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Fund Details
Sims Empire Scholarship
Award Amount
Up to $70,000 per annum


The scholarship supports graduates of Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha | University of Canterbury with a background in Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, or any related subject, or in a medical or other health-related field, to undertake further study in Great Britain.

Value/Benefits: Up to $70,000 per annum, comprising:
a. Tuition fees: Up to $35,000
b. Stipend: $15,000
c. Expenses: $20,000

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

Applicable Enrolment During Tenure: Full-time postgraduate study, at an institution in Great Britian.

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: 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) in 1945. Sir Arthur was a student of Canterbury College who graduated 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. 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

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            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