Youth at Risk Research Network - Scholarship Terms and Conditions

Basic Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for this Scholarship a student must:

  • be of Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent and be able to provide confirmation of Aboriginality;
  • have completed a Bachelor Degree with First Class Honours, or be regarded by UNE as having an equivalent level of attainment (See * below);
  • have a letter of offer for a place in a UNE Research Degree (PhD, Professional Doctorate or Research Masters), or have applied for a place at UNE;
  • normally must not have previously held a postgraduate research scholarship unless it was terminated within six months of the scholarship’s payments commencing;
  • not be receiving an equivalent award, scholarship or salary providing a benefit greater than 75% of the UNE Australian Indigenous HDR Scholarship stipend rate to undertake the research degree.
  • be enrolled as a full-time student and be prepared to study on-campus at UNE or at a YARRN partner institution or service provider, as negotiated with your supervision team

Educational Attainment equivalent to a Bachelor Degree with First Class Honours

If a student does not hold a Bachelor degree with First Class Honours, then the Selection Panel at UNE may determine that the student has demonstrated an equivalent level of academic attainment. In determining this, UNE may consider previous study, relevant work experience, research publications, referees’ reports and other research experience.


Research Services will ensure that there is a competitive application process for awarding the Scholarships, and that scholarships are advertised widely and appropriately to relevant organisations and networks, per the advice of expert stakeholders.

Selection Policy

UNE will maintain a selection process which accords with the University’s policies on fairness and equity, with the principles of natural justice and procedural fairness, and will observe confidentiality as per the UNE Privacy Management Rule.

Offer Process

  • UNE will only offer a Scholarship as a result of an application lodged as part of a competitive application process;
  • UNE must offer a Scholarship to a student in writing and advise the student in writing of the conditions and benefits to which they are entitled and the conditions of the scholarship.
  • Successful applicants must commence their scholarship within three months of the date of offer.
  • Successful applicants will be expected to be a full-time student and study either on-campus at UNE or at a YARRN partner institution or service provider.


A Scholarship will be granted for a total of two years full time for a Research Masters, and three years full time for a PhD or doctoral program. There is no possibility of extension.

Payment to Students

  • The successful applicant will be paid the full value of Scholarship in fortnightly instalments for three years for a PhD program, or two years for a Research Master’s program
  • Taking into account approved suspensions and leave entitlements
  • UNE will pay the stipend to the successful applicant in fortnightly payments, through the University’s payroll system to an Australian bank account in the student’s name.

Value of Scholarships

Scholarships commencing in 2018 will be paid at a fixed, annual rate of AU$30,000 per year for three years (36 months) for a PhD program (or equivalent), and for a maximum of two years (24 months) for a Research Masters. The scholarships will not be extended beyond these maximums.

Leave Entitlements

Successful applicants will receive the following leave entitlements:

  • 20 working days’ paid recreation leave; and
  • 10 working days’ paid sick leave for each year of the Scholarship; which may be accrued over the life of the Scholarship but will be forfeited upon termination of the Scholarship.


The over-riding aim of the Scholarship is to support successful applicants to complete a research degree and gain experience in a higher education context. However in providing this scholarship the DVCR also recognises that employment within the higher education sector, in both administrative and academic positions, can be equally important in supporting Indigenous Australian’s participation in higher education. In regards to paid employment then:

  • UNE Australian Indigenous HDR Scholarship holders are encouraged to seek periods of paid employment within the University and as much as possible this will be supported by Research Services with the provision of advice regarding suspensions options, and by the supervisory team in the School.
  • All paid employment will need to be approved by the student’s Principal Supervisor.


The DVCR may terminate this scholarship if:

  • the student ceases to be eligible for the scholarship;
  • the student ceases to be a full-time student without the appropriate approvals;
  • they complete the degree for which they were granted the scholarship;
  • the student has not maintained satisfactory academic progress;

Once a Scholarship is terminated, it cannot be re-activated unless the termination occurred in error.

Specific Student Obligations

Scholarship holders shall:

  • diligently and to the best of their ability apply themselves to the successful completion of their degree.
  • abide by the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research
  • abide by the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research and
  • abide by the Australian code of practice for the care and use of animals for scientific purposes.
  • conform to the regulations, including disciplinary provisions, of UNE, as described in UNE’s policies and rules. More information about these can be found on the HDR webpages at

Supervision and Facilities

An academic unit accepting a student on a Scholarship will:

  • ensure that adequate facilities and appropriate supervision are available for the student undertaking a research degree;
  • ensure appropriate pastoral and academic support is available;
  • ensure a supervisory agreement is completed in the first four weeks of research candidature, and maintained throughout the life of the candidature