Victoria University ASEAN Scholarships for Brunei and Singapore

BackgroundVictoria University of Wellington (VUW) established these PhD scholarships in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) to recognise New Zealand’s strong commitment to active engagement with the ASEAN region. These scholarships ensure that the New Zealand-ASEAN Scholars programme is comprehensive in its regional scope.
Purpose of award
Victoria offers four scholarships per year to PhD applicants from Singapore and Brunei (two awards are made to Brunei and two to Singapore).
Selection criteria
Successful applicants should have an outstanding academic track record in a relevant discipline. The applicant will be expected to have completed a Bachelor's or Masters degree with academic distinction equivalent to a First Class Honours degree at a New Zealand University.

Applicants are requested to clearly indicate their area of research interest and to include a brief summary of their suggested research and methodology with their application.

The following factors will be taken into consideration:
1. These scholarships will be targeted at younger researchers who have the capacity to contribute to the development of their countries and the ASEAN region.
2. Priority will be given to topics that relate to regional integration and sustainable development.

Students whose first language is not English are required to meet the English language proficiency requirements for postgraduate study at Victoria University. Victoria's English language requirements are strict and not negotiable. If your first language is not English, you must provide evidence of your English proficiency before you will be accepted as a PhD candidate. Requirements are:
1. TOEFL 575 with (preferably) a TWE of 5, or 237 on the computer-based test; or 90 on the internet-based test with a minimum of 20 in writing; or
2. IELTS overall band of 6.5, no sub-score below 6; or
3. CAE grade B; or
4. a minimum of two ratings of 5 and two ratings of 4 in the Victoria University English Proficiency Programme test.
Number of awards offered
Two for Brunei & two for Singapore
$23,500 stipend annually plus tuition fees for three years
Tenure of award
Four doctoral scholarships will be available in each of the calendar years 2012, 2013 and 2014. The Scholarship will be held for up to three years.

VUW may elect not to award the full number of scholarships in any year if the quality of applications is insufficient
Closing dates for applications
Monday 01 July 2013
The closing date for applications is 5:00pm on 1 July in each of the years available.
How do students apply?
New PhD applicants should complete the PhD Admission and Scholarship application form available from and clearly indicate they wish to apply for the Victoria University ASEAN Scholarships for Brunei and Singapore.
Decision makers
The University Research Scholarships Committee, a sub-committee of the University Research Council will be responsible for allocation of these scholarships.
How and when do students learn of the decision?
Refer to Funder
What conditions are attached to acceptance of this award?
The terms and conditions of the scholarships, including immigration status, administration, supervision and the requirement to contribute 150 hours per annum to the academic life of the University will be the same as for other VUW Doctoral Scholarships. Full regulations can be found at
Additional information
Who else has information about this award?
For guidelines, application forms and more information about this award contact:

The Scholarships Office
Victoria University of Wellington
PO Box 600
New Zealand
Phone: (04) 463 5113 or (04)463 5557
Further information : Victoria University of Wellington ASEAN Scholarships for Singapore and Brunei

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