Preamble

In response to demand from honours students and supervisors, the School has established an Honours Research Fund to provide financial support to honours students for specified research activities that are relevant to the preparation of the honours thesis. The School recognises that certain honours projects may involve activities and /or resources which are costly and which cannot be funded through existing University schemes. The Honours Research Fund Scheme seeks to ensure that students have access to the resources necessary to successfully complete their thesis.

Scheme Overview

The total amount of funding available for distribution under this Scheme in 2017 is $10,000. This amount will be reviewed annually having regard to the resource and operational constraints faced by the School of Economics. Grants of up to $2,500 per student are available to support selected research activities that are directly related to the preparation of the honours thesis.

Rules

  • This Scheme is open to all students currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Economics (Honours) Program.
  • Eligible activities for funding under this Scheme include: running experiments in the School’s Experimental Economics Laboratory; fieldwork expenses; and the purchase of data that are not available on-line.
  • The following activities/items are not eligible for funding under this Scheme:
    • Conference travel (funding can be sought through the UQ Advantage Scholarship)
    • Software licences (students normally have access to all software programs in use in the School)
    • Editorial services
    • Hiring of research assistants
  • The maximum amount of funding that can be awarded to any one student is $2,500.
  • If the demand for funding of eligible activities exceeds the pool of funds available in any one year, funding will be awarded on a pro-rata basis to successful applicants.
  • Items that are purchased under this Scheme remain the property of the School of Economics and may be used by any staff member in the School after the thesis has been submitted.

Process

Prior to the commencement of the academic year, the School Honours Coordinator informs all Honours students about this Scheme and the rules that govern its use. Students seeking research support funds should apply directly to the Honours coordinator by 11:59pm on the Saturday at the end of teaching week 4 in semester one. Applications made after this date will also be considered but may be constrained by the amount of funds remaining. The application must include:

  • A cover letter, addressed to the Honours Coordinator, in which the student makes a case for being allocated a specified amount of funding not to exceed $2,500.
  • A letter, or an e-mail message, from the student’s advisor(s) endorsing the funding request being made by the student.
  • A simple budget indicating how the funds will be spent and, if the total expenditure of the project is expected to exceed $2,500 or ends up exceeding $2,500, how the funding gap will be met.

The Honours Coordinator evaluates the applications and makes a recommendation to the Head of School. Applications can be rejected if the case for funding is not sufficiently strong and/or the justification of the budget is not clear in explaining how the resources will be spent.  

The outcome of all applications will be advised to students by the end of Week 5 of Semester 1. Successful applicants should liaise with the School Finance Officer regarding their specific financial arrangements.

Before the final submission of the thesis, successful applicants are required to send a brief report to the Honours Coordinator explaining how the funds contributed to the preparation of the thesis. Successful applicants should also acknowledge the funding received from the School of Economics in their thesis.

The allocation of funding and awards are subject to the discretion of the Head of School.

Administrative arrangements

The Administrative Officer responsible for the Honours Program will notify all applicants of the outcome of their application by the end of Week 5 of Semester 1. The Administrative Officer will also send notification of grants awarded (including details of approved expenses) to the School Finance Officer and the School Manager, who will make all of the necessary financial arrangements. The fund will be administered under the School Student Support Operational Unit. The Finance Officer will raise purchase orders or payments via the School purchasing card or will process reimbursement claims as appropriate. Claims for reimbursement of expenses must be accompanied by original receipts in the form of tax invoices.