Charles Sturt University
Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation

Summer Scholarships

Applications are now closed.

Application Form

Guidelines

Aim

Graham Centre Summer Scholarships are designed to encourage undergraduate students to engage in research activity aligned with the Centre's Research Pathways.

Value

A tax-free payment of $4,000 (or a pro-rata amount, where applicable) is payable to the student either as a lump sum payment or in no more than two instalments. The payment schedule will be determined by the Centre Director or nominee.

Duration

Successful applicants will be required to spend up to 200 hours during the Summer semester break working on a single project supervised by a Graham Centre Member. The required days/hours and the length of the scholarship will be negotiated with the individual project supervisors and approved by the Centre Director or nominee. The scholarship cannot commence before the end of Session 2, 2016, and must not extend beyond the commencement date of Session 1, 2017. Students are not permitted to work during the University's official Christmas close-down period nor on weekends or public holidays.

Reporting

Students will be required to complete timesheets for the hours worked. Supervisors must provide a report to the Centre Director at the end of the scholarship.

Eligibility

Students enrolled in a full-time, undergraduate degree course at CSU who have achieved a high academic standard are eligible to apply. The anticipated standard is a Grade Point Average of at least 5.00 points or a standard sufficient to allow entry into the University's Honours Program. Students who have already commenced an Honours degree are ineligible to apply.  

Member Consultation

Applicants may wish to discuss their research interests and/or potential projects with one or more Graham Centre Members prior to submitting their application. 

Projects

A list of available research projects is provided as a guide. View Project List (PDF)

PLEASE NOTE:

  • Applicants are not limited to these projects.  
  • The project list will be updated regularly (as new projects become available);
  • Students with an interest in more than one project must submit a separate scholarship application for each project. Applicants, however, can only be awarded one scholarship per Summer period.
  • Applicants will be assessed on the basis of the selection criteria outlined below. Project preferences will not affect the assessment process but will be used for the purpose of ensuring, where possible, that successful applicants are placed on projects which are suited to their research interests. 

In their application, students must either:

  1. Nominate a preferred project from the list;
  2. Nominate an alternative project which has been negotiated with a potential supervisor OR which the student has become aware of through alternative means; or
  3. Nominate a specific area of interest.

Selection Criteria

Applicants must satisfy the following criteria:

  • A demonstrated interest in and commitment to research related to the Centre's Research Pathways.
  • Current full-time enrolment in an undergraduate degree course at CSU.
  • Proven ability to achieve a high academic standard.
  • A demonstrated interest in undertaking an Honours project supervised by a Graham Centre Member.

Open Date

1 October 2016

Closing Date

31 October 2016

Enquiries

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