Gordon Watson Scholarship

Closing date: 01/04/2022
5pm, 1 April (annually)
Value of Award: $12,000 per year
No. of awards: One, but more sometimes offered
Tenure: Up to 2 years for Masters and up to 3 years for PhD

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The funds for this scholarship are provided by the income from a bequest made in 1951 by Isabel Evelyn Spencer Watson to the University of New Zealand. The scholarship is a memorial to her nephew, Clement Gordon Watson.

The general purpose is to enable New Zealanders to study international relationships or social and economic conditions at a university overseas. Candidates will be planning to study at Masters or PhD level.

Selection criteria:

  • Applicants must: - have graduated with or be graduating from an Honours or Masters degree in arts, science, commerce, law or divinity from a New Zealand university - be New Zealand citizens or permanent residents. The intent of this scholarship is that applicants will not yet have studied abroad and will be applying for enrolment in a research Masters degree or a PhD at an overseas university in Europe, Asia or the USA. Please note that to be eligible the planned Masters degree must have a substantial research component, i.e. at least half. The Board of Selection will consider not only the educational attainments but also the character and qualities of leadership of the candidates.

General Information:

How do students apply?
Candidates must complete an application using the Universities NZ scholarships application form:
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Decision makers
The Board of Selection comprises: * the Governor-General for the time being or in his/her absence from New Zealand the Administrator of the Government * the Anglican Bishop of Wellington for the time being * the Minister of Education for the time being * two members of the Universities New Zealand-Te Pōkai Tara Scholarships Committee who will be appointed and may be removed and replaced from time to time. The Governor-General, the Bishop of Wellington and the Minister of Education, if unable to act personally, may appoint another person to represent them on the Board of Selection.

How and when do students learn of the decision?
Applicants will be notified by phone or email and decisions are made in June/July.

What conditions are attached to acceptance of this award?
Candidates must confirm that if awarded a scholarship they will return to New Zealand after their studies and reside in New Zealand for at least two years. However, the Board of Selection may waive this requirement or release a scholarship-holder from this condition.

Additional information
Universities New Zealand-Te Pōkai Tara can terminate any scholarship and its emoluments at any time if it is not satisfied with the work or the conduct of the scholar.

Who else has information about this award?
Scholarships offices at New Zealand universities

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

Universities New Zealand – Te Pōkai Tara

PO Box 11915 Wellington 6142

Phone: +64 4 381 8510

Email: scholarships-cf@universitiesnz.ac.nz

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