Rutherford Foundation PhD Scholarships at the University of Cambridge

Closing date:
Value of Award: See 'Additional Information.'
No. of awards: Two to three.
Tenure: Maximum of three years.


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The Cambridge-Rutherford Memorial Scholarships, for studying toward a PhD at the University of Cambridge, are administered by the Royal Society of New Zealand on behalf of the Rutherford Foundation Trust. Two PhD Scholarships are jointly funded by the Rutherford Foundation Trust and the Cambridge Trust (CCEIT).  These Scholarships are intended to provide full support to enable completion of a PhD at the University of Cambridge in pure or applied science. Recipients of the Scholarships will carry the identity of the Rutherford Foundation.  This award is expected to play a strong part in the Scholar’s professional development.  

The PhD Scholarships at the University of Cambridge aim 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 the University of Cambridge.  It is expected that recipients will complete their PhD and contribute to positive outcomes for New Zealand.  

Selection criteria:

  • Applicants from the disciplines of science and technology (which includes pure or applied science and the social sciences) 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 be able to enter the United Kingdom and comply with the regulations for matriculation at the University of Cambridge.  

General Information:

How do students apply?
In addition to the completed electronic application, applicants must upload electronic copies of the following documents (scanned jpeg or PDF preferred): Proof of New Zealand citizenship or residency Academic transcript(s) of undergraduate studies undertaken. A declaration form signed by you Note that the Rutherford Foundation may request to see original or certified copies of the above documents.
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Decision makers
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.

How and when do students learn of the decision?
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).

What conditions are attached to acceptance of this award?
Please provide a summary of the planned project suitable for a lay audience with some limited science knowledge, and using a maximum of 500 words. The summary may describe an area of research that interest you or a project you have agreed with a potential supervisor.

Additional information
Description: The PhD Scholarships at the University of Cambridge will provide a maximum of three years’ support for applicants demonstrating a passion for science and technology.  These Scholarships are offered annually, with the expectation that applicants will begin their course of study in the following year (usually September or October). Successful applicants will receive a living allowance (maintenance) of approximately £13,900* per annum, for up to a maximum of three years.  For the three years a successful applicant is enrolled for study towards their PhD at the University of Cambridge, their course and college fees will be paid.  In addition, they will be eligible for one, non-transferable, return airfare between the United Kingdom and New Zealand per annum. Please note that applicants will be responsible for all other costs including, but not limited to: costs of travel to interview or videoconference for short listed applicants; visa and entry requirement costs to the United Kingdom; any travel other than the agreed New Zealand to United Kingdom air fares; and, any additional fees other than course fees incurred from applying to the University of Cambridge.  Funding extensions cannot be applied for under the terms of the Scholarship. [*This is an indicative amount, as the allowance is set annually by the Cambridge Commonwealth Trust to cover annual living expenses while studying at the University of Cambridge.]  

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

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

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