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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 to apply for a Girdlers’ Scholarship a candidate must:

  • be a New Zealand citizen, one of whose parents must have been a New Zealand citizen at the time of the applicant's birth.
  • have completed no fewer than 8 years of schooling in New Zealand, and be completing Year 13 at a New Zealand school in the year of application.
  • be a candidate for one or more Year 13 senior school examinations - NCEA Level 3, New Zealand Scholarship, CIE A levels, or International Baccalaureate.

Value and number awarded

The current value of the award is £35,000 per year for three years which is intended to contribute towards University and College fees (currently between £32,000 and £44,000 per year, depending on the subjects undertaken) and, where applicable, an element of living expenses.

One scholarship is awarded every year.

Closing date

1 December (NZDT)

How to apply

Check your eligibility.

Read the Regulations

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 courses 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.

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