The aim of the Graduate Women New Zealand Charitable Trust is to promote lifelong education and to enable graduate women to use their expertise to effect positive change.

We administer national awards for New Zealand citizens as described in the Guidelines for fellowships and awards and the tabs below.

We do not currently have the funds to support individual women's study outside of the awards described in the tabs below. There are currently no awards for non-New Zealand citizens.

Support for our exisitng, and additional awards is always welcome and if you would like to donate or bequeath funds, or join us to raise funds for awards with different success criteria, we welcome your contact with the Charitable Trust Secretary at:

trustsecretary@gwnz.org.nz 

Please note this is the contact for GWNZ national awards only, not branch awards.

It would assist us greatly to best apply our volunteer efforts if before sending any correspondence about our awards and fellowships you read the relevant section(s) of the Guidelines for fellowships and awards, and/or the tabs below.

Graduate Women New Zealand (GWNZ) is a non-profit, charitable non-government organisation that was established in 1922 as the New Zealand Federation of Graduate Women (NZFGW). 

Our members use their expertise to work locally, nationally and internationally to improve the status of women and girls.

GWNZ is an affiliate of Graduate Women International (GWI).

GWI is the only international organisation to specifically promote tertiary education for women.

Several GWNZ branches own and hire academic regalia for graduation ceremonies to raise funds for local, and national scholarships, grants and awards. 

For information and addresses for correspondence regarding awards offerred by GWNZ Branch Charitable Trusts see the tab Branch & Regional Awards below.

For links to more information about International Awards see http://www.gwnz.org.nz/scholarships-grants-and-awards/

Marleen Baling (2013 Fellow); 2014 Fellows Wendy Sweet, Lucy Stroud, Michelle Johansson, Bridget Burdett, Rebecca Smith, SeungHee Pak, Lakshini Mendis, Victoria Hargraves.

Susan Byrne awardees Kimba Allison (2013) and Dr Adrienna Ember (2014) with Awards Convenor Dr Rowena Taylor and National President Dr Ann Pomeroy. NB No award was made for 2015

NZFGW Awards Function @ Otago (L-R) 2014 Fellow Penelope Milsom, 2015 Fellow Kalinka Rexer-Huber; Harriette Jenkins Awardee Kjerstine Severinsen.

Graduate Women Canterbury 2015 Awards Juliet Kim & Josephine Clarke

Four NZFGW Waikato awardees 2014 Fellows Wendy Sweet & Bridget Burdett, with Kimba Allison (2013 Susan Byrne) and Dr Adrienna Ember (2014 Susan Byrne).

GW Manawatu Presentation to UCoL degree students June 18 2015 Trust Chair Anne Walker, Reguina Blair, Moana Tipene & Rebecca Nilsson

GW Canterbury Awards May 2015 L-R Nelli Sibaeva, Sophie Hunt, Stephanie McRae, Nixie Boddy, Kate Wootton, Nicole McRae

Graduate Women Canterbury May 2015 Awards Bridget Sandri, Catherine O'Donnell-Jackways

Harriette Jenkins Awardee 2015, Otago member Kjerstine Severinsen (right) with NZFGW President Dr Ann Pomeroy

Graduate Women Manawatu Postgraduate Awards L-R Ingrid Cheung, Iris Nanguzgambo, Trust Chair Anne Walker, Laura Quin, Anne Kim, Vanessa White, Rachel Wilson, Briony Raven, Professor Brigid Heywood

NZFGW Awards Function Otago 6.6.2015 Dr Ann Pomeroy (NZFGW President), 2014 Fellow Penelope Milsom, 2015 Fellow Kalinka Rexer-Huber, HJ Awardee Kjerstine Severinsen, Dr Rowena Taylor (Awards Convenor)

Graduate Women North Shore Awards June 21 2015 L-R Tamaryn Meek, Tayla Bazeley, Erin Hasemore-Slieker, Butul Iqbal, Jasmin Krishnan, Brittany Coleman; Christina Wilson

Joanne Moore (right) was awarded the Mildred Keir Second-chance Education Award (Diploma/Degree Studies) - presented by Shirley Gillette, President Graduate Women (Otago)


Fellowships - GWNZ National Post Graduate Awards

Purpose of the GWNZ Fellowship Fund

The purpose of the GWNZ Fellowship Fund is to provide recognition and financial assistance, in the form of annual awards called Graduate Women New Zealand Fellowships (“Fellowships”), to outstanding female graduates who are New Zealand citizens or have New Zealand permanent residency status, who are normally resident in New Zealand, for postgraduate study or research.

Purpose of the Jesse Maddison Fund

The purpose of the Fund is to contribute to the living expenses of a recipient of a Graduate Women New Zealand Fellowship, for study in the United Kingdom.  Holders of the award will be known as Jessie Maddison Fellows of Graduate Women New Zealand.

History of the Jesse Maddison Fund

Jessie Clarkson Maddison graduated MB ChB from Otago University in 1902, the sixth woman to gain this degree from a New Zealand university.  Jessie practised medicine in Christchurch, and overseas and died in August 1947.  The award was funded in her memory by her niece Eileen Jessie Hunter who bequeathed $10,000.  The award was announced at the NZFUW Triennial Conference in Dunedin in 1994 and the first award of $500 was made in 1995.  The Fund was then settled on the NZFUW Fellowship Trust and was left to accumulate interest until the next award was made in 2000.  The Fund was settled on the NZFGW Charitable Trust after the amalgamation of the NZFUW Fellowship Trust into the NZFGW Charitable Trust on 7 November 2006.

Until 2006 one award of approximately $1,000 was made most years, to a woman planning to study in the United Kingdom. Missing info 2006-2010. From 2012 to 2016 no awards were made due to the low interest bearing nature of the small Fund.

With the Board having voted to apply untagged funds to the Fund, and promoted the fund with donating Charitable Trusts, the award is again being offered from 2017.

 

History of the GWNZ Fellowship Fund and Awards

During the 1929 Dominion Conference of NZFUW a discussion was held on the possibility of founding a New Zealand Fellowship. NZFUW President, Miss M E Sims and the Secretary, Miss Ironside saw that the Fund was inaugurated at the NZFUW Conference in January 1932. A leaflet was drawn up setting out the aims and objectives of the Fund. Along with the desire to foster higher education for women, NZFUW also wished to promote the basic aims of the IFUW, to further international friendship and understanding.

It was not an easy task for an organisation with fewer than 500 members to raise the capital sum. Seven years later, on 5 October 1939 the NZFUW Fellowship Trust was first incorporated as the NZFUW Fellowship Trust Board. 

By 1949 the capital fund had reached £4000 and it was agreed that an award of £300 for one year should be offered to a member of the British Federation of University Women to take up the award in New Zealand, in appreciation of outstanding work during the 1939-45 war.  However, when the award was offered there were no applicants (probably due to the heavy travel costs to be borne by the Fellow).  Consequently, the Dominion Executive asked the government for assistance and the government's response was to provide £300 for travelling expenses for a Fellow from Britain, £1000 for the Fellowship Fund and £1000 to help with the British drive to rebuild Crosby Hall (where members of NFAs could stay when visiting London). 

The Fellowship was re-advertised in Britain, and two members of the NZFUW Fellowship Trust Board who were in Great Britain at the time selected the first recipient of the award. The first Fellow was Miss Eila Campbell, MA, Lecturer in Geography. Campbell arrived in New Zealand in August 1949 and gave an address at the Wellington Conference in 1950 on Geography in the Service of the Community.

In 1951 the first Fellowship was awarded to a New Zealander, Miss Brenda Slade, who travelled to Cambridge to study for a PhD in botany.  The Fellowship Capital Fund then stood at £5,000, making possible an award of £400 in 1953 and 1955.  Awards were made thereafter in 1955, 1956, 1958, 1959 and 1961.  There was an award every year from 1961 to 1973.  

At the Golden Jubilee Conference in 1973, it was announced that the Fellowship Award would be £2,500.  Two Fellowships were awarded in each year from 1974 to 1981.

In the triennium of 1982 to 1984 there were two or three awards of $4,000 each year with two travel awards of $1,000. There were 24 applicants in 1984. 

Since 1985 the amount of Fellowships has no longer been fixed but varied according to needs, and the requirement that an applicant should be a member of NZFUW was dropped.  

The number of awards (and the number of applicants) kept increasing from then on.  There were three awards in each of 1985 and 1986, four in 1987, five in each of 1988 and 1989, and seven in 1990 (when there were 50 applicants) with the awards varying from $4,000 to $10,000.

The Branches of NZFUW continued to support the Fellowship Fund generously and in 1988 the Capital Fund was set at $100,000 (although the amount of $40,000 in the Fellowship Regulations was not changed).  By this time many NZFUW Branches had long-established businesses of hiring academic regalia to graduands, school prize-givings and other income generating activities, and many had by this stage formed charitable trusts to manage these fund-raising activities. The donations to the Fellowship Fund were often from NZFGW Branch Charitable Trusts.

From 1991 the number of applicants increased to about 70 and the number of awards climbed to 8 in 1991 and then to  15 in 1997 with the awards varying from $5,000 to $10,000.

The NZFUW Fellowship Trust was amalgamated into the NZFGW Charitable Trust on 17 September 2005.  

Awards made in the last two decades have typically been in the order of $5,000 to $20,000, with betwen five and 15 awards being made.

Successful candidates who take up the award are as Fellows of Graduate Women New Zealand (formerly Fellows of the New Zealand Federation of Graduate Women) and will be granted honorary membership of GWNZ during their one year tenure of the Fellowship. The most meritorious successful applicant who is or will be living in the United Kingdom will be known as the Jesse Maddison Fellow of Graduate Women New Zealand.

 

There is an expectation that successful candidates will continue to support and promote the work of GWNZ and GWI and become active members of the organisation after their one year honorary membership expires.

 

You can view application info by clicking the More Info tab (below to left of Apply Here tab).

Apply from 01 April using the Apply Here tab (below right).

 

Contact Details:
GWNZ Charitable Trust Secretary
trustsecretary@gwnz.org.nz

Marleen Baling (2013 Fellow); 2014 Fellows Wendy Sweet, Lucy Stroud, Michelle Johansson, Bridget Burdett, Rebecca Smith, SeungHee Pak, Lakshini Mendis, Victoria Hargraves.

Graduate Women New Zealand (NZFGW) Fellowships and the Jesse Maddison Fellowship

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Application Closes 31/07/18

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1. Applications after 5pm on 31 July 2018 will not be accepted 

We suggest you familiarise yourself with the application form and process early and allow time to gather all of the required information.

2. Application forms may be accessed and saved many times

The selection panel will not be able to view your application until it has been submitted.

You can access your application form, work on it and save it as many times as you require before you complete and submit it.

The first time you access the application form, you will be provided with an access code which will allow you to re-enter the site and work on your application.

We suggest you use a program such as Word to create the answers to the questions in the form  and then transfer the text into  online form.

3. All scanned documents must be uploaded in PDF format, photos in JPG format 

The selection panel are volunteers, spread across New Zealand. If we cannot open your document because it is not in the correct format your application will be considered incomplete, and your application is unlikely to be successful.

4. Applications that are incomplete will not be assessed.

Applicants must provide a response for each field in the application form and all required documents must be uploaded.

Some examples of applications that would render an application invalid are where a) academic transcripts are not officially certified copies, or b) only one reference is uploaded, or c) the references are not signed.

You will need to request two people who know your academic work well to each provide a reference for you. Please refer your referees to the four goals of GWI in paragraph four of the More Info section of this site. The references must be on the letterhead of the particular referee's institution and be signed with a written or electronic signature then uploaded as a PDF into your application.

Either your referees can provide their reports to you to upload, or you can provide the referee with a copy of your application access number and they can upload their report in confidence (only the name of the pdf document will be visible to you, the applicant).

5. Please do not try to enter into correspondence with us about your application

Please carefully read these instructions, and the online application form that can be accessed after 01 April. We have taken care to ensure that the answers to questions asked in previous years are presented here, in the Guidelines to awards, or in the application form.

In the unlikely event you have further questions or technical issues you may contact the GWNZ Charitable Trust Secretary as below.

Once your application is submitted, you will be sent an acknowledgement that it has been received.

We will not respond to any correspondence from you about your application once it has been submitted and before the selection panel has decided and notified successful applicants. It is possible that the selection panel will not announce a decision until October.

Marleen Baling (2013 Fellow); 2014 Fellows Wendy Sweet, Lucy Stroud, Michelle Johansson, Bridget Burdett, Rebecca Smith, SeungHee Pak, Lakshini Mendis, Victoria Hargraves.

GWNZ Members' Only Awards

GWNZ Members' Awards made at the national level each year are made from the Harriette Jenkins Award Fund.

Purpose of the Harriette Jenkins Awards

The purpose of the awards are to encourage active members of GWNZ to carry out or complete a piece of research, or to undertake further studies at a university or other recognised tertiary institution in New Zealand or overseas, provided the work is undertaken while the applicant is a resident of New Zealand.

The awards are made in recognition of service to the organisation whether at Branch or national/international level.  

Awards of up to $3000 are available for active GWNZ members for incidental expenses incurred by their study or research, for example costs of travel, child care, or specific components of their research.

Harriette Jenkins Awards are not intended for conference travel.

History of the Harriette Jenkins Award Fund

At the 1970 NZFUW Conference (now GWNZ), the following resolution, proposed by Nelson Branch, was passed:

That a fund be set up at the national level to provide annually a small grant to a member of NZFUW who is not eligible for any other grants or assistance, so that this member can complete or carry out a piece of research within New Zealand, or further her studies at the university or other institution within New Zealand.  It is proposed that the grant be in the vicinity of $60 and that it be used for such purposes as travel connected with the project, books, equipment, domestic help etc.

Nelson Branch supported their remit by raising the initial $60 through a Bring and Buy.

Harriette Jenkins graduated MA with Honours in Botany, University of New Zealand (Victoria University College) in 1912. 

Harriette won the Jacob Joseph Scholarship and Senior Scholarship and was one of the first students to reside at the Women Students Hostel (now Victoria House). 

Harriette first taught in Marlborough and introduced many pupils to her deep interest in New Zealand flora and the joys of tramping.

Harriette worked consistently for the advancement of women's training and education and was an active, dedicated member of NZFUW. 

Whilst attending IFUW meetings in Zurich and Paris Harriette was convinced of the need for closer and continuing communication among countries and peoples.  

Harriette was Treasurer of the Nelson Branch from 1951-1962 and was made a Life Member of the Branch.  Harriette died soon after this award was established and left a bequest to NZFUW.

It was decided that the fund described above be named in her honour.

 

You can view application info by clicking the More Info tab (below to left of Apply Here tab).

 

Apply after 01 April using the Apply Here tab (below right).

 

 

Contact Details:
GWNZ Charitable Trust Secretary
trustsecretary@gwnz.org.nz

Harriette Jenkins Awardee 2015, Otago member Kjerstine Severinsen (right) with NZFGW President Dr Ann Pomeroy

Harriette Jenkins Award

Apply Here

Application Closes 31/07/18

more info

less info

1. Applications after 5pm on 31 July 2018 will not be accepted 

We suggest you familiarise yourself with the application form and process early and allow time to gather all of the required information.

2. Application forms may be accessed and saved many times

The selection panel will not be able to view your application until it has been submitted.

You can access your application form, work on it and save it as many times as you require before you complete and submit it.

The first time you access the application form, you will be provided with an access code which will allow you to re-enter the site and work on your application.

We suggest you use a program such as Word to create the answers to the questions in the form  and then transfer the text into  online form.

3. All scanned documents must be uploaded in PDF format, photos in JPG format 

The selection panel are volunteers, spread across New Zealand. If your document is blank or we cannot open your document because it is not in the correct format your application will be considered incomplete.

4.  Applications that are incomplete will not be assessed.

Applicants must provide a response for each field in the application form; and upload documents as requested.

We suggest you familiarise yourself with the application form early and allow time to gather all of the required information.

Some examples of applications that would render an application invalid are where a) academic transcripts are not officially certified copies, b) only one reference is uploaded, c) the references are not signed or d) a) you do not supply written confirmation of NZFGW/GWNZ membership.

Applicants are required to provide written confirmation of their financial membership of at least six months standing prior to the opening date of the award, 01 April annually, from their Branch Chair or the Independent Members' Convenor. Prospective applicants should not expect to request that this minimum requirement be waived and should be aware that the nature of their contribution to GWNZ is likely to be taken into account by the selection panel.

You will need to request two people who know your academic work well to each provide a reference for you. Please refer your referees to the four goals of GWI in the More Info section of this site. The references must be on the letterhead of the particular referee's institution and be signed with a written or electronic signature then uploaded as a PDF into your application.

Either your referees can provide their reports to you to upload, or you can provide the referee with a copy of your application access number and they can upload their report.

5.  Please do not enter into correspondence with us about your application

Please carefully read these instructions, and the online application form that can be accessed after 01 May before sending correspondence with questions regarding applications. We have taken care to ensure that the answers to questions asked in previous years are presented here or in the application form.

Once your application is submitted, you will be sent an acknowledgement that it has been received.

We will not enter into any correspondence from you about your application once it has been submitted and before the selection panel has decided on successful applicants.

It is possible that the selection panel will not announce a decision until October.

In the unlikely event that you encounter a technical issue with your application please contact the Charitable Trust Secretary as below.

Expectations of successful applicants

Successful applicants must provide permission for the use of their name, photo, tertiary institution, intended qualification, their 250 word biography and a written report that may be published in the GWNZ News and on the GWNZ website or used without further consultation for other publicity about GWNZ awards and scholarships.

A short written report is expected at the conclusion of the project or within 12 months of the award being offered, whichever is the shorter. The report must describe how the funds were used and be suitable for publication in GWNZ News, and on the GWNZ website.

Harriette Jenkins Awardee 2015, Otago member Kjerstine Severinsen (right) with NZFGW President Dr Ann Pomeroy

GWNZ National Career Change Awards

GWNZ currently administers one career change award - the Susan Byrne Memorial Award.

The Susan Byrne Memorial Award is not intended for progression of an existing career.

The award provides funding for women degree graduates over the age of 35 years to change career through further study at a New Zealand tertiary institution, or through an overseas tertiary institution while remaining resident in New Zealand.

The award's value is typically at least $10,000 and only one award is made annually in the year in which it is offered. The award is not able to be offered every year.

If you would like to donate or bequeath funds for a further award please contact the GWNZ Charitable Trust Secretary.

The following Career Change awards are funded, or related historically to GWNZ, but not administered by GWNZ may also be of interest to those changing career:

(i) New Horizons for Women Trust Specific Purpose Awards – Opportunity Awards

(ii) Kate Edger Educational Charitable Trust – Tessa Thomas Retraining Awards

History of the Susan Byrne Memorial Award

Susan Byrne was a member of NZFGW who generously bequeathed a sum of money to NZFGW with the suggestion that an award be established for women graduates wanting to make a change of career in mid life. Susan first graduated in 1975 at Victoria University of Wellington, and in 1980 completed a PhD at Imperial College, University of London. She was a lecturer at Victoria University of Wellington, then at Massey University (Palmerston North) before moving to The University of Auckland where she began work in the Engineering School. Susan then changed to Mathematics, Operations Research and finally Management Information Systems before her untimely death in 2004.

You can view application info by clicking the More Info tab (below to left of Apply Here tab).

Apply after 01 April using the Apply Here tab (below right).

 

Contact Details:
GWNZ Charitable Trust Secretary
trustsecretary@gwnz.org.nz

Susan Byrne awardees Kimba Allison (2013) and Dr Adrienna Ember (2014) with Awards Convenor Dr Rowena Taylor and National President Dr Ann Pomeroy. NB No award was made for 2015

Susan Byrne Memorial Award

Apply Here

Application Closes 31/07/18

more info

less info

1. Applications after 5pm on 31 July 2018 will not be accepted 

We suggest you familiarise yourself with the application form and process early and allow time to gather all of the required information.

2. Application forms may be accessed and saved many times

The selection panel will not be able to view your application until it has been submitted.

You can access your application form, work on it and save it as many times as you require before you complete and submit it.

The first time you access the application form, you will be provided with an access code which will allow you to re-enter the site and work on your application.

We suggest you use a program such as Word to create the answers to the questions in the form  and then transfer the text into  online form.

3. All scanned documents must be uploaded in PDF format, photos in JPG format 

The selection panel are volunteers, spread across New Zealand. If your document is blank or we cannot open your document because it is not in the correct format your application will be considered incomplete.

4.  Applications that are incomplete will not be assessed.

Applicants must provide a response for each field in the application form; and upload documents as requested.

We suggest you familiarise yourself with the application form early and allow time to gather all of the required information.

Some examples of applications that would render an application invalid are where a) academic transcripts are not officially certified copies, or b) only one reference is uploaded, or c) the references are not signed.

 

You will need to request two people who know your academic work and/or your career well to each provide a reference for you. Please refer your referees to the four goals of GWI in the More Info section of this site.‚Äč

The references must be on the letterhead of the particular referee's institution and be signed with a written or electronic signature then uploaded as a PDF into your application.

Your referees can either provide their reports to you to upload, or you can provide the referee with a copy of your application access number and they can upload their report in confidence (only the name of the pdf document will be visible to you, the applicant).

5. As well as being 35 years of age at the time applications close on 31 July, applicants must be New Zealand citizens at the time of application.

6. Successful applicants must provide permission for the use of their name, photo, tertiary institution, intended qualification, their 250 word biography and a written report.

The aforementioned items may be published in the GWNZ News and on the GWNZ website or used without further consultation for other publicity about GWNZ awards and scholarships.

7.  Please do not enter into correspondence with us about your application

Please carefully read these instructions, and the online application form that can be accessed after 01 April before sending correspondence with questions regarding applications. We have taken care to ensure that the answers to questions asked in previous years are presented here or in the application form.

Once your application is submitted, you will be sent an acknowledgement that it has been received.

We will not enter into any correspondence from you about your application once it has been submitted and before the selection panel has decided on successful applicants.

It is possible that the selection panel will not announce a decision until October.

In the unlikely event that you encounter a technical issue with your application please contact the Charitable Trust Secretary as below.

Susan Byrne awardees Kimba Allison (2013) and Dr Adrienna Ember (2014) with Awards Convenor Dr Rowena Taylor and National President Dr Ann Pomeroy. NB No award was made for 2015

Branch & Regional Awards

Contact Details:
Please make contact with the Branch contact for GWNZ Branch Awards.

GW Canterbury Awards May 2015 L-R Nelli Sibaeva, Sophie Hunt, Stephanie McRae, Nixie Boddy, Kate Wootton, Nicole McRae

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