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Fund Details
Lord Rutherford Memorial Research Fellowship
Award Amount
Up to $100,000 per annum


This scholarship supports graduates of Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha | University of Canterbury with a background in Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, or any related subject, to undertake further study at an overseas institution.

Value/Benefits: Up to $100,000 per annum, comprising:
a. Tuition fees: Up to $50,000
b. Stipend: $35,000
c. Expenses: $15,000

Level of Study: Postgraduate

Closing Date: 11:59 pm (NZT) 1 November (Applications open approximately 8 weeks before this date)

Tenure: Up to three years

Number Available: Normally, there may be only one holder of the scholarship at a time.

Applicable Enrolment During Tenure: Full-time postgraduate study, at an overseas institution.

Citizenship/Residency Requirements: Applicants must have been either:
a. born in Aotearoa New Zealand; or
b. resident in Aotearoa New Zealand for a total of seven or more years on the closing date for applications.

For details, please read the regulations for this award: click here.

Application Information:

Normally, there may be only one holder of the scholarship at a time. The scholarship is advertised as it becomes available.

Additional Information:

The award was founded by Arthur Sims (1877–1969) and Agnes Marian (Nancy) Sims (née Todd) who in 1941 made provision of a fund of £10,000 to establish a scholarship or scholarships to commemorate the late Baron Rutherford of Nelson. Sir Arthur was a student of Canterbury College, who graduated in 1902 with an MA in Chemistry with first class honours and received an honorary LLD through Canterbury University College in 1955. He was a prominent industrialist and cricketer, and with Lady Sims he is also remembered for his philanthropy. Ernest Rutherford, 1st Baron Rutherford of Nelson, OM, FRS, HonFRSE, Nobel Laureate (1871–1937), was a student of Canterbury College (BA, MA, BSc) who came to be known as the father of nuclear physics. In 1993 the estate of Mrs NMG Black contributed to the scholarship’s fund.

Contact Information:

For questions about this application, please contact Andrea Quinlan at

Search Filters:

  • College of Science
    Level of Study
    • Postgraduate
    • UC graduates
      Subject of Study
      • Astronomy
      • Biochemistry
      • Chemical, Natural and Healthcare Product Formulation
      • Chemistry
      • Computational and Applied Mathematics
      • Mathematical Physics
      • Mathematics
      • Mathematics and Philosophy
      • Mathematics and Statistics
      • Medical Physics
      • Medical Physics (Clinical)
      • Physics
      • Statistics
        Equity Awards
        • Overseas study
          Domestic/International Students
          • Domestic Only
            Application Closing Month
            • November
              Award Type
              • Scholarship
                Begin Accepting Applications Date:
                6 Sep 2020
                Deadline Date (NZST Time Zone):
                1 Nov 2020 11:59 PM