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BRANZ Inc allocates funds to assist students with outstanding academic credentials to undertake research in fields that are deemed to be of importance to the construction sector.

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Call for scholarship applications - Round 2013/2014

Applicants must be eligible to study at an accredited New Zealand tertiary institution at the time of application, i.e. hold a current New Zealand student visa and have been accepted by an accredited tertiary institution.  

Successful candidates are expected to study full-time, unless otherwise agreed to by BRANZ.  

Building a Better New Zealand (BBNZ) 2013 - The Research Strategy for the Building and Construction Industry identifies industry's nine priority topics, which each correspond to one of the 2017 strategic focus areas from the roadmap:

  • Better buildings
  • Materials performance
  • Maintaining and improving the performance of existing buildings
  • Sustainability
  • Automation, industrialisation and new technologies
  • Operating environment
  • Productivity
  • Meeting the housing needs of all New Zealanders
  • Building better cities and communities.

Further detail on each of the nine topics can be found in the BBNZ 2013. BRANZ recommends that scholarship applicants read the BBNZ 2013 in full prior to preparing their application using the Scholarship Application Template.

Please also be advised of the following:

  • No funding to an individual student for a course will exceed 3years.
  • The research will be carried out in a New Zealand tertiary institution.
  • Award recipients will usually be required to liaise with BRANZ Group and meet reasonable technology transfer requests about their work. Applicants should be careful before seeking BRANZ investment that they will be able to meet the expectations of wide transfer to the building and construction sector of the results of their research.
  • A scholarship awarded under this scheme carries no connotation of employment by BRANZ Group during the period of the award or at its conclusion.

Allocations

Allocations at master's and PhD level will generally be:

  • Masterate - $20,000 for degree
  • Doctorate - $25,000 per year for up to 3years.

BRANZ Group also operates some schemes for final-year undergraduate research projects. These are limited in scope and variable in payment. Prospective applicants should discuss their ideas with their course supervisor first, and the arrangement will be more likely to be with the tertiary organisation than with the student directly.

How to apply

Applications are to be prepared using the guidelines provided in the Scholarship Application Template.

BRANZ operates a dual application timeframe, as follows:

  • BRANZ officially accepts applications from 1 August through to 30 November and will advise applicants of the outcome in December. 
  • BRANZ also accepts scholarship applications as they are received throughout the year. While BRANZ will consider out-of-cycle applications carefully, we envisage a sizeable proportion of the scholarship funding will be allocated in the August-November round, with instalments beginning in February of the following year. Applicants are therefore welcome to apply throughout the year but encouraged to apply within the 1 August - 30 November timeframe wherever possible to maximise their chances of success.
  • Candidates should ensure there is a month available to BRANZ for consideration before any closing date set by any co-funding agency.

If your application is successful, you will also be required to submit a project plan indicating proposed milestones at which payments will be made, which must be agreed by BRANZ before the first payment is made. Progress against this plan will need to be certified by your supervisor.

Each successful applicant will be allocated an appropriate industry supervisor. This will give the successful applicant the opportunity to develop professional connections in their chosen research area, while helping to keep industry informed of their findings.

Send your application to the BRANZ General Manager Research Strategy.
For further information, contact branz@branz.co.nz.