La Trobe Flexible Research Scholarship (FLEX) - candidates with disabilities

Amount

$33500
Up to 18 month extension to RTP or LTGRS stipend for doctoral candidates.

Opening date

Closing date

Status

Open

Who is it for?

Graduate researchers, Australian Citizen, International Student, New Zealand Citizen, Permanent Resident

Where is it available?

Albury-Wodonga Campus, Bendigo Campus, Melbourne Campus, Mildura Campus, Shepparton Campus

How is it paid?

Fortnightly stipend. Allowances to be claimed as required.

Background

In order to maximise opportunities for students with disabilities to study higher degrees by research, La Trobe University is offering the Flexible Research Scholarship to eligible applicants with disabilities, who already hold a Research Training Program (RTP) stipend or a La Trobe University Graduate Research Scholarship (LTGRS) stipend. This scholarship provides individually tailored support, providing a longer period of time for completion of a graduate research degree and payment of a stipend, extended periods of leave of absence, and provide access to additional funding for research related costs associated with having a disability.

Applications are open to graduate researchers who are currently receiving a Research Training Program (RTP) stipend or a La Trobe University Graduate Research Scholarship (LTGRS) stipend.

Benefits of the scholarship:

  • a research support allowance of up to $3,000 per annum for research related costs associated with a disability, including for example costs for Auslan interpreters or personal attendant care for conferences.
  • candidature extended for up to an additional 12 months (FTE) for doctoral candidates, or up to 6 months (FTE) for Masters by research candidates (subject to visa conditions and approvals for international candidates).
  • a tuition fee scholarship to cover the above period of extended candidature.
  • RTP or LTGRS stipend extended for up to 18 months (FTE) for doctoral candidates, and up to 8 months (FTE) for Masters by research candidates.
  • an aggregated total of up to 24 months leave of absence (subject to visa conditions and approvals for international candidates).

Are you eligible to apply?

To be eligible to apply for this scholarship, applicants must:

To be eligible to apply for this scholarship, applicants must:

  • currently be receiving a Research Training Program (RTP) stipend or a La Trobe University Graduate Research Scholarship (LTGRS) stipend, and
  • have a disability that is attributable to one or more intellectual, cognitive, neurological, sensory, or physical impairments or to one or more impairments attributable to a psychiatric condition; and

(a) the impairment or impairments are, or are likely to be, permanent; and

(b) the impairment or impairments result in substantially reduced functional capacity to undertake, or psychosocial functioning in undertaking, one or more of the following activities:

  1. communication;
  2. social interaction;
  3. learning;
  4. mobility;
  5. self-care;
  6. self-management; and

(c) the above may be demonstrated through provision of medical information or evidence that the applicant is a participant in the NDIS.

  • The candidate’s disability has a demonstrable impact on the pace at which they are able to study that means additional time is required for completion beyond the standard candidature provisions.

In selecting successful applicants, we prioritise applications from candidates who:

  • will be undertaking their research at a La Trobe University campus
  • for doctoral research scholarships, have completed a Masters by Research or other significant body of research, such as lead authorship of a research thesis or peer-reviewed publication, assessed at a La Trobe Masters by research standard of 70 or above
  • for Masters by research scholarships, have attained the equivalent of at least a high honours 2A grade degree at an Australian university or equivalent from a recognised overseas university

How to apply

Download a copy of the LTFLEX Scholarship Confidential Statement Form and email it directly to dean.GRS@latrobe.edu.au,along with medical evidence of the permanent and ongoing nature of your disability in relation to your functional capacity as discussed in the impact statement in the Form, for consideration.

Who to contact for further information

GRSScholarships@latrobe.edu.au for queries, Send supporting documentation directly to dean.GRS@latrobe.edu.au