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FAQs for undergraduate scholarships to the UK and US

Below are the frequently asked questions relating to the Girdlers' Scholarship, the Robertson Scholars Program, and the Sir Douglas Myers Scholarship. Please read the regulations for each scholarship which can be found on individual scholarship pages. 

FAQs 

Can I apply for more than one scholarship in the same year?

If I am applying for more than one scholarship do I have to fill out a separate application for each scholarship?

Can I include a CV and/or certificates in my application?

If I am applying for more than one scholarship, do my referees have to write a separate reference for each scholarship application?

How do I include the required references in my scholarship application?

You request that I include a ‘certified copy' of my academic records with my application. What is a certified copy?

What academic records do I need to include in my application?

Do I need to apply separately to Cambridge if I am applying for a scholarship to study at Cambridge?

Do I need to apply separately to Duke/UNC-Chapel Hill if I am applying for the Robertson Scholars Program?

I am applying for the Robertson Scholars Program. Do I need to have sat the ACT / SAT tests?

Who pays for the common application and SAT/ACT fees when applying for the Robertson Program?

When are the interviews held and what happens if I can't attend an interview?

Can I apply for a scholarship to study medicine at Cambridge?

 

Applications and references

Q. Can I apply for more than one scholarship in the same year?

A. Yes

 

Q. If I am applying for more than one scholarship do I have to fill out a separate application for each scholarship?

A. Yes, you need to submit a separate application for each scholarship.

 

Q. Can I include a CV and/or certificates in my application?

A. Please do not include a CV with your application. You can list prizes, awards and scholarships you have received in the application form. If there is not enough space on the application form you can list these on a separate page and attach it to your application. Please do not include copies of your certificates with your application; you should list these accomplishments instead.

 

Q. If I am applying for more than one scholarship, do my referees have to write a separate reference for each scholarship application?

A. Your referees may submit the same reference for you, however, they need to submit a separate copy for each scholarship with the name of that scholarship on it.

 

Q. How do I include the required references in my scholarship application?

A. Applicants must ensure that they use the online application system to contact their referees. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that referees add their references to the online application by the due date (usually three days after the application closing date).

 

Academic records

Q.  You request that I include a 'certified copy' of my academic records with my application.  What is a certified copy? 

A. A certified copy is a copy that has been certified by a solicitor, JP or school principal and is a verified copy of the original. The person certifying the document will have to sight the original document.

 

Q. What academic records do I need to include in my application?

A. Universities New Zealand will receive your NCEA and NZ Scholarship results directly from NZQA.

If you are sitting IB or Cambridge exams you need to send your results to Universities New Zealand no later than 31 January in the year following application.

 

Admission to Cambridge/Duke/UNC-Chapel Hill

Q. Do I need to apply separately to Cambridge if I am applying for a scholarship to study at Cambridge?

A. If your scholarship application is successful you won't need to have applied separately to Cambridge. Universities NZ will forward your scholarship application to Cambridge if you are shortlisted to attend an interview. However, if you want to gain admission to Cambridge even in the event that your scholarship application is unsuccessful, you will need to have applied separately to Cambridge. 

Any candidate who has earlier applied directly to Cambridge University and been rejected will be ineligible for further consideration by the scholarship selection committee.

 

Q. Do I need to apply separately to Duke/UNC-Chapel Hill if I am applying for the Robertson Scholars Program?

A. Yes. Candidates who apply for the Robertson Scholars Leadership Program must apply for admission to Duke and/or UNC-Chapel Hill by the university prescribed deadlines. These applications include both the common application and university-specific supplemental applications.

The final deadlines to apply can be found on the university's website: 
Duke http://admissions.duke.edu/application/instructions 
UNC-Chapel Hill http://admissions.unc.edu/apply/ 

 

Q. I am applying for the Robertson Scholars Program. Do I need to have sat the ACT / SAT tests?

A. Yes. You must take the ACT/SAT standardised test and provide your official results to Universities NZ no later than 31 January in the year the award is to be taken up. These tests can be taken in various locations across New Zealand.

Tests are only held on certain dates so make sure you find out and register early. Some students may have to travel to a main centre to sit a test. 

More information on the SAT tests in NZ can be found here https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/register/find-test-centers 

More information on the ACT tests in NZ can be found here http://www.act.org/content/act/en/products-and-services/the-act/taking-the-test/test-center-locator.html 

Free SAT preparation https://www.khanacademy.org/test-prep/sat

Please note: it is the applicant's responsibility to ensure they take the ACT/SAT test and provide the results to Universities NZ by the due date. Universities NZ cannot accept late or incomplete entries.

 

Q. Who pays for the common application and SAT/ACT fees when applying for the Robertson Scholars Program?

A. Initially you must pay for both the fees yourself. Universities New Zealand will contact all eligible candidates with instructions on reimbursement. Please retain any receipts, bank statements or credit card statements that would show that you have paid these fees.

 

Q. When are the interviews held and what happens if I can't attend an interview?

A. The interviews are usually held in early to mid-March. Shortlisted applicants must attend an interview (and pre-interview dinner) if they wish to be considered for a scholarship. The scholarship will cover the cost of flights to and from the interview for travel within New Zealand.

 

Excluded subjects

Q. Can I apply for a scholarship to study medicine at Cambridge?

A. No. The following subjects are excluded from the UNZ undergraduate scholarships to Cambridge:

Sir Douglas Myers Scholarship: Medicine and Law

Girdlers' Scholarship: Medicine (refer to the Corpus Christi subject website for information on available subjects)

 

For enquiries about undergraduate scholarships please contact scholarships@universitiesnz.ac.nz