Tips on Applying for a Scholarship
- Please read the scholarship regulations prior to completing an application to check whether you meet the eligibility criteria.
- Answer all required sections and questions when completing your on-line scholarship application form.
- Upload all required documents in support of your application.
- Upload certified copies* of your academic records for courses completed at all other tertiary institutions.
- Register with myUC prior to applying for a scholarship.
- Date and sign the privacy provisions.
*A certified copy is a photocopy of an original document which has been certified as a true copy by a Justice of the Peace, Solicitor or Notary Public.
Research the scholarship
Get to know the full range of scholarships available to you so you don't miss out on anything. Start by searching UC's scholarship database; select search criteria, including area and level of study relevant to you. Competition for scholarships is very strong. Therefore, it is a good idea to apply for more than one scholarship.
Make sure you get as much information about the scholarship as possible. If the scholarship entails a particular project, find out the full objectives and intended methodology of the project. If the scholarship is being funded by a private enterprise, gather as much information as you can about the company, its philosophy and its goals.
Most UC scholarships require that you have ‘admission’ into the university
Also check to ensure that you meet any eligibility restrictions, such as gender, age, nationality or membership of an indigenous or other special group, and apply only if you definitely match the eligibility criteria.
Apply for each scholarship separately
Do not use the same application to apply for two separate scholarships. Each scholarship will have its own particular requirements and if you use a previous application you may miss addressing vital and particular criteria of the new scholarship.
Late applications are not accepted
Where a University of Canterbury closing date is listed, applications must be received at the Scholarships Office by 5.00 pm, on that day. If a University of Canterbury closing date falls on a weekend or a public holiday, applications will be accepted until 5.00 pm on the next business day. If the application is available to apply on-line, the application must be submitted by 11:59pm on the closing date.
Your referees are very important
Make sure your referees know in which scholarship applications you have listed them as a referee. Ensure they are the appropriate people to provide the kind of information about you that the selection committee will need to know. For example, if the committee requires information about your research capabilities, ensure the referee you provide has supervised your research work before, or has some other relevant knowledge of your capabilities. Provide your referee with some background on the scholarship you are applying for.
Keep in contact and read all correspondence
Provide accurate and current contact details (include an email address if possible) and make sure you or a nominated person responds to an offer of a scholarship. Sometimes successful scholarships are lost because candidates do not respond to the offer letter in sufficient time - their address may be wrong, or they may be on holiday - and the scholarship is then offered to another candidate.