Elizabeth Cookson Memorial Bursary

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The Elizabeth Cookson Memorial Bursary was established by The Faculty of Arts, Education and Social Sciences. The bursary is offered by the Cookson Family in memory of Mrs. Elizabeth Cookson, a student at the Cairns Campus who, sadly passed away before completing her course. The family would like to see their mother remembered in a positive and proactive way that expresses her belief in the value of academic research supporting the Indigenous peoples of Australia.

Student TypeHonours, Coursework masters, research masters or PhD
Area of StudyDisciplines within the College of Arts, Society and Education but must be examining an issue of relevance to Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander or South Sea Islander culture
Total Value$600
Duration1 year
Closing DateClosed

Am I eligible?

If all the below statements describe you and your current situation, you can apply for this scholarship:

  • I am an Australian citizen, New Zealand citizen or Australian permanent visa holder;
  • I am an Australian Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander or Australian South Sea Islander; and
  • I am undertaking Honours, Coursework masters, research masters or PhD a discipline within the College of Arts, Society and Education but must be examining an issue of relevance to Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander or South Sea Islander culture.

What would I receive?

If you are a successful applicant of this scholarship you will receive $600.

How do I apply?

Prior to completing an application, you should carefully read the Scholarship Rules below. Applicants wanting to apply for this scholarship must attach the following documents:

  • A certified copy of your birth certificate or passport;
  • Confirmation of Aboriginality, either ABSTUDY statement, or a signed/certified form or Aboriginality;
  • A copy of your academic record from James Cook University;
  • No more than three written references attesting to your good character and/or suitability to receive the scholarship;
  • A copy of your curriculum vitae; and
  • Any other supporting documentation that would assist the Selection Committee in developing an opinion as to the merit of the application.

Applications submitted without the relevant documentation will not be considered.

The applicant authorises the Selection Committee to make such enquiries as to the applicant's good character and suitability to receive the scholarship, which includes authorisation for the Selection Committee to examine the applicant's academic record, and seek opinions from relevant members of the academic staff of this University or any other academic institution.

What happens now?

Your application is checked for completeness and eligibility, and you will receive an email confirmation it has been received. After the closing date it will be individually assessed and put forward to a selection committee who will rank your application against others who have applied. Applicants may be required to attend an interview as part of the selection process.

SCHOLARSHIP RULES

Introduction

The Elizabeth Cookson Memorial Bursary was established by The Faculty of Arts, Education and Social Sciences. The bursary is offered by the Cookson Family in memory of Mrs. Elizabeth Cookson, a student at the Cairns Campus who, sadly passed away before completing her course. The family would like to see their mother remembered in a positive and proactive way that expresses her belief in the value of academic research supporting the Indigenous peoples of Australia.

Nature of the Scholarship

The value of the scholarship shall be $600 or such amount as the Selection Committee determine from time to time.

Eligibility Criteria

The Elizabeth Cookson Memorial Bursary shall be open to competition among candidates who:

  • Australian citizen, New Zealand citizen or Australian permanent visa holder
  • Are of Australian Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander or Australian South Sea Islander
  • Are undertaking Honours, Coursework masters, research masters or PHd a discipline within the College of Arts, Society and Education but must be examining an issue of relevance to Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander or South Sea Islander culture

Selection Criteria

The Selection Committee will in the exercise of their absolute discretion, afford consideration to the following criteria:

  • Academic merit or potential;
  • The character of the candidate for the award; and
  • Any other criteria that the Selection Committee deems appropriate, including whether the candidate has, or will receive any other scholarship assistance during their studies.

Application Procedures

Applications must be submitted on the official form no later than the date set by the Selection Committee for the year in which the award is to be made.  Applicants will attach to the official form, where appropriate:

  • A certified copy of their birth certificate or passport; and
  • Confirmation of aboriginality, either ABSTUDY statement, or a signed/certified form or Aboriginality; a
  • A copy of their academic record from James Cook University; and
  • No more than three written references attesting to the applicants good character and/or suitability to receive the scholarship; and
  • A copy of their curriculum vitae; and
  • Any other supporting documentation that would assist the Selection Committee in developing an opinion as to the merit of the application.

Applications submitted without the relevant documentation will not be considered.

Selection Process

The award of the scholarship shall be made in the absolute discretion of the Selection committee, which shall comprise:

  • Deputy Vice Chancellor, Division of Tropical Environments and Societies, (Chair), or nominee;
  • Pro Vice Chancellor, Australian Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Centre;
  • Any other relevant Deans of College, or nominee; and
  • Any other members deemed appropriate, as determined by the Chair.

The Selection Committee reserves the right:

  • Not to award a Scholarship in any year if, in the opinion of the Selection Committee, there is no candidate of sufficient merit to warrant an award;
  • To award a Scholarship for a period of one or more years; and
  • To extend a Scholarship for the existing recipient.

The Selection committee may require applicants to undertake an interview as part of their application.
The Selection committee will determine all matters relating to the Scholarship.

Conditions of the Scholarship

If the holder of an award fails to comply with any of these provisions or any provision relating to a particular award or with any conditions imposed under these provisions or the provisions relating to a particular award, the Committee may terminate the award or withhold any further emoluments or take such action as it may deem necessary to enforce compliance with the provision or performance of the condition by the holder.

The recipient of the scholarship shall continue to receive the award on condition that in the opinion of the Selection Committee, and on advice from the head of the college in which the recipient is undertaking a course of study, that the recipient maintains a satisfactory level of performance. Where it is determined that the level of academic performance is unsatisfactory the Selection Committee may in its absolute discretion cancel the award or suspend the award for such time as it may determine and/or until academic performance is considered satisfactory. Where an award is cancelled pursuant to the provisions to this clause it may, for the remainder of the term for which the original holder would have been entitled to it, be awarded to another suitable candidate.

In the event the Selection Committee cancels or suspends the student's scholarship, at the request of the student within 14 days, a review of the decision shall be undertaken by an Appeal Panel. The scholarship shall not be awarded to another suitable candidate before the Appeal Panel makes a final decision on the review. The Appeal Panel shall comprise the Dean, Division of Tropical Environments & Societies or nominee (Chair); two staff members of the appropriate College appointed by the Dean; and either the Student Association Academic Support Services Coordinator or the Student Association Welfare Coordinator. The staff members appointed by the Dean shall have no association with the teaching of the subject(s) in which the unsatisfactory academic performance is alleged. Unless the circumstances are exceptional, the Appeal Panel shall consider only: the student's grounds for requesting the review; any documents relevant to the finding of unsatisfactory academic performance; and the reasons for the decision by the Selection Committee.

The requirements of the scholarship shall not make the awarding of the scholarship conditional upon the recipient providing unremunerated services or products to the donor.

In the event that the recipient suspends their study, the scholarship shall be suspended.

Administration of the Scholarship

The scholarship shall be administered by the Scholarships office, on behalf of the Selection Committee.

The funds of the scholarship shall be held in an account in the name of the University and shall be administered by the officer of the University charged with administering the scholarship.

Where there is a fund maintaining the award, the annual value of the award shall be approximately equal to the annual income from the fund.

Income from a fund not expended on the award which it maintains, shall be added to and become part of the fund.

Moneys payable in any year to the holder of an award shall be paid at such times and in such amounts as the Committee deems appropriate to the circumstance of each case.

Where a special provision relating to an award provides for the award to be paid in cash, the Dean may direct that in lieu of cash the award to be made in whole or in part in the form of books, instruments or equipment necessary to the awardee's course to a value approximately equal to the stated amount of the award, unless the terms of any trust or the conditions laid down by the donor of the award expressly provide otherwise.

Where an award provides some benefit to the recipient from a body external to the University, or an obligation upon a body external to the University, the University, its servants and agents, shall not be liable for that benefit or obligation.

Definitions

Unless there appears a contrary intention in these rules:

"academic institution" includes University, Technical and Further Education College, private education provider, secondary school and any other institution that undertakes teaching or research;
"academic record" means the official records of the University, or any other academic institution that details the levels of academic achievement attained by the person whose academic record it is;
"award" means the scholarship;
"awardee" means the recipient of a scholarship; and
"candidate" means the person applying for the scholarship

Scholarships for the purpose of these guidelines exclude scholarships for project and stipend support of research higher degree students.