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Eligibility criteria and information on how to apply for Falling Walls Lab New Zealand

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Eligibility criteria

Applicants must:

  • Currently reside in either New Zealand or a PIF nation (excl. Australia*)
  • Be 18 years of age or over
  • Hold a degree or be currently enrolled in university (copy of degree may be required)
    • Hold a bachelor’s degree which must have been received within ten (10) years prior to 1 January 2018 (i.e. conferred on or after 1 January 2008)
    • Hold a master’s degree which must have been received within seven (7) years prior to 1 January 2018 (i.e. conferred on or after 1 January 2011)
    • Hold a PhD which must have been received within five (5) years prior to 1 January 2018 (i.e. conferred on or after 1 January 2013)
  • Hold a passport valid until at least May 2019.
  • Be able to travel to the Falling Walls Lab Finale in Berlin should they be selected to participate.

 

* Applicants residing in Australia may be eligible to apply for Falling Walls Lab Australia

How to apply

The application process is in two steps. Applicants to Falling Walls Lab New Zealand must complete the on-line application on the Falling Walls Lab website AND complete the Falling Walls Lab New Zealand application form.

  1. Go to Falling Walls Lab Foundation application website
    1. Find and select "New Zealand"
    2. Complete the online form and attach your curriculum vitae
    3. Follow the links to submit the form and CV to the Falling Walls Lab

    AND

  2. Complete and submit the Falling Walls Lab New Zealand application form
    1. Download the New Zealand application form
    2. Complete the form and submit it to: International.Applications@royalsociety.org

Application Deadline

Applications to take part in Falling Walls Lab New Zealand must be submitted by 5pm Friday 22 June 2018 (NZST). Applicants will be notified of the outcome in early August.

Assessment of applications and presentations

Applications to attend the Falling Walls Lab New Zealand are assessed by a diverse evaluation panel with representation from both academia and business. 

In assessing the applications submitted, the panel will consider applicants’ motivation for participating in the event, the breakthrough factor of the proposed idea, and the relevance/impact of the idea for the target group. The panel will additionally ensure that applicants are being assessed in relation to their opportunities. In making its final decisions, the panel may also take into consideration the gender mix, organisational representation, and fields of research represented by the selected finalist.

At the Falling Walls Lab New Zealand event, a Jury with representation from both academia and business will judge the presentations.  Presentations will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Breakthrough Factor (how innovative is the proposed idea?),
  • Relevance/Impact (how relevant is the idea for the discipline and beyond, and what is the likely impact)
  • Structure/Performance of the presentation (how convincing was the presentation?)

Only complete and eligible applications will be considered.

A list of Evaluation Panel and Jury members will be available below when the appointment process has been completed.

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