Competition: Closed for 2013-2014
Who Applies: Canadian students and researchers
Description: Scholarships offered at New Zealand universities to Canadians for doctoral study 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. These scholarships are available at the doctoral level in all disciplines. Programs with higher than normal fees are not supported under the CSFP.
Candidates already enrolled in a degree program are eligible to apply.
The scholarships are tenable at the following New Zealand universities:
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 award.
The award generally includes:
Scholarships are tenable for one academic year, which must begin by the start of the 2014 academic year (February 2014).
The scholarship can be renewed for a maximum duration of three years. The yearly renewal of the scholarship is subject to:
In addition, applicants:
Priority will be given to candidates who are not currently enrolled in a doctoral program in New Zealand.
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 deadline for the online application form is 11:59 p.m. EDT, July 5, 2013. Applications received late or incomplete 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 will not accept incomplete files. Supporting documents, other than the ones requested, will not be accepted.
An acknowledgement of receipt will not be provided.
Applicants will be contacted in August 2013 by the scholarship administrator 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 nominees of their decisions in mid-September.
To be considered for the Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan an applicant must complete and submit the online application form and provide the supporting documents as requested.
Applicants are recommended to list up to two 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.
Late or incomplete submissions will not be considered.
Applicants are encouraged to carefully read the instructions below before beginning the online application. If applicants experience difficulty filling out or submitting the application, applicants should send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The following documentation 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:
Only samples as specified above will be presented to the Selection Committee.
It is strongly recommended that the applicant collect supporting documents in a sealed envelope and send them to the scholarship administrator in one package by a method that provides confirmation of its delivery, such as courier service or registered mail.
This supporting documentation should be sent to the scholarship administrator at:
Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE)
Attn: Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan – New Zealand
220 Laurier Avenue West, Suite 1550
The New Zealand CSFP Committee attaches great importance to letters of recommendation from people who are well acquainted with the applicant’s academic or professional work. Please note that:
Three letters of recommendation must be sent separately, by the referees, as a PDF document to the scholarship administrator at email@example.com.
Documents and email subject lines must clearly identify the name of the scholarship program and the last name of the candidate:
Subject: CSP-NEW-ZEALAND-last name of the candidate
Example: CSP- NEW-ZEALAND -Johnson
The three letters of recommendation must arrive by the deadline for the online application to be considered.
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 25,000 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 Ta.
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.