Michelle (Naumburger) Kessler Scholarship in Genetic Counseling

1. Background

a. This scholarship is established to provide financial assistance to an outstanding Masters by Research or a PhD researcher to undertake research in genetic counseling within the Northern Clinical School, School of Medicine and Health, University of Sydney.

B. This scholarship was established in 2015 with a donation from Naumburger Investments Pty Ltd.

2. Eligibility

a. This scholarship is for applicants who have an unconditional offer of admission or are currently enrolled full-time in a research master’s or doctoral degree at the Northern Clinical School, School of Medicine and Health at the University of Sydney.

B. Part-time registered applicants may be considered for this scholarship if approved by the Associate Dean (Research Education), School of Medicine and Health.

c. Applicants must conduct research in the field of genetic counseling.

Dr.. To be considered for this scholarship, applicants must apply for the Research Training Program (RTP) scholarship.

3. Selection criteria

a. The successful applicant will be awarded the scholarship on the basis of the applicant’s application for a Research Training Program (RTP) scholarship.

B. The successful applicant will be awarded the scholarship based on the nomination of the Associate Dean (Research Education), School of Medicine and Health and School of Medicine and Health Senior Degree by the Research Grants Committee.

4. Value

a. Full-time scholarship recipients will be awarded a stipend of $12,650 annually in accordance with the term below and subject to funding availability:

Up to two years for a successful master’s degree by a research recipient whose candidacy began before January 1, 2019,
Secondly. Up to 1.75 years of successful masters recipient by research whose candidacy began on or after January 1, 2019,
Third. Up to 2 years to successfully hold a Ph.D.

B. The part-time scholarship recipient will be provided with a salary allowance equal to 50% of the full-time rate for up to the equivalent of the full-time duration described in paragraph 4. a.

c. Academic course fees and student services fees are not provided to the successful recipient.

Dr.. If a successful applicant switches from a Research Master’s degree to a PhD degree or vice versa, the maximum duration of the scholarship becomes the term of the new candidacy.

H. Periods of study already undertaken towards the degree prior to the start of the scholarship, will be deducted from the maximum duration of the scholarship.

F. The scholarship to commence in the relevant research period in which it is being offered. The start of the scholarship can be deferred if the recipient’s nomination for deferment is approved and approval has been received from the Associate Dean (Research Education), College of Medicine and Health to defer the scholarship.

g. The scholarship cannot be transferred to another research field.

h. No extension available.

me. The scholarship will be awarded based on the availability of funding.

5. Eligibility to apply

a. Application is subject to attendance and passing of the annual progress assessment.

6. Leave Arrangements

a. The scholarship recipient receives up to 20 business days of leisure leave each year from the scholarship and may be accrued. However, the student will forfeit any remaining unused leave upon termination or completion of the scholarship. Recreational leave does not attract loading leave and supervisor approval must be obtained before taking leave.

B. A scholarship recipient may take up to 10 working days of sick leave each year from the scholarship and this may accrue over the term of the scholarship. Students with family responsibilities, caring for sick children or relatives, or those experiencing domestic violence may convert up to five days of their annual sick leave entitlement to care leave upon presentation of medical certificate(s). Students taking sick leave must inform their supervisor as soon as practicable.

7. Search abroad

a. The scholarship recipient may not normally undertake a research abroad during the first six months of the scholarship.

B. The scholarship holder may conduct up to 12 months of research outside Australia. Consent must be sought from the student’s supervisor, and the Head of School and College through an application for the higher degree by the Research Management Center (HDRAC), and will only be granted if research is necessary to complete the degree. All research periods abroad are cumulative and will be counted toward the student’s nomination. Students must remain enrolled full-time at the university and obtain approval to count the time apart.

8. Comment

a. Scholarship recipients cannot suspend their award for the first six months of study, unless a legislative provision has been applied.

B. Scholarship recipients may apply for scholarship suspension for up to 12 months for any reason during the scholarship period. Scholarship suspension periods are cumulative and failure to resume studies after suspension will result in termination of the scholarship. Approval must be obtained from the student’s supervisor and the principal of the school and college by submitting an application for the higher degree by the Research Management Center (HDRAC). Periods of study towards the degree while the scholarship is suspended will be deducted from the maximum duration of the scholarship.

9. Changes in the registry

a. Scholarship recipients must promptly notify HDRAC and their supervisor of any planned changes to their registration including but not limited to: attendance pattern, suspension, leave of absence, withdrawal, course transfer, and promotion or downgrade of nomination. If the award holder does not provide notice of changes specified above, the University may require payment of any excess stipend.

10. Termination

a. Scholarship will expire:

I. Upon resignation or withdrawal of the research degree recipient,
Secondly. at the presentation of the thesis or at the end of the award,
Third. If the recipient is no longer a full-time student and no prior approval has been obtained from the Associate Dean (Research Education), College of Medicine and Health to hold the scholarship on a part-time basis,
Fourthly. After the recipient has completed the maximum nomination for their degree in accordance with the 2011 University of Sydney (Upper Degree by Research) rule policy,
If the recipient accepts an alternative scholarship to the base salary. In such circumstances, this scholarship will be terminated in favor of the alternative stipend scholarship where it is of higher value,
VI. If the recipient has not resumed studies at the end of the approved leave period, or
vii. If the recipient ceases to meet the specific eligibility requirements for this scholarship, (other than during the period in which the scholarship was suspended or during the period of approved leave).

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

1. The course is not carried out with competence and diligence or in accordance with the terms of this offer,
Secondly. Student fails to maintain satisfactory progress, or
Third. If the student commits misconduct or any other inappropriate behavior.

c. Salary payments will be suspended for the duration of any investigation/appeal process.

Dr.. Once the scholarship is terminated, it will only be reinstated due to university error.

11. Misbehavior

a. Where during the scholarship the student engages in misconduct or other improper 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 a refund of the funds provided, the University may require the student to make payments in connection with the scholarship. Examples of this behavior include but are not limited to; Academic dishonesty or research misconduct within the meaning of the Research Code of Conduct (for example, plagiarism in proposing, implementing or reporting research results, failure to declare or manage a serious conflict of interest), breach of the Code of Conduct for Students and misrepresentation of material Application or other documents related to the scholarship.

B. The university may request this reimbursement at any time during or after the scholarship period. In addition, by accepting this scholarship, the student agrees to all aspects of any investigation of misconduct in connection with this scholarship that have been disclosed by the University to the funding body and/or any relevant professional body.

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