Under the Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan a limited number of doctoral scholarships are being offered by New Zealand.
The New Zealand CSFP Committee is able to offer eight awards – one funded by, and to be taken up at, each of the eight universities in New Zealand.
These awards are for PhD study only and are to be taken up at the start of the 2013 academic year.
The Commonwealth Scholarships Commission (CSC) in London and the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) in Ottawa have each been invited to submit up to ten (10) nominations for these awards.
Information can be obtained from and all applications must be submitted to the CSC for UK citizens and to the CBIE for Canadian citizens.
Notes for the application and nomination process:
- applicants must be citizens of the nominating country.
- applicants must have completed their undergraduate degree with a minimum of upper second class honours.
- Universities NZ needs to receive the original and three copies of each nominated application, each one to include:
- referees’ reports.
- university academic record showing subjects/papers and results.
- the original application must have attached to it a copy of the applicant’s birth certificate and, if necessary, proof of citizenship.
- once nominated it is the applicant’s responsibility to advise Universities NZ of any change to the postal address or email address listed in their application.
Notes for the university assessment process:
- applicants may list up to two universities where they would like their scholarship application to be considered; universities will be involved in the assessment process in the order in which they are listed on the application form.
- Round 1: each university will receive for assessment all nominated applications where that university has been listed as “first choice”.
- some universities will be able to identify a preferred candidate from this “first choice” round; these preferred candidates will not be included in any further assessments.
Note: applications which listed only one university, just a ‘first choice’, will not be included in Round 2.
- Round 2: the universities which were not able to identify a preferred candidate in Round 1 will receive for assessment all remaining applications where that university has been listed as “second choice”.
- more universities will be able to identify a preferred candidate from this “second choice” round; these preferred candidates will not be included in any further assessments.
- Round 3: remaining applicants will be asked if they want their applications considered by the remaining universities; for those applicants who give approval their applications will be forwarded for assessment to those of the remaining universities which have shown an interest in their particular research topic.
- it is anticipated that more universities will be able to identify a preferred candidate from this final round.
This selection process is designed to ensure that all nominated applicants are considered by their university of choice, and to ensure that all eight New Zealand universities can award their Commonwealth doctoral scholarship.
Notes about university participation:
- university participation in this CSFP award programme is a university choice.
- a university may withdraw from the programme at any time.
- the granting of an award under this programme is at the discretion of the university.
Notes on expectations of applicants:
- they have thoroughly researched the research programmes and capabilities of their preferred New Zealand universities.
- they have made contact with, and can show some degree of support from, a potential doctoral supervisor.
- they are fully informed of the financial basis of the award being offered by the university.
- an indication that they have received an offer of a place at their preferred New Zealand university would assist the assessment process, but is not mandatory.
The application process for a PhD programme at one of the New Zealand universities and the application process for a scholarship under this New Zealand Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan are separate processes.
The offer of a place on a PhD programme does not guarantee or imply the offer of a scholarship.