HDR Support and Conference Grants

The HDR Support Grant scheme provides assistance to HDR students with expenses relating to the conduct of their HDR research and completion of the thesis for examination.


The HDR Conference Grant scheme provides assistance to HDR students to present their thesis-related research at a recognized conference of national or international significance.

The funded activity must contribute to (in priority order):

  • Successful completion
  • Timely completion (eg. less than 4 years EFT for PhD)
  • Publication output
  • Project management
  • Professional development
  • External networking to develop research and career prospects
  • Development of presentation skills

Eligibility

Currently enrolled HDR students in the Faculty of Business and Law who have completed Confirmation may apply.

HDR candidates who plan to carry out research involving human participants, require ethical clearance from the Deakin University Human Research Ethics Committee (DUHREC) or a Faculty Human Ethics Advisory Group (HEAG) before proceeding. Consistent with this, HDR Support Grant funding for research activities involving human participants will not be released until ethical clearance has been approved and the approval number is quoted in the application.

Funding

HDR Support Grants will be offered subject to the availability of budget.

HDR students may apply for funding up to a maximum of $8,000 per student. More than one application may be considered, provided that the maximum funding limit has not been reached.

Funds may be granted toward expenses such as:

  • Conference attendance – to present a paper. Reasonable travel, registration, accommodation may be funded.
  • Data collection
  • Surveys
  • Specialist software essential to the research and not otherwise available to the student (student licence only)
  • Professional editing and proof reading of papers for submission to journal editors for publication. Sole authored papers should be for submission to journals ranked B and above. Jointly authored papers should be for submission to journals ranked A, and above. Applications for editing funds for jointly authored papers will be considered on a case by case basis. Funding awarded for this purpose is capped at $500. Papers for publication must fit within the plan for completion of the degree, taking into account any further requirements for funding support.
  • Professional editing of the final draft of the thesis prior to submission for examination. Funding awarded for this purpose is capped at $1,000.
  • HDR Publication Scholarships

    Queries: blresearch@deakin.edu.au

    Purpose

    • HDR students may apply to the HDR Support Grant scheme for a publication scholarship, to develop or finalise publications resulting from their HDR research and thesis, following the submission of the thesis for examination.

    Availability of scholarships

    • HDR publication scholarships will be offered on a trial basis during 2016, subject to the availability of budget.
    • There will be a review of operations and outcomes by 30 November 2016.

    Eligibility

    Students who will submit for examination within:

    • 4 years of consumed load for PhD (M900)
    • 2 years of consumed load for MCom and LLM (M800 and M810)

    Funding

    • Students who will complete within 4 years, may apply for funding under the HDR Support Grant scheme up to a maximum of $5,000, less any funding previously awarded.
    • Students who will complete within 3.5 years, may apply for a further $1,000, above the total of $5,000 normally available under the HDR Support Grant scheme.
    • The publication scholarship will be paid as a stipend of up to $500 per week.
    • Publication Scholarships are taxable.

    Application process

    • Students are required to give at least eight weeks notice of their intention to submit a thesis for examination, by creating a new examination in HDR Examinations. (Log on to HDR Examinations to begin an examination.)
    • The notice of intention to submit a thesis for examination must be completed before an application for a HDR Publication Scholarship can be made.
    • Applications may be made using the HDR Support Grant scheme form.
    • Completed applications and supporting documentation are to be submitted by email to: blresearch@deakin.edu.au
    • Applications should be made at least a month prior to, and no later than one week after, submission of the thesis for examination. Due to necessary approvals and administrative arrangements, scholarship payments may take up to a month to take effect. This should be taken into account when planning an application.
    • Payments cannot commence until the thesis has been submitted for examination.
    • The scholarship will cease either on final payment or on the approval of the Academic Board for the examination result.

    Reporting

    • Recipients will be required to report on publication outcomes at the conclusion of the scholarship.

Application Process

Applications must be made using:

HDR Support Grant Scheme form (DOCX, 73.3 KB) or

HDR Conference Grant form (DOC, 63.5 KB).

Evidence for all proposed expenditure items, such as a formal quotation from the supplier, must be provided with the application form, in a single PDF.

The HDR Supervisor and the Department or Deakin Law School Director of HDR must endorse applications

Approval is granted by the Associate Dean (Research Development) or nominee.

Completed applications and supporting documentation are to be submitted by email to: blresearch@deakin.edu.au

Allow 10 to 15 business days for processing.

Applications should be made prior to the expense being incurred, in case approval for funding is not granted.

Reporting

Recipients will be required to report on outcomes, or on presentation and participation in the conference, once expenditure is finalised, before any further applications for funding will be considered.

Please download, complete and return the Report on Higher Degree by Research Support Grant (DOCX, 60.4 KB) for general research expenses OR the Report on Higher Degree by Research Conference Attendance Grant.

On return from conference leave, candidates will need to complete the HDR Conference Report (DOC, 37.0 KB) and return to Research Services team.

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