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Learn how to apply for the RHT Bates Postgraduate Scholarship


Applicants must have physical sciences or engineering as a significant part of their undergraduate degree. For the purposes of this scholarship, physical sciences shall be deemed to mean physics, chemistry and mathematical and information sciences.

At the time of application students must be engaged in postgraduate studies (honours, masters or doctorate). Students in their final year of undergraduate study are ineligible to apply.

To receive the scholarship, candidates must be enrolled for a doctorate course at a New Zealand University and must be engaged in the course for the greater part of the period of the Scholarship. This requirement does not limit the award to New Zealanders; however, it will require a successful candidate to transfer from a masterate or honours course to a doctoral course.


Application information

Applicants will need to complete the RHT Bates Postgraduate Scholarship application form and the relevant supporting information.

Supporting information

You will need a copy of your authorised student academic record (official record) from University Registry and email it together with your application form.  You will also need to provide two letters of reference:

  • One from the university academic officially charged with your supervision. 
  • One from from an individual within the University in which you are enrolled, or from an organisation (e.g., CRI, Government Department or Company) where a significant amount of your PhD work is being carried out and where additional supervision is being provided.

Please ask these referees to email their reference directly to the address below, separately from your application.

Return of application

Please email your application to: awards@royalsociety.org.nz