Competition: Closed for the 2016 academic year
Who Applies: Canadian students and researchers
Description: Scholarships offered to Canadians for doctoral studies at New Zealand universities under the Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan.
Under the Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP), a number of scholarships are offered by the New Zealand CSFP Committee, administered by Universities New Zealand - Te Pōkai Tara. These scholarships are available at the doctoral level in all disciplines. Programs with higher than normal fees are not supported under the CSFP.
The scholarships are tenable at the following New Zealand universities:
A scholarship under this initiative is for a scholar to undertake a specific course of study at a specific New Zealand university. The value of the scholarship is determined by each university and may vary from one university to another. It is the responsibility of the applicant to contact the university of their choice for the financial terms and conditions of the scholarship.
Each university's scholarship committee is responsible for the final selection, academic matters, and payments to scholarship recipients as well as for arranging travel, reception and other services.
The application process for acceptance to a PhD program at one of the New Zealand universities and the application process for a scholarship under the New Zealand CSFP are separate processes. The offer of a placement to a PhD program does not guarantee or imply the offer of a scholarship.
The scholarship generally includes:
Scholarships are tenable for one academic year, which must begin by the start of the 2016 academic year (February 2016).
The scholarship can be renewed for a maximum duration of three years. The yearly renewal of the scholarship is subject to:
In addition, applicants:
Individuals already enrolled in a degree program in New-Zealand are eligible to apply. However, priority will be given to applicants who are not currently enrolled in a doctoral program in New Zealand.
The deadline for the online application form is 11:59 p.m. EDT, August 3, 2015. Incomplete applications, or those received late, will not be considered.
It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that all documents required by mail and email are received by the deadline. The scholarship administrator, the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE), will not accept incomplete files. Supporting documents, other than the ones requested, will not be accepted.
Applicants will be contacted by CBIE in August 2015 regarding the status of their application.
Applicants must ensure that a permanent email address is included in their application.
The final selection of scholarship recipients is made by the participating universities in New Zealand. The scholarships manager of Universities New Zealand – Te Pōkai Tara will notify all applicants of their decisions in mid-September 2015.
To be considered for the Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan an applicant must complete and submit the online application form of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD), available on this site, and provide the supporting documents as requested.
Applicants are recommended to list up to three universities, in order of priority, where they would like their scholarship application to be considered. Universities will be involved in the assessment process in the order in which they are listed on the online application form. Applicants who have listed only one university (first choice) will not be considered for a second round of assessment.
Late or incomplete submissions will not be considered.
Applicants are encouraged to carefully read the instructions below before beginning the online form. If applicants experience difficulty filling out or submitting the form, they should send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applicants will receive a confirmation message and reference number by e-mail once their form is submitted.
NOTE: Applicants will have the possibility to save their application and complete it at a later time. Both saved and submitted applications will appear on the applicant’s profile homepage.
All supporting documentation may be submitted in English or in French, but pre-selected applicants will be required to provide English translation.
The following documents must be uploaded and attached to the online application form in one of the following formats: .pdf, .jpg, .doc, .docx, .txt or .gif. Each document must be smaller than 5 Mb in order for the application to upload successfully:
The following documents must be sent by mail or e-mail:
The documents above must be sent by email to email@example.com or by mail to:
Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE)
Attn: Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan – New Zealand
220 Laurier Avenue West, Suite 1550
The three letters of recommendation as well as all the required documents must arrive at CBIE by the deadline for the online application to be considered.
All applications received by the deadline that meet the eligibility requirements are evaluated by the Canadian Scholarship Selection Committee.
Preselected applications will be nominated to the New Zealand CSFP Committee where the final selection of scholarship recipients will be made. The results will be communicated to CBIE in September 2015. Notification will be sent out to successful candidates in September 2015 by Universities New Zealand - Te Pōkai Tara.
All recommendations of the Canadian Scholarship Selection Committee and decisions made by the New Zealand CSFP Committee are final and are not open to appeal.
The Canadian Scholarship Selection Committee is not able to provide feedback to unsuccessful candidates.
Applications submitted directly to the High Commission of New Zealand will not be considered. Documents submitted to the scholarship administrator will not be returned.
These scholarships are subject to the availability of funding provided by the participating universities in New Zealand.
The Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP) was established in 1959, with the first scholars selected in 1960. The Plan was suggested in an influential speech in September 1958 by Sidney Smith, a former President of the University of Toronto and later Canadian Minister of External Affairs. The goal of the Plan is to nurture educational links among Commonwealth countries and to strengthen the ideals upon which the Commonwealth was founded. Over 27,000 Commonwealth citizens have held awards - many going on to reach the very highest levels within their profession.
The chief contributors to the Plan are Canada and the United Kingdom (UK), with 20 other member countries having offered awards over its 50 year lifespan. In New Zealand, the CSFP is administered by Universities New Zealand - Te Pōkai Tara.
Annually, the New Zealand CSFP Committee offers a total of eight scholarships to Canada and the UK. All applications from Canada and the UK will be assessed on merit by the New Zealand CSFP Committee.