QEII National Trust is calling for applications for its Brian Molloy Doctorial Research Scholarship.
QEII National Trust is an independent statutory organisation and a registered charity. It was set up in 1977 to help private landowners in New Zealand protect special natural and cultural features on their land forever with open space covenants. QEII National Trust partners with landowners to achieve this objective. Throughout New Zealand, landowners are voluntarily protecting over 180,000ha of their land with covenants.
The Brian Molloy Doctorial Research Scholarship is funded by QEII National Trust to support a full-time supervised doctoral research degree and provides funding for up to 3 years at up to $50,000 per year.
The scholarship was established to promote and advance ecological science and conservation in New Zealand, and to recognise Dr Brian Molloy’s contribution to QEII National Trust.
Research proposals will demonstrate:
Alignment between a candidate’s research interests and those of Queen Elizabeth II National Trust will be a key consideration in determining the successful candidate.
This scholarship is available to students who are New Zealand citizens or permanent New Zealand residents seeking to obtain their first doctoral qualification.
Applicants must have an offer of place for a research-based doctoral programme at a New Zealand university. Applicants will have:
The scholarship will be re-advertised if no suitable applicants are forthcoming.
Applicants must provide:
Applicants must also advise QEII National Trust if there is a requirement for an additional supervisor, external to the University.
The scholarship is awarded for a maximum of 3 years (36 months) or until the thesis is submitted for examination, (whichever is shorter).
The scholarship application period opens 29 August 2016 and closes 12 October 2016.
Applicants will be advised of the outcome of their application within 2 months of the decision meeting of the Scholarship Selection Panel.
The successful candidate will commence study within 3 months of the scholarship being awarded or within a period agreed by the candidate and the Scholarship Selection Panel.
Scholarship funding is up to $50,000 per annum and will be paid to the successful candidate’s host university annually on invoice, providing all conditions of the scholarship have been met to the satisfaction of QEII National Trust.
The scholarship covers:
At the commencement of the scholarship the student is to provide the National Trust with a budget for research costs that will be approved by the National Trust prior to payment being made to the host university.
A maximum of $5,000 a year may be used for conference costs or international travel. At the end of each year of tenure of the scholarship, the student must include an account of the research cost expenditure incurred.
At the conclusion of the 3-year scholarship, any unspent funds must be returned to the National Trust. A final audited account must be returned to QEII National Trust.
Any equipment, genuinely needed for the project and purchased with this fund should become the property of the host university at the completion of the project.
Funds are not available to support accompanying dependants.
Applicants must have received confirmation of the completion of their most recent qualifying degree in order for their application to be considered.
Applicants will be evaluated according to the following criteria:
The Scholarship Selection Panel will comprise Dr Brian Molloy (or nominee), the National Trust CEO, a National Trust Principal Advisor for land protection, a National Trust Board Director, a senior New Zealand academic, and a covenantor.
The Selection Panel’s decision is final. No correspondence will be entered into following the selection announcement.
1.1. The doctoral scholarship must be accepted and the agreement signed within 1 month of the formal offer being made. If the candidate fails to accept the award within the 1-month period, the offer will lapse.
1.2. A scholarship may only be taken up by a candidate who has formally completed the entry qualifications for, and then enrols in, doctoral studies. Enrolment must be within 6 months of the scholarship offer. If a recipient does not start within this time period, the scholarship offer will be withdrawn.
1.3. If a recipient’s circumstances change in a manner that may affect their continued eligibility for this award, the recipient must inform QEII National Trust immediately. Any change of circumstances will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.
1.4. Approval must be obtained from the QEII National Trust Board of Directors before any period of leave is taken, other than reasonable annual holiday leave. This includes any period the Scholar needs to spend overseas to undertake research relating to the approved programme of research.
1.5. By accepting the offer of a scholarship, the candidate agrees to participate in any publicity concerning the scholarship arranged by QEII National Trust.
2.1. The recipient will be expected to work full time on their doctoral research project.
3.1. The recipient must advise QEII National Trust, in writing, of any other awards they receive during the tenure of the Brian Molloy Scholarship.
3.2. The recipient may hold lower-value awards, provided the combined value of all other awards does not exceed $30 000 of the Brian Molloy Scholarship in any one year.
4.1. The recipient must provide a report to QEII National Trust every 6 months that includes all of the following:
4.2. The recipient will be required to give two presentations on their work to QEII National Trust, at times to be mutually agreed, one after the first 18 months and the other at the conclusion of their PhD.
4.3. The host university will provide advice and recommendations to QEII National Trust regarding progress reports of scholarship recipients that identify performance that is below expectation.
5.1. The recipient is encouraged to publish research results in appropriate professional journals as an important method of recording and reporting scientific information.
One copy of each paper planned for publication is to be submitted to the recipient’s primary contact at QEII National Trust prior to its submission for publication.
5.2. The recipient will endeavour to be a positive ambassador for QEII National Trust and be willing to support/speak at up to three QEII National Trust PR events, as mutually agreed, during the tenure of the scholarship.
6. Changes, suspension, withdrawal, termination
6.1. The recipient may not change their degree programme during the tenure of the scholarship without written permission from their host university and the QEII National Trust Board of Directors.
6.2. QEII National Trust will be consulted immediately if the direction of research changes from the approved proposal. Significant changes to the research programme may be subject to approval by the QEII National Trust Board of Directors.
6.3. The recipient must advise their primary contact at QEII National Trust immediately of:
6.4. The recipient shall reimburse QEII National Trust for any money paid to the recipient by QEII National Trust subsequent to the date of any suspension and/or withdrawal from full-time study in the approved programme of research.
6.5. A scholarship may be terminated if the recipient is:
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Information about Dr Brian Molloy (web page)
2013 inaugural recipient - Marine Aubert (web page)