AUT Government Partnership Graduate Certificate in Arts (Interpreting) Scholarship

Updated: about 2 months ago
Deadline: 25 Jan 2020

Closing date: 25/01/2020
Subject to available funding
Value of Award: Full tuition fees, student levies
No. of awards: Up to six in 2020
Tenure: Each scholarship will consist of full tuition fees and student levies (domestic fee equivalent) for the four papers comprising the Graduate Certificate in Arts in Interpreting. It is expected that successful applicants will complete the Graduate Certificate in Arts in Interpreting within one year of award. This may be completed either in Semester 1 full-time, commencing in late February, or spread over two semesters part-time.

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) is leading a cross-government initiative called the Language Assistance Services Project to improve access to publicly-funded language assistance services (such as interpreting and translation) for people with limited or no English language proficiency. This initiative seeks to: - improve the quality, consistency and coordination of language assistance services provided across the New Zealand public sector; - provide equitable access to public services for those with limited English language proficiency; and - future-proof New Zealand’s public services to serve an increasingly culturally and linguistically diverse population.  A new model to deliver language assistance services across government will be implemented. This will include standards, certification and professional development requirements for interpreters and translators working in the public sector to increase the quality of interpreting services provided.   This initiative has a particular focus on increasing the pool and competence of rare language interpreters, including those working in specialised areas such as legal and health interpreting, to cater for New Zealand’s evolving language needs.

Auckland University of Technology (AUT) in partnership with MBIE and the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) will provide scholarships to assist speakers of identified rare languages to enrol in and complete the Graduate Certificate in Arts in Interpreting at AUT and to enhance their career opportunities whilst also fulfilling interpretation needs for the government sector.     This programme provides participants with the opportunity to gain an important entry level qualification in interpreting and is currently geared towards those speakers of rare languages such as former refugees and migrants wishing to embark on a formal interpreting career.


Selection criteria:
  • To be considered for study in 2020 applicants must: - be native speakers of one of the following identified rare language or rare language groups: Bengali, Burmese, Kayah and Chin, Cambodian/Khmer, Fijian, Kinyarwanda, Kiribati, Malay, Mongolian, Ndebele, Nuiean, Pashto, Portuguese, Rohingya, Samoan, Somali, Swahili, Tagalog, Tamil (Sri Lankan), Te Reo Māori, Tigrinya, Tokelauan, Tongan, Turkish;  - be New Zealand permanent residents or citizens; - be aged 18 years and over; and - meet the entry requirements of the course and be assessed by AUT as capable of completing the certificate at AUT in Auckland [Note: an applicant  for whom English is a second language must provide evidence of high oral and written proficiency in English in an enrolment interview and language test].   Former refugees and migrants from any of the identified language groups are particularly encouraged to apply.

General Information:

How do students apply?
Application will be through the AUT online scholarships application portal available from the link above.  Applications must be submitted by the closing date. Applicants will be asked to upload to the portal: -  academic transcripts for any tertiary study completed at an institution other than AUT. -  a personal statement outlining why the applicant wishes to apply for the scholarship and how they feel obtaining the qualification will assist them to contribute to refugee and migrant communities in New Zealand.  Reference:  Applicants will be required to provide the name of one referee who can provide a testimonial relating to their applied language/ linguistic background, as well as their general academic potential.
Application Form
Regulations  [PDF, 216.8 KB]

Decision makers
- Successful applicants will be selected by a panel consisting of representatives from AUT in consultation with MBIE. - Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed. Recipients may be required to undergo a police check. Note: Recipients of this award will be required to apply for a student loan to pay the course fees up-front.  The student loan will be repaid by the scholarship on successful completion of the four papers required for the Graduate Certificate.

How and when do students learn of the decision?
Recipients will be notified as soon as possible after the closing date.

What conditions are attached to acceptance of this award?
Recipients must meet the entry criteria of the Graduate Certificate in Arts (Interpreting) and be accepted into the programme of study.

Additional information
Recipients of this award will be required to apply for a student loan to pay the course fees up-front.  The student loan will be repaid by the scholarship on successful completion of the four papers required for the Graduate Certificate. Recipients are required to commit to their programme of study at AUT in Auckland during the tenure of the scholarship and complete the papers within one year of award. The papers for Semester 1 will be: TRIN 603 Interpreter Role, Ethics and Practice    TRIN702 Advanced Interpretation Legal Studies TRIN704 Advanced Interpretation Health Studies TRIN707 Telephone Interpreting and Video Conferencing   For part-time students studying over the year, the choices are as follows: TRIN 603 Interpreter Role, Ethics and Practice    TRIN702 Advanced Interpretation Legal Studies TRIN704 Advanced Interpretation Health Studies TRIN707 Telephone Interpreting and Video Conferencing TRIN 604 Societal Contexts for Interpreting and Translation TRIN 701 Theories, Principles and Practice of Translation and Interpreting TRIN 705 Advanced Health Interpreting TRIN 708 Advanced Legal Interpreting

Who else has information about this award?
For any questions relating to the application process for the programme please contact the Associate Professor Ineke Crezee, ineke.crezee@aut.ac.nz or the Programme Administrator, Amelia Joubert, amelia.joubert@aut.ac.nz.  For enquiries relating to the scholarship application process contact scholars@aut.ac.nz


For guidelines, application forms and more information about this award contact:

Auckland University of Technology

Phone: +64 9 921 9837

Email: scholars@aut.ac.nz


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