Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

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CHARLES STURT POSTGRADUATE RESEARCH SCHOLARSHIP - AUSTRALIAN RESEARCH COUNCIL (ARC) - LINKAGE: EXEMPLARY EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATORS AT WORK

Charles Sturt University has a PhD Research Scholarship available attached to the following Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Study:

Exemplary early childhood educators at work: A multi-level investigation (LP 160100532). 

This research will examine the skills, knowledge, dispositions, and environmental conditions that support highly skilled early childhood educators. This three-year project will gather data through time use methodology, focus groups and case studies in centres that are rated as exceeding or excellent by ACECQA. The research is funded by the ARC and eight industry partners: Child Australia, Community Child Care NSW, Creche and Kindergarten Association, the Independent Education Union (NSW and ACT branch), the Independent Education Union (Qld and NT branch), Inner West Council (Sydney), KU Children’s Services and United Voice. It is anticipated that findings from the project will inform policy, pre-service and in-service education for early childhood educators, employment practices and pay equity. The successful applicant will work with an experienced research team: Associate Professor Frances Press, Professor Linda Harrison, Dr Sandie Wong (CSU); Dr Megan Gibson (QUT) and Partner Investigator, Professor Sharon Ryan (Rutgers).

Eligibility

  • This scholarship is only available to Australian and New Zealand citizens or Australian permanent residents.
  • Applicants must have completed a Bachelor Degree with First or Second Class Honours or demonstrate an equivalent level of academic attainment through previous study, relevant work experience, research publications, referees’ reports and other research experience. Will commence a Research Doctorate in 2017, or is currently enrolled in a Higher Degree by Research program.
  • Are enrolling as a full-time student or, in exceptional circumstances, be granted approval by CSU for a part-time award in line with the further award criteria.
  • Have had their enrolment into the proposed Research Doctorate program accepted by CSU.
  • The successful applicant should have excellent spoken and written communication skills in English and experience/background in the relevant field.
  • A driver’s licence is essential.

Awards will not be available to those who:

  • Are receiving another equivalent award, scholarship or salary from the Australian Government or its statutory authorities;
  • Have already completed a degree at the same, or higher, level;
  • Have previously had more than 6 months of a Commonwealth–funded postgraduate research scholarship.

Transferability

This Scholarship is NOT transferable to another university.

Award value

Tuition: Domestic – recipients of this scholarship are exempt from tuition fees under the Research Training Scheme (RTS).

Stipend: Currently $30,249 per annum (2017 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 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.

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.

Award Duration

The award is normally for 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.

How to Apply & Application Closing Date

THE SCHOLARSHIP ROUND FOR HIGHER DEGREE BY RESEARCH STUDENTS  CLOSED ON 31 OCTOBER 2016.  NO FURTHER APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED.