Rutherford Foundation International PhD Scholarship (a grant-in-aid)

Closing date: 05/08/2021
Value of Award: See 'Additional Information.'
No. of awards: One.
Tenure: One year.

Regulations

The International PhD Scholarship (a grant-in-aid) is administered by the Royal Society of New Zealand on behalf of the Rutherford Foundation Trust. This scheme will contribute towards a student’s full-time study for a PhD in any area of science, technology, engineering or mathematics at an eligible host research institution.  The award intends to provide a financial contribution towards the support of a PhD scholar at a prestigious international research institution in their chosen field of study.

The International PhD Scholarship (a grant-in-aid) aims to build human capability in Science and Technology by providing early career support for New Zealand’s brightest and most promising researchers.  Successful applicants will be expected to have an excellent undergraduate academic record and the potential to excel in a research environment in order to undertake the PhD course at their chosen host research institution.  It is expected that recipients will complete their PhD and contribute to positive outcomes for New Zealand.


Selection criteria:

  • Eligibility Criteria Applicants from the disciplines of science (which includes pure or applied science and the social sciences), technology, engineering or mathematics are eligible to apply. Applicants must be either New Zealand citizens or have continuously resided in New Zealand for at least two years immediately prior to their application and hold, or are deemed to hold, a New Zealand resident visa. Applicants who hold, or are deemed to hold, a New Zealand resident visa are also required to have completed their undergraduate study in New Zealand to be considered eligible to apply. The application must represent the applicant’s first attempt at study towards a PhD. Applicants must be in a position that, if successful, they would attain the necessary visa requirements for the country of their host research institution and comply with the regulations for matriculation at their chosen host. The host institution must be an internationally recognised academic institution, such as a University, or other valid research centre capable of granting academic degrees.  The host research institution must be located outside of New Zealand.  

General Information:

How do students apply?
Proposals  are to be submitted on the web-based system, Proposals On-Line. Once you are happy with your application, you must mark it as COMPLETED. To do this, select Preview/Print from the left hand menu, followed by “Mark as Completed”. This flags to your institution coordinator that the proposal has been completed and can be released to the Rutherford Foundation. If you need to make changes to your application after you have marked it as completed, you must confer with your research office first.
Regulations

Decision makers
The selection is based on an applicant’s demonstration of academic excellence, depth of understanding of their proposed research and its ultimate purpose and benefits, the scientific quality of the research programme, evidence of engagement with science and technology, and a commitment to New Zealand. Proposals are assessed on the information provided in the application, the accompanying forms and referee reports.  

How and when do students learn of the decision?
Shortlisted applicants will be invited to interview (at their own expense).  If this should prove a hardship, then applicants may request to have the interview conducted by teleconference or videoconference. All applicants will be notified in late September as to whether they have been invited to interview. Successful applicants will be notified in November or December (TBC). Timeline Thu 28 Feb 2019Proposals On-Line web-based application system opens. Thu 11 Apr 2019On-Line web portal closes at 5 pm (New Zealand Standard Time). Thu 16 May 2019Deadline for receipt of applicant-solicited referee reports by the Secretariat of the Rutherford Discovery Fellowships at 5 pm (New Zealand Standard Time). Thu 27 Jun 2019Last day for discipline-based panellists to submit their recommendations to the Secretariat. Early Jul 2019The long-listed proposals are sent to the interview panel. Tue 06 Aug 2019Last day for interview panellists to submit their recommendations to the Secretariat. Mid Aug 2019Interview panel selects a short list of candidates to interview. Mid Sep 2019Interviews conducted by the interview panel.  Venues TBC Oct 2019 (TBC)Results announced.  

What conditions are attached to acceptance of this award?
Description The Rutherford Foundation is offering one International PhD Scholarship as a Grant-in-aid to an outstanding candidate demonstrating a passion for science and technology. The Scholarship is offered annually, with a closing date for applications on 05 August 2021, with the expectation that applicants will begin their course of study in the following year (usually September or October). The applicant is asked to identify the host research institution where they will complete their PhD.  For the International PhD Scholarship (a grant-in-aid), the host research institution must be located outside of New Zealand.  The host institution must be an internationally recognised academic institution, such as a University, or other valid research centre capable of granting academic degrees.  Applicants are encouraged to choose an institution that has specialist expertise in the area of their research. The Scholarship will provide a stipend of NZ$25,000 per annum and a further contribution of up to NZ$7,500 per annum towards their course fees for up to a maximum of three years. In addition, they will be eligible for one, non-transferable, return airfare between the country of their host research institution and New Zealand yearly. The International PhD Scholarship (a grant-in-aid) is not intended to cover all of the costs associated with studying towards a PhD abroad.  Applicants are expected to negotiate with the host research institution or other charitable funding organisations to reduce course fees or provide additional financial support to cover any shortfall in funding.  

Additional information
Please note that applicants will be responsible for all other costs including, but not limited to: relocation costs; costs of travel to interview or videoconference for short listed applicants; visa and entry requirement costs to their country of choice; any travel other than the agreed air fares; and, any additional fees other than course fees incurred from applying to their chosen research institution. Funding extensions cannot be applied for under the terms of the Grant-in-aid.  

Who else has information about this award?
Further enquiries should be made by contacting the Rutherford Foundation by email: Rutherford.Foundation@royalsociety.org.nz  


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

C/- Royal Society of New Zealand
Rutherford Foundation

PO Box 598


Fax: (04) 472 1841
Email: rutherford.foundation@royalsociety.org.nz

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