Chrystabel L Aitken Fund for Fine Arts

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What does the scholarship get me?


Closing dates for applications

Next: 15 August 2021

15 Aug 2020

Length of award

One Year

Number of awards offered


Purpose of award

The purpose of this Fund is to support students in the School of Fine Arts at the University of Canterbury who face financial challenges which would otherwise prevent them from considering entry to tertiary education, or to assist with costs associated with Art History field trips for students.

Selection criteria

Applicants must have completed, or be completing, a university entrance-level qualification.
Applicants must be citizens of New Zealand or holders of New Zealand residence class visas.

The scholarship shall be awarded based on the following criteria:
* quality of achievement at NCEA level 2 or 3 or equivalent university entrance qualifications; and
* financial need; and
* interest and potential in Fine Arts practice, and/or Art History, and/or Art Theory.

What conditions are attached to acceptance of this award?

The University Council may terminate or revoke the award at any time on receipt of a report from the selection committee that the conduct or progress of the awardee has been unsatisfactory.

How do students apply?

You may apply through this webpage approximately 8 weeks before applications close. If it’s possible to apply on-line for this scholarship there will be a link above to the on-line system. If the link is not provided, please download and complete the application form located below.
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How and when do students learn of the decision?

The award shall be paid in full after enrolment.

Decision makers

The scholarship is awarded by the Council of the University on the recommendation of a selection committee comprising:
a. the Vice-Chancellor (or nominee);
b. the Head of the School of Fine Arts (or nominee); and
c. a representative of the donor.

History or background of award

The fund was established in 2005 from an endowment under the will of Chrystabel Laurene McArthur, the artist known as Chrystabel Aitken (1904–2005). Chrystabel Aitken had been a student of the School of Fine Arts at the University of Canterbury, where, in 1925, she was awarded the School medal for "Special Excellence in Modelling". At the time of the establishment of the fund, this was the only time the annual medal had been awarded to a sculpture student. The medal, along with a number of pieces of the artist’s work, is now in the collection of the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. The University of Canterbury holds the largest public collection of art works by Chrystabel Aitken, many donated by the artist’s family. Chrystabel Aitken was a member of the Christchurch “Group” art collective from 1936 to 1966, an elected member of the New Zealand Society of Artists, and a member of the Canterbury Society of Artists.

Additional information

The awardee must begin their programme of study in the year of the award.

The selection committee may refrain from making an award if, in their opinion, there is no applicant of sufficient merit.

If there is no applicant of sufficient merit in any year, the available funds may, with the approval of the Dean of Postgraduate Studies, be used to assist with the cost of Art History field trips arranged by the School of Fine Arts.

The award may be held with any other scholarship, prize, or award unless the conditions of the other awards preclude this.

Conditions of the award of the scholarship may be varied from time to time by the Council after consultation with the donor's representative.

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

The Scholarships Office
University of Canterbury
Level 3, Registry, Private Bag 4800, Christchurch 8140, New Zealand
+64 3 366 7001


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 August 2020.