Entrance scholarships are a great way to pay for your university study. There are hundreds of scholarships available for first-year students (and many more as you progress through your degree).
What is a scholarship and who can apply?
A scholarship is an award of money to help pay for your university study. Scholarships may cover tuition fees, accommodation expenses, or be a contribution to living costs if you are not in a hall of residence. Scholarships are awarded based upon various criteria - academic results, ethnicity, hardship, and more.
University of Otago Entrance Scholarships are for students who have never studied at the University of Otago and who are planning to undertake full-time, full-year undergraduate study.
See what Entrance scholarships are available
What you need to apply for an Entrance scholarship
Fund your university study
Scholarships at a glance
|Scholarship||NZ dollars||Opening date||Closing date|
|Academic Excellence||up to $45,000||1 July||15 August|
|Leaders of Tomorrow||$6,000*||1 July||15 August|
|Māori and Pacific Peoples'||$10,000*||1 July||15 August|
|Alumni||$6,000*||1 July||15 August|
|Donna-Rose McKay||$6,000*||1 July||15 August|
|Performance||$16,000**||1 July||15 August|
|New Frontiers||up to $5,000||1 July||4 March|
|Dux||Varies||No closing date|
|Vice-Chancellor's Scholarship||Varies||No closing date|
*Exceptional applicants may be offered this scholarship at a higher value and a longer tenure.
** Exceptional applicants may be offered this scholarship at a higher value in year one.