Asia Pacific Research Award

Study Area(s): Science
Scholarship Level: Masters Research; Doctoral; Postgraduate; Honours; Masters by coursework
Closing Date(s): 1 December
Number offered: One
Value: Approximately $1,000 (subject to funds available)

Description

The award is to enable fieldwork or other major outlay to be funded, bearing in mind the value and relevance of the research to local people in the country where it is carried out.

History

This award has been established by Dr Ray Watters, an alumnus and retired staff member of Victoria University of Wellington. Dr Watters taught at the University for 38 years, giving courses on Latin America, Historical Geography, the Pacific and Chinese Peasantry. As a researcher, Dr Watters was one of the pioneers of the so-called 'Victoria School of Geography' with its (then new) emphasis on development, culture, colonialism and political economy.

Eligibility

One award will be given annually to a student enrolled in an Honours, Master's or PhD programme in Geography, Development Studies or Environmental Studies in the School of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences at Victoria University of Wellington who is undertaking research in the South Pacific, Latin America or Asia.

Criteria

  • Applicants must be enrolled in an Honours, Master's or PhD programme in Geography, Development Studies or Environmental Studies in the School of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences at Victoria University of Wellington.
  • Applicants must be undertaking research in the South Pacific, Latin America or Asia.

Application process

A completed online application must be submitted by 4.30 pm on the closing date. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted. Any required supporting documentation (including references) must also be received by 4.30 pm on the closing date in order for the application to be considered.

Applications will normally open one month prior to the closing date. If no application link is provided below, check back again closer to the closing date. Contact us if you have any queries.

Scholarship specific documentation

  • A personal statement outlining the purpose of applying for the award
  • A CV
  • A brief research proposal

Selection process

The award will be made on the basis of academic merit and recommendation of the Programme Directors of Geography and Development Studies.

Additional information

Recipients must write a letter of thanks to the donor of this scholarship. They will also be asked to provide a research report to the donor.

No award shall be made in any year in which the Programme Directors consider there is no suitable candidate. If in any year the award is not made, the funds may be used in a subsequent year.

Regulations and conditions

  1. A completed online application must be submitted by 4:30pm on the closing date. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted. Any required supporting documentation (including references) must also be received by 4:30pm on the closing date in order for the application to be considered.
  2. All offers of the Scholarship will be conditional upon the recipient being fully enrolled in a full-year programme (full-time will be at the level of points considered by Studylink as full-time) within the stipulated criteria and tenure of the scholarship. No payment of the Scholarship will be made until this condition is met.
  3. The Scholarship cannot be deferred to a later year.
  4. The Scholarship may be held in conjunction with other awards.
  5. Should the recipient withdraw from Victoria University of Wellington during the tenure of this scholarship or fail to achieve a satisfactory progress, partial repayment of the Scholarship will normally be expected. Recipients must advise the Scholarships Office if they intend to withdraw.
  6. Recipients are expected to act as Ambassadors for Victoria University of Wellington and participate in appropriate events or marketing if requested.
  7. At the discretion of the Deciding Authority, the application of the terms and conditions of the Scholarship may be modified in special circumstances or to avoid hardship to any candidate for the Scholarship.

Contact

Scholarships and PhD Admissions Office
scholarships-office@vuw.ac.nz
pg-research@vuw.ac.nz
summer-research@vuw.ac.nz
Phone +64 463 5557