C. Wright Mills Scholarship in Sociology and Anthropology

Wright Mills scholarship was established in 1985 in memory of Jean Margaretta Rhoda Morgan and Peter Warmsley Sedgwick, and as a tribute to C. Wright Mills, noted American sociologist.

C. Wright Mills Scholarship in Sociology and Anthropology Eligibility

  • Wright Mills scholarship shall be known as the C. Wright Mills Scholarship in Sociology and Anthropology.
  • Wright Mills scholarship shall be awarded by the Council of the University of Canterbury after it has received the recommendation of a Selection Committee consisting of :
    • The Vice-Chancellor or nominee
    • The Head of the School of Sociology and Anthropology or nominee
    • The donor or nominee
    • A member of another Department or School of the University, the said member to be nominated by the donor or nominee.
  • Wright Mills scholarship shall be open to graduates of any University in New Zealand or of the University of the South Pacific.
  • Candidates for the scholarship shall submit a paper outlining their approach to sociological and anthropological research in the form of a research proposal.
  • The paper shall be typewritten and of not less than 5,000 words in length. The Selection Committee, in making its recommendation concerning the award of the scholarship, shall have regard to the paper submitted by each candidate, and to the contribution the candidate might be expected to make to academic life of the School of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Canterbury.
  • In the event of two or more candidates being considered to be of equal merit, preference shall be given to the candidate whose financial circumstances are such that he or she would have difficulty in completing the course without financial assistance.
  • Tenure of the scholarship shall be conditional upon the successful candidate enrolling for the degree of Master of Arts (by thesis only), or Ph.D., in Sociology or Anthropology at the University of Canterbury.
  • Wright Mills scholarship shall be taken up for the research and writing of a thesis for the said degree on a topic approved by the selection committee. If the candidate has already commenced a PhD or Masters thesis then a progress report shall be required for consideration by the selection committee.
  • Wright Mills scholarship may be held concurrently with any bursary, scholarship or fellowship of equal or greater value than this scholarship, unless the conditions of the other award preclude this.
  • Wright Mills scholarship shall be tenable normally for one year but may be extended for a further year on the recommendation of the Academic Board if in the opinion of the selection committee the holder is able to demonstrate by way of a report on the work that satisfactory progress is being made and that the progress is consistent with the criteria for selection.
  • Wright Mills scholarship may be terminated by the Council at any time on receipt of a report from the selection committee that the conduct or progress of the scholar has been unsatisfactory.
  • Normally one scholarship shall be awarded each year. However, if the accumulated funds permit the Council may award an additional scholarship in any year.
  • If in any year no appointment to the scholarship is made, the income for the year shall be added to the capital of the fund or shall be held in reserve to provide a second scholarship in a subsequent year, as the Council may decide.
  • Conditions for the award of the scholarship may be varied from time to time by the Council of the University on the recommendation of the selection committee.

C. Wright Mills Scholarship in Sociology and Anthropology Application Deadline

  • Application Deadline : 1st November, 2018

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