UC Aho Hīnātore | UC Accelerator Scholarship

The UC Aho Hīnātore | Accelerator Scholarship is designed to assist the transition of UC’s best and brightest current, and recently completed, students to doctoral studies at UC.

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Whakamāramatanga | Key Information

The UC Aho Hīnātore | UC Accelerator Scholarship consists of a 12-week research project for which the recipients receive a stipend of $6,000 followed by a 3 year doctoral scholarship covering fees and paying a stipend of $28,000 per annum. Thirty scholarships are available annually and are awarded by Te Kaunihera | Council of the University. The 12-week research project must include a minimum of $1,500 co-funding from an external partner or Department/School funds.

IMPORTANT - Recipients are required to apply for PhD admission prior to the conclusion of their 12-week research project. To start your application for PhD enrolment please click here.

He Pātai Auau | Frequently Asked Questions

To be eligible, potential students must:

  • Qualify for admission to the PhD at UC. In cases where a potential student demonstrates particular promise but does not yet meet the research experience requirement of the PhD (and by prior negotiation with the Dean of Postgraduate Research), accelerated admission to the PhD may be approved;
  • Have completed their most recent study at UC, prior to April 2021;
  • Exhibit a minimum GPA of 7 in the last two years of study; 
  • Not be enrolled in a course during the project period, unless prior approval has been obtained from the Dean of Postgraduate Research.

During the project, individuals must:

  • Hold a valid visa, if an international student. Contact Immigration NZ https://www.immigration.govt.nz/ for more information;
  • Dedicate at least 25 hours per week to the project across a 12-week period;
  • Attain a minimum of three learning outcomes from the 12-week project.
    • The learning outcomes must be detailed on the Aho Hīnātore Evaluation Form.
    • The student must report on the attainment of the learning outcomes at the completion of the project.
    • Attainment of these outcomes will represent successful completion of the project.
  • Understand that if they successfully complete this project, they will be offered a UC Aho Hīnātore | Accelerator PhD Scholarship valued at $28K per annum plus tuition for a maximum of 360 points of PhD study.

During your project you will not be enrolled in any particular programme - if you do not hold a valid Canterbury Card you will need your department to arrange for you to be regarded as a ‘visitor’ so that your accesses can be granted.

Towards the end of your project, you and your supervisor will sign off on the success of the project and this will be used as part of your application documents for the PhD programme. Individuals must submit the Aho Hīnātore Evaluation Form within one week of completion of the 12-week project to be eligible for the Accelerator PhD Scholarship.

Once you have submitted the evaluation form, you must complete an application to enrol via myUC into your desired PhD programme. After your admission has been processed and you have accepted your formal offer, the Scholarships Office will then proceed to arrange your Accelerator PhD Scholarship.

Successful recipients must commence their PhD studies within two months of completing their project.

Yes, you do.

Recipients of the Aho Hīnātore | UC Accelerator Scholarship are required to apply for PhD admission prior to the conclusion of their 12-week research project. We suggest you apply as soon as possible to ensure a smooth transition into your PhD studies. 

To apply for doctoral admission you will require the following:

  • Supervisor: Evidence of contact with your supervisor, such as email communication, which confirms their availability and support of your application. Your application will not be considered unless you have had discussions with a potential supervisor and they have confirmed that they have the resources available to supervise your research at UC. You can find a supervisor at our online research portal. Please visit https://researchprofile.canterbury.ac.nz/ to begin your search.
  • Academic Documents: Degree Certificate/Diploma, full academic transcript (please provide both individual semester-wise transcripts, as well as consolidated results, where available), and grading scale, for all tertiary-level qualifications.
  • Curriculum Vitae: This should include academic history, work history and any relevant research experience.
  • Thesis: If your thesis was submitted in English, please include the full thesis. If your thesis was submitted in a language other than English, please include the thesis abstract.
  • Evidence of English Language Proficiency (if applicable).
  • Identity Document: A copy of the personal details pages from your passport. If you do not yet hold a passport, then a copy of your birth certificate or national identity card may be provided instead.

If the documents are not issued in English, please supply an official English translation, as well as the original language documents.

To start your application for enrolment please click here.

Scholarship regulations should be the first point of call when trying to find out more information about a particular scholarhip. 

Further information regarding application and decision-making processes can be found here Aho Hīnātore Information