Massey University Doctoral Scholarship

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Closing date: 31/05/2016   

NOTE: the closing dates shown on the website are NOT formal closing dates, they are for the Scholarships Office use only. DO NOT SEND UNSOLICITED APPLICATIONS.

In the first instance, prospective applicants need to read the specific College information on the website. Each College has their own information regarding how the scholarships are allocated and provide information for prospective students. Each College advertises their closing date/s.

NOTE: Recipients are responsible for the payment of their fees. International students are required to pay their first year fees before they are enrolled.

Please Note: All domestic applicants for the Massey University Doctoral Scholarships are considered for the Vice-Chancellor's Scholarships. The Vice Chancellor's Scholarships are awarded on academic ranking to the top domestic students. The Vice Chancellor's Doctoral Scholarships are awarded by the Scholarships Committee in October each year to domestic doctoral recipients who start their scholarship within the funding year. NOTE: International students who change their residency status following the award of a Massey Doctoral scholarship are not eligible to be considered in October for the Vice Chancellor's Doctoral Scholarships.

1. Purpose
Doctoral Scholarships and Doctoral Scholarships for Maori are offered for the purpose of encouraging postgraduate research at Massey University, are open to domestic and international students, and are awarded on academic ranking. Doctoral scholarships are offered through the Colleges and are aligned with research priorities of the University.


1.1Up to 10 Vice-Chancellor's Doctoral Scholarships are offered each year to domestic students.

1.2The number of Doctoral Scholarships to be offered each year is determined by the University.

1.3The number of Doctoral Scholarship for Maori students to be offered each year is determined by the University.

1.4The proportion of scholarships awarded to International applicants would usually have an upper limit of 40%. The normal balance would be 30% of the total number of scholarships awarded in any year.


The awarding of any Doctoral Scholarship is discretionary and is dependent upon funding.

2. Eligibility
The Doctoral Scholarships are open to persons who are enrolled or eligible to enrol full-time for a research paper of 120 credits during a 12 month period towards a Doctoral degree at Massey University. A full-time candidate will be expected to work 40 - 50 hours per week on their Doctoral qualification. Part-time applicants are not eligible. Applicants already holding a PhD are not eligible to apply. Applicants who are completing Honours or Masters thesis or research report must be due to submit before they apply for the Doctoral Scholarship.

Consideration will normally only be given to students with a GPA of 7.5 or better (on a 9 point scale). This is above an average grade of A-.

3. Term
Every Doctoral Scholarship shall be tenable at Massey University for up to a maximum period of 36 months devoted to full-time research. No tenure beyond 36 months will be permitted. No retrospective payments will be permitted unless approval into the Doctoral programme was delayed for reasons beyond the applicant's control.

4. Tenure
The tenure of the Doctoral Scholarships shall commence within the current year. No deferrals beyond these dates are permitted, except, in exceptional circumstances, with written approval from the Chair of the Scholarships Committee.

5. Programme of Research
Except as otherwise provided in these regulations, every applicant shall, during the tenure of the Doctoral Scholarship, be enrolled as a full-time student of Massey University and shall pursue an approved programme of research approved by the Doctoral Research Committee for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy or a Named Doctorate. Applicants undertaking a Named Doctoral degree are eligible to apply for the Doctoral Scholarship for tenure during the period of the research component of the degree.

6. Overseas Study
The Doctoral Research Committee, at its absolute discretion, may permit an applicant to pursue part of the approved programme of research at a university or other approved institution overseas. Applications for overseas research must be made by the applicant to the Doctoral Research Committee and be supported by the applicant's supervisory panel. Payments to applicants who proceed overseas will be made in New Zealand currency into a New Zealand bank account.

7. Value
7.1 Doctoral Scholarships
The value of the Doctoral Scholarship shall be $25,000 per annum to a maximum of 3 years. Recipients are responsible for the payment of their fees.

7.2 Vice Chancellor's Doctoral Scholarship
The value of the Vice Chancellor's Doctoral Scholarship shall be $28,000 per annum to a maximum of 3 years. Recipients are responsible for the payment of their fees.

The Scholarships Committee may reduce the value or amend the terms and conditions of a Doctoral Scholarship to meet the circumstances of individual applicants.

8. Payments
Payments will be made at the end of each calendar month and will commence the next month following provisional registration by the Doctoral Research Committee. No payment will be made to an applicant whose enrolment and attendance has not been confirmed by Massey University. Recipients who have already commenced their PhD studies should note that the scholarship will not be backdated.

9. Conditions of Study
9.1 All applicants are required to engage in full time study in their approved programme of research.

9.2 Applicants must advise both the Doctoral Research Committee and Scholarships Committee of the applicant's intention to cease active involvement in full time study, or convert to part time study, in his/her approved programme of research.

9.3 No Doctoral Scholarship payments will be made to applicants if, for whatever reason, the applicant is not actively involved full time in his/her approved programme of research.

9.4 The applicant shall repay Massey University for any Doctoral Scholarship money paid to the applicant by Massey University subsequent to the date the applicant, for whatever reason, ceases to be actively involved in full time study in his/her approved programme of research.

9.5 Should the applicant withdraw, for whatever reason, from his/her approved programme of research, Massey University may, by written notice to the applicant at the applicant's last known address, require the applicant to repay Massey University the full amount of the Doctoral Scholarship money paid to the applicant by Massey University during the tenure of the Doctoral Scholarship, in which case the applicant shall repay Massey University such amount.

9.6 Doctoral Scholarships may be terminated or suspended at any time at the discretion of Massey University for the following reasons:
9.6.1 lack of satisfactory academic progress in the applicant's approved programme of research; or
9.6.2 breach by the applicant of any of Massey University's rules or regulations.
In such circumstances Massey University may, by written notice to the applicant at the applicants last known address, require the applicant to repay Massey University the full amount of the Doctoral Scholarship money paid to the applicant and in which case the applicant shall repay Massey University such amount.

9.7 Funding for years 2 and 3 may be subject to a report from the College following the applicant's confirmation of PhD event.

10. Co-tenure
Vice-Chancellor's Doctoral Scholarships and Doctoral Scholarships are tenable with any other scholarship, bursary, or other income provided for that purpose up to the value of $15,000. The Doctoral Scholarship will reduce commensurably with any other such support above $15,000.

Applications will not normally be entertained from applicants on full salary for the purposes of study. Where such applicants wish to make a case for doctoral scholarship support, their applications will require full disclosure of income with corroborating statements from the employing institution.

11. Concessions
The Scholarships Committee may, at its sole discretion, relax or modify the application of any of these regulations in any special circumstances or in order to avoid hardship to any applicant for a Doctoral Scholarship or any person in receipt of a Doctoral Scholarship.

12. Applications
In the first instance, applicants need to contact the appropriate person within the College they intend undertaking their studies in to discuss research topics available within the College.

College of Sciences - Qiao Wang - Q.Wang@massey.ac.nz

College of Humanities and Social Sciences - Cynthia White - C.J.White@massey.ac.nz

College of Health - Marlena Kruger- M.C.Kruger@massey.ac.nz
Please do NOT send unsolicited College of Health applications, potential students should contact Marlena to discover what research topics are available in the College of Health or make direct contact with a preferred supervisor to discuss possible topics.


College of Business - please see the College of Business research platform for topic areas and the appropriate contact:
http://www.massey.ac.nz/massey/research/higher-research-degrees/funding-scholarships/doctoral-project-funding.cfm


College of Creative Arts - PhD Administrator - creativePhD@massey.ac.nz



Writable application forms are available from: http://awards.massey.ac.nz/
(Please ONLY apply AFTER discussing projects with the co-ordinators)



NOTE: There is no closing date, the Colleges will receive applications on an on-going basis unless stated on the College doctoral site; the closing dates shown on the website are for the Scholarships Office use only.


13. Admission
An offer of a Doctoral 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.

14. International Applicants
International applicants must apply for admission to Massey University on a separate application form available from the International Office, Private Bag 11-222, Palmerston North, New Zealand. International@massey.ac.nz (admission to the University and admission to the doctoral programme are two separate processes).

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

All successful applicants must also apply for provisional registration through the Doctoral Research Office Doctoral.Office@massey.ac.nz before Doctoral Scholarship payments commence.

All successful international students will be required to return a signed acceptance of the Offer of Place and pay the total fees due before the International Office can confirm supervision with a College and issue a confirmed offer of place.


Footnote: GPA calculations:
GPA scores are calculated in New Zealand using a nine point scale. This scale runs from 9 for an A+ grade, 8 for an A grade, 7 for an A- grade and so on down to 1 for a C- or R grade.

GPA scores are calculated for applicants for Massey University scholarships and bursaries using grades from the two most recent years of study. If a student did not take a full programme of study (120 credits at Massey University) in one of these years, grades from earlier years (full semesters) are used to make up the minimum of two full years of study. The grade from the most recent year, or most recent 120 credits of papers, is given a weighting of 0.7 and grades for the other year are given a weighting of 0.3.

GPA scores for international students are calculated using grades from the two most recent years of study in the same way as scores are calculated for domestic students. The calculation of GPA scores takes into account the characteristics of the grading system for degrees from each country. The calculation converts grades from overseas into numbers that are used in the New Zealand nine point GPA scale. If the most recent year of study for an overseas student was completed in New Zealand, their GPA score is calculated using a combination of their New Zealand grades and their overseas grades.




Applications may be downloaded and completed, or completed on-line. Applications MUST be on the official application form, applications submitted on modified forms will NOT be accepted.



All applications are acknowledged by email.

Application cannot be accepted before 29/02/2016.

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