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Scholarships and Prizes

University Scholarships

Information about other open admission postgraduate scholarships at the University of Otago is available elsewhere on the University website. However, some scholarships are only open to students majoring in one of the principal disciplines of Home Science i.e. Clothing and Textile Sciences, Design, Food Science, Human Nutrition, and Social Work. Details of these scholarships and prizes are provided below.

Home Science/Consumer and Applied Sciences Suite of Scholarships and Prizes

Undergraduate Prizes

J Cowie Nicholls Prize

Originally established by Colonel J Cowie Nicholls who gave 500 pound to the Council of the University of Otago to mark the high appreciation of J Cowie Nicholls of the services of Professor A G Strong OBE.  The Council offered the money to the Home Science Faculty of the University initially to establish an essay prize. By the 2011 Centenary celebration the essay competition had evolved into a number of separate prizes open to all students in the principal disciplines of HSc/CApSc i.e. Clothing and Textile Sciences, Food Science, Human Nutrition, and Social Work. Today, awards are made to the students achieving the highest level of attainment at 300-level in each of the disciplines of Clothing and Textile Sciences, Design, Food Science, Human Nutrition, and Social Work.  A maximum of one award is made in each discipline each year. No application is required.

Jessie Kinder Prize

The Jessie Kinder Prize was established in 1948 under the Will of the late Miss Jessie Kinder, who completed a Diploma in Home Science in 1936. The prize is awarded to to the best student completing a degree in the principal disciplines of HSc/CApSc i.e. Clothing and Textile Sciences, Social Work, Food Science, and Human Nutrition. Award to the student with the highest grade point average (GPA) over all 100, 200 and 300-level papers making up the degree. Candidates are nominated for consideration and the award is made to the candidate with the highest GPA. A maximum of one award is made each year.

Annie Aiken Prize

The Annie Aitken Prize is awarded to the student with the highest GPA over all 100, 200 and 300-level papers making up the undergraduate degree (based on all 300-level papers required for in a subject in which honours is being taken) in the third year of the course for the degree with Honours. The prize is open to all students who have met the requirements for a degree majoring in the principal disciplines of HSc/CApSc i.e.: Clothing and Textile Sciences, Social Work, Design, Food Science, and Human Nutrition. Each discipline nominates candidates to the AppSc Dept Scholarship committee for consideration. A maximum of one prize is awarded subject to admission and enrolment in the Honours programme.

University Book Shop Prize

Established in 1990 by the Directors of the University Book Shop Otago Limited, three University Book Shop prizes are awarded each year. No application is required. One prize is open to all students who have completed 200-level requirements for a major in the principal disciplines of HSc/CApSc i.e.: Clothing and Textile Sciences, Social Work, Design, Food Science, and Human Nutrition. A further prize is awarded to the student with the highest level of attainment in courses in Design for Technology, and the a final prize to the student with the highest overall performance in the Sensory Food Science paper i.e. FOSC 306.

Postgraduate Scholarships

Carnegie Corporation Award - Grant in aid

The Carnegie Award was established in 1997 from funds made available in 1964 from the Carnegie Corporation per Sir James Allen for the purposes of adult education. The award is made annually to candidates enrolled in the thesis/dissertation year of a postgraduate degree or diploma majoring in either Clothing and Textile Sciences, or Social Work, and taught through the distance teaching programme, or for those who are not normally attending the University of Otago Dunedin campus. The award is to assist candidates with travel and travel related expenses associated with spending a short time working at the Dunedin campus. Up to two grant-in-aids (normally one in each discipline) may be made in any one year with the value of the awards determined following consideration of the applicants justified budget. The total awarded each year shall not normally exceed $2000.00. Applicants will normally be informed of the outcome of their application by mid-June in the year of application.

Applications should be submitted along with a proposed budget for travel and travel related expenses to the University of Otago Doctoral and Scholarships Office, University of Otago, PO Box 56, Dunedin, by 31 March in the year of study.

Elizabeth Gregory Scholarship - Value: $3000.00

The Elizabeth Gregory Scholarships were established in 1985 to commemorate the contribution of Dr Elizabeth Gregory, OBE, MHSc (NZ), PhD (London), Hon LLD (Otago), FNZIC, a staff member of the Faculty of Home Science from 1925 to 1961 and Dean from 1941 to 1961.  The purpose of the Scholarships is to encourage postgraduate study at Masters level in two of the principal disciplines of Home Science / Consumer and Applied Sciences (Clothing and Textile Sciences, and Social Work). The Gregory scholarships are open to domestic fee paying students* who have completed a Bachelors or Honours degree majoring in the disciplines of Clothing and Textile Sciences, or Social Work, and who are enrolled in, or intending to enroll in, Masters study at the University of Otago domiciled in the home department of one of these disciplines.

Scholars will be considered on merit at the beginning of the year in which postgraduate study commenced and are normally awarded to those candidates who are not recipients of other named awards of equivalent value; whose study is based in the relevant disciplines home department. Receipt of the Scholarship is subject to admission to the proposed Master’s degree, and enrolment in the course concerned. Receipt of the scholarship is not restricted to the first year of postgraduate study.

Tenure is normally for one year or until the thesis is completed, whichever period is shorter and may be awarded on a pro-rata basis for students undertaking part time study. For more information about the eligibility factors, tenure, regulations and nomination process please refer to the Doctoral and Scholarships Office.

Home Science/Todhunter/Carpenter Award

Phillipa Sweetman Scholarship

Other awards

TD Burnett Stratheona Scholarship

Edna Joyce Howe Postgraduate Scholarship

A E Stevenson Staff Travelling Fellowship