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Postgraduate Research Scholarship in Honey Bioactivity

1.background

a. This Scholarship has been established to provide financial assistance to a PhD student who is undertaking research to explore the relationship between bees, forest diversity and the bioactivity of honey, specifically investigating how the antimicrobial and prebiotic properties of honey change with hive and forest health.

b. This Scholarship is funded by the NSW Government Bushfire Recovery Scheme, on the project Future-proofing the NSW Apiary Industry and Keeping Beekeepers in Jobs. The overall goal of the project is to promote a healthy and sustainable beekeeping industry by adding value to agricultural products, like honey.

c. The terms and conditions of the scholarship have been drafted to align with the Funding Deed Bushfire Industry Recover Package – Sector Development Grants and the Research Collaboration Agreement between the University of Sydney, CRC for Honey Bee Products Limited and the University of Technology Sydney (the Parties ).

2.Eligibility

a. The Scholarship is offered subject to the applicant having an unconditional offer of admission or being currently enrolled to study full-time in a PhD within the School of Life and Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Science at the University of Sydney.

b. Applicant without an unconditional offer of admission may apply and be selected, however, no scholarship offer will be sent until the applicant has an unconditional offer of admission.

c. Applicant must be willing to conduct research to explore the relationship between bees, forest diversity and the bioactivity of honey, specifically investigating how the antimicrobial and prebiotic properties of honey change with hive and forest health.

d. Applicant must be a domestic student.

and. Applicants must also hold an Honors degree (First Class) or equivalent in a relevant discipline.

F. Applicant must have a background in microbiology and molecular biology.

g. Applicant must be willing to undertake training in animal handling and research involving use of animal models

3. Selection Criteria

a. The successful applicant will be awarded the Scholarship on the basis of:

academic merit,
II. area of ​​study and/or research proposal,
III. resume, and
IV. previous research experience.

b. Preference will be given to an applicant with experience in antimicrobial research, ‘omics research and/or working with complex natural products.

c. The successful applicant will be awarded the Scholarship on the nomination of the relevant research supervisor(s), or their nominated delegate(s).

4.Value

a. The Scholarship will provide a stipend allowance equivalent to the University of Sydney Research Training Program (RTP) Stipend rate (indexed on 1 January each year) for up to three years, subject to satisfactory academic performance.

b. The PhD recipient encouraged to complete their PhD in 3 years but may apply for an extension of the primary stipend allowance for up to 6 months.

c. Periods of study already undertaken towards the degree prior to the commencement of the Scholarship will be deducted from the maximum duration of the Scholarship excluding the potential extension period.

d. The Scholarship is for commencement in the relevant research period in which it is offered and cannot be deferred or transferred to another area of ​​research without prior approval.

and. No other amount is payable.

F. The Scholarship will be offered subject to the availability of funding.

5. Eligibility for Progression

a. Progression is subject to attending and passing the annual progress evaluation.

6.Leave Arrangements

a. The Scholarship recipient receives up to 20 working days recreation leave each year of the Scholarship and this may be accrued. However, the student will forfeit any unused leave remaining when the Scholarship is terminated or complete. Recreation leave does not attract a leave loading and the supervisor’s agreement must be obtained before leave is taken.

b. The Scholarship recipient may take up to 10 working days sick leave each year of the Scholarship and this may be accrued over the tenure of the Scholarship. Students with family responsibilities, caring for sick children or relatives, or experiencing domestic violence, may convert up to five days of their annual sick leave entitlement to carer’s leave on presentation of medical certificate(s). Students taking sick leave must inform their supervisor as soon as practicable.

7. Research Overseas

a. The Scholarship recipient may not normally conduct research overseas within the first six months of award.

b. The recipient is required to follow official advice from the University and Department of Foreign Affairs and Travel in light of travel restrictions due to Covid-19.

c. The Scholarship holder may conduct up to 12 months of their research outside Australia. Approval must be sought from the student’s supervisor, Head of School and the Faculty via application to the Higher Degree by Research Administration Center (HDRAC) and will only be granted if the research is essential for completion of the degree.

d. In addition, further approval may be required as outlined in the University of Sydney’s Covid-19 Response Plan.

and. All periods of overseas research are cumulative and will be counted towards a student’s candidacy. Students must remain enrolled full-time at the University and receive approval to count time away.

F. If the recipient is conducting research outside of Australia, the recipient acknowledges that the University of Sydney is not liable for any costs incurred. This includes but is not limited to: cost of travel and transfers (unless stated under section 4 (Value) of this scholarship to amount listed), delays due to travel restrictions or State and/or Federal quarantine requirements on their return to Australia.

8. Suspension

a. The Scholarship recipient cannot suspend their award within their first six months of study, unless a legislative provision applies.

b. The Scholarship recipient may apply for up to 12 months suspension of the Scholarship for any reason during the tenure of the Scholarship. Periods of Scholarship suspension are cumulative and failure to resume study after suspension will result in the award being terminated. Approval must be sought from the student’s supervisor, Head of School and the Faculty via application to the Higher Degree by Research Administration Center (HDRAC). Periods of study towards the degree during suspension of the Scholarship will be deducted from the maximum tenure of the Scholarship.

9. Changes in Enrollment

a. The Scholarship recipient must notify HDRAC and their supervisor promptly of any planned changes to their enrollment including but not limited to: attendance pattern, suspension, leave of absence, withdrawal, course transfer, and candidacy upgrade or downgrade. If the award holder does not provide notice of the changes identified above, the University may require repayment of any overpaid stipend.

10. Termination

a. The Scholarship will be terminated:

I. on resignation or withdrawal of the recipient from their research degree,
II. upon submission of the thesis or at the end of the award,
III. if the recipient ceases to be a full-time student and prior approval has not been obtained to hold the Scholarship on a part-time basis,
IV. upon the recipient having completed the maximum candidacy for their degree as per the University of Sydney (Higher Degree by Research) Rule 2011 Policy,
V. if the recipient receives an alternative primary stipend scholarship. In such circumstances this Scholarship will be terminated in favor of the alternative stipend scholarship where it is of higher value,
SAW. if the recipient does not resume study at the end of a period of approved leave, or
VII. if the recipient ceases to meet the eligibility requirements specified for this Scholarship, (other than during a period in which the Scholarship has been suspended or during a period of approved leave).

b. The Scholarship may also be terminated by the University before this time if, in the opinion of the University:

I. the course of study is not being carried out with competence and diligence or in accordance with the terms of this offer,
II. the student fails to maintain satisfactory progress, or
III. the student has committed misconduct or other inappropriate conduct.

c. The Scholarship will be suspended throughout the duration of any inquiry/appeal process.

d. Once the Scholarship has been terminated, it will not be reinstated unless due to University error.

11. Misconduct

a. Where during the Scholarship a student engages in misconduct, or other inappropriate conduct (either during the Scholarship or in connection with the student’s application and eligibility for the Scholarship), which in the opinion of the University warrants recovery of funds provided, the University may require the student to repay payments made in connection with the Scholarship. Examples of such conduct include and without limitation; academic dishonesty, research misconduct within the meaning of the Research Code of Conduct (for example, plagiarism in proposing, carrying out or reporting the results of research, or failure to declare or manage a serious conflict of interests), breach of the Code of Conduct for Students and misrepresentation in the application materials or other documentation associated with the Scholarship.

b. The University may require such repayment at any time during or after the Scholarship period. In addition, by accepting this Scholarship, the student consents to all aspects of any investigation into misconduct in connection with this Scholarship being disclosed by the University to the funding body and/or any relevant professional body.

12. Intellectual Property

a. The recipient of this Scholarship (The Student) must complete the Student Deed Poll supplied by the University of Sydney.

13. Confidentiality

a. The Student is required to keep all confidential information disclosed by any participating organization or the University of Sydney confidential and ensure it is not disclosed to a third party without the prior written consent of the University of Sydney or participating organization as appropriate, or as required by law.

14.Publications

a. The Student must provide each Party a copy of any publication at least 28 days in advance of submitting for publication. If the other Party provides amendments no later than 14 days before the publication is submitted, the Student must use all reasonable efforts to amend the proposed publication accordingly and, if requested, delay submission of the publication for a period not exceeding 6 months.

15. Theses

a. The Student retains the copyright of their thesis subject to any terms specified in the Student Deed Poll.

b. At the request of any non-enrolling institution member of the Research Agreement, the Student may be required to submit their thesis to examiners in confidence and have their thesis held in restricted confidential storage, if:

I. the thesis includes the results of the Project in whole or in part, and
II. Confidential information of any non-enrolling institution will be prejudiced if published in the scholarship recipient’s thesis.

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