Annually up to two (2) University Research Centre (URC) Scholarships are awarded per URC to applicants whose research area is relevant to the key research objectives of a CSU URC.
The Centre for Public and Contextual Theology (PaCT) is an international leader in theological research hosted by Charles Sturt University. PaCT is ecumenical, orthodox and scholarly, with scripture, systematic theology, practical theology and ethics its major strengths. PaCT's twin focus of 'public' and 'contextual' refer more to its overarching concerns than to any particular theological method. PaCT aspires to be 'public' both in terms of striving for a widely sharable public meaningfulness in theology, and addressing compelling issues of global moment from a theological perspective. The 'contextual' priority refers to the contemporary awareness that theology is always situated, with discourses of race, gender, economics, and environment bringing a necessary critical context to 'faith seeking understanding'.
PaCT areas of research include:
Further information about PaCT is available at http://www.csu.edu.au/research/pact
Eligible applicants must be studying on a full-time basis towards a Masters by Research or Research Doctorate degree. URC - PaCT scholarships are available to applicants intending to commence in 2017, or are currently enrolled, in a Higher Degree by Research program.
Awards will not be available to those who:
The University will rank applicants by academic merit. The applicant’s place in the order of merit will not be affected by age, or having applied to another institution.
A University Research Centre Scholarship is NOT transferable to another university.
Stipend: Currently $26,288 per annum (2016 rate) and at present considered tax exempt.
Relocation Allowance: Maximum payable AUD $5,000.00. Scholarship recipients may be eligible for a relocation allowance in addition to the annual stipend for the cost of relocating themselves, their spouse and dependants to a new place of residence where this is necessary to enable the student to undertake the Masters by Research or Research Doctorate.
Thesis Allowance: Maximum payable AUD $840.00. Can be claimed after submission of thesis on production of receipts for both the soft and hard bound thesis. Claims must be made within twelve (12) months of submission of the thesis and no longer than twenty four (24) months after the expiry or termination of the scholarship.
Tuition Fees: Domestic URC - PaCT recipients are exempt from tuition fees under the Research Training Scheme (RTS) for a maximum of two (2) years full time equivalent for a Masters by Research and 4 years full time equivalent for a Research Doctorate.
Operating Funds: Scholarship recipients are allocated an allowance per session of enrolment to assist with the reimbursement of costs associated with conducting their research studies.
The award is normally for two (2) years for Masters by Research and three (3) years for Research Doctorate. Periods of study already undertaken towards the degree prior to commencement, will be deducted from the period of tenure.
An extension of up to six (6) months may be granted for Research Doctorate candidates where the University is satisfied that the extension is based on grounds which are beyond the control of the candidate and related to their research rather than of a personal nature.
Scholarship recipients are entitled to twenty (20) days paid recreation leave per year calculated on a pro-rata basis. Students are also entitled to up to ten (10) days paid sick leave per year and may be eligible for up to twelve (12) weeks paid maternity leave within the tenure of the award.
THE SCHOLARSHIP ROUND FOR HIGHER DEGREE BY RESEARCH STUDENTS CLOSED ON 31 OCTOBER 2016. NO FURTHER APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED.