35 International Scholarships at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand, 2019

Applications are invited from graduates of any university within or outside of New Zealand who intend to enrol full time for a Doctorate (PhD) at Victoria University or who have commenced their doctoral study at Victoria University.

35 International Scholarships at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand, 2019

  • Application Deadline: March 1, 2019
  • Course Level: Scholarships are available for pursuing doctoral or PhD degree at Victoria University. These scholarships are awarded on academic merit and are open to New Zealand and international students in any discipline.
  • Study Subject: Scholarships are awarded in any discipline.
  • Scholarship Award: Scholarships include a $23,500 stipend annually + tuition fees.
  • Number of Scholarships: 35 scholarships are available.
  • Eligible Countries: New Zealand and international students can apply for Victoria Doctoral Scholarships.
  • Entrance Requirements:
    • The Scholarships are open to graduates of any university within or outside of New Zealand who intend to enrol full time for a Doctorate (PhD) at Victoria University or who have commenced their doctoral study at Victoria University.
      Please note: It is very important to refer to the website for regulations and further process requirements regarding application for this scholarship.
  • English Language Requirements:  Victoria’s English language requirements are strict and not negotiable. If student’s first language is not English, they must provide evidence of English proficiency before they will be accepted as a PhD candidate. Requirements are:
    • TOEFL 575 with (preferably) a TWE of 5, or 237 on the computer-based test; or 90 on the Internet-based test with a minimum of 20 in writing; or
    • IELTS overall band of 6.5, no sub-score below 6; or
    • CAE grade B; or
    • A minimum of two ratings of 5 and two ratings of 4 in the Victoria University English proficiency programme test.


Step 1: Check you meet the requirements

Before you begin your application, make sure you understand the requirements for admission.

Step 2: Online application

Victoria uses an online application for both admission as a doctoral student and to apply for a Victoria doctoral scholarship. This application (Communityforce) allows you to complete all required documentation including referee requests via a dashboard. The dashboard must be 100% complete (showing all green) before you can submit your application.

Step 3: Prepare your expression of interest

Successful doctoral research makes original and significant contributions to knowledge and prepares graduates to undertake further research or to apply their advanced skills. Victoria doctoral candidates begin with up to 12 months of provisional registration. During this period, each candidate works under supervision to develop and write a full research proposal, which is a formal document designed to clarify the parameters of the doctoral project and situate it in the context of relevant international scholarship.

In many cases, the precise focus of candidates’ research changes from their initial ideas. There can also be restrictions on what can be studied, due to funding considerations, or compliance with local requirements such as provisions for access to Antarctica, human ethics requirements, consultation with M?ori. This is why we do not require a research proposal from you now. Instead, we ask you to provide a clear overview of the nature of your intended study, you will need to specifically address the following questions:

  1. What specific issue or question are you interested in studying?
  2. Why do you think this topic needs further research?
  3. How might you go about researching this issue?
  4. What particular obstacles or challenges, if any, do you anticipate in conducting this research?
  5. What in your academic, professional or personal background prepares you to undertake doctoral research?

Issues or questions that match the research profile of particular researchers within the University are more likely to lead to acceptance than those that do not. Please also present your work in the context of international literature and contribution to global knowledge. Mention any specific theories or methods you might draw on or any specific locations, materials or purposes that you believe would suit a doctoral project. It may be to your benefit to make contact with a School before completing your application. The School may contact you when your application is considered.

Step 4: Select your academic referees

References form a critical part of your application. You must ask two referees to evaluate your academic ability and research potential. The online application system allows you to request these references.

  • Your referees must complete the reference request using a verifiable institutional email address (you must not send referees’ reports yourself).
  • Your application will not be considered if your referees do not complete the reference before the application deadline.
  • You are strongly advised to ensure that at least one (but preferably both) referees have experience with the successful completion of research students.
  • If you are asking a potential Victoria University supervisor for a reference, please note that only one potential supervisor may be allowed to provide a reference and they must have had experience supervising you.

Step 5: Assemble additional documentation

All applicants will need to provide:

  • a 2000-word sample of your academic writing in English
  • certified copies of your academic transcript/s and degree certificates
  • a certified copy of your Diploma Supplement (applicants from EU countries only).

International students must provide:

  • evidence of English language proficiency
  • translations of official documents (certified by an accredited translator).

You may also wish to provide additional information regarding your English proficiency in the relevant section of the online application.

Step 6: Upload all required documentation to the online application

Check that you have:

  • Selected your academic referees and sent them the request
  • Completed all required sections in the online application
  • Provided your academic writing sample
  • Provided your transcript(s)/degree certificates
  • Provided a copy of your Diploma Supplement, if required
  • Provided evidence of English language proficiency and translations of official documents, if required

Step 7: Submit your application

Applications must be submitted directly by the applicant (not by an agent).

You will receive notification from us via the email address provided that the application has been submitted.

You are able to check the status of your application by logging into the online application with your email and password. The dashboard on the online application shows the progress of your application including references that have been received.

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