Research and Graduate Studies Scheme, School of Historical and Philosophical Studies

Opens
1st Jan 2017
Closes
31st Dec 2017
Study level
Graduate research
Enrolment status
Current student
University Trust Record

Graduate scheme

Other
Study Area

Philosophy, History and Philosophy of Science, Classics and Archaeology, Conservation, Hebrew Studies and Jewish Studies

About

The SHAPS RAGS assists PhD and Masters by Research candidates with the School to enrich their research and candidature. The scheme allows students to apply for assistance more than once per year, but will not be awarded more than the below amounts across the duration of their candidature. Amounts previously awarded under this fund will be taken into account.

What the funding covers

Presentation of a paper

A candidate may seek assistance with the cost of travel to either an international or national conference on the condition that they are presenting a paper related to their research topic. Applicants applying for funding for presentation at a workshop or seminar must be able to clearly demonstrate that the workshop or seminar is significant for their field of research. The Scheme does not assist candidates in attending a conference without presenting a paper.

Interstate and overseas research travel

The SHAPS RAGS will normally only fund travel where a Faculty of Arts or University travel grant has been applied for. The minimum School contribution for these schemes is $250 and the school contribution is included in the first page of the GRATS form. You do not need to submit a RAGS application when applying for a contribution to GRATS.

WARNING: Students need to conserve their RAGS allocation in order to cover possible future applications since the School contribution of $250 per scheme does have to come out of the RAGS allocation.

For more information please visit the Faculty's Graduate Research in Arts Travel Scheme (GRATS) and Graduate Research in Arts Travel Scheme (GRATS) Top-Up Scholarship web pages

Research/fieldwork related expenses

A candidate may seek assistance with the cost of travel to obtain material from libraries and/or archives that will substantially improve their thesis. Other external expenses that will be covered, but which must be directly related to research/fieldwork include:

  • Photocopying/printing expenses
  • Translation costs
  • Travel
  • Accommodation
  • Equipment/consumables essential for fieldwork research

Please note: PHD candidates seeking support for fieldwork for a period of 3 months or more should apply for one of the Faculty's Travel and Fieldwork Scholarships.

Thesis expenses

Candidates not supported by a Scholarship are eligible to apply to assist with the costs of printing and binding their thesis. Candidates with a Scholarship should apply for funds through the Thesis Allowance.

Benefits

  • MA students - $500 over their entire candidature
  • PhD confirmed candidates - $750 over their entire candidature

Conditions

PhD candidates

  • An applicant must be a confirmed PhD candidate prior to the release of Scholarship funds and the commencement of activity
  • An applicant may lodge more than one application during each year of their candidature however there is an upper limit to the amount of assistance any one student will receive during the period of their candidature
  • An applicant must have the written support of their principal supervisor or co-supervisor during the principal supervisor's absence

Masters by Research candidates

  • A MA by research candidate is a student enrolled in either a MA by thesis only or a MA by Advanced Seminar and Shorter Thesis
  • An applicant must have been enrolled for more than six months full-time (or equivalent part-time) prior to lodging an application
  • An applicant must not have exceeded 18 months full-time candidature (or equivalent part-time) since the commencement of their candidature
  • An applicant may lodge more than one application during each year of their candidature however there is an upper limit to the amount of assistance any one student will receive during the period of their candidature
  • An applicant must have the written support of their principal supervisor or co-supervisor during the principal supervisor's absence

Risk assessments and travel exemptions

  1. Exercise extreme caution if travel includes a visit to a country with this DFAT warning then students must seek approval to travel from the Head of School by completing a 2D or 3D risk assessment form and a risk assessment plan. This is required if potential hazardous or unique risk is identified either for the mode of transport or for the activities the candidate will be engaged in whilst away. Visit the Smart Traveller website for travel information
  2. Attached hard copy of 2D or 3D risk assessment form and risk assessment plan to online Study Away form in Student Portal
  3. Study away: Students undertaking travel for research must first apply to Study Away via the Student Portal

Supervision and progress report arrangements

During approved Study Away periods research student enrolment continues as usual and progress reporting and submission dates do not alter. If a progress report due date falls in the period of Study Away, the candidate and supervisor should discuss how this university requirement would be met. Consider completing the report early, or completing it using Skype and email.

Candidates on Study Away for more than three months will need to have an external supervisor appointed who will be located where they will be undertaking their research.

Application process

Enquiries

Email: shaps-rhd@unimelb.edu.au

Disclaimer

The amount available for this award is approximate. It will be confirmed at the time of awarding and determined by the committee according to the terms of the award.

The judges' decision will be final and the University reserves the right not to award the prize in the event it is considered that no work of sufficient merit has been submitted. Winning applicants please note the University of Melbourne reserves the right to publish the name of the winning applicant on its websites and other University of Melbourne publications.