Deaf Studies Award

Closing date(s): 1 December
Tenure: Up to two years
Number offered: Varies
Value: $6,000 ($3,000 per year over two years)


The award is available to permanent residents of New Zealand who have been accepted for the Certificate in Deaf Studies at Victoria University of Wellington.


The purpose of the scholarship is to support fluent NZSL users to gain a qualification in teaching NZSL from Victoria University of Wellington. This scholarship was gifted by Sir Roy McKenzie when the 'Certificate in Deaf Studies: Teaching NZSL' was established in 1997.


Applicants must be intending to enrol in the Certificate of Deaf Studies in the following year at Victoria University of Wellington. Selection is based on the candidate's potential to succeed in the programme, commitment to working in the field of teaching NZSL or Deaf community development, and level of financial need where relevant.


  • Applicants must be New Zealand citizens or permanent residents.
  • Applicants must be intending to enrol in the Certificate of Deaf Studies in the following year at Victoria University of Wellington.

Application process

Please contact Rachel McKee ( for an application form.

Scholarship specific documentation

  • A personal statement with any information to support application

Selection process

The successful recipients will be selected by a committee comprises the Programme Director of NZSL (or nominee) and other appropriate Victoria University of Wellington staff if relevant.

Additional information

Recipients must write a letter of thanks to the donor of this scholarship.

At the end of each year in which the award is held a brief report on academic progress (including course grades) is to be submitted, with a statement of future plans (e.g. returning to year 2 of the programme, or if the Certificate is completed, any relevant employment plans).

Regulations and conditions

  1. 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 4:30pm 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.


Scholarships Office
Phone 0800 04 04 04