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Architecture Postgraduate Scholarship at Victoria University of Wellington

Victoria University of Wellington


  • Applicants must be in their fourth or higher year of study in architecture;

  • Undergraduate students shall be considered eligible if they are enrolled in their fourth or higher year of study;


The Victoria University of Wellington is offering its John Fitzgerald Memorial Scholarship for students at a undergraduate or graduate level that wish to study at their facilities in New Zealand. The scholarship includes a NZD $5.000 award that aims to help the student with a project or activity in his/her studies. The application deadline is due to October 1, 2016.



This Scholarship is a memorial to the late John Fitzgerald, a graduate (1997) of the Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand) School of Architecture. The architectural firm of Holden + Partners (London, UK), John’s former employer, initiated the Fund from contributions raised in the United Kingdom and New Zealand from architectural and academic colleagues, clients, friends and family. The Scholarship is administered by the Victoria University Foundation.



The purpose of the scholarship is for supporting studies, research, projects, exhibitions or other similar activities relating to the completion of undergraduate or postgraduate qualifications. It is also hoped that the recipient/s of the Memorial Fund Awards will enhance the relationship between New Zealand and the United Kingdom that John Fitzgerald helped to foster.



Fourth and fifth year students, and those doing their Honours, Masters and PhD are eligible and encouraged to apply. No higher degree plan is necessary.

Applications may be submitted by any person or group in their fourth or fifth year of study in architecture (including Honours, Masters and PhD students). Undergraduate students shall be considered eligible if they are enrolled in their fourth or higher year of study and have successfully completed all third year core papers or have previously gained equivalent credit or experience and are intending to study at postgraduate level at VUW.


Number of awards offered

One per year Total value NZ$5,000.00 per year, depending on available funds. The presentation of the award will be generally once a year in November, on the initiative of the Head of the School of Architecture.


Tenure of award

The Scholarships have a tenure of one year and may be held concurrently with any other bursary or scholarship, provided that the rules of the other awards allow this.


Closing date for applications

1 October


How do students apply?

Applications close 1 October. Applicants will be asked to complete all documentation included in the application form.


Project Proposal

The project proposal may be a current or future course project, or the extension of a past project. Project activities supported shall be those that produce tangible results which may include, for example, projects, models, photographs, writings or research studies which can be demonstrated in events such as exhibitions, seminars, lectures or publications.

Preferences shall be given to those projects that are forward-looking and aim to further architectural knowledge, techniques or developments at the level of individual study or collective interest. Innovative ideas are encouraged, as are projects that reflect any of the following architectural interests of John Fitzgerald:

• Contemporary, minimalist forms of architecture in sympathy with the environment

• Architecture of historic urban sites

• Precision of design

• Incorporation of technology to enhance the functional use of buildings

• New Zealand’s architectural identity


Decision makers

The Selection Committee shall consist of:

• The Head of the School of Architecture or nominee

• At least two additional academic staff members and/or architecture professionals nominated by the School of Architecture.

• The Fitzgerald Family nominee

• The mostrecentstudent winner(s) of the John Fitzgerald Memorial Scholarship


In selecting the project, the Selection Committee will consider:

(a) whether the project:

• reflectsthe intentions outlined under‘Purpose’ above

• is well defined and can be accessed on the information provided

• willresult in a tangible outcome that may be made available to othersto appreciate (e.g. through exhibition,seminar presentation, article, video, report, etc.)

• isfeasible and islikely to be completed within the proposed time frame and budget.

(b) the suitability of the applicant(s) to pursue the project, having regard to his/her/their:

• scholastic record relevant to undertaking the project

• widerinterestsin society relevant to the project, for example recreational,social orsporting interests

• personal characteristicsrelevant to the project; for example ability to lead or manage the project, willingnessto share the results, consideration of peers’ interests in the project.

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