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The AUT Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Doctoral Scholarship



History or background of award

The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee AUT Doctoral Scholarship marks the 60th anniversary of the accession of Her Majesty The Queen to the throne and will be awarded annually.

Purpose of award
Awarded annually to a doctoral student who is a citizen and resident of one of the following Pacific countries; Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Niue, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga and Vanuatu to carry out doctoral study at AUT University. By awarding The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee AUT Doctoral Scholarship AUT aims to:

Develop an internationally-aware, skilled future leader

Establish enduring education and professional linkages.

Selection criteria
The scholarship will be awarded annually to a doctoral student who is a citizen, and resident in, one of the following Pacific countries; Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Niue, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga and Vanuatu to carry out doctoral study at AUT University. Applicants must be a citizen and resident of one of the eligible countries. Applicants may not have citizenship or permanent residence status of New Zealand or any other developed country. Applicants who are New Zealand citizens from the Cook Islands, Niue, Tokelau and dual citizens of Samoa are exempt from this requirement; however, they must reside in the Cook Islands, Nuie, Tokelau or Samoa or another eligible country. Preference may be given to those applicants who have also been schooled in an eligible country.

The recipients of this scholarship will have strong academic references plus a strong academic record and/or have demonstrated the potential for quality research. Previous study should include research methodologies papers and an independent research project, including the writing of a report on that research.

* Applicants must meet the normal admission criteria to the doctoral programme, including, minimally, second class (first division) honours or equivalent as stated in the Academic Calendar (http://www.aut.ac.nz/calendar). However, recipients of this scholarship will normally have the equivalent of first class honours.

* The applicant's proposed field of study must be one where the University can offer supervision. It is advisable that applicants should contact potential supervisors prior to application to confirm the availability of supervision.

Number of awards offered
One each year

Value
$25,000 annual stipend Tuition fees and Student Services Levies

Tenure of award
Up to three years, renewable annually on satisfactory progress.

Closing dates for applications
Applications closes mid October annually

How do students apply?
Application will be via the online scholarship application portal available from the link.

A description of the full application process and copies of all application documents including the Application Form, Referee's template and Research Proposal template can be obtained from www.aut.ac.nz/study-at-aut/fees,-scholarships-and-finance/scholarships/vice-chancellors-doctoral-scholarships.

The following documents must be uploaded in the application portal by the closing date, incomplete applications will not be forwarded to the selection panel.

* A completed copy of the AUT Research Scholarship Application Form (this will be available from this site on 15 March) indicating that you wish to be considered for The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee AUT Doctoral Scholarship;

* Academic transcript(s) if any previous tertiary study has been completed at a university other than AUT

* A certified copy of the applicant's birth certificate or passport

* Two referee's reports forwarded by the closing date directly and confidentially to the Scholarships Office by the referee. Applicants may not submit referee's reports directly. References may be submitted by email providing they are sent from the referee's institutional email address.

* A two page statement (maximum 1,000 words) outlining the applicant's research proposal using the template provided on the website above. Please note this must be two pages only (plus references). If a longer document is provided you will be asked to rewrite it.

* Written support from the proposed primary supervisor if they have not acted as one of the referees above;

* A brief C.V. (maximum three pages)

Go to Official Website here for Application Process: Official Website
Decision makers
Applications will be considered by a subcommittee of the AUT Scholarships Committee (the Selection Panel) and the recipient confirmed by the Vice Chancellor.

Selection will be based on demonstrated strength in the following:

the applicant's academic record (including prizes, awards and any publications)

the applicant's research proposal

the applicant's research and/or professional background and any publication record background

the referees' statements

The Selection panel's decision will be final.if a suitable applicant for this scholarship is not available in any year the panel may award an additional Vice Chancellor's Doctoral Scholarship.

How and when do students learn of the decision?
Approximately six weeks after the closing date.

What conditions are attached to acceptance of this award?
The recipient will be bound by the AUT Vice Chancellor's Doctoral Scholarship Regulations available from www.aut.ac.nz/study-at-aut/fees,-scholarships-and-finance/scholarships/vice-chancellors-doctoral-scholarships.

The recipient will be required to sign an AUT Postgraduate Scholarship Contract agreeing to the conditions outlined in the Vice Chancellor's Doctoral Scholarship Regulations and formalising the acceptance of this scholarship.

Additional information
If a suitable applicant for this scholarship is not available in any year the panel may award an additional Vice Chancellor's Doctoral Scholarship.

For guidelines, application forms and more information about this award contact:

Auckland University of Technology
Private Bag 92006
Auckland

Due date:  mid October, annually .