DVCR Completion Scholarship

DVCR Completion Scholarship Application Guidelines

DVCR Completion Scholarship Application Form

Doctoral Thesis Completion Plan Template

Applications for DVCR Completion Scholarships are to be submitted at specific times, normally four rounds per year. The application dates for the application rounds to be held in 2018 are as follows:

Round Opening Dates: Round Closing Dates: Awards Commence:
08 January 201812 January 2018March/April/May 2018
09 April 201813 April 2018June/July/August 2018
09 July 201813 July 2018September/October/November 2018
08 October 201812 October 2018December 2018/January 2019/February 2019


Please note:  Applications submitted outside these specific dates will not be considered.

Guidelines

Purpose

UNE does not offer extensions to RTP Stipend Scholarships. Instead the University funds DVCR Completion Scholarships for all Doctoral students, not just RTP recipients.

Eligible Doctoral students include those enrolled in the Doctor of Education, Doctor of Health Services Management, Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical Psychology), Doctor of Industry/Professions and the Doctor of Philosophy.

DVCR Completion Scholarships are funded by the University of New England to encourage timely Doctoral completions. DVCR Completion Scholarships are not a candidature extension scholarship, but are linked to and support a specific outcome, the submission of the Doctoral thesis. DVCR Completion Scholarships will only be awarded to those Doctoral students who can clearly demonstrate that their thesis will be submitted within the scholarship period.

Eligibility

  • A DVCR Completion Scholarship will normally be available to Doctoral students entering their fourth year of Doctoral candidature (full-time equivalent).
  • A student must be in the writing-up stage and have completed their data collection or equivalent.
  • A student must be able to complete their thesis within the nominated period. The maximum and recommended completion scholarship period is four months.
  • A student must be enrolled on a full-time basis during the scholarship period and must work full-time on the thesis.
  • In order to be considered for a completion scholarship, applicants must be strongly supported by their supervisor/s and their Head of School.
  • Students who have already held a previous scholarship, other than a completion scholarship, will be eligible to apply if they have not already received an extension as part of the previous scholarship.
  • Students who have already received a scholarship extension will be ineligible to apply for a  DVCR Completion Scholarship.
  • Students are ineligible if they are currently receiving a scholarship.

Students must submit:

  • A detailed Doctoral Thesis Completion Plan (including the identification of a clear and measurable Mid-Point Milestone to be achieved) and the likelihood of the thesis being completed and submitted for examination within the scholarship period;
  • Statements of support and endorsement from the Principal Supervisor; and
  • Endorsement from the Head of School.
  • Endorsement from external funding body or attached grant (if applicable)

Payment of Award

The maximum value of the award is $8,010 (maximum four month scholarship period), and this would be paid in three equal instalments of $2,670 (if appropriate, tuition fees of international applicants will also be covered).

The first instalment will be made upon approval of the award, at the beginning of the scholarship period, the second instalment will be paid upon submission of the Mid-Point Milestone Report to the Research Services Directorate and the third instalment will be paid upon submission of the thesis for examination.

Payments will be made as close to the designated milestone date as possible, but processing time for milestone forms and coinciding with the University payroll deadlines must be taken into account.

Conditions of the Scholarship

Successful applicants will be required to sign an acceptance form agreeing to the following:

  • Successful applicants will be required to enrol full-time over the period for which the scholarship is awarded.
  • The DVCR Completion Scholarship will normally commence the day after the current submission date.
  • International Students will be liable for any tuition fees outside of the term of the Scholarship.
  • Leave of absence will not be available during the period for which the scholarship is awarded unless there are exceptional circumstances.
  • During the term of the scholarship, progress must be monitored on a regular basis by the Principal Supervisor, in accordance with timelines outlined in the completion plan.
  • Failure to make satisfactory progress in line with the timeline may result in the cessation of scholarship payments.
  • Lodgement of a HDR Thesis Presentation form is required by the date indicated in the timeline for the period for which you were awarded the scholarship.
  • Submission of a completed Mid-point Milestone Scholarship Report to the Research Services Directorate showing progress made by the Mid-Point Milestone date indicated in the Doctoral Thesis Completion Plan  and timeline initially submitted. In this report applicants will need to document the progress made and indicate the timetable for submission by the thesis deadline. The Principal Supervisor and Head of School will need to confirm the details indicated in the report by signing the form before it is returned to the Research Services Directorate. Acceptance of this form will trigger payment of the second scholarship instalment. Failure to submit the form by the date indicated in the timeline for the period for which the student was awarded the scholarship will result in immediate cessation of the scholarship.
  • Submission of the thesis for examination is required by the deadline indicated in the completion plan. Extensions to the submission date past the four month scholarship period will not normally be granted.

Note: Successful applicants who are attached to an external funding body or grant are responsible for advising the appropriate organisation of the extension to their candidature and new thesis submission date.