Competition: Closed for the 2017 academic year
Who Applies: Canadian students and researchers
Description: The Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan – New Zealand offers scholarships to Canadians for study or research at the PhD level that lead to a degree at a university in New Zealand. These scholarships are to be taken up at the start of the 2017 academic year.
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 PhD level in all disciplines. 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 relevant university to confirm the financial elements and allowances of an award. The host university reserves the right to make changes to the type or value of any elements of the award and / or allowance.
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 doctoral 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 doctoral 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 2017 academic year (February 2017). Applicants 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 scholarship can be renewed for a maximum duration of three years. The yearly renewal of the scholarship is subject to:
Applicants are responsible to seek their own admission to the universities or educational institutions of their choice and ensure the necessary admission requirements are met.
In addition, applicants:
The deadline for the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD) online application form is 11:59 p.m. EDT, August 8, 2016.
Applications received late or incomplete by the scholarship administrator, the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) will not be considered.
It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that any documents sent by mail are received by the deadline. CBIE will not accept incomplete files. Supporting documents, other than the ones requested, will not be accepted.
An acknowledgement of receipt will not be provided. It is strongly recommended that the applicant collect all the required supporting documents in sealed envelopes and send them to CBIE in one package by a method that provides confirmation of its delivery, such as a courier service or registered mail.
Applicants will be contacted by CBIE by September 12, 2016 regarding the status of their application.
Applicants must also 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 candidates of their decisions in mid-November 2016.
To be considered for a scholarship under the Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan, an applicant must complete and submit the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD) online application form 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. The New Zealand universities will be involved in the final 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.
All inquiries regarding this scholarship should be directed to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
NOTE: Applicants will have the ability 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 with documents in French 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:
It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that these documents are received by the deadline.
The documents above must be sent to CBIE at:
Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE)
Attn: Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan – New Zealand
220 Laurier Avenue West, Suite 1550
Ottawa, Ontario K1P 5Z9
Note: Recommendation letters must be written and signed by the referees and cannot be authored by relatives of the applicant. Relatives are defined as: spouse, son or daughter, stepson or stepdaughter, father or mother, stepfather or stepmother, brother or sister, half-brother or half-sister, stepbrother or stepsister, father- or mother-in-law, son- or daughter-in-law, and brother- or sister-in-law.
All applications received by the deadline that meet the eligibility requirements will be evaluated by the Canadian Scholarship Selection Committee.
The Canadian Scholarship Selection Committee:
Applications will be reviewed by the Canadian Scholarship Selection Committee using the following criteria:
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 November 2016. Notification will be sent out to all pre-selected candidates in November 2016 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.
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. The Plan aims to make awards available to people of high intellectual promise who are expected to make a significant contribution to life in their own countries on their return from study abroad. Over 27,000 Commonwealth citizens have held awards - many going on to reach the very highest levels within their profession.
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.