William Georgetti Scholarship

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Closing date: 01/03/2015   

Purpose
The purpose of the William Georgetti Scholarships is to encourage postgraduate study and research, normally in New Zealand, in a field that, in the opinion of the Scholarship Board, is important to the social, cultural or economic development of New Zealand.

Every scholarship shall be tenable at a university or other institution approved for the purpose by the Scholarship Board.

Eligibility
A scholarship may be awarded to any person who:

Has resided in New Zealand for a period of at least five years immediately preceding the year of selection.
Is of good moral character and repute.
Is of good health certified by a physician of repute.
Is the holder of a degree of a university in New Zealand or elsewhere or any other academic qualification of a university or other institution of learning (in New Zealand or elsewhere) reasonably equivalent in the opinion of the Scholarship Board to a degree of a university in New Zealand.
No discrimination shall be made in respect of race, creed or sex.

Term
The scholarship shall be tenable for a period of three years unless the Scholarship Board, having regard to the programme of research or advanced study approved for any scholar, determines in respect of that scholar that the scholarship shall be tenable for a shorter period as it may specify.

If the Scholarship Board is satisfied that a scholar is unable to complete the programme of research or advanced study by the expiration of the period of tenure of the scholarship, then the Scholarship Board may, at its absolute discretion, grant an extension of that period by a further period, to be determined in each case by the Scholarship Board but normally no extension shall increase the total period of tenure of any scholarship beyond three years.

Except with the express approval of the Scholarship Board, the total period of tenure of the William Georgetti Scholarship shall not extend beyond three years.

Commencing Date
The tenure of every scholarship shall commence on a date to be determined in each case by the NZVCC, which date shall be not later than 31 May in any year, or as soon as is practicable thereafter for the scholar to commence the programme of research or advanced study.

Value
For those students studying in New Zealand the emolument of a William Georgetti Scholarship shall be at a rate of up to $20,000 per year for Masters study and $30,000 per year for doctoral study. If a scholar also holds an award offered by a New Zealand university, and that award permits co-tenure, the emolument of the William Georgetti Scholarship shall usually be at the rate of $10,000 per year if the scholarship is held in New Zealand.

For those students studying overseas the emolument shall be at a rate of up to $NZ45,000 per year.

A William Georgetti Scholarship shall not be tenable with any other scholarship, bursary or award except with the permission of the Scholarship Board. In granting permission as aforesaid the Scholarship Board may impose such conditions as it thinks fit, whether as to reduction in the emolument of the William Georgetti Scholarship or otherwise.

Payments
Payments of the scholarship emoluments shall be made in such manner and on such conditions as shall be determined by the NZVCC.

Positions of Emolument
Every scholar shall be required to devote their whole time during the tenure of the scholarship to a programme of research or advanced study approved for the purpose by the Scholarship Board and may not hold a position of emolument except on such terms and conditions as the Scholarship Board may determine.

Reports
The holder of a William Georgetti Scholarship shall arrange for reports to be furnished to the Scholarship Board at such time or times as the Scholarship Board shall direct, from the governing body, or Dean, professor or other responsible officer of the university or institution at which the programme of research or advanced study is being pursued, as to the progress therein and generally as to conduct and ability and such other information as the Scholarship Board may require.

Suspension or Termination
The Scholarship Board may at any time suspend or terminate any scholarship, or require the forfeiture of such proportion of the scholarship emolument as the Scholarship Board may determine, if it is satisfied that the scholar is not diligently pursuing the programme of research or advanced study or has failed to comply with any of the terms and conditions on which the scholarship was awarded; and a scholarship shall be terminated and no further payments shall be made if a scholar ceases to pursue the aforesaid programme.

Power to Vary Regulations
The Scholarship Board may, if it thinks fit, relax or modify the application of any of these regulations in any special circumstances or in order to avoid hardship to any scholar or candidate for a scholarship.

Applications
Candidates shall apply for the scholraship using the Universities NZ on-line scholarship appliation website.

Appliations must be submitted by 1 March in the year of the award year.

The on-line appolication will request and candidates must provide:
A statement of the candidate's proposed programme of research or advanced study and an outline of the methods of investigation it is proposed to adopt.
The names of two persons from whom character references have been requested.
A statement as to the candidate's countries of residence during the previous five years.
A Curriculum Vitae

Selection
The Scholarship Board shall summon to a personal interview such of the candidates as it finds desirable to see and, except in exceptional circumstances, no candidate shall be selected without such interview. The interviews will normally be held in April each year.

One or more scholarships may be awarded each year, but no scholarship shall be awarded upon any occasion if the Scholarship Board shall be of the opinion that there is no candidate of sufficient merit offering for the same.

Medical Certificate
The award of a scholarship shall be conditional upon the production by the candidate to the NZVCC, by a date to be specified by the Committee, of a medical certificate of health satisfactory to the Committee.

Constitution of Scholarship Board
The award of every William Georgetti Scholarship shall be made by the Scholarship Board constituted as follows:

The Governor-General of New Zealand or such person as the holder of that Office may from time to time nominate;
The Prime Minister of New Zealand or such person as the holder of that Office may from time to time nominate;
The Chief Justice of New Zealand or such other Judge of the High Court or retired Judge of the High Court of New Zealand as the Chief Justice may from time to time nominate;
Two persons of academic distinction appointed by the New Zealand Vice-Chancellors' Committee;
The President of the Federated Farmers of New Zealand Incorporated or such person as the holder of that Office may from time to time nominate.


Applications close with the Universities NZ on 1 March. Full regulations and on-line application forms are available from the Universities New Zealand website: http://www.universitiesnz.ac.nz/files/u12/Georgetti%20Regulations%202014cf.pdf

Application cannot be accepted before 01/12/2014.

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