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McCutchan Trust Publishing Thesis or Research Paper Scholarship

  • This scholarship is intended to support applicants to complete or publish a thesis or research study. It may provide funded time or funded release time to write, or where applicable the costs of binding and printing. Any qualified nurse may apply but NZNO members will be given preference.

    Up to $20,000 is offered for the 2020 McCutchan Trust scholarships and grants round, for all categories (see below). This amount may be split between successful applicants across all categories.

    If successful you will be asked to supply your bank account number.

    Applications close at 4pm on 31 October 2020

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    Ailsa McCutchan and the McCutchan Trust

    The McCutchan Trust was established following the death of Ailsa McCutchan in 2008.

    Ailsa McCutchan trained as a nurse after serving as a corporal in charge of a Link trainer in the Air Force during World War II. She then taught nursing as a tutor sister in several hospital schools of nursing before completing her post-graduate diploma studies in 1951. She completed her midwifery training in 1959 and was then appointed as Waikato’s deputy Matron-in-Chief in 1960.

    Eight years later she became Matron-in-Chief of the Waikato Hospital Board. She continued in the position until the mid-1970s. Miss McCutchan also served as the Vice President of the then NZNA for a time. She was committed to the transfer of nursing education from apprentice based hospital schools of nursing to the system of general education and worked tirelessly to see this happen.

    Following her retirement, Miss McCutchan was keenly involved in a variety of groups and interests. In her will, Miss McCutchan left a significant bequest to the Nursing Education and Research Foundation (NERF) for the benefit of professional nursing.

    Miss McCutchan’s Will noted that the scholarships to be awarded by the Trust are intended to “advance professional nursing so that nursing in general will benefit, rather than promoting the interests of the awardee or donee.”

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    The intent of the McCutchan Trust Scholarships and Grants

    Scholarships or grants will be awarded for objects which will raise or be calculated to raise the standard of competence of professional nursing in New Zealand to the best possible level.

    In general, scholarships or grants to be awarded or given should advance professional nursing so that nursing in general will benefit, rather than promoting the interests of the awardee or donee.

    The Board will also take into account, if it thinks relevant, the extent to which new knowledge or expertise can be shared and/or widely applied if the scholarship and/or grant be awarded or made.

    Scholarships or grants may be awarded or given to an individual holding a professional nursing qualification or a body, including a school of learning for the purposes of training nurses. Note: any individual RN or body (e.g. organisation such as a university, polytechnic, professional body, NGO who will undertake work that will benefit nursing in general) may be a recipient of a grant or scholarship. It is preferable that a lead applicant is a registered nurse and a member of NZNO.

    Scholarships or grants may be made for any one or more of the following purposes:

    1. To assist individuals to gain a higher qualification after their basic preparation, including specialization in a clinical field. Scholarships or grants may be made to cover costs to enable them to study, practice or carry out research. Note: 'higher qualification' means at post graduate certificate (level 800) or above. This would include research, practicum, travel, equipment, supervision costs (see below). Graduate certificate (level 700) is not considered a higher qualification and is therefore not eligible for funding.
    2. To facilitate nursing research either in New Zealand or overseas by an applicant whose research will benefit nursing in New Zealand.
    3. To provide resource material which supports the work of nurses, for example to implement a model of care.
    4. To enable seminars to be held in New Zealand and may include the cost of bringing experts from within New Zealand (or from overseas) to teach or participate at such seminars.
    5. To assist in completing and/or publishing any thesis or study. Note: Does not have to be specific to enrolment in a course of study.

    Scholarships or grants may be awarded or given to cover costs, expenses or fees related or incidental to the purpose or purposes of the trust.  Such costs, expenses or fees may include those related to travelling, accommodation, acquisition of study or research material and hireage.

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    Application process

    1. Once applications are received, they will be reviewed for completeness by the NERF administrator.
    2. Applications that have passed the initial screening process will be assessed and scored by the NERF Grants Assessment Committee for quality, relevance, and applicability to nursing.
    3. Applications are reviewed by three members of the NERF Board of Trustees, two of whom are NZNO representatives, with the third being a Māori nurse nominated by Te Rūnanga. The NZNO Nursing Policy Adviser/Researcher also sits on the committee as a non-voting member. Where further methodological or content expertise is required, the Assessment Committee may appoint an appropriately experienced person to advise the Committee.
    4. The Assessment Committee meets within one month of the closing date of applications.
    5. Results of all applications are released within four weeks of the Assessment Committee meeting.
    6. The Assessment Committee may require further information from an applicant before a final decision is made.
    7. All decisions are final and no correspondence will be entered into.
    8. The Assessment Committee may make recommendations to the applicant regarding their application and invite the applicant to reapply at another scholarship round.

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    • Payment of the grant is made to the first named investigator or sponsoring organisation once any signed administrative agreement/contract is received by NERF.
    • Invoices from sponsoring organisations or GST registered individuals need to meet the requirements of any signed administrative agreement/contract.
    • For grants of $10,000 and over, payment will be made against the schedule of expected expenditure as indicated in the original application.
    • Draw-down of monies may be dependent upon satisfactory progress reports.

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    • All applications are confidential to the Assessment Committee.
    • The information contained in applications will be used for the purpose of assessing each application, and in a non-identifiable form some information will be used for NERF statistical purposes.
    • NERF undertakes to store all applications in a secure place and to destroy declined applications after due process to preserve confidentiality.
    • For public interest purposes, NERF reserves the right to release the successful applicant’s name, sponsoring institution (if any), contact details, grant title and funding awarded.

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    Administrative requirements

    If you are given a scholarship you will need to:

    1. Accept the scholarship in writing. This includes signing and returning any administrative agreement provided indicating agreement/contract to all scholarship conditions. If applicable, your acceptance letter must be returned before the scholarship can be uplifted.
    2. Submit a report (or reports) to NERF outlining scholarship expenditure:
      • Six monthly for scholarships above $10,000
      • Twelve monthly for scholarships below $10,000
      • Within six months of completing any research/project/study/seminar.
    3. Publications in academic journals which are associated with the research project must acknowledge NERF as a funding source. The applicant/authors must supply a copy of the published article to NERF. Guidelines for the use of the NERF logo must be followed.
    4. Spend the scholarship only for the approved purpose and in accordance with any terms and conditions set by NERF.
    5. Return funds which are not utilised for the approved purpose to NERF.
    6. Return funds which are not spent within two years of the date the scholarship was approved to NERF unless further authorisation is obtained from the NERF Trustees.
    7. Inform the NERF Trustees if any problems arise which may endanger the completion of the project.

    You will also need to accept that:

    1. Your research/project/study may be written up in the Kai Tiaki Nursing New Zealand magazine. If your work is included in the magazine the inclusion will be a brief summary and will not preclude publication of your work in other journals.
    2. An abstract and details of any research will be made available online at
    3. You will supply NZNO with either a digital or hard copy of any thesis or report to add to the NZNO Library.
    4. Your research/project/study will be included in the Nursing Research Index.

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    Things you will need to complete this application

    Please have the following information, documents, and written answers ready to upload.


    1. Your current NZNO membership number
    2. Your New Zealand Nursing Council membership number
    3. Your GST number (if applicable).

    Documents (up to 4MB each file)

    1. Your CV, which must be supplied inside the Standard CV Template 
    2. A letter of support from your place of employment and/or educational institution
    3. Evidence of ethics approval where applicable
    4. For all applications, any documents relating to:
      • Other grants or sponsorships you have received in the last two years
      • Other grant or sponsorship applications presently under consideration
      • Assistance you are receiving from your employer such as paid study leave, course fees, etc.
    5. Your budget for proposed costs, which may include time and/or publication costs
    6. Formal quotes for printing and binding if relevant.

    Written answers

    1. An outline of the research project you wish to complete
    2. Statement of the research project's progress to date
    3. The benefits to professional nursing in NZ when your research project is completed
    4. Your career goals and how completing this research project will contribute to them
    5. An outline of how you integrate Treaty of Waitangi principles into your study and practice (up to 300 words)
    When you have gathered all these things together you are ready to complete the form below.

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