Vice Chancellor's Excellence Award


Applications to take courses under the VCEA programme in either semester or in Summer School must be made to the Academic Manager of the College of Arts PRIOR TO THE CLOSING DATE FOR ENROLMENT for the relevant semester or Summer School.

The Vice-Chancellor's Excellence Award (VCEA) recognises the value of breadth of learning for the University of Canterbury's most capable students, and supports their endeavours to study beyond their chosen degree. Courses on the degree schedule of the College of Arts (BA, MusB, BSW, and BFA) are eligible to be taken under the VCEA programme.


At the time of the application for enrolment in a course under the VCEA programme, candidates must be in one of the following categories:
a. Current full-time domestic students in PhD programmes at the University.
b. Current or intending domestic undergraduate students. Successful applicants in this category, at the time of commencement of study in a course under the VCEA programme, must
i. have passed at least 90 points of study; and
ii. have achieved an overall GPA of at least 7.0; and
iii. be enrolled full-time at the University.

Course fees and a certificate of proficiency
1 year
Closing Dates
Always Open

How to apply for this scholarship

You may apply through this webpage approximately 8 weeks before applications close. If it’s possible to apply on-line for this scholarship there will be a link above to the on-line system. If the link is not provided, please download and complete the application form located below.

However, if the scholarship is managed by Universities NZ or another department of the University an External Website link will appear below and application instructions will be available through that link.


Application required only. College of Arts. Postgraduate. Undergraduate. Domestic Students.


While every effort has been made to ensure the above information is current and correct, applicants are advised to check the application forms and regulations for eligibility criteria, scholarship value and tenure, and closing dates.