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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).
  • have a record of achievement sufficient to satisfy the academic criteria for entry to Cambridge University and Corpus Christi College.

Value and number awarded

One scholarship is awarded every third year and provides tuition fees and a living allowance. The scholarship will next open for applications in 2024 for study commencing in 2025.

Opening and Closing dates

Opening: 1 June

Closing: 1 September

How to apply

  1. Check your eligibility.
  2. Read the Regulations.
  3. Applications must be done online. A link to the application website is here.

Decisions made

March / April (in the year following application)