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University of Otago Entrance Scholarships - for new students starting in 2016

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Applications for the University’s main undergraduate entrance scholarships open on Tuesday, 30 June 2015. Applications close at midnight (NZDT) on Saturday, 15 August 2015.

These scholarships are for students who have not previously been admitted to the University of Otago and who are planning to undertake undergraduate study in 2016. Other scholarships for new undergraduate students can be viewed elsewhere on this website.

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Guide to application (read this first!) 

We try to make the application process as simple as possible, but it can seem like a complex undertaking. To assist, we have created a downloadable Guide to Application. We strongly recommend you read this before applying!


Application can be made from early July and should take approximately 5 to 10 minutes (assuming you have prepared necessary documents in advance, as detailed in the Guide to application above).

*** Please note that you will be required to go through the first stages of enrolment at the University to access the scholarship application process.***

If you experience any problems applying, please email for assistance.

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Supplementary forms

When you apply you will also need to complete at least one of the following forms. Required forms should be scanned in PDF format (preferred) or provided as a clear JPEG file and uploaded as part of your online application (each file must be less than 1 MB). If you experience any difficulties with this, please contact us at

  • Income and Asset Declaration Form. Required for the Alumni Appeal and/or Alumni Disability Support Scholarships, and or R & E Seelye Trust Academic Excellence Scholarship. Please note: This form must be legible and hand-signed.
  • Referee Information Sheet. You can provide this information to people who you may wish to approach about acting as your referees.

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Regulations for available Scholarships

It is required that you read the regulations for each of the scholarships you are considering applying for prior to making an application (see below). See the Guide To Application for more details.

Information on other scholarships for first year study at Otago, including scholarships relating to specific subject areas, is available elsewhere on this website.

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Further information

For further information please email, or telephone 64 3 479 4132.

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