In 1995 William Thomas Williams bequeathed to the University the whole of his estate. His estate included a property and a music collection. The proceeds from the sale of the property are held in a dedicated restricted fund. All awards will be made at the discretion of the William Thomas Williams Scholarship Committee. They will have the authority to advertise more than one award in any one year.
This scholarship is subject to the provisions of James Cook University’s Coursework Scholarships, Bursaries and Grants Policy.
Nature of the Scholarship
A scholarship of $20,000 will be available for each of the two years of study for Masters and of each of three years of study for PhD. Payment will be made after each teaching period census date, following the year of the award.
The William Thomas Williams Postgraduate studies scholarship shall be open to competition among candidates who:
- Are enrolled full time or intend to enrol full time in PhD, or Master of Philosophy in Creative Arts.
The selection criteria are:
- Academic merit (50%)
- Commitment to chosen field (25%)
- Work/volunteer experience in chosen field (25%)
Applications must be submitted through the official channel no later than close date for the year in which the award is to be made.
Applicants must submit, where appropriate:
- Your curriculum vitae.
- Your academic transcript/record.
- A written statement outlining your passion for your chosen field.
Applications submitted without the relevant documentation will not be considered.
Successful applicants who are unable to take up the scholarship may reapply the following year.
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.
The selection of the winner shall be made by the William Thomas Williams Awards Committee in accordance with the selection criteria.
Membership of the Selection Committee will comprise of at least three staff and will comprise:
- Head, Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences.
- Nominated Academic staff.
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.
The Selection Committee will determine all matters relating to the selection of the Scholarship awardee.
A scholarship of $20,000 will be available for each of the two years of study for Masters and of each of three years of study for PhD. Payment will be made in two equal instalments after Census date of Study Period 1 and Study Period 2.
The awardee must remain enrolled full time in the course for which they were originally awarded.
Conditions of the Scholarship
If the recipient defers their study, they will no longer be eligible for the award. Where an award is terminated pursuant to the provisions to this clause it may be awarded to another suitable applicant.
The scholarship may only be held while the recipient remains enrolled in their nominated area of study. If the scholarship holder transfers to another JCU degree, including another offering in a creative arts program, the scholarship ceases to apply.
The scholarship cannot be taken up at another institution.
The scholarship holder is expected to be in attendance at the University at the commencement of the first teaching period and to remain in full-time enrolment during the University teaching periods or semesters. Absences from the University through illness or for any reason must be approved by the Head of Creative Media.
It is a requirement of accepting the scholarship that the William Thomas Williams Scholars will be requested to participate in publicity of the scholarship scheme. A scholar will be contacted for an interview and a photograph. The University may also publicise the Scheme by publishing the names of the scholarship winner/s
A scholarship normally terminates at the date specified in the original agreement. If the awardee transfers to another course offered by the University, the scholarship will be terminated.
If the scholarship is suspended or terminated the Selection Committee shall determine whether any refund of the scholarship monies is payable and may determine that the scholarship instalment of the semester in which the suspension or termination occurred be refunded by the scholar to the University in part of in full.
It is a requirement of accepting the scholarship that the William Thomas Williams Scholars will be requested to participate in publicity of the scholarship scheme. The scholarship holder will be contacted for an interview and a photograph. The University may also publicise the Scheme by publishing the names of the scholarship winner/s.
Successful applicants who are unable to take up the scholarship may reapply in the following year.
If the holder of an award fails to comply with any of these provisions, the Selection Committee may terminate the award or withhold any further payments or take such action as it may deem necessary to enforce compliance with the provision or performance of the condition by the holder.
A student may lodge a request for review of decision in accordance with the provisions of the Student Complaints Policy and Procedures.
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.
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.
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