John stocker postgraduate scholarships
The 2014 SIEF Scholarships Program includes funding for up to four John Stocker Postgraduate Scholarships (top-up), or two full Scholarships, commencing in 2014 over a three year period. The Program recognises the value of candidates with industry experience and has the desired outcomes of encouraging return to study and promoting industry collaboration. The Program encourages potential international collaboration.
In 2014, projects are encouraged with strong industry involvement through a mechanism such as a ‘cadetship’ and/or the recipient scholar having 1-2 years work experience in the relevant industry. The intent is to provide an additional financial incentive to high calibre candidates with industry experience and/or involvement to undertake a PhD in their field of experience. As such, Supervisors should submit an application in which a candidate student has already been identified. The SIEF John Stocker Postgraduate Scholarships will also act as a mechanism for international collaboration and, as such, the intent is to provide some flexibility to allow the funds to be expended on activities that support co-location of the scholar.
The process of awarding scholarships will begin with a call for proposals. The proposal, which must be submitted via the University Research Office (or equivalent), will identify the eligible Candidate, the proposed project, University supervisor and any other collaborating partners (preferably including industry partners). Proposals will be assessed by a panel of experts drawn from universities, publicly funded research agencies and industry representatives.
- John Stocker Postgraduate Scholarship Application Form
- Spreadsheet for Research Office Submissions
- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Process and Timeline*
by 30 August 2013
If successful, a grant for three years for each
successful proposal may be awarded as a contribution
towards the student’s stipend or wage, and operating
costs. Up to $10,000 may be used for operating
costs. The scholarship requires a minimum $8,000pa
31 October 2013
Proposals, which include the written support of
all Collaborating Organisations, to have been
submitted. Proposals, prepared by the Supervisor(s)
in conjunction with the Student candidate, must be
submitted electronically by the Lead Organisation’s
Research Office or equivalent email to
SIEF will only consider applications that have been
listed on the SIEF spreadsheet as submitted to SIEF
by The Research Office. It is the responsibility of
the Research Office to provide SIEF with the
completed spreadsheet that lists each application
for which their organisation is the Lead.
November - December 2013
Proposals will be assessed by expert assessment
panels and proponents of successful proposals will
be notified via the Lead Research Office. An
outcomes spreadsheet listing the results for
proposals submitted by your organisation will be
provided to the Research Office or equivalent.
Formal notification letters for successful and
unsuccessful proposals will be provided to the
Research Office for distribution to the proponents.
60 days from letter of offer
Funding Agreement to be signed by all Collaborators and sent to the SIEF Manager for approval and execution by the SIEF Trustee.
Milestone 1 reports completed and invoices sent to SIEF Manager.
No later than 30 June 2014
Commencement of Student
*The dates and procedures set out in this table are indicative only and are subject to change.
Top-up PhD Scholarships are valued at $7,000 per annum top-up to the Student plus minimum $10,000 per annum for operating costs for 3 years.
Full PhD Scholarships are valued at $32,000 per annum stipend to the Student plus minimum $10,000 per annum for operating costs for 3 years.
The scholarship requires a minimum $8,000pa collaborator co-contribution.
The Student must have gained, first class honours or equivalent in a relevant research area prior to the commencement of the scholarship and/or provide evidence of relevant industry experience and, at the date of commencement of the scholarship, be:
- a full-time student;
- enrolled at an eligible Australian Higher Education Institution for a course of research leading to the award of a PhD from an Australian University;
- if the Application specifies a top-up scholarship, awarded an Australian Postgraduate Award or equivalent scholarship;
- available to commence Project prior to 30 June 2014.
Quality and Relevance of Project
A primary assessment criterion for a Postgraduate Scholarship is the quality and relevance of the project being proposed. The research must offer the highest potential for important scientific achievement and benefits to Australia and be complementary to, and clearly aligned with, an identified priority research area.
While not mandatory, preference will be given to Projects that can demonstrate clear industry engagement including active participation in the Project and supervision of the Student.
Quality of the PhD Candidate
The quality of the student is also critical to the assessment of a scholarship proposal and candidates must hold (or expect to gain) a degree from a recognised University with normally a first class honours or equivalent.
Recipient scholars will preferably be able to demonstrate 1-2 years work experience in the relevant industry
Relevance of University Supervision
The relevance of the supervisors’ research background and their willingness to supervise the student should also be made clear.
The project must be of the highest calibre with the possibility of novel and important scientific outcomes address issues of national priority and bring benefit to Australia. Active end-user/industry engagement in the project is encouraged.
Preferentially, research projects in which Postgraduate Students are to be engaged will be collaborative projects between an Australian University and one or more of the following: a) industry partner(s); b) Australian Publicly Funded Research Agency; c) International collaborator(s). The prospect of the project to aid in the establishment and/or continuation of productive international collaborations is highly desirable.
Examples of Publicly-funded Research Organisations
- Australian Astronomical Observatory
- Australian Antarctic Division
- Australian Institute of Marine Studies
- Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation
- Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation
- Defence Science and Technology Organisation
- Geoscience Australia
Successful applicants are required to sign the Funding Agreement within the specified timeframe or the Scholarship may not be funded.