Charles Sturt University
Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation

Summer Scholarships

Aim

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

Important dates

Applications open: 8 October

Applications close: 15 November

Application Form

Summer Scholarship Application Form

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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 session 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 prior to commencement. The scholarship cannot commence before 1 December 2018, and must not extend beyond the commencement date of Session 1, 2019 (end February). 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.

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.

Students must demonstrate a commitment to research related to the Centre's Research Pathways, and an in interest in undertaking an Honours project supervised by a Member of the Graham Centre (see Member list here).

Assessment will take into consideration the applicants’ commitment to and interest in undertaking further research with the Graham Centre. 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.

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 that 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.

Member Consultation

Applicants should wish to discuss their research interests and/or potential projects with one or more Graham Centre Members prior to submitting their application. To identify a suitable project, applicants are encouraged to make contact directly with Centre Members who are engaged in an area of research that is of interest to the applicant.  Information about the Centre's current portfolio of externally-funded research projects is available at 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.

For assistance contacting Centre Members or with project identification and negotiation, please contact:

Maree Crowley, T: 02 6933 4399 or email grahamcentre@csu.edu.au.

Reporting

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

Enquiries

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