PGSA Academic Conference Grant

Updated: 10 days ago

Scholarship Level: Masters Research; Doctoral; Masters by coursework

Closing Date(s): The PGSA Academic Conference Grant applications has a closing date of the first of each month from February to November. Application round for February opens when the university reopens in January

Number offered: Varies

Value: The untagged grant covers travel-related cost of ONE conference, for ONE paper presentation, with a value of up to $1,000


Description

The purpose of the PGSA Academic Conference Grant is to provide current Victoria University of Wellington postgraduate students with funds to assist with travelling for international academic conferences.

History

In 2010, the PGSA began offering travel grants for research students to gain experience presenting at international conferences (formerly the “PGSA Travel Grants”).

In 2015, the PGSA reconfigured the PGSA Travel Grants to ensure improved equitable distribution of funds and increased numbers of successful candidates.

In 2019, the PGSA restructured the PGSA Academic Conference Grants as untagged travel grants to provide successful candidates the freedom to utilise the funds to cover costs associated with international conference attendance.

Eligibility

Applicants must be current postgraduate students at Victoria University of Wellington who are presenting their research – either as an oral or poster presentation – at an international academic conference.

Criteria

  • Applicants must be current postgraduate students at Victoria University of Wellington
  • Applicants must be applying for an untagged grant of $1000 to cover conference travel-related costs only;and either be a) applying for a conference occurring at most THREE months ago from the date of application (subject to PGSA Executive Meeting processes); or b) applying for a conference due to occur within TEN months of a candidate currently enrolled as a postgraduate student (excluding Honours qualifications)

Application process

A completed online application must be submitted by 4.30 pm on the closing date. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted. Any required supporting documentation (including references) must also be received by 4.30 pm on the closing date in order for the application to be considered.

Applications will normally open one month prior to the closing date. If no application link is provided below, check back again closer to the closing date. Contact us if you have any queries.

Apply online

Scholarship specific documentation

  • A personal statement (not more than 1000 words) with evidence of acceptance included in the same document (detailing the conference and its significance to the applicant's academic development, providing a breakdown of the costs the grant will cover, and enclosing that the applicant's presentation has been accepted, e.g. email advice of paper acceptance).
  • A letter of support from a current Supervisor.

Selection process

The PGSA Executive shall select successful candidates. A member of the PGSA Executive may approach candidates for additional information or clarification of issues pertaining to their application.

Additional information

Recipients must ensure that they are registered members of the PGSA. In accepting a PGSA Academic Conference Grant, recipients are required to:

  • submit a short report of 150 words on their paper and the conference they attended for publication in future PGSA reports; and one of the following: present at a PGSA event (e.g. at Postgrad Talks, or at a PGSA conference); or contribute a 400 word article to the PGSA Newsletter; or volunteer for a PGSA event on the occasion that they are unable to write or present at a PGSA event.
  • meet the requirements above within 8 months of the grant approval date, but before formally completing their qualification
  • Failure to comply with these rules may result in the recipient being asked to repay the grant.

    Regulations and conditions

  • A completed online application must be submitted by 4.30 pm on the closing date. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted. Any required supporting documentation (including references) must also be received by 4:30pm on the closing date in order for the application to be considered.
  • All offers of the Scholarship will be conditional upon the recipient being fully enrolled in a full-year programme (full-time will be at the level of points considered by Studylink as full-time) within the stipulated criteria and tenure of the scholarship. No payment of the Scholarship will be made until this condition is met.
  • The Scholarship cannot be deferred to a later year.
  • The Scholarship may be held in conjunction with other awards.
  • Should the recipient withdraw from Victoria University of Wellington during the tenure of this scholarship or fail to achieve a satisfactory progress, partial repayment of the Scholarship will normally be expected. Recipients must advise the Scholarships Office if they intend to withdraw.
  • Recipients are expected to act as Ambassadors for Victoria University of Wellington and participate in appropriate events or marketing if requested.
  • At the discretion of the Deciding Authority, the application of the terms and conditions of the Scholarship may be modified in special circumstances or to avoid hardship to any candidate for the Scholarship.
  • Contact

    Postgraduate Students' Association
    Victoria University of Wellington
    Room 404, 4th floor, Student Union Building
    Phone: (04) 463 6973
    Email: pgsa@vuw.ac.nz
    Website: http://www.vuwpgsa.ac.nz
    Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/vuw.pgsa

    Scholarships and PhD Admissions Office
    scholarships-office@vuw.ac.nz
    pg-research@vuw.ac.nz
    summer-research@vuw.ac.nz
    Phone0800 04 04 04


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