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The Sasakawa Young Leaders Scholarships are offered annually by Massey University from the proceeds of a very generous endowment received in December 1991 from the Nippon Foundation (then known as the Sasakawa Foundation).
The purpose of the Programme is to provide opportunity to study at any New Zealand university for graduate students who demonstrate leadership qualities or display high potential for future leadership in either public or private life.
Scholarships are offered for study towards research in either a Masters or PhD degree in a wide range of disciplines, provided the research is in the broad fields of Humanities (ie. the study of human culture, especially literature, languages, history, art, music and philosophy) or Social Sciences (ie. the scientific study of any aspect of social behaviour and/or the functioning of society). Professional doctorate degrees (eg. DClinPsych, DBusAdmin) are not eligible. Candidates whose degree programmes do not appear to fit in these categories, but who feel their research qualifies them, will be asked to justify this view in their application.
In accordance with the terms of its endowment, the selection committee sets a very high standard. Candidates should have an excellent academic record, have demonstrated a capacity for leadership, and a strong commitment towards their proposed research topic.
Successful applicants are able to study at any New Zealand university. The Scholar’s principal supervisor may, therefore, be from any New Zealand university.
Successful applicants will receive a scholarship of up to $25,000 per annum for a PhD degree or up to $15,000 for a Masters degree. All compulsory fees may be covered, and approved research expenses up to $5,000 p.a.
Applications close 1 October. The application will include:
After consideration of the submissions, the selection committee will invite shortlisted candidates to attend an interview in Wellington on Tuesday 14 November, the costs of which will be covered by the Scholarship Fund.
The interview will include a ten minute presentation by the candidate. Those shortlisted for interview will also be asked to provide a budget of proposed research expenses for the following year.
Candidates will be notified of the results of their applications soon after the interviews.
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Last updated on Tuesday 05 June 2018