Scholarship Details

AUT Vice Chancellor's Doctoral Scholarships



Application Form
Regulations
Closing date: 15 Oct 2018
Value of Award: An annual stipend of $25,000 per year, plus tuition fees and student services fee.
No. of awards: Varies
Tenure: The scholarship is tenable for up to three years. If a recipient has been fully enrolled in the doctoral programme at AUT for more than six months when the scholarship stipend payments commence the scholarship tenure will be reduced accordingly.

 Auckland University of Technology (AUT) awards scholarships to high achieving candidates applying to an approved doctoral programme at AUT.

Auckland University of Technology (AUT) offers Vice Chancellor's Doctoral Scholarships in order to attract highly achieving doctoral research students to AUT and to encourage and stimulate doctoral studies in areas that enhance the University's research capability.


Selection criteria:

  • Applicants must meet English language proficiency requirements as stated in the Academic Calendar (http://www.aut.ac.nz/calendar) at the time of application.  
  • Applicants must meet the normal admission criteria for the doctoral programme. http://www.aut.ac.nz/study-at-aut/entry-requirements/postgraduate-and-graduate-admission-requirements
  • Recipients of this scholarship will have an excellent academic record, strong academic references and have demonstrated the potential for high quality research.
  • Scholarships are awarded on academic merit and recipients of this scholarship will normally have the equivalent of first class honours.   Previous study should include research methodology paper(s) and an independent research project, including the writing of a report on that research.
  • The applicant’s proposed field of study must be one where the University can offer supervision.  Applicants should contact potential supervisors prior to application to confirm the availability of supervision for their proposed research.
  • Professional Doctorate candidates may apply at the time of submission of the PGR9.
  • Preference will be given to new applicants to the doctoral programme at AUT, including those currently in provisional candidature.

General Information:

How do students apply?
Full information is available from www.phdscholar.ac.nz.  It is not possible to submit incomplete scholarship applications through the online application process. In order for the application to be submitted applicants must complete all sections and request the required support statements. Incomplete applications will not be forwarded to the selection panel.  The following documents or statements will need to be uploaded and submitted with the application by AUT VC Doctoral Scholarship On-line Application Form;
·        Academic transcript(s) for any previous tertiary study that was completed at a university other than AUT
·        A brief C.V. (maximum three pages)
·        A two page proposal outlining the intended research using the template provided with the online application form. The applicant will be asked to  provide the following details:             
·        Proposed Topic/Title
·        Rationale and significance of the study
·        Key Question/hypothesis/problem/issue to be Investigated:
·        Design of the study; the methodology and research technique(s) to be employed in the study
·        Research benefits
·        References
Please note the proposal must be two pages only (1,000 words)  plus a maximum of one page for any references.  If a longer document is provided you will be asked to revise the document to meet the requirements or the approved PGR2.
 
Faculty support:
Applicants must seek Faculty approval for their application.  This will be either in the form of an  offer of place for the doctoral programme or in the form of a letter or email clearly stating support from a potential primary supervisor or the Head of Programme/ School. The statement of support should state confirm that the applicant’s research can be supported within the faculty. Applicants will be asked to upload this evidence during the application process.
 
Reference statements:
Two academic reference statements are required for all applicants other than those whose qualifying programme was completed at AUT. AUT applicants will be required to provide one referee only. Applicants must not submit referee’s reports directly; nominated referees will be sent a request directly from the On-line application system. Please advise your referees that they will be receiving an email requesting a reference statement.
Reference statements must be submitted by the closing date or the application will be deemed ineligible.  If the referee declines to provide a reference the applicant will have the opportunity to nominate another referee.
Applicants can submit the application without referees’ statements. However, the application will be considered ineligible and will not be released to selection panels without the required reference statements.
Application Form
Regulations

Decision makers
In making the selection panels will give particular consideration to the applicant’s status with regard to; New Zealand citizenship, residency, Maori or Pacific Island ethnicity, AUT alumni.
Applications will be shortlisted by faculties.  Applicants who are not shortlisted will be advised within one month.
For the October round recipients will be selected from the shortlisted faculty nominations by the AUT Scholarships Committee and confirmed by the Vice-Chancellor. Successful and unsuccessful shortlisted applicants will be advised of the outcome within six weeks.
Selection will be based on demonstrated excellence in the following:
the applicant’s academic record (including prizes, awards and any publications)
the applicant’s research proposal
the applicant’s research and/or professional background and any publication record
the referees’ statements
the availability of supervision within the applicant’s area of research
Preference is given to applicants who align with the University’s strategic plan.

How and when do students learn of the decision?
Selection will be based on demonstrated excellence in the following:
the applicant’s academic record (including prizes, awards and any publications)
the applicant’s research proposal
the applicant’s research and/or professional background and any publication record
the referees’ statements
the availability of supervision within the applicant’s area of research

What conditions are attached to acceptance of this award?
Preference will be given to new applicants to the doctoral programme at AUT, including those currently in provisional candidature.
Recipients will be expected to sign a Postgraduate Research Scholarship Contract confiming they agree to the conditions of the award as outlined at the end of the Regulations.
The decision regarding whether permission is granted for the Scholar to undertake paid employment, is at the sole discretion of the University.

Additional information
No round is currently planned for April 2018.  All applicants are invited to apply for the general round closing in October 2017 for study commencing in 2018.

For conditions of appointment see full Regulations document attached.

Who else has information about this award?


For guidelines, application forms and more information about this award contact:

Auckland University of Technology


Phone: +64 9 921 9837

Email: scholars@aut.ac.nz

Last updated: 18-Mar-2015 3.29pm

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.