This award provides stipend extensions to doctoral candidates whose research has been adversely and/or materially impacted by COVID-19 restrictions.
To be eligible for the stipend extension, you must be a doctoral candidate who is presently in receipt of a University-funded stipend scholarship (excluding Industry and Project) and have:
- an enrolled status on 1 March 2020
- a consumed load of 3.0 years or more (not exceeding 3.5 years) on 1 March 2020
- successfully completed the Towards Submission Milestone
- been adversely and/or materially impacted by COVID-19
Stipend extensions will only be available for the timely duration of degree in which the candidate is enrolled.
Considered materially and/or adversely impacted by COVID-19:
- unable to undertake essential work due to travel restrictions
- ongoing restrictions necessitating significant reconfiguration of planned research, e.g. restricted access to library collections, equipment, laboratories, performance spaces, or study participants
- loss or delay of training and development vital to the project
- key experiments or research significantly delayed while other work (e.g. writing of thesis) can't proceed.
Not considered adversely and/or materially impacted by COVID-19:
- other leave types e.g. parental
- lack of employment
- ordinary research delays, or research disruptions not due to COVID-19.
Up to 12 weeks' stipend extension in 2020.
Note, stipends may be backdated to the day that they ceased in 2020.
To apply for the COVID-19 HDR stipend extension:
- discuss the application with your supervisor
- prepare supporting documents, including a signed statement from your supervisor
- complete the application online.