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Girdlers’ Scholarship

The Girdlers' Scholarship is for undergraduate study at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge University.

The Worshipful Company of Girdlers has had an association with New Zealand since 1933 and in 1952 resolved to set part of its income aside for the purpose of a scholarship to enable distinguished New Zealand school students to undertake a degree course at either Oxford or Cambridge.  It is now specifically Corpus Christi College, Cambridge.  


To be eligible for a Girdlers’ Scholarship a candidate must:

  1. be a New Zealand citizen, one of whose parents must have been a New Zealand citizen at the time of the applicant's birth;
  2. have spent most of their school life in New Zealand, and be completing Year 13 at a New Zealand school in the year of application;
  3. be a candidate for the Year 13 senior school examination (for example, NCEA Level 3, Cambridge exams, International Baccalaureate) or equivalent academic examination.
Value and number awarded

The value of the award is some £32,000 per annum, which is intended to cover university and college fees, and some living expenses. 

One scholarship is awarded every year.

Closing date

1 December at 5pm (NZ time)

How to apply
  1. Check your eligibility.
  2. Read the Regulations. Please note: the Regulations for this scholarship are currently under review and will be posted here as soon as possible and no later than 19 August. Applications will open once the Regulations have been updated. Our apologies for the inconvenience.  
  3. Applications are to be made online. A link to the application website is here.

Candidates are expected to have researched the options for their chosen field of study and to have a definite choice of degree programme included as part of their application. Please refer to the Corpus Christi subject website.

Frequently Asked Questions for undergraduate scholarships tenable overseas.

IMPORTANT: Any candidate who has applied directly to any constituent College of the University of Cambridge and been rejected will be ineligible for further consideration by the Girdlers’ Scholarship Selection Committee.

Decisions made


Last modified: July 26th, 2016