The Aspinall Scholarship

Closing date:
Value of Award: Up to $5,000
No. of awards: One
Tenure: One year

Application Form

Scholarship Details

This scholarship is supported by the New Zealand Walking Access Commission and honours the contributions of John Henry Aspinall and the Aspinall family to public access so that New Zealanders can enjoy the outdoors.

The intention of the Scholarship is to encourage and support a student undertaking research in Planning, looking specifically at the opportunities for incentives within the New Zealand planning framework for the provision of access to the outdoors.

Selection criteria:

  • The Scholarship may be awarded to a candidate enrolled in the final year of a Bachelor of Urban Planning (Honours) degree, or enrolled in URBDES 730 in a Master of Urban Design degree, and who is undertaking a research project in the area of walking access in New Zealand. The New Zealand Walking Access Commission will provide a list of broad research areas for approval to the Head of School each year. The Scholarship is tenable by students who are citizens or permanent residents of New Zealand.

General Information:

How do students apply?
Scholarship applications will usually open around six weeks before the closing date. Please read the regulations carefully to be sure you are eligible before you apply.
Application Form
Scholarship Details

Decision makers
A Selection Committee will be nominated and convened by the New Zealand Walking Access Commission. The selection criteria used by the committee will include the relevance of the proposed study/research to public access within New Zealand and the applicant’s academic and technical merits. The committee reserves the right to interview candidates.

How and when do students learn of the decision?
The committee will advise Universities NZ of its decisions as soon as possible after the application closing date. Universities NZ will advise each candidate of the result of his/her application by email or phone.

What conditions are attached to acceptance of this award?
Award payments will be dependent on proof of enrolment, and evidence in the reports of substantial progress in the scholar’s study/research.

Additional information
The Aspinall family established a mutually supportive and enduring relationship with the public who enter Mount Aspiring National Park through their land. John Aspinall played a pivotal role in obtaining public and political support for the establishment of the New Zealand Walking Access Commission and fostered support for public access in the rural sector.

Who else has information about this award?
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


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