Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

CSU Support Schemes

Support mechanisms to assist Indigenous staff and students to undertake research, including Higher Degrees by Research

CSU Support Schemes:

The completion of a Higher Degree by Research (HDR) is recognised as a foundational step to a productive research career. The University provides a range schemes aiming to support research professional development for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous staff, including the following:

Indigenous Research/Researchers Seed Funding

Aim

Small internal funding pool to support seeding projects and/or small groups. Clear outcomes and recognition of how further research will be seeded as essential assessment criteria.

Availability & Value

Up to 5 grants per year for institution; total annual commitment of $25,000.

Fund Source

Support from IES and/or Research budget.

Guidelines & Application

Currently being updated. Please direct any enquiries to research@csu.edu.au

Indigenous HDR Student Tuition Fee Support

Aim

To encourage and support Indigenous Higher Degree by Research (HDR) student candidates by providing tuition fees, this scheme is open to general staff and community members.

Availability & Value

No quota. Any eligible HDR candidate who identifies as Indigenous will be granted an Australian Government Research Training Program (ARTP) place which provides tuition fees and research operating support.

Fund Source

Fee support, research operating support and supervision support funds from Research budget.

Guidelines & Application

Candidates should identify their desire to take up this opportunity during their application for enrolment. CSU HDR courses and enrolment information are detailed here.

Indigenous Staff HDR Pathways

Aim Aim

A program that offers partial buy-out of academic staff members to facilitate fast-tracked completion of Graduate Certificate in Research Methods/Honours programs, as a pathway into PhD studies. Partial buy-out equates to approximately half time release from teaching/administration responsibilities.

Availability & Value

Up to two commencing per annum across the University.

Funding provided to the school at $20,000 per session per full time staff member, as contribution to salary replacement. Support is available for up to two sessions.

Fund Source

Salary support from IES budget.

Guidelines & Application

There is no application form designed for this scheme. Heads of School may nominate eligible staff member and seek endorsement from Dean for approval by the DVC Research. Staff who are interested in being nominated for this support should contact their Head of School or the Director, Research (research@csu.edu.au).

Continuing support is contingent on satisfactory progress in studies, to be monitored at the Faculty level.

Indigenous Staff PhD Release Scheme

Aim

Provision of full time equivalent release from teaching for eligible staff to facilitate PhD completion.

Availability & Value

Up to two commencing per annum across University.

Funding provided to the school at $50,000 per annum for each eligible full-time staff member, as a contribution toward salary replacement. Candidates who enrol in a CSU PhD program are also eligible for tuition fee support and student resource support. Support is available for up to six sessions.

Fund Source

Salary support from IES budget. Tuition fee support, supervision support funds, student resource grant from Research budget (for CSU HDR enrolments only).

Guidelines & Application

There is no application form designed for this scheme. Heads of School may nominate eligible staff member and seek endorsement from Dean for approval by the DVC Research. Staff who are interested in being nominated for this support should contact their Head of School or the Director, Research (research@csu.edu.au).

Continuing support is contingent on satisfactory progress in PhD, to be monitored in part through formal HDR Progress Reports.

Academic Staff HDR Workload Support Scheme

Aim

Assistance for academic staff to obtain a higher degree by research in an area of strategic importance to the University. This is a strategic investment both to improve our staff qualifications and increase research capacity within the institution.

Availability & Value

This scheme does not have a quota. Formal workload recognition is provided during candidature (30% research component of workload). This support is available for up to 7 years. Staff enrolled in a CSU HDR program are also eligible for a tuition fee support and student resource support.

Fund Source

Faculty budget

For CSU HDR candidates, tuition support, resource support and supervision support funds from Research budget.

Guidelines & Application

See Indigenous Academic Fellowship Program

Aim

A program that provides a living wage for eligible Indigenous PhD candidates and assists in developing potential to enter an academic career. The fellowship combines higher degree by research studies and a 0.2 FTE teaching role (one day per week). Eligible candidates would enrol in a CSU PhD program and will receive appropriate, high quality supervision and academic support, with the opportunity to transition into a continuing academic position upon successful completion of the four year fellowship.

Availability & Value

Variable depending on recurrent funding. Fellowships are targeted at Academic Level A/B dependent on individuals qualifications and background. Enrolment in the HDR program includes tuition fee support (ie. no fees to candidates) and research operating support.

Fund Source

Fellowships may be funded centrally and/or from Faculty budgets.

Tuition support, resource support and supervision support funds from Research budget.

Guidelines & Application

Managed as a formal recruitment process through Human Resources. Candidates who are interested in this scheme should contact the Indigenous Employment Coordinator, Ms Catherine Maxwell (cmaxwell@csu.edu.au).

PhD Completion Awards

Aim

Support to create a focused period of time for staff in the final stages of completing their PhD thesis or research professional doctoral thesis/portfolio. The award may only be used for teaching release to work on completing the thesis or portfolio.

Availability & Value

Up to 4 awards per year for institution, valued at up to $5,000 each.

Fund Source

Support from Research budget.