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University of Otago Master's and Doctoral Scholarships

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Scholarships for Master’s and Doctoral-level study at the University of Otago can be applied for at any time during the year. The following provides information on which scholarships to apply for and when to apply.

Doctoral Scholarships

Applications for doctoral-level scholarships should usually occur when applying for admission. Applications for this scholarship are made online through the eVision portal. Once you have applied for admission to your programme you will receive an alert in your student portal inviting you to apply for a scholarship. It is also possible to apply for a scholarship after being admitted.

The main doctoral-level scholarship, open to both international and domestic applicants, is the University of Otago Doctoral Scholarship. In addition there are particular scholarships for Māori and Pacific Island applicants, as well as a number of specialised discipline-specific scholarships.

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Research Master's Scholarships

Research Master’s scholarships support students during the thesis part of a research Master’s degree; pre-thesis papers are not covered by these scholarships. For those who are unsure what type of Master's degree they are studying, or planning to study towards, it is possible to download a categorised list of Otago Masters' degrees.

Applications for research Master's scholarship should usually occur either:

  • when applying for admission (if the degree is by thesis only, or if the thesis will begin straight away), in which case you will receive an alert in your eVision portal after applying for admission to your programme inviting you to apply for a scholarship; or,
  •  just before the thesis component is about to begin (usually at the start of the second year for a master’s degree by papers and thesis), in which case you will receive a notification in your eVision portal after enrolling in your thesis paper.

It is also possible to apply for a research Master’s scholarship after beginning a Master's thesis.

For domestic applicants the main research Master’s scholarship is the University of Otago Master’s Scholarship. In addition there are particular scholarships for Māori and Pacific Island applicants, as well as a number of specialised discipline-specific scholarships.

For international applicants there are four University of Otago International Master’s Scholarships available per year; one per teaching Division.  Due to the limited number of these scholarships, applicants require very good grades to be successful.  We only recommend applying if your grades in the later years of your degree are at A or A+ level.

University of Otago International Master's Scholarships are currently available in each Division for candidates planning to start within the time frames specified below.  Note that these dates can change based on submission or withdrawal of current candidates. Please check back often.

Commerce/School of BusinessFunding has been awarded for 2015.  If you wish to apply for funding for 2016 please ensure your application has been submitted no later than 1 October 2015.
Health Science Funding has been awarded for 2015. If you wish to apply for funding for 2016 please ensure your application has been submitted no later than 1 October 2015.
HumanitiesFunding has been awarded for 2015. If you wish to apply for funding for 2016 please ensure your application has been submitted no later than 1 October 2015.
SciencesFunding has been awarded for 2015. If you wish to apply for funding for 2016 please ensure your application has been submitted no later than 1 October 2015.

(Please note the above dates apply only to University of Otago International Master's Scholarships).

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Coursework Master's Scholarships

The University of Otago Coursework Master’s Scholarship is open to both domestic and international applicants, and is for students studying Master’s degrees which don’t include a full thesis component (although they may include a research report or dissertation).

Some degrees also have a thesis or non-thesis option (usually with the decision made after an initial year of study). In such cases the non-thesis option is eligible for coursework Master’s scholarship support. Note that coursework Master’s scholarships are not available to research master’s students completing a papers year prior to beginning their thesis. For those who are unsure what type of Master's degree they are studying, or planning to study towards, it is possible to download a catergorised list of Otago Master's degrees.

Applications for coursework Master's scholarships are made online through the eVision portal. Once you have applied for admission to your programme you will receive an alert in your student portal inviting you to apply for a scholarship.

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International Grade Requirement

Information on grade requirements for University of Otago scholarships for international students is available elsewhere on this website.

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Applying after Admission

Application at admission/at the start of thesis work is the preferred method for applying for an Otago postgraduate scholarship. However, in some cases it is possible to apply for a scholarship after admission, or after beginning the thesis component of the degree.

Students applying for a scholarship after admission should contact the Scholarships Office by email on scholarships@otago.ac.nz.

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Reapplying for a Scholarship

Usually, the initial decision of the Scholarships Committee on a scholarship application is definitive. However, in certain cases, students who have been initially unsuccessful in applying for a scholarship may reapply:

  • if the applicant applied at the wrong time (e.g. a research master’s applicant who needed to complete a papers year before embarking on their thesis, who applied at admission), and was deemed ineligible; or,
  • if the degree for which the scholarship was initially applied for, was not begun by the applicant, and at least one year has passed since the original application; or,
  • if the applicant is completing a professional doctorate with a papers year (e.g. a DClinDent or EdD degree), after the results from the initial papers year have been received; or,
  • if substantive new evidence has come to light which might alter the initial decision of the Scholarships Committee, for example the publication of an academic paper or further grade information. In this latter case, potential applicants must seek permission from the Doctoral and Scholarships Office to reapply. Please send an email to scholarships@otago.ac.nz detailing the significant change since the initial application and including supporting documents as appropriate. Permission for reapplication will only be granted in the rare instances where the evidence is judged substantive enough to possibly alter the original decision of the Scholarships Committee.

Note that applicants who were previously offered a scholarship but could not take it up for some reason, are free to reapply.

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Further Information

For further information please contact:
Doctoral and Scholarships Office
Tel 64 3 479 1100 or 0800 80 80 98
Email scholarships@otago.ac.nz

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