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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 SAT / ACT 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. You must complete a separate application for each scholarship.

 

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

A. Yes. Each scholarsahip requires its own application, complete and submitted on time.

 

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

A. Only include the documents / information that is requested in the on-line application form. 

 

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

A. In the on-line application system you must request the required references for each scholarship application. If you want to use the same referee for more than one scholarship application you must usethe system to request a reference for each scholarship.

 

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

A. Follow the instructions in the on-line application system and your referees will upload their references so that they are part of your application. It is your responsibility to ensure that your referees add their references by the due date (usually three days after the application closing date).

 

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. You must send to Universities New Zealand your NCEA Record of Achievement by 25 January.

Universities New Zealand will receive your 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 25 January.

 

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 you want to study Architecture, Music or Philosophy at Cambridge you must apply to Cambridge University through the standard admissions route by the deadline set by the university.  This deadline is in October (for undergraduate study commencing the following year). It is your responsibility to investigate date and process on the Cambridge University website. If your application for one of these subjects is unsuccessful your application for a sccholarship will not proceed.

For other eligible subjects if your scholarship application is successful you won't need to have applied separately to Cambridge. 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 SAT / ACT tests?

A. Yes. It is compulsory for all candidates who wish to be considered for the Program to take either the SAT or the ACT test. Applicants should use the SAT/ACT website to request that their results are sent directly to Duke/UNC. 

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 

 

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 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-cf@universitiesnz.ac.nz