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1 Melbourne Scholarships Office (MSO) Melbourne School of Graduate Research (MSGR) Providing funding to students Will Shirriffs, MSO Wai-Ling Michener, MSGR

2 Providing funding to graduate students How the MSO and MSGR can assist in providing funds to graduate students What is a Studentship? Types of funding Benefits, roles and responsibilities Setting up a Studentship Extending a Studentship Studentship tips Advertising the funding

3 How the MSO and MSGR can assist MSO: Administering payment of funds (including allowances) via Studentships Processing variations (e.g. Leave records, change of Themis account/s etc) Limited advertising within University of Melbourne MSGR: National and International advertising via JASON (Joint Academic Scholarship Online Network) Internal advertising via GradFlash (subscription- based weekly e-bulletin)

4 What is a Studentship? Studentships A Studentship is a payment or payments made primarily for educational purposes to any student enrolled at the University of Melbourne, funded by any source and administered by the Melbourne Scholarships Office. A Studentship can be: 1.A lump sum (one-off) payment (e.g. $2,000) 2.An annual amount (e.g. $22,500 pa from 01/01/2010 to 31/12/2012 = 3 years) 3.An amount for a specific period (e.g. $4,500 paid over a 3 month period) MSO pay dates are fortnightly.

5 Types of funding Department/School funds Faculty/Graduate School funds (including Faculty based Scholarships, Trust funds etc) Supervisor funds/grants External/Industry funds (e.g. ARC, CSIRO, NICTA, etc) Travel funding Specialist funding (e.g. CTS, prizes etc)

6 Who can I provide a Studentship to? Studentships can be provided to any student enrolled in either an undergraduate, graduate coursework or graduate research degree Studentships can be provided as a top up to a MSO scholarship, an equivalent or alternative to a MSO scholarship, a travel grant, a prize or other form of scholarship.

7 Benefits, roles and responsibilities Benefits of Studentships: MSO manages payment of funds (including managing variations (leave, extensions etc) and payment of certain types of allowances attached to the funding. Payments to full time students are tax exempt (all payments to part time students are taxed) No cost to the Faculty/Department/Unit for the service provided by MSO

8 Benefits, roles and responsibilities Roles and Responsibilities: Funding Source: provide and continue providing funds. Inform Faculty/Department/Unit of any changes to the funding (i.e. new rate, termination, extension etc promptly). Liaise with the Faculty/Department/Unit. Faculty/Department/Unit: provide MSO with accurate advice on how the funding is to be set up, including correct Themis accounts (ensuring sufficient funds are available in each Themis account/s being used). Inform MSO of any changes to the funding (i.e. new rate, termination, extension etc promptly). Liaise with the Funding Source.

9 Benefits, roles and responsibilities Roles and Responsibilities: MSO: set up Studentship/s based on advice provided by Faculty/Department/Unit on the MSO2 New Studentship Request form Make variations (e.g. leave) and payment of allowances, as recipients apply, according to advice on MSO2 form Liaise with Faculty/Department/Unit to ensure recipients are receiving the correct entitlements

10 The MSO2 Form Section A is the Recipient Details section. This must be completed so that we know which student is to receive funding. Please complete all sections (including student number and the Other Scholarships/Previous Award section) All recipients must enter their banking details on the Student Portal Part time students will also need to submit a completed Tax File Number Declaration Form (available from the ATO, selected newsagents or the MSO) Setting up a Studentship

11 Section B Section B is the Studentship Details section. This must be completed so that we know how much and when to pay the recipient Please complete all relevant sections accurately. Only one of the three payment methods can be used per MSO2 form. Option 3 is the total amount to be paid over the period, not pro rata. Options 2 and 3 attract less tax than option 1 for part time recipients Ensure that the Themis Account/s are correct, active and have been validated by the Finance and Planning Group. Incorrect accounts or accounts which have not been validated will result in delays of payment to the recipient. Setting up a Studentship

12 Section C Section C is the Leave/Allowances section. This must be completed so that we know what paid leave and/or allowances the funding provides, if any. Please complete all sections accurately. If this section is left blank, we will assume that no paid leave or allowances are provided and we will inform the recipient as such If paid leave/allowances are the same as those for APA/MRS/MIRS, please write “as per GRS conditions” If applicable, please attach a copy of any contract/agreement regarding the funding. Setting up a Studentship

13 Section D Section D is the Taxation Arrangements section. This must be completed to determine whether the payment/s are tax exempt. Please complete all sections accurately. Generally, payments which are made for educational purposes to full time students are tax exempt. When a payment forms part of an employment agreement or a contract for labour with the scholarship sponsor, the payment/s may not be tax exempt. All payments made to part time students are taxed Setting up a Studentship

14 Sections E & F Section E is the Approval section. It is recommended that the recipient sign the form to indicate they are aware of the funding and the conditions/benefits attached to it. The Head of Department/Unit must sign this to indicate they approve the payment/s and that the information on the form is correct. Section F is for MSO use only. Setting up a Studentship

15 The MSO6 form The MSO6 form is to be used to extend a studentship. As with the MSO2, the details of the recipient must be filled in (including student number and degree). Extending a Studentship

16 The MSO6 form A brief report on the progress of the student must be completed. For RHD students, “As per Completion Report Form” will suffice. Enter the period of extension (noting that we cannot extend payments beyond a students submission date) Any changes to the Themis Account/s must also be entered. If nothing entered, MSO will assume there are no changes to amount or themis account/s and process the extension accordingly. Extending a Studentship

17 The MSO6 form As with the MSO2, the Head of Department/Unit must sign indicating approval to extend the payments and confirming that the information is correct. The final box is for MSO use only. Extending a Studentship

18 To avoid delays or incorrect payment/s being made to recipients: Always ensure the information provided on the MSO2 and MSO6 is accurate Ensure Themis Account/s are activated AND validated by the Finance & Planning Group (these are two separate things) and have sufficient funds to continue payment. Inform MSO promptly of any changes that affect the payment/s Faculty's/Departments/Units should always keep copies of the forms to refer to if an issue arises. Be aware of MSO pay period cut off dates Studentship tips

19 MSO Advertising The MSO has limited scope for advertising funding, however we can: Post notices in the Student Portal Display flyers in our reception area Send flyers/information to relevant Faculty’s/Departments/Units/Student Centres In some cases, it may be possible to place information on the “Scholarship News” pages of the relevant cohorts section of the MSO website. Send the info to JASON/GradFlash Consider: Flyers with logos (1 page max), who the target is, always have a contact person available to answer queries and/or website for further information. Advertising the funding

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