Applicants must be seeking to obtain their first doctoral qualification.
The University of Otago Doctoral Scholarship provides funding to support doctoral students studying at the University of Otago. A total of 181 scholarships are released every year , each one of them for a totall of NZD $25.000. There is no application deadline, applicants may apply for it all year long.
Academic Criteria and Eligibility
Doctoral and Masters’ scholarships will be awarded on the basis of:
a) The applicant’s academic record:
- In the case of an applicant for a doctoral scholarship who has completed a Master’s degree by papers and thesis (at least 0.75 EFTS), the grades of all relevant2 advanced level papers counting towards the award of the degree and the thesis will be taken into account. An explanation of the time taken for completion of the thesis may be requested and considered by the Scholarships Committee if the thesis has taken more than 2 EFTS (2 full-time years) to complete.
- In the case of an applicant for a scholarship without a Master’s degree including a thesis, the grades of all relevant2 advanced level papers counting towards the award of the applicant’s most relevant degree will be taken into account.
- In the case of applicants whose prior qualifications have been awarded by other universities, the University shall calculate a GPA score using what it considers to be the most relevant2 papers and grades provided on the applicant’s academic transcripts.
- Certificate of Proficiency and Pass/Fail papers will not be taken into account in the calculation.
b) The applicant’s potential for, or record of, research.
c) The advice, recommendation and/or ranking of the relevant Head of Department.
Eligibility for doctoral and Masters’ scholarships:
1) Unless otherwise stated in the schedule, doctoral and Masters’ scholarships are open to Domestic Fee Paying Students only.
2) In the case of applicants for a doctoral scholarship, confirmation of the scholarship is dependent on approval of their application for admission to the relevant doctoral programme and completion of the enrolment procedure.
3) In the case of applicants for a Master’s scholarship, confirmation of the scholarship is dependent on approval of their application to register as a Master’s candidate and completion of the enrolment procedure
a) A doctoral or research Master’s scholarship may not be held concurrently with any other scholarship/s worth more than half the annual emolument of a University of Otago Doctoral Scholarship, in the case of doctoral study, or a University of Otago Research Master’s Scholarship, in the case of Master’s study. Research Grants, Travel Grants, and any Grants specifically designated to cover research costs, for which the candidate must present receipts, are not considered to be scholarships in this instance.
b) Full-time scholarship recipients may not accept employment for more than ten hours per week, on average across a period of twelve months, without prior permission from the Scholarships Committee on behalf of the Board of Graduate Studies. Otherwise, there is no specific limit on any other form of additional income, provided that the student’s progress on his or her studies is maintained at a satisfactory level.
- Assistant Research Fellows (ARFs) and other University of Otago employees who are pursuing their Master’s or doctorate as part of their employment are ineligible for University of Otago scholarship funding.
a) A doctoral or Master’s scholarship may be awarded with full-time or part-time tenure. Part-time tenure will only be granted in cases where full-time study is not practicably possible and where the candidate can demonstrate that they are particularly well prepared for part-time study. Applications to transfer from parttime to full-time tenure will be considered, provided that the candidate has shown satisfactory progress and can provide evidence of the ability to commit to full-time study. Applications to transfer from full-time to part-time tenure will be considered only on grounds of ill-health (a medical certificate will be required), significant carer responsibilities (for example: pre-school aged child; school aged child as a sole parent with limited support; or child/partner/parent with a serious illness or disability) or for career-related reasons. Part-time tenure for career-related reasons is subject to approval by supervisors. Transfers of this sort may only occur at the beginning of a semester. Emoluments for candidates holding part-time tenure will be pro-rated as appropriate.
b) During tenure of the scholarship the candidate must undertake research in Dunedin or at the University of Otago, Christchurch or University of Otago, Wellington, unless a special case for exemption from this requirement has been previously approved by the Scholarships Committee on behalf of the Board of Graduate Studies.
c) Tenure of a doctoral scholarship is for three full-time years (or part-time equivalent), or until the thesis is submitted (whichever period is the shorter), subject to the provision of satisfactory annual Progress Reports by the Department in which the student is registered. For candidates in professional doctorates, tenure may also cover periods of coursework prior to and after the thesis enrolment period, but will not exceed three years.
d) Tenure of a Master’s scholarship is for one full-time year (or part-time equivalent), or until the thesis is submitted (whichever period is the shorter.) Students must be in the first year of their thesis research to be eligible for a scholarship.
e) A shorter period of tenure shall be awarded in cases where two months or more of registration as a candidate for the degree (or for the part of the degree eligible for scholarship support) has been completed at the time of award.
f) Overseas tenure of a Master’s scholarship is not normally permitted.
g) Overseas tenure of a doctoral scholarship is not normally permitted. In exceptional circumstances, a period of up to one year’s overseas tenure may be granted by the Scholarships Committee on behalf of the Board of Graduate Studies, if it can be shown by the Head of Department concerned, that access to facilities or opportunities overseas is essential to the completion of the project. In such circumstances the emolument of the scholarship shall continue to be paid in New Zealand currency and into a New Zealand bank account. No additional financial assistance is available through the Scholarship for travel or other expenses incurred if a period of overseas tenure is approved.
Applications for scholarships must be submitted to the Doctoral and Scholarships Office on the prescribed form. Applications may be received at any time and should normally accompany the application for admission to the relevant qualification. Where an applicant is completing a Master’s degree which includes enrolment in papers prior to enrolment in a thesis, application should normally be made following completion of those papers.
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