Charles Sturt University
Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation

Summer Scholarships

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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 1 December 2017, and must not extend beyond the commencement date of Session 1, 2018. Students are not permitted to work during the University's official Christmas close-down period nor on weekends or public holidays and must not work more than 200 hours in total.

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

Successful applicants will be engaged on a single project for the duration of their scholarship (for up to 200 hours).  Projects can be negotiated with individual Graham Centre Members and must be fully-supervised by at least one Full or Associate Member of the Centre. 

Suitable projects might include a component of an existing externally-funded research project, or they may form part of a Research Centre Fellowship or other internally-funded research project, or they may be a body of work which is linked to other research activities currently being undertaken by Centre Members.  A specific project must be detailed on the application form.  Students are only eligible to apply for one Summer Scholarship in the current round and can only undertake one project. 

In order to identify a suitable project, applicants are encouraged to make contact directly with Centre Members who are engaged in an area of research which is of interest to the applicant.  Information about the Centre's current portfolio of externally-funded research projects is available at http://www.csu.edu.au/research/grahamcentre/our-research.  This list will provide applicants with a guide as to the types of research being undertaken by the Centre. 

If you require assistance with contacting Centre Members or with project identification and negotiation, please contact Maree Crowley, Ph 02 6933 4399, or email grahamcentre@csu.edu.au.

Applicants will be assessed on the basis of the selection criteria outlined below.  Project choice will not affect the assessment process but will be reviewed for the purpose of ensuring, where possible, that successful applicants are placed on projects which are suited to their research interests.

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

24 October 2017

Closing Date

17 November 2017

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