Research Support Scheme for the School of Mathematics and Statistics
BackgroundThe Research Support Scheme (RSS) has been in operation since October 2003. The most recent guidelines date from June 2006. Due to a changed environment since then, it is timely to undertake a revision of the guidelines.
Of the four objectives of the RSS listed in the June 2006 document, the first three remain the most relevant
- to help research higher degree students present their work at conferences or to facilitate University exchange;
- to help school members develop their research careers;
- to encourage school members to take responsibility for obtaining their own funding for their research activities, and to contribute to funds required by their students.
BudgetThe School remains committed to the principles implied by the three objectives of the scheme, and has been able to fund, at least partially, all approved applications. Requests of amounts less than $5,000 per student, in total over their enrolment period, can be considered. Furthermore, no one application will be funded to more that $3,000. Students with top-ups to their postgraduate awards must declare this, and are expected to draw on associated travel funds before making an RSS application.
EligibilityResearch Higher Degree Students
To be eligible for funding under the RSS, a research higher degree student should
- be partially funded from other sources;
- be presenting a talk at a conference if requesting local conference funds;
- be presenting a talk or poster, and have applied for MATS funds or equivalent, if requesting overseas conference funds;
- be part of an international exchange, or have the visit as part of a successful application for a Melbourne Abroad Travelling scholarship, if visiting other overseas institutions;
- quantify the progress of their thesis and its timeline for completion, and provide evidence that the stated timeline is realistic;
- and have submitted on time School RSS reports for past funding.
To be eligible for funding under the RSS, an academic staff member should
- have obtained partial funding from other sources and have used or committed all other possible sources of funding, and not have or be employed on a research grant which supports travel;
- be presenting a talk at a conference, or be part of a international exchange if visiting overseas institutions;
- have submitted on time School RSS reports for past funding;
- be a supervisor of at least 2 graduate students;
- and have applied, either solely or as part of a team, for an externally funded grant in the twelve months preceding their application.