Arthritis New Zealand Summer Scholarships

Closing date: Applications will be accepted up to one week after deadline.
Value of Award: $6,000
No. of awards: Six


Application Form Template

Arthritis New Zealand is a not-for-profit organisation that aims to enable a better quality of life for people affected by arthritis.  Arthritis New Zealand works in the areas of education, public awareness, direct support, advocacy and research.

The purpose of this scholarship is to engage and support students in research in the area of arthritis under the supervision of an experienced research professional working in academia, health service provision or other types of institutional organisations. Arthritis New Zealand uses its research funding programme to achieve four key objectives, including to contribute to the body of research that seeks to determine the cause of arthritis, prevention of arthritis, improvement of early diagnosis and treatment of all forms of arthritis. The Summer Scholarships are granted for small research projects with the intention of enabling students to develop valuable research skills. Projects are to be undertaken over the course of a 10-12 week period.

Selection criteria:

  • Students must be enrolled at a New Zealand university and be in the third year of study at undergraduate level or above.   Research projects must be related to arthritis with the precise topic to be determined by the student and their supervisor(s). As stated above, research projects must also clearly align with Arthritis New Zealand’s four key objectives. The Research Committee reserves discretion as to the criteria which it will use for evaluation of applications, but in general these will include: • The scientific merit of the proposed study (including study design and appropriateness of the research methods chosen). • The study’s potential to advance knowledge and address an important gap in the wider arthritis research field. • The potential of the proposed study to help people with arthritis. • The qualifications and track record of the applicant. • The potential of the proposed study to help students strengthen their research skills and knowledge relating to arthritis-related research Preference will be given to research projects which clearly align with Arthritis New Zealand’s four key objectives and are translational in nature (please see the Arthritis New Zealand Research Objectives listed here). Summer Scholarships will only be granted for research or studies which are of a high standard, maintaining the reputation of the New Zealand scientific community and Arthritis New Zealand as a funding body

General Information:

How do students apply?
Applications are to be completed and received from supervisors of research projects.   Please note that applicants in 2021/2022 must complete an official Arthritis New Zealand Summer Scholarships application form. A maximum of 5 pages is allowed per application.   All applications must be submitted via email only in PDF format to Dr. Richard Griffiths, Research Manager at Arthritis New Zealand by 5pm Tuesday 31st August 2021: Covid 19 Update: Applications will be accepted up to one week after deadline. Condition of extension: potential applicants requiring an extension must notify Arthritis New Zealand by 5pm Friday 27th August that they require more time because of their circumstances. Those who require a week’s extension would accordingly need to submit their application by 5pm on Tuesday 7th September. Email extension requests to Richard Griffiths, Arthritis New Zealand: Email: Phone: 027 293 6709
Application Form Template

Decision makers
Research Committee of Arthritis New Zealand

How and when do students learn of the decision?
All applicants will be informed via email of the outcomes of the Summer Scholarships review process by the end of the third week of September 2021.

What conditions are attached to acceptance of this award?

Additional information

Who else has information about this award?

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

Richard Griffith
Research Manager
Arthritis New Zealand

PO Box 10-020

Phone: 09 523 8911


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