2013/14 Massey University Doctoral Scholarships for Postgraduate Research in New Zealand

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Massey University offers doctoral scholarships and doctoral scholarships for Maori for the purpose of encouraging postgraduate research and are awarded on academic ranking. All applicants for the Massey University Doctoral Scholarships are considered for the Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarships. The Vice Chancellor’s Scholarships are awarded on academic ranking to the top students. The Doctoral scholarships are open to persons who are enrolled or eligible to enroll full-time for a research paper of 120 credits during a 12 month period towards a Doctoral degree at Massey University. Part-time applicants and already holding a PhD are not eligible to apply. Domestic and international students can apply for these scholarships. The application deadline is 1st October 2013.

Study Subject(s): Every applicant shall, during the tenure of the Doctoral Scholarship, be enrolled as a full-time student of Massey University and shall pursue an approved programme of research approved by the Doctoral Research Committee for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy or a Named Doctorate.
Course Level: Scholarships are available for pursuing doctoral degree level at Massey University.
Scholarship Provider: Massey University, New Zealand
Scholarship can be taken at: New Zealand and Overseas (The Doctoral Research Committee, at its absolute discretion, may permit an applicant to pursue part of the approved programme of research at a university or other approved institution overseas).

Eligibility: -The Doctoral Scholarships are open to persons who are enrolled or eligible to enrol full-time for a research paper of 120 credits during a 12 month period towards a Doctoral degree at Massey University. A full-time candidate will be expected to work 40 – 50 hours per week on their Doctoral qualification. Part-time applicants are not eligible. Applicants already holding a PhD are not eligible to apply. Applicants who are completing Honours or Masters thesis or research report must be due to submit by the end of the year (for October applications).
-Consideration will normally only be given to students with a GPA of 7.5 or better (on a 9 point scale). This is above an average grade of A-.
-GPA calculations:  GPA scores are calculated in New Zealand using a nine point scale. This scale runs from 9 for an A+ grade, 8 for an A grade, 7 for an A- grade and so on down to 1 for a C- or R grade.
-GPA scores are calculated for applicants for Massey University scholarships and bursaries using grades from the two most recent years of study. If a student did not take a full programme of study (120 credits at Massey University) in one of these years, grades from earlier years (full semesters) are used to make up the minimum of two full years of study. The grade from the most recent year, or most recent 120 credits of papers, is given a weighting of 0.7 and grades for the other year are given a weighting of 0.3.
-GPA scores for international students are calculated using grades from the two most recent years of study in the same way as scores are calculated for domestic students. The calculation of GPA scores takes into account the characteristics of the grading system for degrees from each country. The calculation converts grades from overseas into numbers that are used in the New Zealand nine point GPA scale. If the most recent year of study for an overseas student was completed in New Zealand, their GPA score is calculated using a combination of their New Zealand grades and their overseas grades.

Scholarship Open for International Students: Domestic, Maori and international students can apply for these scholarships.

Scholarship Description: All applicants for the Massey University Doctoral Scholarships are considered for the Vice-Chancellor’s Massey UniversityScholarships. The Vice Chancellor’s Scholarships are awarded on academic ranking to the top students.  Every Doctoral Scholarship shall be tenable at Massey University for up to a maximum period of 36 months devoted to full-time research. No tenure beyond 36 months will be permitted. No retrospective payments will be permitted unless approval into the Doctoral programme was delayed for reasons beyond the applicant’s control. Except as otherwise provided in these regulations, every applicant shall, during the tenure of the Doctoral Scholarship, be enrolled as a full-time student of Massey University and shall pursue an approved programme of research approved by the Doctoral Research Committee for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy or a Named Doctorate. Applicants undertaking a Named Doctoral degree are eligible to apply for the Doctoral Scholarship for tenure during the period of the research component of the degree. The Doctoral Research Committee, at its absolute discretion, may permit an applicant to pursue part of the approved programme of research at a university or other approved institution overseas. Applications for overseas research must be made by the applicant to the Doctoral Research Committee and be supported by the applicant’s supervisory panel. Payments to applicants who proceed overseas will be made in New Zealand currency into a New Zealand bank account.

Number of award(s): -Up to 10 Vice-Chancellor’s Doctoral Scholarships are offered each year to domestic students.
-The number of Doctoral Scholarships to be offered each year is determined by the University.
-One Doctoral Scholarship for Maori students will be awarded each year.
-The awarding of any Doctoral Scholarship is discretionary and is dependent upon funding.

Duration of award(s): Every Doctoral Scholarship shall be tenable at Massey University for up to a maximum period of 36 months devoted to full-time research. No tenure beyond 36 months will be permitted. The tenure of the Doctoral Scholarships shall commence by 1 December (July round).

What does it cover? Doctoral Scholarships: The value of the Doctoral Scholarship shall be $25,000 per annum to a maximum of 3 years. Recipients are responsible for the payment of their fees.
-Vice Chancellor’s Doctoral Scholarship: The value of the Vice Chancellor’s Doctoral Scholarship shall be $28,000 per annum to a maximum of 3 years. Recipients are responsible for the payment of their fees.
-The Scholarships Committee may reduce the value or amend the terms and conditions of a Doctoral Scholarship to meet the circumstances of individual applicants.

Selection Criteria: Selection is based on the combination of academic merit (measured by the grade point average assessed over the applicant’s two most recent years of full-time study, or equivalent), quality of research proposal, academic CV, referees’ reports, and quality of relevant publication record if applicable. Alignment between the applicant’s research interests and those of the College, School, Institute, may also be taken into consideration.

Notification: All applications are acknowledged by email.

How to Apply: Applications should be sent via post or on-line. Applications must be on the official application form, applications submitted on modified forms will not be accepted.

Scholarship Application Deadline: The application deadline is 1st October 2013.

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