Todd Foundation Postgraduate Scholarship in Energy Research

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Closing date: 01/09/2018   

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 Todd Foundation Scholarship in Energy Research recognises the work of Sir Bryan Todd. Sir Bryan, who played a major role in the creation of the Todd Foundation, was responsible for the development of the New Zealand oil and gas industry.

The funds for the scholarship are provided by the income from a substantial gift by The Todd Corporation Ltd to The Todd Foundation and reflect the Todd Corporation's continuing association with Energy enterprise.

The purpose of The Todd Foundation Scholarship in Energy Research is to undertake research in the field of Energy, towards a doctoral degree at a New Zealand university or approved research institution in New Zealand, which may have wide relevance including value to New Zealand.

Conditions of Eligibility
Applicants must be New Zealand citizens, or hold New Zealand Permanent Residency. Applicants must hold an appropriate bachelors degree with first or second class honours, or masters degree, and have already demonstrated a capacity for research.

Those currently in their final year of study for such a tertiary qualification are eligible to apply for the scholarship, but any award made would be conditional upon the successful completion of that tertiary qualification.

Tenure and Number
The scholarship is available for up to three years.

Payments will be made six-monthly and are dependent on a positive and satisfactory report on progress from the institution at which they are studying.

The value of the scholarship shall be $25,000 per annum, to include tuition fees. In addition, an amount of $3,000 will be available during the term of the scholarship for attendance at an appropriate conference.

Every person who wishes to be considered for The Todd Foundation Scholarship in Energy Research shall complete an application using the Universities NZ on-line scholarships application website:

The closing date by which applications must be complete, with references included, and submitted through the on-line website is 1 September in the year before taking up the scholarship.

The on-line application process will request and candidates must provide:

(a)Proof of New Zealand citizenship or permanent residency.
(b)A statement of the candidate's proposed project or programme and indicating the university or other approved research institution at which the programme of study is to be undertaken.
(c)The names and addresses of two referees who have been asked to provide confidential references.
(d)The candidate's curriculum vitae.
(e)Such other information as seems pertinent to the application or which may from time to time be required by the Scholarship Board

A copy of the candidate's academic transcript can be provided by the candidate's New Zealand University.

Research proposals and arrangements will often be still in development and so details included in the initial application may be tentative.

In view of the significance of the research project to the criteria for the scholarship, candidates may wish to alter or add to their research proposal. Any such additional or amended information should be sent to the Scholarships Manager at Universities New Zealand by September 15 for subsequent assessment by the Scholarship Board.

Selection and Criteria
The Scholarship Board will invite short-listed candidates for an interview in October or November of each year. All reasonable travel expenses within New Zealand will be met by The Todd Foundation.

In considering the award, the Scholarship Board shall take into account:

-exceptional academic strength and strong enthusiasm for the intended area of research;
-support for the research: internal university support, including supervision and resources; external support for the provision of necessary resources.

Scholarship Board
The Scholarship Board will consist of five members:

(a)The Chairperson of The Todd Foundation or nominee;
(b)A nominee of The Todd Foundation;
(c)The Convenor of Universities New Zealand Scholarships Committee or nominee;
(d)Professor or equivalent, from a New Zealand university, in the field of the scholarship;
(e)A senior professional practitioner from the field of the scholarship, appointed by Universities NZ Scholarships Committee.

The scholar's supervisor will provide the Scholarships Manager of Universities NZ with six monthly reports on the scholar's progress. Reports from the scholar outlining his/her own achievements after receiving the scholarship are also invited. The student and/or his/her supervisor may be invited to meet with the Todd Foundation to discuss the progress of the research or programme.

One copy of any thesis written is to be lodged with Universities NZ Vice-Chancellors' Committee, for subsequent forwarding to the Chairman of The Todd Foundation

Suspension or Termination
Following consultation, the Scholarship Board may at any time suspend or terminate any scholarship emolument as may be determined, if the Board is satisfied that the scholar is not diligently pursuing the agreed research programme 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 agreed programme.

Positions of Emolument
Scholars shall normally be required to devote their whole time during the tenure of the award to their research programme but may undertake a limited amount of teaching as the Scholarship Board may determine in each case.

Award holders may hold other scholarships, awards or prizes only on such terms and conditions as the Scholarship Board shall determine in each case.

Intellectual Property
The ownership of intellectual property would normally reside with the institution providing facilities for and/or supervising the award holder. In the absence of an identifiable institution the award holder will negotiate a suitable arrangement over the ownership of intellectual property with The Todd Foundation through the Convenor of the Scholarship Board. The Todd Foundation wishes the benefits of all intellectual property to be retained in New Zealand.

Power to Vary Conditions
The Scholarship Board may make, amplify, vary or rescind all or any of the conditions or regulations relating to the said scholarship and the granting and tenure thereof specified in the preceding clauses and add any further or substitute other conditions, provided that no such conditions shall be inconsistent with the general purpose of The Todd Foundation Scholarship in Energy Research.

Applications close with the Universities NZ on 1 September. Full regulations and on-line application forms are available from the Universities New Zealand website:

Application cannot be accepted before 01/06/2018.

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