The representative body for New Zealand’s eight universities.
The New Zealand Vice-Chancellors' Committee website.
The Commonwealth Scholarships Commission has invited New Zealand to nominate candidates for PhD Scholarships in the United Kingdom, tenable from October 2013.
Full details of the awards are in the Commonwealth Scholarships UK Awards 2013 Prospectus.
Number and Type of Awards
- New Zealand has been invited to nominate 5 (five) candidates.
- Awards are for doctoral study only, including the split site mode.
- Awards are tenable from October 2013.
- All awards must be tenable on a full-time basis.
- The CSC is inviting considerably more nominations than they expect to have scholarships to offer.
- To be nominated from New Zealand is in no way a guarantee of selection or placement.
General eligibility requirements are outlined in the Prospectus.
New Zealand Eligibility
Awards will not be offered to scholars already close to completing a doctorate in New Zealand.
However awards may be tenable to complete doctoral studies already underway in New Zealand, but only by split-site mode.
Awards cannot be offered to any candidate who has started their PhD in the UK before September 2013.
Candidates must indicate if they are already registered for higher degrees.
Applications must be made using the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission's Electronic Application System - EAS.
In the Application Details section of the on-line application process candidates must select Universities NZ as the Nominating Agency.
As part of the application process candidates are expected to state up to three preferred institutions in the UK where these have been identified as suitable hosts for the research.
Although the final decision on host institution will be made by the CSC candidates should submit independent applications directly to their preferred institutions at the same time as applying for the scholarship.
Where offers of admission to the UK institution have already been obtained these should be included as part of the scholarship application process.
Closing Date for New Zealand Applications
Applications must be complete and submitted in the EAS by Thursday 1 November 2012.
- NOTE: the CSC documents refer to a closing date for EAS applications of 7 December 2012 - this is not the date for New Zealand applications.
Process for New Zealand
All New Zealand applications must be complete and submitted in the EAS by Thursday 1 November 2012.
Referees and Potential Supervisors
Referees and potential supervisors will be contacted automatically by email from the EAS - but only when the application is complete and has been submitted.
· The email will request that the referee/supervisor completes the appropriate section of the on-line form.
· Candidates must allow sufficient time after submitting their application to allow referee/supervisor to input in time to meet the deadline for referee/supervisor reports. The deadline to receive these reports is 23 November 2012.
Documents to Upload in the EAS
The EAS asks candidates to upload:
· a scanned passport-size photograph.
· scanned academic transcripts.
· a scanned birth certificate.
· a scan of any offer letter received from a UK institution.
The EAS contains ‘Notes for Candidates’ to help candidates work through the on-line process.
The closing date for applications is 1 November 2012. The closing date for referees’/supervisors’ reports is 23 November 2012. Once these closing dates have passed the applications will be considered by the Scholarships Committee of Universities New Zealand.
NOTE: only eligible and complete applications (with all referee and support statements in place) will be forwarded to the Scholarships Committee for consideration.
At a meeting on 10 December 2012 the Scholarships Committee NZ will decide on a maximum of 5 applications to be formally nominated from New Zealand to the CSC in London.
These nominations will be sent to the CSC by 21 December 2012.
The CSC will review the New Zealand nominations in competition with the nominations received from the other seven Commonwealth countries who have been invited to take part.
The CSC looks for graduate students of the highest possible calibre in any branch of learning.
The CSC will consider all nominated candidates on their intellectual and academic merits and on the quality of their research proposal.
The CSC will also take into account the likelihood that the candidate will carry out "world class research, generate knowledge and develop skills needed to become a future leader in their field."