Graeme Kennedy Masters Scholarship in Linguistics
The purpose of the scholarship is to assist postgraduate students in the study of a Masters of Linguistics or Applied Linguistics at Victoria University of Wellington.
The scholarship was established through the Victoria University of Wellington Foundation in 2017 with a bequest left by the late Emeritus Professor Graeme Donald Kennedy. Graeme Kennedy began a life-long involvement with Victoria University of Wellington in 1961, as a junior lecturer in the English Language Institute, today a part of the School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies. In 1966 he left for the United States for four years' study at the University of California, Los Angeles, during which time he gained his PhD. He returned to Wellington in 1970 and joined the English Department as a lecturer. After being Dean of Languages and Literature from 1975 to 1978, he became director of the English Language Institute in 1982, and at the same time was appointed Professor of Applied Linguistics. Between then and his retirement in 2004 he took on a number of new roles, including director of the Deaf Studies Research Unit from 1994 to 2001, and director of the New Zealand Dictionary Centre from 1997 to 2004. Graeme's main research interests were in second language acquisition theory, the corpus-based description of English, pedagogical grammar, Deaf Studies, including New Zealand Sign Language lexicography, and New Zealand English lexicography. His many publications reflected this breadth of interest, and this scholarship honours his interests in TESOL, applied linguistics, and linguistics.
The scholarship is open to postgraduate students enrolling in a Masters of Linguistics or Applied Linguistics at Victoria University of Wellington. The scholarship will be awarded on the basis of academic merit.
- Applicants must be enrolling in a Masters of Linguistics or Applied Linguistics at Victoria University of Wellington.
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.
The successful recipient will be selected by the Head of School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies and appropriate staff from the School.
Recipients must write a letter of thanks to the donor of this scholarship.
Recipients must also provide an end of year update for the year it is held, which will be forwarded to the donor's family.
Regulations and conditions
- 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.
- 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.
- The Scholarship cannot be deferred to a later year.
- The Scholarship may be held in conjunction with other awards.
- 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.
- Recipients are expected to act as Ambassadors for Victoria University of Wellington and participate in appropriate events or marketing if requested.
- 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.