Massey University Masterate Scholarship for Maori Students

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1. Purpose
Masterate Scholarships and Masterate Scholarships for Maori Students are offered for the purpose of encouraging postgraduate research at Massey University. The number of Masterate Scholarships awarded each year is discretionary and will be contingent on available funding. Up to two Masterate Scholarships for Maori Students will be awarded each year.

2. Eligibility
The scholarships are open to persons who are enrolled or eligible to enrol full-time for the thesis research component of their Masters degree at Massey University. The research component must be 90 - 120 credits (this may comprise two research papers studied in consecutive semesters that constitute a single project overall). A full-time candidate will be expected to work 40 – 50 hours per week on their Masterate qualification. Part-time applicants are not eligible.

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. International Fees
Applicants liable for international tuition fees must obtain additional funding to pay the international fees. The international rates for tuition fees are currently between NZ$24,000 and NZ$38,000 per annum, depending on the programme undertaken.

4. Term
Every scholarship shall be tenable at Massey University for a maximum period of 12 months devoted to full-time research.

5. Tenure
The tenure of every Masterate Scholarship shall commence either by 1 April (December round) or by 1 September (July round). No deferrals beyond these dates are permitted.

6. Programme of Research
Except as otherwise provided in these regulations, every applicant shall, during the tenure of the scholarship, be enrolled as a full-time student of Massey University and shall pursue at Massey University an approved programme of research approved by the relevant Massey University College Academic Director for the Master's degree.

7. Overseas Study
Applicants intending to pursue part of the approved programme of research at a university or other approved institution overseas are required to inform the Scholarships Committee in writing of the intended overseas study period, with a statement of support for this plan by their supervisor. Payments to applicants who proceed overseas will be made in New Zealand currency into a New Zealand bank account.

8. Value
The value of the Masterate Scholarship and Masterate Scholarship for Maori Students shall be $15,000. The Scholarships Committee may reduce the value or amend the terms and conditions of a scholarship to meet the circumstances of individual applicants.
9. Payments
Payments will be made in four equal instalments in April, June, August and October, provided that enrolment is approved and Massey University has confirmed attendance by the applicant. Payments for applicants commencing their research in semester two will be made in August (on confirmation of enrolment), October, April (on confirmation of re-enrolment) and June.

10. Conditions of Study
10.1All applicants are required to engage in full time study in their approved programme of research.

10.2Applicants must advise the relevant College Academic Directors’ office and the Scholarships Committee of the applicant’s intention to cease active involvement in full time study, or to convert to part time study, in his/her approved programme of research.

10.3No Masterate Scholarship payments will be made to an applicant if, for whatever reason, the applicant is not actively involved full time in his/her approved programme of research.

10.4The applicant shall reimburse Massey University for any Masterate Scholarship money paid to the applicant by Massey University subsequent to the date the applicant, for whatever reason, ceases to be involved in full time study in his/her approved programme of research.

10.5Should 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 Masterate Scholarship money paid to the applicant by Massey University during the tenure of the Masterate Scholarship, in which case the applicant shall repay Massey University such amount.

10.6Masterate Scholarships may be terminated at any time at the discretion of Massey University for the following reasons:
10.6.1lack of satisfactory academic progress in the applicants’ approved programme of research; or
10.6.2breach 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 applicant’s last known address, require the applicant to repay Massey University the full amount of the Masterate Scholarship money paid to the applicant, in which case the applicant shall repay Massey University such amount.

11. Co-tenure
Any Masterate Scholarship or part thereof may be tenable with any other scholarship, bursary or award where the total value of all awards does not exceed $22,000 per annum.

12. Concessions
The Scholarships Committee may, at its 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 scholarship or any person in receipt of a Masterate Scholarship.

13. Applications
Application forms are available from Massey Contact at each campus Contact@massey.ac.nz The application form can also be downloaded from http://awards.massey.ac.nz/

Applications must be received by the Scholarships Office, Research and Enterprise by:
13.11 July to commence tenure by 1 September in the current year, or
13.21 October to commence tenure by 1 April the following year.

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

15. 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, Manawatu Mail Centre, Palmerston North 4442, New Zealand. International@massey.ac.nz

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

16. Definitions
In these Masterate Scholarship Regulations:
“Masterate Scholarship” includes a Masterate Scholarship for Maori Students unless stated otherwise.


Applications will NOT be accepted more than 3 months in advance of the closing date.

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.

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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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