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Rutherford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship: Application FAQ's

Rutherford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship: Application FAQ's

 

My PhD is nearly completed but I have not yet graduated. Am I still eligible to apply for the Rutherford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowships?

  • If you have graduated and currently hold a PhD degree, you are eligible to apply if your degree was awarded on or after 01 January 2017
  • If your PhD has been submitted before the application closing date, you need to email rutherford.foundation@royalsociety.org.nz to request an exemption. Please include in the email evidence to demonstrate that your degree will be examined by the date of short-listing (mid-September, 2021) and that you have met (or will meet by the short-listing date) all the university requirements for a PhD.

Additionally, you need to demonstrate that you will graduate within a reasonable time before (e.g. 31 December 2021). This is because if your proposal is successful in this funding round, you must hold a PhD degree at the time of contracting in early January 2022.

I am applying from within New Zealand, but I am not sure if I am eligible because of my citizenship or visa status.

  • You are eligible if you are a New Zealand citizen.
  • If you hold either a New Zealand resident or permanent resident visa, you are also eligible IF you have also continuously resided in New Zealand for at least two years immediately prior to application.
  • Additionally, Australian citizens and permanent residents are deemed to hold a NZ residency visa automatically without having to submit a visa application. If this describes your situation AND you have continuously resided in New Zealand for at least two years immediately prior to application, you are eligible to apply. 

What does "deemed to hold" a NZ residency visa mean?

  • Some people are deemed to hold a visa. This means they have been granted entry permission where it is not possible or appropriate for them to apply for a visa. An example is Australian citizens and permanent residents, which are deemed to hold a NZ residency visa automatically without having to submit a visa application. If this describes your situation AND you have continuously resided in New Zealand for at least two years immediately prior to application, you are eligible to apply. For more information, please see the immigration New Zealand website.
  • https://www.immigration.govt.nz/new-zealand-visas/apply-for-a-visa/about-visa/australian-resident-visa

I am currently living outside of New Zealand. Am I still eligible to apply?

  • In general, only New Zealand citizens can apply from overseas. The Society may grant an exemption to the “immediately” rule under very special circumstances, e.g. if an applicant had to leave New Zealand to care for a family member but otherwise fulfils all other eligibility criteria and have demonstrated a commitment to New Zealand.

I have submitted an application for residency in New Zealand and my application is still pending. Do I qualify for an eligibility exemption while my visa application is being processed?

  • We may allow you to apply if there is a high likelihood your visa application will be approved before the shortlisting meeting in mid-September. With what appears like an unusually long delays for visa processing times due to COVID-19, we can allow applicants affected by this to submit an application. This requires prior approval by the Society. As we ultimately cannot pre-empt an Immigration New Zealand decision, we would still need to see proof that the visa has been approved before any decisions can be made. For the Rutherford Foundation, this means you must meet the eligibility criteria before the short-listing meeting in mid-September. If you have not been granted the visa by this stage, your application will be withdrawn from further review. Please see the Immigration New Zealand website for approximate processing time for Residence visas:
  • https://www.immigration.govt.nz/new-zealand-visas/waiting-for-a-visa/how-long-it-takes-to-process-your-visa-application

 

If you have additional questions about your eligibility, email us at rutherford.foundation@royalsociety.org.nz