AUT New Zealand PhD Scholarships 2019 in Biological Sciences ~ helpBIOTECH

15 June 2019

AUT New Zealand PhD Scholarships 2019 in Biological Sciences


AUT Doctoral Scholarships


Regulations [PDF, 224.0 KB]


AUT provides doctoral scholarships to highly achieving doctoral research students to AUT University in order to encourage and stimulate doctoral studies in areas of the University’s research capability.  
From 2019 AUT will offer two categories of AUT Scholarships: AUT Vice Chancellor’s Doctoral Scholarships (conditions apply see eligibility criteria) 
a. New doctoral applicants with a GPA of 8.0 or above in their most recent qualifying programme will be guaranteed a scholarship provided the qualifying programme was completed at a New Zealand university and they meet the additional conditions below; or  
b. New Māori and domestic Pacific doctoral applicants with a GPA of 7.5 or above, from their most recent qualifying programme will be guaranteed a scholarship provided the qualifying programme was completed at a New Zealand university and they meet the additional conditions below. Applicants applying under b) must be citizens or permanent residents of New Zealand. AUT Doctoral Scholarships The contestable rounds are open to all eligible applicants. Applicants may be New Zealand citizens or permanent residents, or International students. Applications open one month prior to the closing date.  
Selection criteria:
  • •Applicants must meet English language proficiency requirements as stated in the Academic Calendar (http://www.aut.ac.nz/calendar) at the time of application. 
  • •Applicants must meet the normal admission criteria for the doctoral programme and have received an Offer of Place (OOP) for the doctoral programme at AUT. http://www.aut.ac.nz/study-at-aut/entry-requirements/postgraduate-and-graduate-admissionrequirements   
  • •Recipients of this scholarship will have an excellent academic record, strong academic references and have demonstrated the potential for high quality research.  
  • •Scholarships are awarded on academic merit and recipients of this scholarship will normally have the equivalent of first class honours. Previous study should include research methodology paper(s) and an independent research project, including the writing of a report on that research.  
  • •The applicant’s proposed field of study must be one where the University can offer supervision. Applicants should contact potential supervisors prior to application to confirm the availability of supervision for their proposed research. 
  • •Preference will be given to new applicants to the doctoral programme at AUT, including those currently in provisional candidature.  
  • •Applicants who have applied unsuccessfully in past rounds may reapply only if there is a change to the information submitted.  

General Information:

How do students apply?

Applications will be accepted in two categories:  

1. AUT Vice Chancellor’s Doctoral Scholarships - applicants may apply at any time during the year apart from between 1 December and 15 January. 
a.       New doctoral applicants with a GPA of 8.0 or above in their most recent qualifying programme will be guaranteed a scholarship provided the qualifying programme was completed at a New Zealand university and they meet the additional conditions below; or  
b.       New Māori and domestic Pacific doctoral applicants with a GPA of 7.5 or above, from their most recent qualifying programme will be guaranteed a scholarship provided the qualifying programme was completed at a New Zealand university and they meet the additional conditions below. Māori and domestic Pacific applying under (b.) must be citizens or permanent residents of New Zealand. NB: the GPA for AUT Doctoral scholarships will be calculated using the AUT method outlined in the document available from the webpage http://www.aut.ac.nz/study-at-aut/fees-scholarships-andfinance/scholarships/vice-chancellors-doctoral-scholarships.  The following additional conditions apply for Vice Chancellor’s Doctoral Scholarships 

•Applicants must have an unconditional Offer of Place in the doctoral programme. 
•A scholarship allocated under this category must be taken up within three months. 
•Applicants who have previously applied unsuccessfully for an AUT Doctoral Scholarship are not eligible to apply.   

2. AUT Doctoral Scholarships –Applications open one month prior to any of the three closing dates   
a. The three contestable rounds are open to all eligible applicants i.e. applicants may be New Zealand citizens or permanent residents, or International students. 
b. Grades for the qualifying degree must be available at the time of application. Students awaiting grades must apply in the following round. Application requirements Application is through the AUT Scholarships Application portal.  It is not possible to submit incomplete scholarship applications through the online application process. In order for the application to be submitted applicants must complete all sections and request the required support statements. Incomplete applications will not be forwarded to the selection panel.  

The following will need to be uploaded and submitted with the on-line Application Form: 

• Academic transcript(s) for any previous tertiary study that was completed at a university other than AUT •       A brief C.V. (maximum three pages) 
• A two page proposal outlining the intended research using the template provided with the online application form. The applicant will be asked to  provide the following details:               - Proposed Topic/Title 
- Rationale and significance of the study 
- Key Question/hypothesis/problem/issue to be Investigated: 

- Design of the study; the methodology and research technique(s) to be employed in the study 
- Research benefits 
- References  Note:  the proposal must be two pages only (1,000 words) plus a maximum of one page for any references.  If a longer document is provided you will be asked to revise the document to meet the requirements.  

Faculty support:   All applicants must contact their faculty in advance of application and seek support for their doctoral research.  The Head of School (HoS) for the proposed research will be requested, within the application portal, to provide a statement of support indicating that the School is able to provide the appropriate resources for the proposed research necessary to the successful completion of the research.  The HoS will also provide the names of the proposed supervisory team.      

Reference statements:   Two academic reference statements are required for all applicants other than those whose qualifying programme was completed at AUT.  AUT applicants will be required to provide one referee only. Applicants must not submit referee’s reports directly; nominated referees will be sent a request directly from the On-line application system. Please advise your referees that they will be receiving an email requesting a reference statement. Applicants can submit the application without referees’ statements. However, the application will be considered ineligible and will not be released to selection panels without the required reference statements.   

Regulations [PDF, 224.0 KB]

Decision makers

Successful candidates are selected by Faculty panels and confirmed by the AUT Scholarships Committee. Complete applications for AUT Vice Chancellor’s Doctoral Scholarships will be forwarded to the Faculty’s Associate Dean Postgraduate who will then recommend the awarding of a scholarship under this category if appropriate. The award of a scholarship will be ratified by the Chair of the AUT Scholarships Committee (or nominee).  

How and when do students learn of the decision?

No later than two months after the closing date.

What conditions are attached to acceptance of this award?
See REgulations Document available from the link above.

Additional information
The full Vice-Chancellor's Doctoral Scholarship or AUT Doctoral Scholarship  consists of the following: ·         Tuition fees (at the domestic rate) plus the compulsory student services fee; and ·         An annual stipend of NZ$25,000 per annum. Applicants for the AUT Doctoral Scholarship will also be considered for one of the following Faculty or School funded options if the funding is available (see Faculty listings for AUT Doctoral Scholarships): ·         A Full Fee Scholarship ·         Full fees plus an annual stipend of either $15,000, $20,000 or $25,000.  

Who else has information about this award?

For guidelines, application forms and more information about this award contact:
Auckland University of Technology

Phone: +64 9 921 9837


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