The history of the association between the Girdlers’ Company and New Zealand dates back to 1933, the first year in which New Zealand Day was officially commemorated in this country. The commemoration service took place at St. Lawrence Jewry, the Girdlers’ Guild Church whose Rector was the Company’s Honorary Chaplain, and the Girdlers agreed to host the tea that followed the service. This became custom, and the Company continues to maintain close links with New Zealand.
New Zealand Fellowship
This is a medical research fellowship at Green Templeton College, Oxford, awarded to a post-doctoral New Zealander of outstanding calibre. It is now jointly funded by the Company, through its Charitable Trust, and the Health Research Council of New Zealand, for two or sometimes three years.
Corpus Christi College picture kindly provided by, and the copyright of, the college.
New Zealand Scholarship
In 1950, at the instigation of the 3rd Viscount Brentford, the Company decided to provide a scholarship for an outstanding New Zealander to come to England to study for a degree. In March 2014 Paul Newton-Jackson became the 50th scholar. The undergraduate scholarship is awarded annually, with the successful scholar now studying at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge on a three- or four-year degree course. The scholarship covers the university fees and an allowance for maintenance. For details on how to apply for the scholarship please visit the Girdlers' Scholarship page of the Universities New Zealand - Te Pokai Tara website.