FAQ - VCs PhD Training Priority Scheme

FAQ - Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarships – Vice-Chancellor’s PhD Training Priority Scheme

These Frequently Asked Questions have been compiled to assist supervisors, Faculty Selection Committees, potential nominees and applicants with common queries regarding the Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarships – Vice-Chancellor’s PhD Training Priority Scheme.

Please refer to the Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarships Guidelines for comprehensive information regarding the nomination, selection and award process for this round.

If you have a query that isn't answered on this page or in the Guidelines, please email VC-HDR-Scholarships@newcastle.edu.au.

1. As a University academic I wish to nominate an applicant for a scholarship under this scheme, where may I find the nomination form?

  • The nomination form is available online.

2. I have already applied for admission and for a scholarship in the University's main round, can I also be nominated under this scheme?

  • Yes, students who have separately applied for admission and scholarship in the 2020 scholarship round are eligible to be nominated by a University academic under this scheme. If you have any additional documents to provide in support of your application for scholarship, please submit them to graduate-research@newcastle.edu.au by 16 November 2020.

3. I am a current Honours student at the University of Newcastle, may I apply and be shortlisted while I complete my studies and await my results?

  • Yes, current students are encouraged to seek the nomination from a potential supervisor. You will be eligible to be shortlisted while the results of your program are being finalised. Any admission and scholarship offer may then be dependent upon the outcome of your current degree program.

4. Are current HDR candidates eligible to apply for this scholarship scheme?

  • Only prospective students are eligible to be shortlisted for a scholarship.

5. Should nominators assess the eligibility of their nominee before making their nomination?

  • Yes, nominators are advised to check their preferred nominee's eligibility against the standard HDR admissions criteria. As shortlisted nominees will also be assessed against the HDR Scholarship criteria, as described in the Section 7 of the Guidelines, supervisors may wish to look at these other criteria (e.g., publications; research experience) when selecting a nominee.

6. Are there any restrictions on which HDR supervisors are eligible to nominate a potential applicant for this scheme?

  • Each academic is limited to one nomination in this Australian Government Research Training Program round. The academic is to be appointed and remain as the nominee’s Principal Supervisor should their nominee be awarded a scholarship under this scheme. The supervisory requirements stated in Clause 71 of the Code of Practice for Higher Degree by Research Candidature also apply.

7. As part of the Academic Career Preparation (ACP) pathway, will successful candidates be required to undertake teaching activities?

  • As stated in the Guidelines, the ACP associated with this scholarship scheme is intended as a learning and development opportunity for the scholarship recipient beyond the traditional research experience. Scholarship recipients will gain a range of experiences working closely alongside their academic mentor as an integral part of the University’s multifaceted and holistic approach to learning and teaching. This enables candidates to develop a portfolio of academic experiences, including core competencies in university teaching.

8. What is the selection criteria to be applied for shortlisting nominees?

  • As stated in the Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarships Guidelines, the Faculty Selection Committees will determine Faculty Research Priority and ACP component scores (based on the nominee’s Statement of Intent) for nominations consistent with the advised criteria. Applicants who have received a First Class Honours from the University of Newcastle, or an equivalent award as determined by the relevant School or Faculty, within two years of the application closing date (16 November 2020) will be prioritised in the shortlisting and selection processes.

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