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.
See what Entrance scholarships are available
What you need to apply for an Entrance scholarship
Fund your university study
Scholarships at a glance
(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 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.
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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)
- Alexander Leith Bagpipe and Drum Scholarship
- Dunedin Symphony Scholarship for Orchestral Performance
- Elman & Alfred Poole Southland Boys’ High School & Southland Girls’ High School Health Sciences Scholarship
- Elman and Alfred Poole Southland Boys' High School and Southland Girls' High School Science Scholarships
- Elman Poole Southland Boys' High School & Southland Girls' High School Science and Music Scholarships
- Energy Education Trust NZ Undergraduate Scholarship
- James Henry Scholarship
- N G Stewart Scholarship
- The Salvation Army Marie Fitness Endowment Scholarship
- Science Horizons Scholarship
- University of Otago General Staff Association Award
- University of Otago Graduates' Association Travel Scholarship
- University of Otago Yarrow South Entrance Scholarship
- Westpac Southland Scholarships
For further information on these scholarships please contact the Scholarships Office: email@example.com