Henry Kelsey Scholarship

Closing date: 01/10/2023
5pm, 1 October annually
Value of Award: $10,000 per annum
No. of awards: One scholarship is offered annually
Tenure: Up to three years

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Scholarship Page

The funds for this scholarship are made available from a bequest made by the late Henry Kelsey, a farmer from Whanganui.

The purpose of the scholarship is to provide funds for individuals to undertake research towards a PhD at a New Zealand university or research institution, studying muscular function, including the causes and treatment of muscular dysfunction.

Selection criteria:

  • Applicants will: 1. be New Zealand citizens or permanent residents 2. have a Bachelor degree or equivalent, with Honours where they are awarded, in a field appropriate to their intended doctoral study. In considering the award the selection board shall take into account the: * relevance of the proposed project to the causes and treatment of muscular dysfunction * project's possible outcomes for innovative technologies and treatment of muscular dysfunction * ability and previous experience of the candidate in the chosen field, particularly as it relates to successful completion of the project within the allocated timetable and proposed subsequent career * academic record and achievement to date. All of these aspects will be used by the selection board in order to select a successful candidate. The development of creativity, the generation of a new product or process, and ideas for practical application are important elements in the concept of the scholarship and so should be given due weight by the candidate.

General Information:

How do students apply?
Candidates should complete an application using the Universities NZ online scholarships application website:
Online Application Form
Scholarship Page

Decision makers
The Board will consist of these members: * the Convenor of the Universities New Zealand Scholarships Committee or their nominee * the Chief Executive of the Muscular Dystrophy Association of NZ or their nominee * a senior professional from the medical field appointed by the Universities New Zealand Scholarships Committee * Universities NZ may invite other members to take part as required.

How and when do students learn of the decision?
Decisions are made in March/April and students will receive an email or a phone call.

What conditions are attached to acceptance of this award?
It is expected that scholars normally would study for one degree at a university. Payments will be made six-monthly and dependent on a positive and satisfactory report on progress from the institution at which candidates are studying. Unsatisfactory progress may lead to termination of the award. The ownership of intellectual property would normally reside with the institution providing facilities for and/or supervising the award holder. In the absence of an identifiable institution the award holder will negotiate a suitable arrangement over the ownership of intellectual property with the Convenor of the UNZ Scholarships Committee in order for the benefits of all intellectual property to be retained in New Zealand.

Additional information
The scholarship is tenable with other scholarships, but account will be taken of the aggregate circumstances of the scholar and of the desirability of using available funds to best advantage.

Who else has information about this award?
The Muscular Dystrophy Association of NZ, university scholarships offices

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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