The Rutherford Foundation, established in 2008, is a charitable trust set up under the aegis of the Royal Society of New Zealand. It provides support towards doctoral research for those demonstrating a passion for science and technology, and the potential to excel in a research environment. It also supports post-doctoral research and early career development.
The Rutherford Foundation works with the Cambridge Trust to offer the Cambridge-Rutherford Memorial Scholarship, available to PhD applicants from New Zealand in the fields of Science and Technology.
In 2011-12 the Foundation also collaborated with Antarctica NZ and CCT to offer the Scott Polar Centenary Scholarship, to commemorate the centenary of Scott's final expedition to the South Pole in 1911/12.
In 2017 the Foundation was invited to join the University of Cambridge's Vice-Chancellor's Circle, in recognition of its generous support of postgraduate students over many years.
Note for students
You are encouraged to use the Trust's scholarships search to find all the awards for which you may be eligible.