International Fee Extension Scholarship is not an approved Australian Government funded scholarship scheme and recipients are required to pay for visa application fees for themselves and their dependants.
(2) The scholarship does not cover any medical costs associated with the issue or renewal of a student visa.
(3) It is the responsibility of the student to ensure they hold a valid visa while in Australia.
(4) If a visa expires, the student may be removed from Australia.
(5) Recipients of International Fee Extension Scholarships may be required to renew their student visa. Further details can be obtained from the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC).
5.(1) To be eligible to be nominated for a scholarship a student mustâ€”
(a) be enrolled in an HDR course on a full-time basis at the University;
(b) have either personally paid international tuition fees for at least 3.5 years; or have been in receipt of a tuition fee scholarship which cannot be extended beyond 3.5 years for a PhD, and at leastÂ two years for a master's degree;
(c) in the opinion of the supervisor, have made substantial progress towards submission of the thesis for examination; and
(d) normally be provided with a living allowance scholarship by the school or faculty for the duration of the International Fee Extension Scholarship.
(2) Students who have been enrolled for more than four years for a PhD degree, and two years for a masterâ€™s degree, must submit an application for an Extension of Time Limit to the GRSO in conjunction with the International Fee Extension Scholarship nomination.
(3) To be eligible to hold a scholarship a student mustâ€”
(a) be enrolled in an HDR course on a full-time basis at the University;
(b) normally hold a living allowance scholarship from the school or faculty for the duration of the scholarship; and
(c) ensure that arrangements have been made with the International Centre for payment of the Overseas Student Health Cover for the duration of the scholarship.
6.(1) Nominations from schools are to be submitted to the Associate Director, Graduate Research and Scholarships, by deans of faculties and heads of schools, on the recommendation of supervisors.
(2) Nominations or applications are not accepted directly from students.
(3) Nominations must include the followingâ€”
(a) a detailed summary of the HDR project completion status at the time of application;
(b) a completion plan, detailing the work to be undertaken by the student and supervisors to achieve a submission within the specified period of the scholarship, and signed by the student; the supervisors and the head of school/graduate research coordinator;
(c) a copy of the latest Annual Progress Report;
(d) proposed start and end dates of the scholarship;
(e) Ad Hoc Scholarship Proposal form confirming provision of living allowance stipend for the duration of the scholarship, with school/faculty funding details including valid Business Unit and Project Grant numbers; and
(f) confirmation of the studentâ€™s ability to pay the Overseas Student Health Cover for the duration of the scholarship.
Body responsible for selection
7. The Associate Director, Graduate Research and Scholarships, on behalf of the Chair of the Scholarships Committee, is responsible for the award of the scholarship.
Selection criteria and process
8. The scholarship is awarded on the basis ofâ€”
(a) thesis progress to date including the likelihood of completion by the nominated expiry date of the scholarship; and
(b) details of a signed completion plan.
Duration of award
9.(1) The scholarship is tenable for the period specified in the letter of offer, normally up to a maximum of six months.
(2) Subject to the receipt of a satisfactory eight-week progress report, an extension of an International Fee Extension Scholarship beyond six months will be approved in exceptional circumstances.
(3) If the thesis is not submitted by the expiry date of the International Fee Extension Scholarship, the student is liable for payment of the full international tuition fees for the remainder of their enrolment.
Termination of award
10. The scholarship ceases upon submission of the thesis, or at the expiry date of the scholarship as specified in the letter of offer, whichever occurs first.
11. The scholarship is administered by the GRSO.
12.(1) The recipient is required to submit a progress report to the Associate Director, Graduate Research and Scholarships with details of milestones reached, and the remaining steps to completion of the thesisâ€”
(a) eight weeks after commencement of the scholarship where the tenure of the scholarship is between three and six months; or
(b) six weeks after commencement of the scholarship where the tenure of the scholarship is less than three months.
(2) Continuation of the scholarship is subject to submission of a satisfactory progress report and confirmation by the supervisor(s) and head of school that the recipient is on track to submit the thesis by the specified deadline.
13.(1) International tuition fee payments are initially made from the SIRF Scholarships budget.
(2) The full amount of each scholarship will be reimbursed to the Scholarship for International Research Fees (SIRF) budget from the Higher Degree Completion funds distribution to the faculty, according to the facultyâ€™s funding model.
14. Any thesis, dissertation or other publications resulting from research undertaken by the recipient while in receipt of an International Fee Extension Scholarship must acknowledge the support of the scholarship and carry the University by-line.
15. 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.