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Donate to Otago

Thank you for taking the time to consider supporting the University of Otago by making a donation. Whatever your gifted amount is, your support truly matters and will make a big difference. We offer a range of options for donating to Otago. If you would prefer to discuss your support for the University with us in person please contact Shelagh Murray, Director of Development and Alumni Relations.

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150th Anniversary celebration fundraising projects

As part of the University of Otago’s 150th anniversary celebrations, the University has chosen some very special and very worthy fundraising projects showcasing the diversity of successful initiatives across campus for our students, for the local community and for society.

150th fundraising projects


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Sustainable Futures Initiative

A major new development built around research into a vitally important set of issues. Central to this initiative will be the construction of a state-of-the-art, publically accessible harbour side facility. This new facility will provide a common home for existing and new activity focused on sustainability.

Sustainable Futures Initiative


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Annual Appeal

We are aiming to raise $180,000 for five incredibly important initiatives. One will help our students, via scholarships. Some will fund facility and equipment upgrades to enable us to continue to provide world-class teaching and research. Others are dedicated to helping improve healthcare.

Annual Appeal


Dentistry above and beyond

Dental School: Above and Beyond

Help fund the addition of 250 high specification dental chairs within the state of the art facilities currently under construction at the School of Dentistry.

Dental School: Above and Beyond


The University of Otago General Fund

UO General fund

You may want to direct your donation to specific areas of the University: the Library, Pharmacy, the Faculty of Dentistry, the possibilities are endless. Please choose the General Fund on the donation page and indicate your preference.


Scholarships at the University of Otago

Donate to one of the University of Otago's scholarship funds listed below. Click on the title of a fund to learn more.


Disability support scholarship

Donna-Rose McKay Disability Support Scholarship

Established in 2012, these scholarships are offered to students who have demonstrated academic ability and who can show financial need arising from a disability.

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Otago Law Alumni Scholarship

For many students attending university is simply out of reach financially. This scholarship supports deserving students that may otherwise not have this opportunity.

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The Jolene Patuawa-Tuilave Māori Leadership in Law Scholarship

Established in partnership with Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Whātua and Jolene's whānau as a legacy to Jolene and to inspire other young Māori law students to follow their dreams.

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The Brian Merrilees Canadian Alumni Travel Award

Each year some 30-40 young Otago students travel to Canada for further study under an Exchange Programme set up with a number of Canadian universities.

Help fund research programmes

Donate to one of the University of Otago's research programmes listed below. Click on the title of a fund to learn more.


Brain Health Research Centre

Brain Health Research Centre

Brain research offers hope to individuals, families and society. Every day brings new findings that enhance our understanding of brain health and diseases, such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, Huntington's

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Centre for Translational Cancer Research

There is now sufficient knowledge in the fields of cancer biology, molecular biology, and immunology to make a significant impact on the treatment and management of cancer.

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Edgar Diabetes and Obesity Research

Edgar Diabetes and Obesity Research aims to reduce the prevalence of diabetes and obesity by finding new ways to prevent and manage these conditions.

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Hereditary Diffuse Gastric Cancer (HDGC)

HDGC is an inherited cancer syndrome that was first identified in Aotearoa New Zealand, but is now known to affect hundreds of families worldwide. HDGC family members have a very high risk of developing stomach cancer and breast cancer from a young age. Otago’s research into HDGC aims to improve the treatment and care of these high risk families.

HDGC Endowment Fund – donations of larger amounts to build salary funding for the project in perpetuity
HDGC Research Fund – donations for immediate support of laboratory costs and research.

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Vitamin C for Cancer

Ground-breaking research at Otago University has revealed Vitamin C may be a useful tool in cancer treatment, however funding is required to begin human trials.

Memorial Funds

Donate to one of the University of Otago's memorial funds listed below. Click on the title of a fund to learn more.


Barbara Heslop

The Barbara and John Heslop Memorial Fund

The Barbara and John Heslop Memorial Fund is used to support research in the disciplines of pathology or immunology within the Otago Medical School.

Jules Kieser

The Jules Kieser Memorial Fund

This fund will provide an enduring tribute to Professor Kieser by supporting PhD student research projects and providing for two undergraduate research prizes.

Charles Farthing

The Charles Farthing Memorial Scholarship Fund

This campaign was launched at the medical class of 1976 reunion, and will support Summer Studentships or Postdoctoral Fellowships at the University of Otago, Christchurch.

Albert Moore

Albert Moore Lecture Series

Albert C. Moore pioneered the academic study of religion at the University of Otago and in New Zealand. The goal of this fund is to establish the lecture series in perpetuity

Christchurch Appeal

Donate to one of the Christchurch Appeal funds listed below. Click on the title of a fund to learn more.


Carrell-Espiner fellowship

The Carrell-Espiner Fellowships

Medical research is critical to a healthier community but funding is often all too scarce. Fellowships provide money at crucial times in the development of future research leaders.

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Christchurch Heart Institute

The Christchurch Heart Institute saves lives every day through the development of cutting edge advances in the diagnosis, prediction and treatment of serious cardiovascular disease.

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University of Otago, Christchurch Simulation Centre

The UOC Simulation Centre has been developed as part of a Faculty of Medicine initiative to expand clinical skills programmes and facilities at all three campuses of the University of Otago, Division of Health Sciences.

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Centre for Free Radical Research

This Centre is an internationally recognised leader in the field of free radicals and antioxidants in human health and disease.