AgriOne Centre of Excellence in Farm Business Management Doctoral Scholarships

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1. Purpose
The Centre of Excellence in Farm Business Management Doctoral Scholarships are awarded for the purpose of supporting postgraduate study and research in farm business management at Lincoln University and Massey University.

2. Number
The number of scholarships to be awarded in any year shall be determined by the Director of the Centre of Excellence in Farm Business Management (thereafter referred to as ‘the Director’).

3. Eligibility
(1)Scholarships will be open to applicants who have gained entrance into a Doctor of Philosophy at Lincoln University or Massey University.

(2)If a candidate awarded a scholarship under 3 (1) above does not become eligible to register for Doctor of Philosophy at Lincoln University or Massey University by 1 March in the year following the award, then the award will lapse.

4. Selection Criteria
The scholarship will be awarded based on the following criteria:

(1) Academic Merit - emphasis will be placed on academic achievement in advanced level undergraduate courses.

(2) Research interests that align with the research programme of the Centre of Excellence in Farm Business Management.

5. Selection Committee
The scholarship shall be awarded by the Director on the recommendation of the Head of Department of Agricultural Management at Lincoln University and the Professor of Farm Management at Massey University (or their nominees or equivalents).

6. Tenure
The following conditions of tenure shall apply.
(1) Every scholarship shall be tenable for a maximum of three years from the commencement date of the tenure of the scholarship, unless the candidate is already registered for a PhD.

(2) Where an applicant for a scholarship has been registered for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy prior to the commencement of the scholarship, the tenure of the scholarship may be reduced by the period the applicant has already been registered for that degree.

(3) The tenure of the scholarship shall begin at the commencement of the semester immediately following the award.

7. Programme of Research
During the tenure of the scholarship, every scholar shall be enrolled as a full-time student for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy at Lincoln University or Massey University.

8. Deferral/Temporary Suspension of Study
(1) The scholar may defer commencement of the scholarship for a period of up to six months from the date of the proposed commencement provided he or she notifies the Director in writing of his or her intention to do so at least two weeks before the date of commencement.

(2) Once the scholarship has commenced, the Director, at his or her discretion, may grant a temporary suspension of the scholarship, without emolument, for up to one year having taken into account the scholar’s circumstances and the progress of the study.

9. Payments
(1) The value of the scholarships shall be determined by the Director. The emolument shall be paid by monthly instalments in arrears, according to the tenure of the scholarship.
Note: The current value of the award is $25,000 per annum.

(2) The first payment shall be made as soon as practicable after the student has registered for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy at Lincoln University or Massey University.

(3) In addition to the emolument, the scholarship covers an amount equivalent to the New Zealand students’ tuition fee for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy at Lincoln University or Massey University, provided that the respective university’s contribution towards fees will be reduced by an amount equal to the sum available for fees from any other scholarship received by the student up to the value of the relevant New Zealand students’ tuition fee. This amount is payable annually by way of a credit in the scholar’s fees account.

(4) At the request of the scholar, the amount of the emolument may be reduced to an amount specified by the scholar.

10. Co-Tenure
(1) Except as provided in 11(2) below a scholarship shall be tenable with any other scholarship, bursary or award unless the conditions of the other award preclude it.

(2) Where a scholar holds other awards while also holding a Centre of Excellence in Farm Business Management Doctoral Scholarship, then the value of the scholarship may be reduced in circumstances to be determined by the Director.

11. Positions of Emolument
(1) A scholar is expected to devote his or her whole time to study for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.

(2) A scholar may hold a position of emolument while receiving a scholarship provided that he or she meets the University’s requirements for registration as a full-time student for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.

Note: In order to meet the university’s requirements for registration as a full-time PhD student, a scholar may work no more than ten hours per week during the academic year.

12. Extensions
Under no circumstances will an extension be granted beyond the maximum tenure of three years.

13. Reviews of Progress
(1) The Director shall request from the Head of Department of Agricultural Management at Lincoln University or the Professor of Farm Management at Massey University (or their nominees or equivalents), six monthly reports on the scholar’s progress.

(2) A scholar is expected to have prepared, and have approved, a research proposal within six months of commencement of the scholarship.

(3) If the Director, at any time, is satisfied that the scholar is not diligently pursuing his or her studies; or is not working on an approved topic; or is not making satisfactory progress, then the Director may suspend or terminate any scholarship or require the forfeiture of any proportion of the scholarship emolument.

14. Concessions
The Director may relax or modify the application of any of these regulations in special circumstances or in order to avoid hardship to any scholar or candidate for a scholarship.

15. Research Outcomes
Under the Doctoral Degree regulations, students are normally required to submit a print and/or digital copy of their thesis to the university and/or faculty library. In addition, the scholar must submit a digital copy of the thesis to the Director.

16. International Applicants
International applicants must apply for admission to Massey University on a separate application form available from International Office, Private Bag 11-222, Palmerston North, New Zealand. Email: international@massey.ac.nz.

PLEASE NOTE: Scholarship applications cannot be accepted until such time as the international applicant has applied for admission to the University and has been given a Massey University student ID.

17. Admission
An offer of a Scholarship is not an offer of admission to Massey University, nor does it imply Massey University approval of provisional enrolment in an approved programme of research for a doctoral programme.

18. Applications
Candidates shall submit applications no later than 30 September of the year preceding the award of the scholarship. Applications will be submitted on the form provided by the Director or the Scholarships Offices at Lincoln University or Massey University.

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Current students

Log in to the student portal. Select the scholarships tab and choose ‘Make an application’.

Prospective students

You must complete the admission process before you can apply for a scholarship. Read the section for Prospective students on our How to apply page.

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