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Undergraduate scholarships

Find the funding to help support your future

Apply for a scholarship and gain the financial support you need to complete your undergraduate degree. The University of Otago has a range of scholarships, fellowships, bursaries, and grants for undergraduate students who are committed to academic excellence.

Alexander Leith Bagpipe and Drum Scholarship
Scholarship funding to support first year of a Bachelor of Music degree.

Bee Nilson Award
Funds to support final year honours or paper year masters students studying human nutrition and food science.

Campbell-White Scholarship
$3,000 for a student studying full-time towards a degree of Bachelor of Surveying, Bachelor of Applied Science, or Bachelor of Science majoring in Geology, Surveying, or Applied Geology.

Chris Burks Memorial Bursary
$3,000 for a second year resident of Carrington College, who has contributed towards the welfare of others.

David A Grant Memorial Scholarships in Scottish Piping and Scottish Drumming
To assist students who have demonstrated outstanding ability in either Scottish piping or Scottish drumming

Dunedin Symphony Scholarship for Orchestral Performance
$5,000 to foster the performance careers of exceptionally talented musicians who have demonstrated a strong and clear commitment to an orchestral career.

Division of Humanities Māori and Pacific Island Bridging Scholarships
Scholarship funding to support postgraduate Māori and Pacific Island students.

Dr E C Grant and Mrs H M Grant Memorial Medical Scholarship
Funding to support students admitted to the medical programme.

Dr Emily Hancock Siedeberg Scholarship
$1,250 for a female student in the fourth year of an MB ChB.

Energy Education Trust NZ Undergraduate Scholarship
$5,000 for students with a specific interest in energy issues.

E Rewa Begg Scholarship
$2,000 towards the second year of study in the field of commerce.

Freemasons Scholarships
Scholarship funding to support students who contribute to their community.

Jolene Patuawa-Tuilave Māori Leadership in Law Scholarship
Funds to support a Māori student studying full-time towards the final year of a double degree, which includes a Bachelor of Laws.

Kirsty Watterson Memorial Scholarship
Funds to support students undertaking the LLB degree at 200-level or higher, who are in financial need.

New Zealand Medical Women's Association Elective Scholarship
Up to the value of $500 for female medical students in the final year of their MB ChB.

Philip Ashton Smithells Memorial Scholarship
$3,000 for a student progressing to their third or fourth year in Physical Education.

Philip Neill Memorial Prize in Music
Awarded annually for excellence in original composition to a past or present student of a university of New Zealand.

Philippa Sweetman Scholarship
$850 for a student going into or in their third or final year of a University of Otago Bachelors degree majoring in one of the principal disciplines of the former Home Science/Consumer and Applied Science Programme i.e: Clothing and Textile Sciences, Social Work, Food Science, or Human Nutrition.

Scholarships for medical students
A range of Scholarships available for medical students at the University of Otago.

Science Horizons Scholarship
$3,000 per year for students graduating from secondary school who intend to pursue a degree and career in science.

The Buddha's Light International Association South Island New Zealand Scholarship
$3,000 to students 25 years or younger who show acts of compassion and service to others and have undertaken volunteer work in New Zealand in the year of applying for the scholarship.

The Eamon Cleary Trust Undergraduate Study Scholarship
$3,000-$6,000 for undergraduate students who are undertaking courses in Irish Studies at 200 level or above.

The Eamon Cleary Trust Honours Study Scholarship
$3,000 scholarship for students enrolled at the University of Otago in a 400 level paper with an Irish Studies focus

The Elizabeth Jean Trotter Undergraduate (300-level) Scholarship in Biomedical Sciences
Funding to support students who are undertaking a Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Otago.

The Elizabeth Jean Trotter 400-level Scholarship in Biomedical Sciences
Funding to support students who are enrolled in a Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences Honours programme at the University of Otago.

The Salvation Army Marie Fitness Endowment Scholarship
The main purpose of the Scholarship is to support young people with demonstrated financial hardship and who are from an under-privileged background to study Dentistry, Medicine or Pharmacy at the University of Otago

University of Otago Study Grants for Māori and Pacific Island Students
$3,000 for Māori and indigenous Pacific Island students progressing to their fourth year of study.

University of Otago Foundation for Malaysia Prize
RM3,000 for a Malaysian student who has contributed to the welfare of Malaysian students at Otago.

Zonta Club of Dunedin Scholarship
$1,000 for a female student at third year level.

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Find out more about scholarships at Otago

Tel 0800 80 80 98
Email scholarships@otago.ac.nz