Sir Robert Jones Refugee Daughters’ Scholarship

The Sir Robert Jones Refugee Daughters’ Scholarship assists young women from refugee backgrounds to complete a university degree or tertiary qualification from an approved tertiary institution. Tuition fees will be paid in full through to degree attainment, subject to satisfactory progress being made each year towards completion of the degree. University hostel accommodation will be paid for two years of study if the student is required to attend a tertiary institution outside their home town.

Selection Criteria

  • female, aged 18 - 25 years
  • the daughter of a refugee family, or arrived in New Zealand as a refugee herself
  • currently enrolled in a Foundation Course or university-level degree
  • in financial or personal hardship (proof of economic circumstances may be required)
    • academic ability (evidence of a strong academic record)
    • potential and motivation to succeed at university

Application and Selection Process

Applications for the 2020 academic year are open  from May 2019

Applications must be received by 12 August 2019

Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed by a panel made up of an academic, and representatives from Robt. Jones Holdings and Refugees as Survivors NZ

Interviews will be held in Auckland and Wellington in October 2019. Travel expenses for attending the interview will be paid if students must travel from out of town

Referees will be contacted as required


RASNZ facilitates and administers the application and selection process in collaboration with RJH Holdings

The scholarship must be taken up in the year for which it is awarded.

The scholarship is for full-time study only

Annual renewal of the scholarship is dependent on the student making satisfactory progress toward completion of the degree in the specified time frame i.e. three to four years depending on the specific course of study

The scholarship may not be deferred or suspended during the tenure, except under exceptional circumstances

Application Process

The application form can be downloaded here

Students must include the following documents:

  • Completed application form (typed please)
  • Proof of status that you or your family are from a refugee background
  • Your official academic records for the past three years
    • A cover letter which informs us about your family background and personal story; why you are applying for this scholarship and what you hope to do in the future
    • Two written references - one academic reference and one character reference

Applications can be posted to:


Refugees as Survivors NZ

PO Box 22-315 Otahuhu

Auckland 1640


Applications can also be emailed, and if you have any questions please contact:

Susan Hirst, Scholarship Co-ordinator


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