Claude McCarthy Fellowships

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Closing date: 01/10/2018   

Once you apply, the University and your named referees are contacted to provide relevant information. You must allow both the Scholarships Office and your referees time to complete these actions before the closing date. The University Scholarships Office cannot guarantee an immediate response to these requests.

The funds for these fellowships are provided by the income from a substantial bequest by the late Claude McCarthy, who died in Spain in 1978.

Mr McCarthy was born in Hororata, West Christchurch in 1888. He attended Christchurch Boys’ High School from 1903 to 1907, began university studies in 1907 and graduated with a BA in 1913.

His teaching career was interrupted by war service when he went overseas in 1917 as a lieutenant in the 24th Reinforcements. After his return he graduated with an MA in 1919 and then in 1922 went to the United States. After 25 years there he retired to live on the island of Jersey.


The object of the fellowships is to enable graduates of any one or more of the Universities of New Zealand, to undertake original work or research in literature, science or medicine. (The words literature, science or medicine will be interpreted liberally.)


Category A
To enable graduates of a New Zealand university, who are registered and enrolled for a doctoral degree at a New Zealand university, to travel overseas for short periods to:
-present research work at conferences, and
-conduct research contributing to the New Zealand doctoral degree for which they are enrolled.

Category A: Notes
1.Awards shall normally not exceed $5,000 and are intended to supplement other sources of funding.
2.Applications for conference attendance will be enhanced if combined with other research activities.
3.Applications will only be considered from those who have been enrolled in their PhD programme for at least one year at the time of application.
4.Awards shall normally be available for periods of up to three months. No award shall be made at any time for a period exceeding one year.
5.Awards may be made to cover travel costs, reasonable accommodation costs, conference registration costs and, if appropriate, research related costs.
6.Fellows must use the fellowship funds whilst registered for a doctoral degree or at the latest within four months of the date of submission.

Two Application Rounds Each Year

From 2016 there are two application rounds each year.

Round 1
Applications are invited for Fellowships to be held between July and December:
-applications will close in May
-committee selection will be in June
-Fellowships can only be awarded for tenure from July to December in the same year.

Round 2
Applications are invited for Fellowships to be held between January and June:
-applications will close 1 October
-committee selection will be in October/November.
-Fellowships can only be awarded for tenure from January to June in the following year.

The number of fellowships to be awarded in any round in any year will be determined by Universities New Zealand having regard to the income available for the purpose.

If the Selection Committee is of the opinion that there are no candidates of sufficient merit then no fellowships will be awarded.

Universities New Zealand will make awards of the fellowships on the recommendations of a special Selection Committee set up for the purpose. The Committee may consult with the universities and others as it deems fit.

The decisions of the Selection Committee are final and no correspondence will be entered into following the selection meeting.

Award Value
The value of the award for each fellowship will be decided by the Committee.

Funding awarded from Round 1 can only be used for Fellowships to be held from July to December of that year.

Funding awarded from Round 2 can only be used for Fellowships to be held from January to June of the following year.

Applicants should complete an application form using the Universities NZ online scholarship application website:

The closing dates by which applications must be complete and submitted through the website are published on the website.

The online application form will request and applicants must provide:
1.detailed information describing the conference to be attended and the research to be carried out. itemised and detailed budget of estimated costs.
3.details of any academic publications.

In the online form applicants will be asked to nominate two people able to comment on the applicant’s qualifications and on the relevance and anticipated benefits to their PhD of the conference and research.

The online form will also ask applicants to obtain a statement of support from their Head of Department.

Awards shall normally be available for periods of up to three months.
No award shall be made at any time for a period exceeding one year.

Fellows are required to report on the progress of their programmes to Universities New Zealand. A final detailed report is required at the conclusion of the fellowship.

Suspension or Termination
Universities New Zealand may at any time suspend or terminate any fellowship, or require the forfeiture of such proportion of the fellowship emolument as the Selection Committee may determine, if it is satisfied that the fellow is not diligently pursuing the programme of research or original work or has failed to comply with any of the terms and conditions on which the fellowship was awarded; and a fellowship shall be terminated and no further payments shall be made if a fellow ceases to pursue the aforesaid programme.

Positions of Emolument
Fellows shall normally be required to devote their whole time during the tenure of the fellowship to their original work or research. Fellows may undertake a limited amount of paid work, for example university teaching, which must be approved by Universities New Zealand.

Fellows shall not hold any other emoluments except on such terms and conditions as Universities New Zealand shall determine in each case.

Power to Vary Conditions
It is lawful for Universities New Zealand, on the recommendation of the Selection Committee, at any time to amplify, vary or rescind all or any of the conditions relating to the said fellowship and the award and tenure thereof specified in the preceding clauses and to add any further or substitute other conditions, provided that no such conditions shall be inconsistent with the general purpose of the said bequest.

Application cannot be accepted before 01/07/2018.

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