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Entrance scholarships

Entrance scholarships are a great way to pay for your university study.

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 study fees or residential accommodation expenses.

Scholarships are available for full-time, first-year level undergraduate study.

If you are in a Residential College, you will use your scholarship to help with your costs, or if you have a fees-free first year, you can use your scholarship for your fees in your second year of study.


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See what Entrance scholarships are available

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Scholarship application preparation

What you need to apply for an Entrance scholarship

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Apply for an Entrance scholarship

Fund your university study

Scholarships at a glance

Scholarship NZ dollars
(1-to-3 year tenure)
Opening date Closing date
Academic Excellence Typically around $35,000 1 July 15 August
Leaders of Tomorrow $6,000* 1 July 15 August
Māori $10,000* 1 July 15 August
Pacific Peoples' $10,000* 1 July 15 August
150th $6,000* 1 July 15 August
Donna-Rose McKay (August applications) $6,000* 1 July 15 August
Performance $16,000** 1 July 15 August
New Frontiers $2,500 or $5,000 1 July 4 March
Dux $6,000*** No application or closing date
Alumni Appeal $6,000 Mid-November 5 December
Alumni in America Inc. $6,000 Mid-November 5 December
Law Alumni $6,000 Mid-November 5 December
71-73 Alumni $6,000 Mid-November 5 December
Callis Trust Performance $6,000 Mid-November 5 December
Donna-Rose McKay (December applications) $6,000 Mid-November 5 December
Alumni in America Inc. Rugby Performance $16,000 By invitation only
Vice-Chancellor's Scholarship Varies No application or 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.
Value is reduced if held in conjunction with another Otago Entrance Scholarship.

International students

International applicants who have not studied Year 12 and 13 at a New Zealand school or an equivalent foundation level course at a New Zealand tertiary institution are only eligible for the New Frontiers Entrance Scholarship, and application is by invitation only through the International Office.

Further information

To find out more about Entrance Scholarships, please contact us:

Tel 0800 80 80 98 (callers within New Zealand only) or
64 3 479 7000 (callers outside New Zealand)
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Undergraduate scholarships

There are more scholarships available for undergraduate study which can be found using the "search for a scholarship":

Other undergraduate first-year scholarships (closing dates vary)

For further information on these scholarships please contact the Scholarships Office: