Vic Davis Mental Health Under graduate Training Scholarship

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What does the scholarship get me?


Closing dates for applications

Next: 31 July 2023

Applications are required by 31st July

Purpose of award

This scholarship is for individuals to support their training at under-graduate level as a mental health practitioner.   The applicant must be able to demonstrate a proven interest in the field of mental health.   The applicant must also have a sound academic record.


Selection criteria

The individuals must be New Zealand residents and any organisation applying for a research grant should be New Zealand based.
With regard to the two study scholarships, preference will be given to those applicants who are able to demonstrate clear connections with the Eastern Bay of Plenty. Individuals applying for scholarships must be able to demonstrate an interest in the field of mental health.
With regard to the research category the research and host organisation may be local, regional or national.   Research applications will only be considered from individuals or groups who have a prior history of work in the field of mental health.

What conditions are attached to acceptance of this award?

1. Confidentiality: Some of the information from the application forms will be used in a non-identifiable form for the Vic Davis Trust’s statistical purposes. All applicants are required to sign the confidentiality agreement within the application form.
2. Publicity: For public interest purposes the Trust reserves the right to release the applicant’s name, host institution, contact details, research or study topic and funding awarded for successful applicants.
3. Intellectual Property: As a general rule the Vic Davis Memorial Trust does not intend to seek to obtain intellectual property rights in respect of research being funded by the Trust.  However exceptions may arise.
4. Ethical requirements: With regard to research applications it is the applicant’s responsibility to provide evidence of ethics approval according to the standards required by the Health Research Council of New Zealand.   Research applicants are required to sign the ethical and regulatory agreement within the Vic Davis Memorial Trust research application form.
5. Host institutions: All training or research must be within or with the direct support of a recognised organisation or learning institution.
6. Reporting to the trust: Recipients of funds from the Vic Davis Memorial Trust are required to submit a formal report to the Trust on the appropriate reporting template.  The Reporting Templates are available on this website. Reports must be received in hard and electronic copy in accordance with the details outlined on the report template.
Reports are due to the Vic Davis Memorial Trust Board, on the appropriate form, twice per year:
By the 31st July
As soon as possible after the end of year results or year’s projects have been completed and certainly no later than the 1st Feb the following year.
Compliance with the conditions
The Trust may at any time suspend or terminate a scholarship, fellowship or grant or require the forfeiture of such a portion of the scholarship, fellowship or grant as the Trust may determine appropriate if it is not satisfied that the recipient for any reason is not diligently pursuing his/her course of study or research or has failed to comply with any of the terms and conditions on which the scholarship

How do students apply?

The application is to be received by the Trust in the following way:
Electronically as a word document
The electronic copy is to be emailed to:
Please note:   Trust will only receive applications electronically to the administrator’s email.   The Trust will not consider late applications. Electronic copies must be received by the due date: 31st July.
All applications must be typed using size 12 font.  Page limits or word limits where indicated should not be exceeded.   Applications not meeting these requirements risk not being considered.
Application Forms
In-depth details about the Trust

How and when do students learn of the decision?

The trust will consider the applications with regard to:
The quality and clarity of the application
Commitment to the field of mental health
Clear connection to the Eastern Bay of Plenty (for scholarship applications)
Academic record
Work and/or research history where relevant
Potential impact of the programme of study or research on the individual, the organisation, the mental health community and the community in general, particularly in relation to youth and young persons.

Decision makers

Selection process
In the month of September the Vic Davis Memorial Trust will consider the applications and applicants will be advised of the results of these deliberations by the end of October of that year.
The Trust may make contact with the applicant’s referees in August or September.
Where the Trust deems it advisable it will convene an advisory panel to assist in the selection process

History or background of award

The Vic Davis Memorial Trust, which operates under the terms of a trust deed detailed in Mr Davis’ will, distributes on average $80,000 a year in grants and scholarships with a focus on mental health.   The first year for the process of fund distribution was 2009.

Additional information

Part funding and co/funding
A Vic Davis Memorial Trust scholarship, fellowship or grant may be held concurrently with another bursary, scholarship or grant, provided that:
the rules of the other award allow for this
the intent to apply for any other bursary, scholarship or grant are made clear in the application to the Vic Davis Memorial Trust

For guidelines, application forms and more information about this award contact

Vic Davis Memorial Trust
PO Box 793, Whakatane 3158


Every effort has been made to ensure the above information is current and correct. However, applicants should contact the appropriate administering body before making an application, as details do change frequently. The administrator of this record last updated this information in September 2021.