Therle Drake Postgraduate Scholarship
The Therle Drake Postgraduate Scholarship will be available annually and applications should be made by 15 November or 31 March in the year following, or the year in which the project is planned. All instrumentalists are eligible, though preference may be given to a piano student.
The Therle Drake Postgraduate Scholarship was established in 2013, via the Victoria University of Wellington Foundation, through a bequest made by John Drake, in memory of his wife, Therle.
The applicant must be enrolling or have enrolled for postgraduate study at Te Kōkī New Zealand School of Music at Te Herenga Waka - Victoria University of Wellington, and remain in good academic standing.
- Applicants must be enrolling or have enrolled for postgraduate study at Te Kōkī New Zealand School of Music at Te Herenga Waka - Victoria University of Wellington.
- The scholarship can involve the student attending a short course; or attending and/or participating in a concert and/or masterclass in Europe, North America or Australia.
- The scholarship is open to New Zealand citizens, permanent residents and international students.
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 project and its benefit to applicant's career plans
- A detailed budget
- Copies of any communication with the host person(s) or organisation(s) overseas
- A reference from the principal supervisor
The successful applicant will be selected by the NZSM Scholarships Committee in consultation with relevant Head of Schools and Programme Directors.
Recipients are required to write a letter of thanks to the representatives of the donor on receipt of the award and to provide an end of year progress report if requested.
Recipients must remain enrolled in their course of study.
Recipients will be expected to demonstrate engagement and contribute to the community and environment of the New Zealand School of Music. This may include but is not limited to, participation in ensembles, presentations, or performances at NZSM or university events.
The scholarship may be held in conjunction with other awards.
One at $25,000 annually for full Master’s scholarship plus fees, or two at $9,000 each annually toward fees for postgraduate study.
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.