Deputy Vice-Chancellor & Vice-President, Research and Innovation
In developing this policy the University had regard to the provisions of section 40B(1)(b) of the Human Rights Act 2004 (ACT).
Higher Degree by Research Scholarship and Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship Policy
This policy provides a framework for the establishment, award and management of higher degree by research (HDR) scholarships at the University of Canberra.
This policy applies to:
all staff and higher degree by research (HDR) candidates at the University of Canberra; and
applicants to University of Canberra higher degree by research courses.
This policy does not apply to:
scholarships for undergraduate and postgraduate coursework students; and
scholarships offered and administered by organisations external to the University.
The responsibilities detailed in this policy apply to scholarships awarded and managed by the University.
The scholarships which are covered by this policy are the:
scholarships offered under the Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP);
University funded scholarships (funded centrally or by a faculty or research institute); and
externally funded scholarships managed and administered by the University.
HDR scholarship recipients who are studying in Australia on an international student visa are first and foremost subject to the study and leave requirements of their visa. Any leave or suspension of scholarship entitlements for international student scholarship recipients must comply with the relevant sections of the National Code of Practice for Registration Authorities and Providers of Education and Training to Overseas Students 2007 (the National Code 2007) established under the Educational Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 (the ESOS Act 2000).
The purpose of HDR scholarships is to attract and support candidates to undertake a higher degree by research at the University.
The following arrangements are included within the definition of a ‘scholarship’:
provision of a stipend (living allowance) for a fixed time period during a candidate’s enrolment in a HDR course;
provision of a RTP Fees Offset for eligible domestic or international HDR candidates;
provision of tuition fees for international HDR candidates (referred to as a fee sponsorship); and
the award of a specific monetary amount for the purposes of supplementing a stipend scholarship (referred to as a top-up scholarship).
For the purpose of this policy, the definition of scholarship excludes ‘short term’ and/or ‘one-off’ funding that could be considered as a prize or a bursary.
Establishment and award of scholarships
The establishment of a scholarship may be proposed by any person, group or organisation within or outside the University.
Each scholarship will be governed by its own conditions of award.
The conditions of award for each scholarship will ensure that:
it is offered on the basis of acceptable academic or other criteria;
administrative procedures uphold the principles of equal opportunity, and enable the scholarship to be administered in a fair manner, in accordance with the conditions of a specific scholarship; and
no unacceptable conditions are placed on the University, its staff or its HDR candidates.
The conditions of award for each scholarship will provide information on, or refer to relevant information on:
Application and selection
Stipend rate and duration, including extension options (if applicable)
Scholarship entitlements or allowances
Options for candidature changes, including but not limited to, part-time study, course transfers, employment, concurrent study, placements or external research opportunities
Transferring and continuing students
The establishment of a scholarship will be subject to the approval of the Dean, Graduate Research, who will ensure that:
the conditions of a scholarship fulfil the criteria specified above;
in establishing the scholarship, the University is not exposed to any risk, financial or otherwise; and
the donor is acceptable to the University.
If the conditions of a specific scholarship or its name or value are unsuitable or become impractical, the Dean, Graduate Research (or nominated delegate) will consult with the person or donor who initiated its establishment and seek to have the problem addressed. If the matter cannot be resolved to the satisfaction of the University, the Council may decide that the scholarship not be offered.
HDR students who were supported prior to 1 January 2017 by the Research Training Scheme (RTS), International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (IPRS) and Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) awards and are continuing their studies, will be transitioned to an Australian Government RTP Stipend Scholarship or Fees Offset.
Support provided by the relevant RTP scholarship (see below) will be at least equivalent to that provided under the previous Commonwealth Government funding, and students will not be disadvantaged.
Students previously supported by RTS and IPRS will be transitioned to an RTP Fees Offset.
This policy is governed by the University of Canberra Academic Progress Statute 2015, the University of Canberra Academic Progress Rules 2009, the University of Canberra Admissions Rules 2017 and the University of Canberra Student Conduct Rules 2017.
Commonwealth and Territory governing framework and legislation