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.

At our 2016 AGM we voted to change our name to Graduate Women NZ. There will be a transitional period in which you may find references to either NZFGW or GWNZ and we trust this is not too confusing.

GWNZ is an affiliate of Graduate Women International (GWI), whose focus is to advocate for education of women and girls. GWI is the only international organisation to specifically promote tertiary education for women.

Several New Zealand branches own and hire academic regalia for graduation ceremonies to raise funds for scholarships, grants and awards. The aim of these awards is to promote lifelong education and to enable graduate women to use their expertise to effect positive change.

The NZFGW awards are New Zealand awards administered by the NZFGW Charitable Trust Board.

The NZFGW Charitable Trust Board and GWNZ do not currently have the funds for support outside of the awards described in the tabs below and there are no awards for non-New Zealand citizens or individuals who have been New Zealand residents for less than five years. Support for 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 awards convenor at:

awardsconvenor@nzfgw.org.nz

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

Some GWNZ Branches also offer their own awards through their own Branches and Branch Charitable Trusts. The Branch awards and information and correspondence regarding these can be made under the tab Branch & Regional Awards below.

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


Fellowships - GWNZ National Post Graduate Awards

Important notes about applying for a Fellowship - Scroll down for More Info and Application tab. 

1. Applications after 5pm on 31 July 2017 will not be accepted - Applications for Fellowship awards open on 1 April 2017 and close on 31 July 2017 at 5.00pm.

2. The same person can only hold one GWNZ award in the same twelve month period. Please note one exception to this, which is the Jessie Maddison Award which is always held with a Fellowship.

3. Applicants must be either New Zealand citizens  or have held New Zealand residency for at least five years

Candidates must meet this criteria with evidence before they may apply.

4. Application forms must be completed on-line

Once applications open on 1 April the application tab below right will allow you to access the on-line application form. This is the only way application forms can be viewed or submitted.

5. 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.

6. Scanned documents must be uploaded in PDF format, photos in JPG format

7. 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.

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

 

Some examples of applications that would render an application invalid are where a) documents do not prove you have been a New Zealand resident or citizen for at least five years as at 31 July in the year of application; b) academic transcripts are not officially certified copies; and c) only one reference is uploaded, or 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.

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

Once your application is submitted, you will be sent an acknowledgement that it has been received. We are not in a position to enter into 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.

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 or in the application form.

In the unlikely event you have further questions or technical issues please contact the awards convenor as.

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

 

Contact Details:
Awards Convenor
awardsconvenor@nzfgw.org.nz

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

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

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GWNZ Fellowships (formerly NZFGW Fellowships) are intended to provide assistance to female post graduate students who wish to further their study, especially at doctoral level. In exceptional circumstances, awards are made at Masters level especially for study at esteemed overseas universities.

The field of study is unrestricted but in awarding the Fellowships, the selection panel will give consideration to the Mission of Graduate Women International (GWI) to: (i) promote lifelong education for women and girls; (ii) promote international co-operation, friendship, peace and respect for human rights for all; (iii) advocate for the advancement of the status of women and girls; and (vi) encourage and enable women and girls to apply their knowledge and skills in leadership and decision-making in all forms of public and private life. These closely align to the goals of GWNZ www.gwnz.org.nz. The selection panel will also assess the value of the applicants’ research to New Zealand and New Zealanders.

For successful applicants, the value of the Fellowship will be in the range of $5,000 - $20,000 however the value of any Fellowship offered is at the sole discretion of the selection panel.

Fellowship applications who are or will be studying in the United Kingdom are automatically made candidates for the Jesse Maddison Fellowship Award.

Jesse Clarkson Maddision graduated MBCHB from Otago University in 1902 and this award was funded in her memory by monies bequeathed by her niece as announced in 1994. One award of about $1000 may be made.

Expectations of successful applicants

The Fellowship must be taken up within two years of being offered, or the award will not be made.

Successful candidates who take up the award will be known 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.

Successful applicants must provide permission for the use of their name, photo, tertiary institution, intended qualification, their 250 word biography and their written mid-term 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.

The first instalment for half the value of the award is made on the signed acceptance of the award, receipt of the above-mentioned permission, and proof that awardees have commenced their course such as a receipt to show that fees have been paid or a letter from their Head of Academic Unit. If awardees have not already started their course of study they are required to advise their likely commencement date, and will only receive their first installment once they have begun their programme and submited the required proof of this.

The year of tenure of the award starts once the first payment is made.

The second instalment is paid shortly after receipt of a mid-term report, which should be submitted within six months after the award is taken up.

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.

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

Important notes about applying for a Harriette Jenkins Award  - Scroll down for More Info and Application tab. 

1.  Applications received after 5pm on 30 September 2017 will not be accepted - Applications open for Harriette Jenkins Awards on 1 April 2017 and close on 30 September 2017 at 5.00pm.

2. The same person can only hold one GWNZ award in the same twelve month period.

3.  Applicants must be either New Zealand citizens or have held New Zealand residency for at least five years

Candidates must meet this criteria with evidence before they may apply.

4.  Applications forms must be completed on-line

Once applications open on 1 April the application tab to the right will allow you to access the on-line application form. There is no other way application forms can be viewed or submitted.

5.  Application forms may be accessed many times. The selection panel do not get to see your application until you submit it.

You can access your application form as many times as you like before you complete and submit your application.

The first time you access the application form, you will be provided an access code. The access code allows you to re-enter your application form.

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

6.  Scanned documents must be uploaded in PDF format.

7.  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.

As just a few examples a) if your documents do not prove that you have been a New Zealand resident or citizen for at least 5 years as at 31 July in the year of application you will not be eligible for a Harriette Jenkins award; b) you must supply written confirmation of NZFGW/GWNZ membership; and/or c) failure to upload one or both of the Referees' Reports, will render your application invalid.

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.

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

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.

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.

In the unlikely event that you encounter a technical issue with your application please contact the awards convenor as below.

Please note that this is the contacy for NZFGW/GWNZ national awards only, not branch awards.

Contact Details:
Awards Convenor
awardsconvenor@nzfgw.org.nz

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

Harriette Jenkins Award

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Application Closes 30/09/16

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The Harriette Jenkins Awards were established to encourage active members of NZFGW/GWNZ to carry out or complete a piece of research, or to further their studies at a tertiary institution in New Zealand or overseas, provided that the work is undertaken while the applicant is resident in New Zealand.

Harriette Jenkins Awards are however not intended for conference travel.

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.

Successful applicants in any one round of awards may not apply for an award in the subsequent round. In making awards preference will be given to those applicants who have not previously received this award.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Payment of the award (in one installment) is made on signed acceptance of the award, and receipt of the above-mentioned permission. The award is paid in one installment upon receipt of official confirmation of the awardee’s study or research.

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

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

GWNZ National Career Change Awards

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

Apply using the Apply Here tab. You can view details about the award by clicking the More Info tab below.

If you would like to donate or bequeath funds for a further award please contact the awards convenor.

 

 

The following awards may be of interest but are not administered by GWNZ:

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

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

 

Contact Details:
(For GWNZ awards only)
awardsconvenor@nzfgw.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

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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.

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 and is not intended for progression of an existing career. 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.

As well as being 35 years of age at the time applications close on 31 August, applicants must either be New Zealand citizens of at least 5 years standing or be able to prove permanent resident status for at least the five years immediately preceding August 31 of the year of application.

The award is paid to the successful applicant in two instalments, the first in February of the year of study.

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.

Payment of the first instalment of the award is made on signed acceptance of the award, receipt of the above-mentioned permission, and proof of commencement of study.

The second instalment is paid on receipt of a one page mid-term report suitable for publication in GWNZ News during her year of study. The report must describe how the funds have been used and be suitable for publication in GWNZ News and on the GWNZ website.

Successful applicants are granted honorary membership of the nearest GWNZ Branch or the Independent Members Branch for one year after their successful application.

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 contact the person for the selected Branch's Awards.

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

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