Arts Scholars at UC

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The Arts Scholars programme provides an enhanced learning experience for high-achieving students majoring in Arts subjects.

These scholarships are available both to school leavers and previously enroled students studying a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Social Work, or Bachelor of Fine Arts undergraduate or honours in the College of Arts.

Applications for 2017

To apply for a 2017 Arts Scholar Scholarship visit the scholarships website and download the application form.

Successful scholars will

  • Receive $2000 towards tuition fees
  • Participate throughout the year in monthly interdisciplinary master class events
  • Participate in one day of mentor training and half a day of secondary school student mentoring in total during the year
  • Be assigned a staff mentor in their related study area for informal, regular meetings

"As Vice-Chancellor of the University of Canterbury it is my pleasure to welcome twenty outstanding Arts scholars to the Arts Scholars programme. I am delighted to be supporting the programme which comprises both a fees grant and an opportunity to participate in an academic Mentoring programme and Master Class events led by staff from across the varied and dynamic research and teaching offerings available in the College of Arts. I wish you well for a productive and creative academic year."   -  Dr Rod Carr, Vice-Chancellor


Each Arts scholar is assigned an academic mentor, in turn each scholar is required to undertake mentoring training and to volunteer time to mentor new highschool students interested in studying the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. During the year Arts scholars will also receive information about links to extension activities, organisations and services to support excellence in research and study.

Need more information?

For more information about the Arts Scholars Programmes, contact Arts Scholars Co-Directors:

Ruth McManus

Associate Professor
Senior Lecturer
Sociology 322
Internal Phone: 94329

Peter Field

Professor (History)
Karl Popper 517
Internal Phone: 95980