Cambridge-Rutherford Memorial PhD Scholarship

Closing date: In 2019, the Society can award up to three Cambridge-Rutherford Memorial PhD Scholarships.
Value of Award: Course and college fees + living allowance and annual return airfare home.
No. of awards: By selection from applicants demonstrating a passion for science and technology.
Tenure: 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.

Scholarship Details

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?
The on-line application consists of information entered directly into the portal in combination with the upload of specific templates and documents. Separate instructions on using Proposals On-Line are available from the portal.
Scholarship Details

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?
Rules Applicants must be prepared to take part in promoting the Rutherford Foundation and to support other Rutherford Foundation Scholars. The Scholarship must be taken up within a reasonable time frame of being offered. Applicants may only make one application per funding round (this includes applications to other Rutherford Foundation funding opportunities such as the International PhD Scholarships). Rules applicable to the University of Cambridge: To take up the award the applicant must fulfil any academic conditions, including being accepted for admission to a University of Cambridge college. Applicants are encouraged to look into the process of applying for admission to a college at the University of Cambridge. Although it is unlikely a Rutherford Foundation Scholar would be denied admission, the process is not automatic, and so successful applicants will be required to complete such admission applications by the due date in December of the year before study. Awardees may also be required to apply for an Academic Technology Approval Scheme certificate depending on the proposed area of study.

Additional information
The selection is based on an applicant’s demonstration of academic excellence, 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.  

Who else has information about this award?
Victoria University of Wellington Scholarships Officer.


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

Troels Petersen
Programme Manager - Research Fellowships & International
The Royal Society of New Zealand

PO Box 598

Phone: +64 4 470 5790

Email: rutherford.foundation@royalsociety.org.nz

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