William Wallace Gibson Memorial Postgraduate Scholarship in Religius Studies, New Zealand

The William Wallace Gibson Memorial is yearly offered to postgraduate students at Victoria University, New Zealand. The preference study of the William Wallace Gibson Memorial are Religious Studies, irrespective of faith, nationality, marital status, sex or age. The successful applicant will be granted up to $2,000. Please complete the scholarship application form before 15 November every year.

Scholarship Description
Bill Gibson was a Presbyterian Minister who served in a number of Parish roles and as the Executive Director of Presbyterian Support Services. He was an active freemason, serving as the Grand Chaplain. His death ends a family relationship between New Zealand Pacific No. 2 and the Gibson family spanning over a hundred years and four generations. This Scholarship is being awarded in his memory.

The scholarship shall be awarded biennially to a postgraduate student in Religious Studies at Victoria University to provide support for postgraduate students in Religious Studies whilst they are engaged in research.

Scholarship Value
Up to $2000.00 will be awarded to the winner of this scholarship.

Level and Area of Studies
Postgraduate level in Religious Studies, irrespective of faith, nationality, marital status, sex or age.

Place of Study
Victoria University in New Zealand

Eligibility and Criteria

  • The selection will be made on the basis of an expression of interest to the Religious Studies Programme Director. The Programme Faculty will then reduce the list of nominees to three students who will be interviewed by a sub-Committee of the Lodge.
  • The successful candidate will be chosen on the basis of a panel interview with Lodge amembers where three areas will be discussed:

    – The candidate’s academic merit,
    – Their engagement in community activities, and
    – The purpose for which the Scholarship proceeds will be used.

Application Instruction
Applicants should submit an expression of research interest plus a CV to the Programme Director of Religious Studies.

Submission Deadline
15 November on annual basis.

Contact Detail
The Scholarships Office
Victoria University of Wellington
PO Box 600
Wellington
New Zealand

Phone: (04) 463 5113 or (04)463 5557
E-mail: scholarships-office@vuw.ac.nz

Other Information
The selection will be made on the basis of expression of interest to the Religious Studies Programme Director. The Programme Faculty will then reduce the list of nominees to three students who will be interviewed by a sub-Committee of the Lodge. The most deserving candidate in the opinion of the Lodge will receive the scholarship.

The successful candidate is expected to prepare and deliver a lecture to the Lodge, of up to half an hour in length, on a topic they are studying during the year in which they shall have received the Scholarship.

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