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   Australian Postgraduate Award (Industry) * [F7152]

Australian Postgraduate Award (Industry) * [F7152]

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

For scholarships funded from 2011 and 2012 ARC Linkage Project Grants

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;

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;

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 their candidature;

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 is an Australian Postgraduate Award;

APA(I) is an Australian Postgraduate Award (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;

CTS is the Commercialisation Training Scheme;

GRSO is the Graduate Research and Scholarships Office;

IPRS is an International Postgraduate Research Scholarship;

SIRF is a Scholarship for International Research Fees;

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 students with exemption from the requirement to pay student contributions and tuition fees for the duration of the accredited higher degree by research;

UPA is a University Postgraduate Award.

Part 1—Tuition fees, stipend and allowances

1. Domestic Applicants—RTS
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.

1.2 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.

1.3 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.

2. International applicants—SIRF and IPRS
2.1
International applicants may apply for either a SIRF or an IPRS which covers tuition fees and health insurance.

2.2 Recipients of a SIRF or IPRS must ensure that they read and understand SIRF and IPRS conditions at http://spe.publishing.uwa.edu.au/latest/scholarships/postgraduate.

3. Concurrent scholarships
3.1
The scholarship may be held concurrently with another external or University award provided that the conditions of the concurrent award so permit.

3.2 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 The maximum supplementation for 2012 is $21,536.

4. Stipend
4.1 Level of stipend
4.1.1
The level of stipend is contingent upon the Industry Partner meeting its obligations under the Conditions of Agreement.

4.1.2 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 $23,728 per annum in 2012 for full-time study and $12,898 per annum for part-time study in 2012 which is indexed annually in accordance with the Higher Education Support Act 2003 (HESA).

4.2 Full-time scholarships
4.2.1
A full-time APA(I) carries a stipend of $28,715 per annum (in 2012) and is indexed annually in accordance with HESA.

4.2.2 Payments are made in fortnightly instalments.

4.2.3 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

4.3 Part-time scholarships
4.3.1
A part-time APA(I) carries a stipend of $15,684 per annum (in 2012) which is indexed annually in accordance with HESA.

4.3.2 Payments are made in fortnightly instalments.

4.3.3 A part-time scholarship is taxable.

4.3.4 A part-time scholarship may be offered to a student who is—

(a) a domestic student; and

(b) able to demonstrate that special circumstances, such as a medical condition or major family commitments, preclude full-time study.

4.3.5 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.

4.3.6 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 25).

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

4.3.8 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.

4.4 Other stipend matters
4.4.1
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.

Part 2—Scholarship conditions

5. Purpose
5.1
The purpose of the scholarship is to enable eligible domestic and international students to pursue an HDR at the University.

6. Value
6.1
The value of the scholarship is as set out in Part 1.

7. Eligibility
7.1
To be eligible to apply for a scholarship an applicant must—

(a) be a domestic or international student;

(b) be eligible to enrol or be enrolled as a full-time student or, in exceptional circumstances (see 4.3.4) 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;

(c) be intending to enrol or be enrolled as 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 16.2);

(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.

8. Selection criteria
8.1
The scholarship is awarded 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.

9. Application procedure
9.1
Applicants must complete and submit an application as set out in the advertisement on the GRSO website at http://www.scholarships.uwa.edu.au/search by the advertised closing date.

9.2 International applicants must also complete and submit the online application for the IPRS and SIRF scholarships as advertised on the GRSO website at http://www.scholarships.uwa.edu.au/search by the advertised closing date.

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 students 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 Students 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. Residency
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 16.2).

12. Criteria for continuation
12.1
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) submitting 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.

13. Administering body
13.1
The scholarship is administered by the GRSO.

14. Commencement
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.

15. Transfer of award
15.1
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.

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

15.3 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).

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

16. Changes to enrolment and suspension status
16.1 Changes to enrolment status
16.1.1
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.

16.1.2 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.

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

16.2 External enrolment
16.2.1
Approval for external enrolment for scholarship holders must be granted by the GRSO.

16.2.2 Scholarship holders must obtain approval from the GRSO if they intend to change their enrolment from internal to external enrolment (see Postgraduate Handbook: http://handbooks.uwa.edu.au/postgraduate).

16.3 Suspension of a scholarship
16.3.1
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.

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

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

16.3.4 Subject to 16.3.12, a student may apply to suspend their scholarship even if they are not proposing to suspend their candidature.

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

16.3.6 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 12 months' duration.

16.3.7 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.

16.3.8 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.

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

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

16.3.11 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.

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

17. Termination
17.1
The Scholarships Committee 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) if 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) if the parties have agreed to the termination of the award;

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

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

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

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

18. Publications
18.1
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.

19. Intellectual property
19.1
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

20. Leave entitlements
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 leave.

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 (10 University working days) paid sick leave each year of their scholarship which may be accrued but cannot be taken after the scholarship has expired.

22.2 Paid sick leave is not in addition to the normal duration of the scholarship.

22.3 Periods of sick leave longer than two weeks must be accessed through the suspension provisions set out in clause 16.3.

23. Paid overseas leave
23.1
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.

23.2 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 submission of the Research Proposal.

23.3 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 proposed leave.

23.4 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.

23.5 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 institution.

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

23.7 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.

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

24. Research at other organisations (within Australia)
24.1
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.

24.2 Applications to conduct such fieldwork or research referred to in clause 24.1 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.

25. Employment
25.1
The University does not require a student to undertake employment.

25.2 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.

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

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

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

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