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QEII National Trust Brian Molloy Doctoral Research Scholarship 2016 invitation for applications

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.

Scholarship information and conditions


Purpose

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

Research proposals will demonstrate:

  • how the studies funded by this scholarship support the vision and objectives of the National Trust
  • how the research will lead to a greater understanding of the core values of Open Space covenants and their management for:
    • the benefit of the National Trust and its covenantors in particular
    • New Zealand conservation in general.

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.

Eligibility

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:

  • a strong academic record
  • a demonstrated potential for high-quality research
  • excellent academic references.

The scholarship will be re-advertised if no suitable applicants are forthcoming.

Applicants must provide:

  • a completed application form. (See link below)
  • a detailed research proposal following the guidelines in the application form
  • a CV
  • a letter of support from their proposed supervisor(s) and the supervisor’s short (2-page) CV
  • certified transcripts of university academic records, including the grades of all relevant advanced level papers and/or theses counting towards the award of degrees
  • names, positions, and contact details for two academic referees. (QEII National Trust reserves the right to contact additional referees.)

Applicants must also advise QEII National Trust if there is a requirement for an additional supervisor, external to the University.

Tenure

The scholarship is awarded for a maximum of 3 years (36 months) or until the thesis is submitted for examination, (whichever is shorter).

Application period

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 value

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:

  • an allowance of up to $30,000 per annum, to be applied to living expenses, tuition fees, and associated student services levies. The enrolment fees should be paid and the remaining sum paid out at monthly intervals.
  • a research and travel allowance of up to $20,000 per annum is to be applied to research costs, and should be held and managed through a University Research Account.

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.

Selection process

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:

  • a record of research excellence in their chosen field of study, supported by transcripts
  • a well-defined research programme that will support the vision and objectives of QEII National Trust, including but not limited to:
    • preservation of natural features on private land, through ecological stewardship, including biodiversity, ecosystem processes, threatened species, soils and soil parent materials, wetlands and water bodies
    • enhancement of open space through ecological restoration
    • the interests of rural landowners who hold QEII covenants
    • the interests of the Māori community with regard to QEII National Trust covenants.

Scholarship Selection Panel

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.

Scholarship conditions

1. Awarding

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. Employment

2.1. The recipient will be expected to work full time on their doctoral research project.

  • Scholarship recipients will not be permitted to undertake paid employment that exceeds 15 hours per week.
  • Permission to exceed 15 hours per week must be sought from the National Trust and will only be approved in exceptional circumstances and for limited periods of time.

3. Co-tenure

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. Reporting

4.1. The recipient must provide a report to QEII National Trust every 6 months that includes all of the following:

  • an account of activities undertaken
  • a summary of research expenditure to date
  • a signed PhD Research Committee report (QEII National Trust will provide a template) that comments on the recipient’s progress, verifies the accuracy of the recipient’s report, and comments on any issues that may have hindered research progress.

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. Research

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.

  • Following publication, copies of published papers are to be submitted to the recipient’s primary contact at QEII National Trust.
  • The recipient will acknowledge the support of QEII National Trust in any publications or presentations that arise from the research.
  • When releasing information relating to this scholarship, the release shall include a statement to the effect that the project or effort undertaken was or is sponsored by QEII National Trust.
    • For the purpose of this clause, information includes news releases, articles, manuscripts, brochures, advertisements, still and motion pictures, speeches, trade association proceedings and symposia.
  • The recipient shall provide copies of PowerPoint and poster presentations to QEII National Trust at the time of seminar and conference attendance.

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:

  • any change of supervisor
  • any change of address or telephone number
  • any change to the recipient’s thesis submission date
  • any suspension or withdrawal from full-time study in the approved programme of research.

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.

  • Recipients are not eligible to receive scholarship funds during periods of suspension of doctoral enrolment. In cases of overpayment, QEII National Trust will work with the host university and the recipient to recoup the funds.
  • If, while in receipt of a doctoral scholarship, the candidate withdraws from their enrolment, or their enrolment is terminated, the scholarship will cease and any overpayments will be recouped.

6.5. A scholarship may be terminated if the recipient is:

  • not meeting expectations in their doctoral progress reports
  • not following the approved programme of study
  • not otherwise complying with the conditions governing the scholarship and/or the regulations of the university in which they are enrolled.
  • as otherwise required by law.

Application form

Download application form (PDF 96KB)

Related information

Information about Dr Brian Molloy (web page)

Previous recipients

2013 inaugural recipient - Marine Aubert (web page)

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