Thales Scholarship of Energy Harvesting

1. Background

a. This Scholarship has been established to provide financial assistance to a PhD student who is undertaking research in developing energy harvesting systems as supply for IoT sensors.

b. This Scholarship is funded by a collaboration agreement between Thales Australia Limited and the University of Sydney.

2. Eligibility

a. The Scholarship is offered subject to the applicant having an unconditional offer of admission or being currently enrolled to study full-time in a PhD within the School of Electrical and Information Engineering, Faculty of Engineering at the University of Sydney.

b. Applicants must be willing to conduct research into developing energy harvesting systems as supply for IoT sensors.

c. Applicants must be willing to work closely with the Thales Australia Limited and the Supervisor(s) on a project to develop energy harvesting systems as supply for IoT sensors.

3. Selection Criteria

a. The successful applicant will be awarded the Scholarship on the basis of:

I. academic merit, and
II. area of ​​study and/or research proposal.

b. The successful applicant will be awarded the Scholarship on the nomination of the relevant research supervisor(s), or their nominated delegate(s).

4. Value

a. The Scholarship will provide a stipend allowance equivalent to the University of Sydney’s Research Training Program (RTP) Stipend rate (indexed on 1 January each year) for up to 3 years, subject to satisfactory academic performance.

b. The recipient may apply for an extension of the stipend allowance for up to 6 months.

c. Academic course fees and the Student Services Amenities fee (SSAF) are also provided for a successful international applicant, for 12 research periods, subject to satisfactory academic performance.

d. The recipient may apply for an extension of the academic course fees and SSAF for up to 2 research periods.

e. The Scholarship will provide operational expenses of $5000 per annum for the same duration as the scholarship. This will be reimbursed to the student upon the provision of receipts through the lead supervisor.

f. Periods of study already undertaken towards the degree prior to the commencement of the Scholarship will be deducted from the maximum duration of the Scholarship excluding the potential extension period.

Mr. The Scholarship is for commencement in the relevant research period in which it is offered. Recipients can defer the Scholarship for up to three research periods subject to the approval of their Lead Supervisor. Deferment of the Scholarship for more than three research periods is considered on a case-by-case basis by the Associate Dean (Research Education), or their nominee. International students currently outside Australia should apply for their student visa once they have received their ECOE number and can usually defer their application if their student visa has not been granted by their enrollment deadline.

h. Recipients cannot transfer the Scholarship to another area of ​​research or change their lead supervisor without the prior approval of the Associate Dean (Research Education), or their nominee.

i. No other amount is payable.

j. The Scholarship will be offered subject to the availability of funding.

5. Eligibility for Progression

a. The Scholarship is maintained for PhD students by attending and passing the annual progress evaluation, including all the required candidature milestones and remaining enrolled in their PhD.

6. Leave Arrangements

a. The Scholarship recipient receives up to 20 working days of recreation leave each year of the Scholarship and this may be accrued. However, the student will forfeit any unused leave remaining when the Scholarship is terminated or completed. Recreation leave does not attract a leave loading and the supervisor’s agreement must be obtained before leave is taken.

b. The Scholarship recipient may take up to 10 working days sick leave each year of the Scholarship and this may be accrued over the tenure of the Scholarship. Students with family responsibilities, caring for sick children or relatives, or experiencing domestic violence, may convert up to five days of their annual sick leave entitlement to carer’s leave upon presentation of medical certificate(s). Students taking sick leave must inform their supervisor as soon as practicable.

7. Research Overseas

a. Scholarship recipients commencing in Australia may not normally conduct research overseas within the first six months of the award.

b. Scholarship recipients commencing in Australia may conduct up to 12 months of their research outside Australia. Approval must be sought from the student’s lead supervisor, Head of School and the Higher Degree by Research Administration Center (HDRAC), Thales Australia Limited and will only be granted if the research is essential for the completion of the degree. All periods of overseas research are cumulative and will be counted towards a student’s candidacy. Students must remain enrolled full-time at the University and receive approval to count time away.

c. Scholarship recipients are normally expected to begin their degree in Australia. However, Scholarship recipients who are not able to travel to Australia to start their degree, may begin their studies overseas only if they have applied for their student visa and with the approval of their lead supervisor and Associate Dean (Research Education).

8. Suspension

a. The Scholarship recipient cannot suspend their award within their first six months of study, unless a legislative provision applies.

b. The Scholarship recipient may apply for up to 12 months suspension of the Scholarship for any reason during the tenure of the Scholarship. Periods of Scholarship suspension are cumulative and failure to resume studies after suspension will result in the award being terminated. Approval to suspend must be given by HDRAC, the Associate Dean (Research Education), and Thales Australia Limited. Periods of study towards the degree during suspension of the Scholarship will be deducted from the maximum tenure of the Scholarship.

9. Changes in Enrollment

a. The Scholarship recipient must notify HDRAC, Thales Australia Limited and their supervisor promptly of any planned changes to their enrollment including but not limited to: attendance pattern, suspension, leave of absence, withdrawal, course transfer, and candidacy upgrade or downgrade. If the award holder does not provide notice of the changes identified above, the University may require repayment of any overpaid stipend and tuition fees.

10. Termination

a. The Scholarship will be terminated:

I. on resignation or withdrawal of the recipient from their research degree,
II. upon submission of the thesis or at the end of the award,
III. if the recipient ceases to be a full-time student and prior approval has not been obtained to hold the Scholarship on a part-time basis,
IV. upon the recipient having completed the maximum candidature for their degree as per the University of Sydney (Higher Degree by Research) Rule 2011 Policy,
V. if the recipient receives an alternative primary stipend and tuition fees scholarship. In such circumstances this Scholarship will be terminated in favor of the alternative stipend and tuition fees scholarship where it is of higher value,
YOU. if the recipient does not resume study at the end of a period of approved leave, or
VII. if the recipient ceases to meet the eligibility requirements specified for this Scholarship, (other than during a period in which the Scholarship has been suspended or during a period of approved leave).

b. The Scholarship may also be terminated by the University before this time if, in the opinion of the University:

I. the course of study is not being carried out with competence and diligence or in accordance with the terms of this offer,
II. the student fails to maintain satisfactory progress, or
III. the student has committed misconduct or other inappropriate conduct.

c. The Scholarship will be suspended throughout the duration of any inquiry/appeal process.

d. Once the Scholarship has been terminated, it will not be reinstated unless due to University error.

11. Misconduct

a. Where during the Scholarship a student engages in misconduct, or other inappropriate conduct (either during the Scholarship or in connection with the student’s application and eligibility for the Scholarship), which in the opinion of the University warrants recovery of funds provided, the University may require the student to repay payments made in connection with the Scholarship. Examples of such conduct include and without limitation; academic dishonesty, research misconduct within the meaning of the Research Code of Conduct (for example, plagiarism in proposing, carrying out or reporting the results of research, or failure to declare or manage a serious conflict of interests), breach of the Code of Conduct for Students and misrepresentation in the application materials or other documentation associated with the Scholarship.

b. The University may require such repayment at any time during or after the Scholarship period. In addition, by accepting this Scholarship, the student consents to all aspects of any investigation into misconduct in connection with this Scholarship being disclosed by the University to the funding body and/or any relevant professional body.

12. Acknowledgment

a. The successful recipient must acknowledge the support of Thales Australia Limited on the thesis in the form and position approved by each Student and the University.

13. Intellectual Property

a. The successful recipient of this Scholarship must complete the Student Deed Poll supplied by the University of Sydney.

14. Publication

a. The successful recipient must provide Thales Australia Limited and the University of Sydney with a copy of any proposed publications in advance of submitting for publication. Comments and/or reasonable amendments to the publication can be made by Thales Australia Limited and the University of Sydney to protect their Confidential Information and/or Intellectual Property provided they are given to the publishing Party in writing no later than 30 days before the publication is Made.

15. Confidentiality

a. The successful recipient is required to keep all confidential information disclosed by the Thales Australia Limited or the University of Sydney confidential and ensure it is not disclosed to a third party without the prior written consent of the University of Sydney or Thales Australia Limited, as appropriate, or as required by law.

b. All information or data provided to the successful recipient by the Thales Australia Limited must remain confidential unless used for the purposes of the research outlined in these terms and conditions.


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