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Girdlers’ Scholarship

The Girdlers' Scholarship is for undergraduate study at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge University.  Girdler Scholarships aim to transform lives by offering opportunities not otherwise available.  With this in mind, we will try to give priority to scholars who will be the first generation in their family to go to university, and to those from less affluent backgrounds.

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.
  • be planning on undertaking a degree in eligible disciplines at Cambridge University (for a list of eligible disciplines please refer to the Girdlers’ Scholarship regulations).

Value and number awarded

One scholarship to the value of £45,000 is on offer every third year.  The Girdlers' scholarship will next open for applications in 2024 for study commencing in 2025.

How to apply

Check your eligibility read the Regulations.

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. Please also check the Regulations for eligible degree programmes.