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External scholarships

Discover some of the externally administered scholarships that are available. Further scholarship opportunities can be found at Universities New Zealand.

The information listed on this webpage is accurate to the best of our knowledge; however, please check the relevant webpage for the external scholarship of interest, for the most up-to-date information.

Prestigious Scholarships for Postgraduate Study - Presentation:

For an overview of a range of Prestigious Scholarships offered for overseas (and NZ) postgraduate study (including Rhodes, Fulbright, Woolf Fisher, Gates Cambridge, Schwarzman Scholars) please view the following presentation.

The Zoom presentation given in July 2021 by Professor Rachel Spronken-Smith, Dean, Graduate Research School and Peter Boston, Manager, Postgraduate Prizes and Awards also provides a brief overview of University of Otago Postgraduate Scholarships offered as well as some useful tips for applying and interviewing for prestigious scholarships. The presentation can be viewed here.

January

Closing date Scholarship Level Contact
6 January The Capstone Editing Textbook Grant for Undergraduates
Awarded to one undergraduate student per year to assist with the cost of their textbooks for the duration of their degree.
UG scholarships@capstoneediting.com.au
14 January Yvonne A M Smith Charitable Trust
Open to women of all ages undertaking postgraduate studies in the areas of political studies, economics, business and law. For study in NZ or overseas.
PG Yvonne.Smith@fortunemanning.co.nz
15 January Dillon Scholarship - Disability Scholarship support by Bay Trust
Provides assistance to those from the Bay of Plenty Area who have significant disabilities and will be undertaking (or are already undertaking) tertiary education.
UG/PG info@baytrust.org.nz
17 January Business & Professional Women Franklin Inc. Study Award  (not offered 2021)
Awarded to a woman who has connections with the Franklin area, and is undertaking tertiary level study in NZ or retraining following an absence from employment.
UG/PG bpwfranklinsec@gmail.com
18 January Scholarships from the Barbara Wood Memorial Foundation
Scholarships available to tertiary students who were born in the South Pacific region including NZ and Australia.
UG/PG exec@wi.org.nz
22 January Te Pae Tawhiti Kaimoana Enhancement Scholarship
Awarded to a Māori tertiary student enrolled in marine or kaimoana enhancement based studies.
UG/PG https://moana.co.nz/contact/
22 January The Odyssey Traveller Scholarships
Open to students in their second year and above, who are studying at an AUS/NZ University. Awarded based on academic performance and demonstrated financial need.
UG/PG scholarships@odysseytravel.com.au

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February

Closing date Scholarship Level Contact
1 February Auckland Council Research Scholarship in Urban Economics
To encourage and support postgraduate research into urban economics that has relevance to local government in NZ, and to Auckland in particular.
PG scholarships@universitiesnz.ac.nz
1 February Coastal Restoration Trust Post-graduate Study Award
To provide funds to assist with an individual’s post-graduate level research to improve knowledge in the field of coastal restoration.
PG info@coastalrestorationtrust.org.nz
1 February Ngā Mātarae and Turirangi Te Kani Memorial Scholarships (Port of Tauranga Limited)
Two scholarships offered to those with tribal affiliation to Tauranga Moana iwi (Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāi Te Rangi and Ngāti Pūkenga).
property@port-tauranga.co.nz
1 February

William Georgetti Scholarship
To encourage postgraduate study and research, normally in New Zealand, in a field that  is important to the social, cultural or economic development of NZ.

PG scholarships@universitiesnz.ac.nz
1  February Pacific Health Scholarships
Contribution to tuition fees for students undertaking a course in full-time or part-time medical and health or disability-related studies (NZQA accredited).
UG/PG pacificscholarships@moh.govt.nz or (04) 8162475
20 Feburary Woodhouse Scholarship
Study grants for secondary school students from Canterbury who intend to undertake a course in biological science at one of the South Island universities.
Entrancehr@southpacificsera.co.nz
24 February The Capstone Editing Grant for Mid-Career Researchers
Provides seed funding for one researcher per year to undertake an innovative research project.
Academic Researcher scholarships@capstoneediting.com.au
28 February Bragato Research Fellowship
May be awarded to a student (NZ resident) involved in ongoing research who has completed a master's degree or doctorate. The planned research must be of benefit to the NZ industry.
PG bragatotrust@airnet.net.nz
28 February Bragato Postgraduate Award
May be awarded to a postgraduate student (NZ resident) enrolled for a  course of study in NZ or overseas, recognised for its post graduate courses in subjects relevant to the viticulture and wine industry.
PG bragatotrust@airnet.net.nz
28 February Bragato Undergraduate Award
May be awarded to any NZ student undertaking a full time degree course in either viticulture or wine sciences at a recognised academic institution.
UG bragatotrust@airnet.net.nz
28 February Critic and Conscience of Society Awards
Awarded to an academic staff member who,has done more in the past two calendar years than any other applicant to provide the public with independent, expert commentary on an issue/s  affecting the New Zealand community or future generations.
Academic Staff contact@universitiesnz.ac.nz

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March

Closing date Scholarship Level Contact
1 March Kiwi Music Scholarship
To assist outstanding New Zealand musical performers or conductors to continue their musical development either in New Zealand or overseas.
PG scholarships@universitiesnz.ac.nz
1 March Neurological Foundation Travel Grants
To support recipients of eligible project, scholarship or fellowship funding from the Foundation to travel for conferences, meetings, and training. While New Zealand borders are closed due to COVID-19, only online conferences or courses or domestic travel can be applied for.
PG+ research@neurological.org.nz
1 March New Zealand Law Foundation Ethel Benjamin Scholarship (for women)
To support research by a female accepted into a postgraduate course in law - that will protect and promote the interests of the public in relation to legal matters in NZ.
PG scholarships@universitiesnz.ac.nz
1 March Patricia Pratt Scholarship in Musical Performance
A scholarship for (NZ citizens) overseas postgraduate study in classical musical performance, including conducting.
PG scholarships@universitiesnz.ac.nz
1 March Shirtcliffe Fellowship
 Assists a New Zealand university graduate to pursue doctoral study at a university in New Zealand or other Commonwealth country.
PG scholarships@universitiesnz.ac.nz
5 March Antarctica New Zealand Postgraduate Research Scholarship Programme - Expression of interest due (application deadline is 21 March, 5pm).
Supports researchers focussing on Antarctic and Southern Ocean systems. Sir Robin Irvine Doctoral Scholarship and NZ Post Antarctic Scholarship (master's or doctoral).
PG
12 March Puke Ariki Trust Scholarship
Awarded to postgraduate students who are researching the natural sciences with a focus on the Taranaki region.
PG anne.eddy@npdc.govt.nz or phone (06) 759 6060 Ext. 7851
20 March

HortNZ Undergraduate Scholarships
Scholarships to support undergraduate study in horticulture or related fields.

UG schols@hortnz.co.nz
20 March HortNZ Postgraduate Scholarships
Scholarships to support postgraduate study in horticulture or related fields and also study related to the fruit industry.
PG schols@hortnz.co.nz
25 March RAPHS Medical and Nursing Undergraduate Scholarships
Two undergraduate scholarships offered to Rotorua residents in their first year of medical or nursing training.
UG raphscommunications@raphs.org.nz
21 March Antarctica New Zealand Postgraduate Research Scholarship Programme  Closing date (EOI must be submitted by 5 March - see above). PG E.Robinson@antarcticanz.govt.nz
31 March Laura Bassi Scholarship
Assistance to postgraduates (master's and doctoral) and junior academics whose research focuses on neglected topics of study, broadly construed, within their disciplines.
Awarded: December, April, and August.
PG+ scholarships@editing.press
31 March Polish Charitable & Educational Trust NZ Student Scholarships - Round 1
For students of Polish background towards the costs of their tertiary education in NZ.
UG/PG admin@polcet.org.nz
31 March The Pronto Finance Scholarship
Schoalrship provided to a student in their first year, studying Commerce at the University of Otago. Preference is given to those who can show a record of improving their community throughout their schooling years.
UG https://www.prontofinance.co.nz/contact-us/
31 March RCPA Scholarships in Pathology
Offered to medical students undertaking the Bachelor of Medicine or equivalent at Aus/NZ universities with one scholarship per main campus. In addition, there is one scholarship available for: a Maori medical student, a medical student in rural or regional setting, a dental student and a student undertaking a Bachelor of Science or equivalent, among others.

UG rcpa@rcpa.edu.au
31 March Val Plenty Memorial Scholarship: Scholarship towards tuition fe for a student from South Canterbury, who wants to retrain in early childhood education. UG admin@aetb.co.nz
31 March Whakatanae Historical Society Scholarship
To award scholarships to students from the Eastern Bay of Plenty for study and research in NZ and its territories. Students must have undertaken and completed their first year of tertiary study.
UG/PG threejordans@xtra.co.nz

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April

Closing date Scholarship Level Contact
1 April Ernest William File Scholarship
To assist the sons and daughters of members of the Rail and Maritime Transport Union (RMTU) in their first year studying for a degree at a New Zealand university.
UG scholarships@universitiesnz.ac.nz
1 April Gordon Watson Scholarship             
To support New Zealanders to study international relationships or social and economic conditions at a university overseas, at Masters or PhD level.
PG scholarships@universitiesnz.ac.nz
1 April LB Wood Scholarship
To enable New Zealand university graduates to study in any discipline at a university or institution of university rank in the UK.
PG scholarships@universitiesnz.ac.nz
1 April Royal Society of New Zealand Hutton Fund
Funding encouraging research in New Zealand zoology, botany and geology.
PG gill.sutherland@royalsociety.org.nz
1 April Royal Society of New Zealand Skinner Fund
Funding encouraging research in the study of the history, art, culture, physical and social anthropology of the Māori and other Polynesian peoples
PG gill.sutherland@royalsociety.org.nz
3 April Pegasus Workforce Development Scholarship Applications
Supports students who identify as Māori, Pacific or from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) communities, studying medicine, nursing or allied health.
UG https://www.pegasus.health.nz/contact-us/
15 April Sumner Ferrymead Foundation Scholarships
Scholarships offered to support 2nd year students who have resided in the Sumner/Ferrymead catchment area during the last 3 years of secondary school.
UG scholarships@sumnerferrymeadfoundation.co.nz
28 April Peter Brown Memorial Friendship Award
The award promotes friendship between the U.S. and N.Z.. Offered to a NZ citizen accepted into an undergraduate programme with a high academic reputation in the U.S. who meets the criteria of the award.
UG info@americanclub.org.nz
30 April BCG (Boston Consulting Group) Scholarships
Three scholarships offered to penultimate year undergraduate AUS/NZ students: Women's Scholarship, Indigenous Scholarship and General Scholarship.
UG katergaris.mary@bcg.com  / luu.kim@bcg.com
30 April Toitu Ngati Porou Tertiary Education Grants 2021
Grants and scholarships are available to eligible persons undertaking undergraduate or post-graduate studies at a New Zealand Tertiary Provider
UG/PG registrations@tronp.org.nz

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May

Closing date Scholarship Level Contact
1 May NZ Coastal Society Maori & Pacific Island Research Scholarship
One PhD or Masters Research scholarship which is open to anyone of Maori or Pacific Island descent OR with a research topic with Maori and Pacific Island focus within the coastal environment.
PG nzcoastalsociety@gmail.com
1 May NZ Coastal Society Student Research Scholarship
Two scholarships annually to students conducting research that has the potential to contribute towards the aims of the society.
PG nzcoastalsociety@gmail.com
1 May

Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia Doctoral Scholarship - Round 1
Up to two scholarships each year to further the interests of the Society and to encourage doctoral students to engage with philosophical issues in education.

PG scholarship@pesa.org.au
11 May Christian Broadcasting Association Scholarships
The purpose of these scholarships is to encourage and support Christian students studying for a career in mainstream media.
UG/PG scholarship@cba.org.nz
14 May Don Linklater Memorial Bursary
Supports up to four students studying in areas relevant to Horizons’ work. Applicants must be a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent Resident and usually live in the Horizons region (may study elsewhere).
UG/PG help@horizons.govt.nz
16 May Study a Master's in Europe Scholarship 2022
One postgraduate scholarship to help cover tuition fees and is open to students from any country who will be studying a master’s degree abroad at a European university or graduate school.
PG info@educations.com
31 May

NZIF (NZ Institute of Forestry) Foundation Scholarships including: 

UG/PG foundation@nzif.org.nz
31 May He Kokonga Ngākau scholarships (Māori Master’s and doctoral students) and fellowships (available for Māori writers) 
To support and contribute to the growing knowledge of Māori trauma and recovery and to support Māori students to complete master’s and doctoral studies and Māori writers in their writing endeavours.
PG+ https://teatawhai.maori.nz/contact/

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June

Closing date Scholarship Level Contact
1 June Neurological Foundation Travel Grants
To support recipients of eligible project, scholarship or fellowship funding from the Foundation to travel for conferences, meetings, and training. While New Zealand borders are closed due to COVID-19, only online conferences or courses or domestic travel can be applied for.
PG+ research@neurological.org.nz
2 June Silver Fern Farms Plate to Pasture Youth Scholarships
Six annual scholarships to provide a financial boost to young people who will shape the future of the New Zealand red meat sector.

Aged between 17 and 25 - with one year’s industry or tertiary experience.

YouthScholarship@silverfernfarms.co.nz
4 June Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarships
The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) of the Government of Japan offers scholarships to foreign students (Undergraduate and Postgraduate) who wish to study at Japanese universities.
UG/PG jicc@wl.mofa.go.jp
30 June Elite Editing Thesis Write-up Scholarship
Provides financial assistance for one postgraduate student per year for a period of 12 weeks to free them from other forms of employment and allow them to concentrate solely on the task of writing their thesis. Students must be enrolled full time in a research degree (Masters or PhD) at an New Zealand or Australian university.
PG https://www.eliteediting.com.au/contact-us/
30 June Kate Sheppard Memorial Award
Available to women holding NZ Citizenship or Permanent Residency who are undertaking a special project or post graduate study of value to the wider NZ community.
PG katesheppardtrust@gmail.com
30 June GWNZ Fellowships
Fellowships for women to do doctoral study at a tertiary institution in New Zealand or overseas, providing recognition and financial assistance to outstanding female degree graduates
PG info@gwnz.org.nz
30 June GWNZ Harriette Jenkins Award
For short term study or research. To encourage members of GWNZ (New Zealand citizen or permanent resident) to undertake study or research. The awards are made in recognition of service to GWNZ whether at Branch or national/international level.
PG info@gwnz.org.nz
30 June The GWNZ Susan Byrne Memorial Award
To encourage a female degree graduate (New Zealand citizen or permanent resident) over the age of 35 years to change career through undertaking further study or research at an approved tertiary institution in New Zealand or overseas.
PG info@gwnz.org.nz
30 June Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand - National Research Grants
Awarded once a year to health professionals working in research and/or clinical areas associated with haematology who are committed to studying blood cancers and related conditions. The grants are intended to advance understanding about leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma, MPNs and related blood conditions.
PG+ grants@leukaemia.org.nz

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July

Closing date

Scholarship

Level Contact
3 July

The Capstone Editing Research Scholarship for Honours Students
Provides up to A$3,000 to one student per year to assist with the costs associated with the research for their thesis.

Honours scholarships@capstoneediting.com.au
6 July

Banking & Financial Services Law Association Research Prize
Eligible persons are invited  to submit research essays on important matters in banking and financial services law and/or practice (including insolvency) that are currently topical in Australia or New Zealand, in competition for a prize pool. The prize pool is A$5,000.

2021researchprize@bfsla.org
7 July The Capstone Editing Early Career Academic Research Grant for Women
A grant to provide financial support for female early career academics in recognition of the additional barriers they face in achieving academic success and advancing their careers.
PG+ scholarships@capstoneediting.com.au
26 July Capstone Editing Laptop Grant for Postgraduate Coursework Students
A grant aimed at overcoming economic barriers to academic success by providing students with the computer equipment necessary to excel in their studies.
PG scholarships@capstoneediting.com.au
27 July Laura Bassi Scholarships
Assistance to postgraduates (master's and doctoral) and junior academics whose research focuses on neglected topics of study, broadly construed, within their disciplines. 
Awarded in December, April, and August.
PG+ scholarships@editing.press
31 July Asia New Zealand Foundation Postgraduate Research Grants
The grants are aimed at supporting new research and fieldwork, which will promote debate and discussion on matters relating to Asia and New Zealand, with implications for foreign and trade/economic policy.
PG jto@asianz.org.nz
31 July Te Hiku Media - Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga Doctoral Scholarship
To provide assistance and support to a Māori PhD Doctoral student who is currently enrolled, is in the process of enrolling, or intends to enrol at a NPM partner institution to undertake their PhD Doctoral research - and is interested in pursuing their studies around te reo Māori and data science.
PG research@maramatanga.ac.nz
31 July Te Hiku Media - Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga Master's Scholarship
To provide assistance and support to a Māori Master’s student who: is currently enrolled, is in the process of enrolling, or intends to enrol at a NPM partner institution to undertake their Master’s research, and is interested in pursuing their studies around te reo Māori and data science.
PG research@maramatanga.ac.nz
31 July Vic Davis Memorial Trust Scholarship for Under-graduate Training as a Mental Health Practitioner
Scholarships for individuals wishing to undertake training at under-graduate level as a mental health practitioner.
UG administrator@vicdavistrust.co.nz
31 July Vic Davis Memorial Trust Postgraduate Scholarship
Scholarships for individuals to train/study at post graduate level very specifically aligned to the field of mental health.
PG administrator@vicdavistrust.co.nz
31 July Vic Davis Memorial Trust Research Grant Application
Research grants for organisations researching in the field of mental health. Maximum annual allocation is $40,000.
administrator@vicdavistrust.co.nz

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August

Closing date Scholarship Level Contact
1 August Fulbright EQC Graduate Award in Natural Disaster Research
For a promising New Zealand graduate student to undertake postgraduate study or research at a US university in the area of natural disaster research.
PG Pip Climo – pip@fulbright.org.nz
On campus adviser: Phil Bremer
1 August Fulbright New Zealand General Graduate Award
For a promising New Zealand graduate student to undertake postgraduate study or research at a US institution in the field of indigenous development.
PG Pip Climo – pip@fulbright.org.nz
On campus adviser: Phil Bremer
1 August Fulbright-Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga Graduate Award
For a promising New Zealand graduate student to undertake postgraduate study or research at a US institution in the field of indigenous development.
PG Pip Climo – pip@fulbright.org.nz
On campus adviser: Phil Bremer
1 August Fulbright Science and Innovation Graduate Awards
For promising New Zealand graduate students to undertake postgraduate study or research at US institutions in fields related to science and innovation.
PG Pip Climo – pip@fulbright.org.nz
On campus adviser: Phil Bremer
1 August Rhodes Scholarship
The Rhodes Scholarships are postgraduate awards supporting outstanding all-round students at the University of Oxford and providing transformative opportunities for exceptional individuals.
PG scholarships@otago.ac.nz
1 August Woolf Fisher Scholarship
Three scholarships are offered each year to enable students of outstanding academic ability to undertake their doctoral studies at the University of Cambridge.
PG scholarships@universitiesnz.ac.nz
4 August

Cambridge-Rutherford Memorial PhD Scholarship
The Cambridge-Rutherford Memorial PhD Scholarships are intended to provide full support to enable completion of a PhD at the University of Cambridge in pure or applied science and the social sciences.

PG rutherford.foundation@royalsociety.org.nz
8 August Ngārimu VC and 28th (Māori) Battalion Memorial Scholarships
Provide financial assistance to exceptional applicants of Māori descent who are undertaking tertiary study and who possess characteristics that are consistent with members of the 28th Māori Battalion.
UG/PG ngarimu.scholarship@education.govt.nz
9 August The Ngā Raumanako and Suzanne Spencer Memorial Māori Scholarships
Offered to Māori tauira studying towards a qualification in accounting, who are in their second or subsequent year of study.
UG/PG scholarships@charteredaccountantsanz.com
10 August The Miss E L Hellaby Indigenous Grasslands Research Trust
Fellowships for post-graduate research, particularly PhD, into the ecology and management of New Zealand’s indigenous grasslands but especially investigations into aspects of the sustainable management, uses, and conservation of these grassland ecosystems.
PG http://www.hellabygrasslandstrust.org.nz/governors.html
13 August Keystone Trust Scholarships
To support students in a property or construction related field, such as architecture, construction, engineering, planning, property management, real estate, quantity surveying or valuation. Applicants must be able to demonstrate a significant level of financial and/or circumstantial hardship.
UG louella@keystonetrust.org.nz
27 August Invercargill Licensing Trust Tertiary Education Scholarships
The ILT Tertiary Education Scholarship Programme is designed to select up to 60 Invercargill students each year who will receive a Scholarship to attend a Tertiary Education Institution.
UG anne@ilt.co.nz
31 August Betty Loughhead Soroptimist Scholarship
Assists women who are NZ citizens (and at least 25 years of age on Sept. 1 in the year of application) pursuing tertiary studies for the purpose of gaining a qualification that will enable them: entry or re-entry into the workforce; or a change in occupations.
UG/PG https://www.blsst.co.nz/contact.html
31 August Raewyn Good Study Award for Māori and Pasifika Social Science Research
Study award for Māori and Pasifika postgraduate students undertaking a Master’s which involves social sciences research.
PG awards@royalsociety.org.nz
31 August Rebecca L Lynch Memorial Scholarship
Opportunity to study abroad at the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho USA. Available to an unmarried female under the age of 24 years who has New Zealand citizenship or is a permanent resident. Applicant must be enrolled in her first or second year of university study and still be an undergraduate at the time of taking up the scholarship.
UG llynchtheboss@gmail.com
31August RHT Bates Postgraduate Scholarship
Study award for a PhD in the Physical Sciences and Engineering in a New Zealand university. Preference will be given to those whose research aims to apply information/image processing to studies in medicine, the physical sciences, astronomy or engineering.
PG awards@royalsociety.org.nz
31 August Sir Hugh Kawharu Masters Scholarship for Innovation in Science
To support and encourage masters level study by Māori in the sciences. Applicable across a broad range of science disciplines including the physical, mathematical and computational, earth, environment, marine, social, health, biological, biomedical, human, and behavioural sciences.
PG awards@royalsociety.org.nz

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September

Closing date Scholarship Level Contact
1 September The Dick and Mary Earle Scholarship in Technology
Provide funds for individuals to undertake research towards a masterate or doctorate degree at a New Zealand university or research institution in one or both of these fields: innovation and product development, bioprocess technology.
PG scholarships@universitiesnz.ac.nz
1 September Edna Waddell Undergraduate Scholarships for Women in Technology and Engineering
For women entering their first year of full time study for undergraduate degrees in professional engineering or technology at New Zealand universities – open to school leavers and mature women.
UG scholarships@unviersitiesnz.ac.nz
1 September Neurological Foundation Summer Studentships
These studentships are intended to provide personal support for students so they can gain research skills
and experience.
PG research@neurological.org.nz
2 September NZ Coastal Society Terry Healy Project Award
The Award acknowledges the achievement of a project which has made a significant contribution to New Zealand's coastal and marine environment.
PG nzcoastalsociety@gmail.com
20 September Woodhouse Study Grants
Up to five grants to secondary school students from Canterbury who intend to undertake a course in biological science at any of the three South Island universities (University of Otago, University of Canterbury, Lincoln University)
UG (Entrance) hr@southpacificsera.co.nz
21 September Schwarzman Scholars
A fully-funded, one-year master’s degree and leadership program at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. Prospective Scholars are expected to demonstrate academic excellence, exceptional results in their field and outstanding leadership qualities.
PG schwarzmanscholars.org/contact-us/
22 September The Lisa Jardine History of Science Grant Scheme
Designed to offer the opportunity for early career scholars to exploit history of science collections, including the Royal Society’s own, in support of their research in the field of intellectual history.
PG+ library@royalsociety.org
26 September Prize for Innovation in Global Security UG/PG info@gcsp.ch
30 September Canterbury Botanical Society Student Grants
PG studentgrant@canterburybotanicalsociety.org.nz
30 September He Manawā ā Whenua – Māori Freshwater Research Scholarship
The NZFSS He Manawā ā Whenua scholarship is open to Māori students studying a Bachelor Honours Degree (or equivalent) or Master’s Degree with a focus on freshwater ecosystems.
PG info@freshwater.science.org.nz
30 September NZFSS Scholarship in Freshwater Research
This scholarship is to support postgraduate research to gain a deeper understanding of any aspect of freshwater environments in Aotearoa. Available to Master's and Honours candidates.
PG info@freshwater.science.org.nz
30 September Impact Awards Hana@inspiringstories.org.nz
30 September

Polish Charitable & Educational Trust NZ Student Scholarships - Round 2
For students of Polish background towards the costs of their tertiary education in New Zealand.

UG/PG admin@polcet.org.nz

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October

Closing date Scholarship Level Contact
1 October Bings Scholarship
Master’s thesis students whose research is in the fields of medicine, veterinary science, agriculture, psychology, psychiatry or theology.
PG scholarships@universitiesnz.ac.nz
1 October The Prince of Wales Cambridge International Scholarship
Prospective PhD students who wish to pursue their doctorate at Cambridge University.
PG scholarships@universitiesnz.ac.nz
1 October Edward and Isabel Kidson Scholarship
Postgraduate students in the field of meteorology or other science, who have shown high academic achievement in physics or a combination of physics and mathematics.
PG scholarships@universitiesnz.ac.nz
1 October Freyberg Scholarship
Postgraduate study in the area of National Security for study in New Zealand or another Asia-Pacific country, including USA and Canada.
PG scholarships@universitiesnz.ac.nz
1 October GCSB Tertiary Scholarship for women studying science, technology, engineering and mathematics
Open to female second-year tertiary students and above (including Honours and Masters) intending to take a full-time course of study in computer science, cyber security, technology, mathematics, computer engineering, and data science.
UG/PG scholarships@nzic.govt.nz
1 October Henry Kelsey Scholarship
PhD students studying muscular dysfunction, including the causes and treatment of muscular dysfunction.
PG scholarships@universitiesnz.ac.nz
1 October

Neurological Foundation Doctoral Scholarships
To provide personal support for students undertaking a PhD in basic or clinical neuroscience.

PG research@neurological.org.nz
1 October NZ Plant Protection Society Research Scholarship
Students undertaking research in relevant disciplines (entomology, plant pathology, weed science, zoology, ecology, and plant protection sciences), on topics relating to control of pests, pathogens and/or weeds in primary production (pastoral and arable agriculture, horticulture, forestry) or the natural or human environments
PG secretary@nzpps.org
1 October Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia Doctoral Scholarship - Round 2
Up to two scholarships each year to further the interests of the Society and to encourage doctoral students to engage with philosophical issues in education.
PG scholarship@pesa.org.au
1 October Sasakawa Young Leaders' Fellowship Fund (Sylff) Postgraduate Research Scholarship for New Zealanders 
Postgraduate students whose research lies within the broad fields of Humanities, Social Sciences, or interdisciplinary studies that incorporate Humanities and Social Sciences by focusing on complex, wicked problems (e.g., sustainability, poverty).
PG sylff@massey.ac.nz
1 October Spark Scholarship UG scholarships@universitiesnz.ac.nz
1 October Te Papa Atawhai (Department of Conservation) Postgraduate Scholarships
To support postgraduate research at a Masters level to help answer strategic and high priority questions around conservation related science in Aotearoa New Zealand.
PG scholarships-cf@universitiesnz.ac.nz
6 October Singapore Food Agency Postgraduate Scholarship
Open to Singapore citizens pursuing a Masters or PhD qualification in Agriculture, Aquaculture, Food Science and Technologies, Food Safety, Future Foods, Pest Management, Microbiology, Sustainable Urban Food Production, or other related fields.
PG https://brightsparks.com.sg/profile/sfa/getintouch.php
9 October Zespri Horticultural Scholarships
Open to students who have completed at least one year of a degree, who are studying in a field that could benefit the kiwifruit industry. For example, degrees in science, management, marketing, nutrition or business will be considered.
UG scholarships@zespri.com
10 October The Prime Minister's Science Prizes
Not open for 2021
pmscienceprizes@royalsociety.org.nz
11 October TINZT Tourism Academic Scholarships
Open to students who are commencing their final year of tertiary study in a tourism related course.
UG info@tia.org.nz
19 October Go Overseas Scholarships
Various Scholarships for studying abroad
UG/PG northamerica@enz.govt.nz
20 October SeekVisa Scholarship UG/PG scholarship@seekvisa.com.au
22 October Allan and Grace Kay Overseas Scholarship
Supports New Zealand born residents for the purpose of pursuing a post graduate research course in Agriculture or Veterinary Sciences overseas.
PG philanthropy@pgtrust.co.nz
22 October Milford Community Charitable Trust (PDF)
Open to students from the Milford area, who were pupils, or whose parents or grandparents were pupils of Milford School. Open for all programmes.
UG MilfordTrust@xtra.co.nz
22 October AVOCO Tertiary Scholarship
Open to undergraduates in their final year of study in areas of fruit production, plant protection, entomology, biosecurity, biochemistry, biological science, post-harvest fruit quality, new technologies with potential relavance to horticulture.
UG danni@avoco.co.nz
30 October Police Credit Union Scholarship
Scholarships for police and their whānau. Scholarships are available for undergraduates and postgraduates.
UG/PG info@policecu.org.nz
30 October The Capstone Editing Grant for Professional Thesis Editing
Provides free thesis editing for one Master's student and one PhD student per year.  Needs to be a thesis written for a postgraduate degree for an New Zealand or Australian university.
PG scholarships@capstoneediting.com.au
30 October The Stanley Ratley Scholarship akerr@chamber.co.nz
31 October Edified Energiser Grants
Awarded to individuals or groups with a compelling plan to improve education for their community. Open to people of any nationality (domestic and international) who are currently studying at, or have graduated in the last 5 years, from an Australian, New Zealand, UK, Canadian or Swedish Higher Education, Vocational or English Language institution.
UG/PG https://www.edified.com.au/contact-us
31 October He Whenua Taurikura Master’s Scholarship
Supports research carried out at a New Zealand university or tertiary institute that will contribute to developing and maintaining breadth, depth and diversity of expertise in preventing and countering violent extremism, including to inform New Zealand policy approaches.
PG HWT@dpmc.govt.nz
31 October June Opie Fellowship
Postgraduate students from Australia, Canada or New Zealand who have a severe disability and who are pursuing a career in the professions, politics, or would like to continue researching disabilities.
PG scholarships@auckland.ac.nz
31 October OneChoice Futures Grant
Open to students pursuing a degree in Business, Finance, Accounting, Medicine, Healthcare, Sports Science, Dentistry or Pharmacy.
UG/PG grants@onechoice.co.nz
31 October The Marion Cunningham Memorial Fund Grant
UG/PG wildlife@vets.org.nz
31 October Rainbow New Zealand Charitable Trust Tertiary Scholarships
Tertiary Scholarships are open to any LGBTQI+ high school student enrolling in a full-time undergraduate degree.
UG trust@rainbownzcharitabletrust.org.nz
31 October Rosemary Seymour Awards
For women to promote radical social change through women’s studies. One award is open to Māori women, and another open to all women.
UG/PG jben005@gmail.com
31 October Southern Hearing Charitable Trust (SHCT) Scholarship
One scholarship to an individual with hearing impairment enrolling in full-time study or training, including vocational training. Priority will be given to cochlear implant recipients, but the scholarship is also open to those with permanent hearing impairment who use hearing aids. Applications will only be accepted from those residing in the catchment area of the Southern Cochlear Implant Programme.
UG/PG tracey.enright@scip.co.nz
31 October Webjet Student Grant
Open to undergraduate students in their final year of study towards a degree in Commerce/Business, Computer Science, Design & Animation, or IT Development.
UG jobs@webjet.com.au

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November

Closing date Scholarship Level Contact
1 November Frank Knox Memorial Fellowship
Open to students from Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom to conduct graduate study at Harvard University.
PG scholarships@universitiesnz.ac.nz
1 November GHA (Chartered Accountants and Management Consultants) Scholarship 
Open to Māori students who are keen to enter the accounting profession and are committed to the Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand (CAANZ) pathway. In addition the criteria allows for applications from Māori students who are studying business with the intention of becoming Māori business professionals. Preference will be given to descendants of clients of GHA.
UG emily@gha.co.nz
1 November Neurological Foundation Travel Grants
To support recipients of eligible project, scholarship or fellowship funding from the Foundation to travel for conferences, meetings, and training. While New Zealand borders are closed due to COVID-19, only online conferences or courses or domestic travel can be applied for.
PG+ research@neurological.org.nz
1 November RMLA Masters Scholarships
Open to Masters students from a range of disciplines (law, planning, engineering, geography, science, landscape architecture, urban planning and resource management), who focus their research theses or dissertations on topics related to the application of resource management in New Zealand.
PG karol.helmink@rmla.org.nz
2 November Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori and Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga - 'Kia Ita' Scholarship PG j.rangiwahia@auckland.ac.nz
5 November Chevening Scholarships
Funding to pursue a one-year Master’s degree in any subject at any UK university.
PG http://www.chevening.org/contact-us
6 November Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships
Funding for the pursuit of a Doctoral degree at a Canadian Institution.
PG vanier@cihr-irsc.gc.ca
7 November The Attitude Trust Communication Scholarship
Open to students living with a disability and studying in the field of communications (e.g. media or digital studies).
UG/PG terri@attitudeawards.org
12 November Transport Research Scholarships
These scholarships support students undertaking postgraduate research focusing on transport and its role and impact on Aotearoa New Zealand society.
PG scholarships-cf@universitiesnz.ac.nz
13 November Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships
Two scholarships to fund education in Switzerland: 1) Funding for the pursuit of a Master of Arts degree; and 2) Funding for the pursuit of a Doctoral degree.
PG sgs@sbfi.admin.ch
13 November The Allan and Grace Kay Overseas Scholarship PG philanthropy@pgtrust.co.nz
15 November Amelia Earhart Fellowships for Women
Open to women studying aerospace engineering or space sciences at PhD level.
PG programs@zonta.org
15 November Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand (LBC) Research Grants & Summer Studentship Grants grants@leukaemia.org.nz
15 November New Zealand Coastal Society Undergraduate Award
Available to undergraduates enrolled in a coastal themed paper who are studying coastal science, planning, engineering, ecology or management.
UG nzcoastalsociety@gmail.com
15 November Ross Fellowship
Open to residents of Knox College.
PG master@knoxcollege.ac.nz
15 November The Patrick Shannon Scholarship
Open to Honours or Masters students working in mathematics, statistics, bioinformatics, science, animal breeding, genetics or machine/analytical learning that aligns with Livestock Improvement.
UG/PG kbrown@lic.co.nz
20 November Alliance of Girls’ Schools Australasia Research Grant
Open to postgraduate research specifically relevant to the education or wellbeing of girls at single-sex schools in Australia and/or New Zealand.
PG + / Researchers jan.richardson@agsa.org.au
20 November Bashford-Nicholls Scholarships (manged by Bishops Action Fund)
Open to postgraduate and undergraduate students in the fields of agriculture or veterinary science, whose research will benefit Taranaki, or provide the recipient with future employment in Taranaki.
UG/ PG https://www.baf.org.nz/contact/
22 November Neuromuscular Research New Zealand Grants PG  info@mda.org.nz
24 November 1000minds Scholarships (Decision-Making Scholarship and Conjoint Analysis Scholarship)
Open to postgraduate students whose research focuses on decision making.
PG https://www.1000minds.com/contact
24 November BRANZ Postgraduate Scholarships
Open to Masters and PhD students - funds to assist students with outstanding academic credentials to undertake research in fields that are deemed to be of importance to the building and construction sector. Examples of current scholars’ research topics include: low-carbon construction, sustainable building, home maintenance, environmental resilience and mental health and wellbeing.
PG researchinvestment@branz.org.nz
25 November New Zealand Excellence Awards (NZEA)
Open to postgraduate and undergraduate Indian students who wish to study at a New Zealand institution. Available for various programmes.
UG/PG scholarships@enz.govt.nz
27 November Laura Bassi Scholarships
Assistance to postgraduates (master's and doctoral) and junior academics whose research focuses on neglected topics of study, broadly construed, within their disciplines.
Awarded in December, April, and August.
PG+ scholarships@editing.press
30 November Clark Fletcher Memorial Citrus Bursary
Open to students who have a specific interest in the citrus industry, or whose research is likely to contribute to the citrus industry
PG info@citrus.co.nz
30 November Hiwa-i-te-rangi Māori Health Leadership Scholarship
Open to all Māori descendants,currently living in Aotearoa New Zealand who demonstrate their commitment to increasing Māori leadership within the health sector, show their passion for health equity and building a responsive health service for Māori and show their commitment and involvement in Te Ao Māori.
UG/PG Hiwaiterangi@nzhealthgroup.com

30 November

He Manawā ā Whenua Māori Freshwater Research Scholarship UG/PG info@freshwater.science.org.nz

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December

Closing date Scholarship Level Contact
1 December Goal Setter Awards -  The Rotary Club of Port Nicholson Inc.
Applicants should be in the Wellington / Kapiti areas, nearing completion of an undergraduate or post-graduate degree. Applicants should be able to show a history of goal-setting and achievement, show significant service to others while also overcoming personal obstacles.
UG/PG janejpaterson@gmail.com
1 December Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme
Students who plan to pursue a PhD who are seeking an overseas experience in Hong Kong. The broad fields of study include Sciences, Health Sciences, Medicine, Engineering and Technology, Humanities, Social Science and Commerce / Business Studies.
PG HKPF@ugc.edu.hk
1 December Kauri Museum Mervyn Sterling Scholarship
Applicants should have a strong affiliation with the old Otamatea County area and should be studying or researching environmental conservation, ecology, natural heritage and Northland history (especially Otamatea County).
UG/PG scholarships@universitiesnz.ac.nz
1 December Kitchener Scholarship
Open to past or present members of the armed forces, or their children, who are undertaking an agriculture course.
UG scholarships@universitiesnz.ac.nz
1 December KiwiRail Group Undergraduate Scholarship
Open to undergraduates that have a parent who is a permanent employee of KiwiRail. Applicants should be studying in an area that promotes KiwiRail’s core values. For example, commerce, tourism, engineering.
UG scholarships@universitiesnz.ac.nz
1 December Maritime Union Scholarship
Open to students who have completed at least one year of undergraduate study, and either be a member, or be the child or grandchild of a member of one of the following: Maritime Union of New Zealand Inc., and/or of the New Zealand Seafarers Union Inc., and/or of the New Zealand Seamen’s Union Industrial Union of Workers, and/or of Waterfront Workers Union, and/or of the Waterside Workers Federation/Association.
UG scholarships@universitiesnz.ac.nz
1 December Meat Industry Scholarship
Open to undergraduate and postgraduate students whose study relates to the meat processing and export industry. Fields of study could include: Food Science, Engineering, Environmental Science, International Marketing, Product Design, Industrial Innovation, etc.
UG/PG Paul.Goldstone@mia.co.nz
1 December Sullivan Scholarship
Students of the Roman Catholic Faith who plan to attend medical school.
UG scholarships@universitiesnz.ac.nz
1 December Toloa Tertiary Scholarships
Scholarships to support Pacific students to pursue studies in Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects. The scholarship covers tertiary tuition fees and compulsory course related fees.
UG/PG pacificstem@mpp.govt.nz
4 December The Frank Sydenham Scholarships
Scholarship opportunities for postgraduate students hailing from the Bay of Plenty undertaking postgraduate studies in horticulture, agriculture, or forestry
PG
6 December

Dillion Scholarship & Bay Trust Bruce Cronin Scholarship
The Dillon Scholarship provides financial assistance to people who have significant disabilities, who have geographical ties to Bay of Plenty and who will be undertaking tertiary education. Applications should be made in the year prior to the year of study.

The Bay Trust Bruce Cronin Scholarship provides support for a Masters or Doctoral student with geographical ties to the Bay of Plenty Region carrying out research in mathematics, science or information technology that will benefit the Bay Area

UG/PG info@baytrust.org.nz
7 December The Gates Cambridge Scholarship for Life Sciences Research
For Cambridge University MSc., MLitt, Or PhD applicants from New Zealand
PG info@gatescambridge.org
9 December NZ Foreign Affairs & Trade Field Research Awards PG Research@mfat.govt.nz
15 December Graduate Women International – Hegg Hoffet Fund
To assist graduate women who have been displaced as a result of war, political upheaval or other serious emergencies.
https://graduatewomen.org/contact-us/
15 December

Onion Industry Postgraduate Scholarship
Provides funds to assist any suitable applicant involved in a research project that is likely to make a contribution to the NZ onion industry. Research topics of interest include: improvement in onion yields, quality and sustainable production, IPM, postharvest technologies, food safety, market access and development (particularly Asian markets); biosecurity, new products.

PG Sally.Anderson@onionsnz.com
16 December Transport Research and Educational Trust Grants
An award to support the attendance of a conference in Australasia to present the results of a thesis in a field of transport, logistics, or supply chain, plus the opportunity to make a presentation to a CILT event or meeting.
UG/PG info@cilt.co.nz
16 December Yvonne A M Smith Charitable Trust Scholarship
Open to women of all ages undertaking postgraduate studies in subject areas of political studies, economics, business and law. The scholarship can also be held in conjunction with other awards.
PG yvonne.smith@fortunemanning.co.nz
19 December NASA Internships and NZ Space Agency Scholarships
The NASA International Internship Programme is an opportunity for tertiary students from around the world to work collaboratively on research with a NASA mentor. The scholarship covers specified costs relating to an internship at NASA in California.
PG https://www.mbie.govt.nz/science-and-technology/space/contact-us/

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Various Closing Dates

Closing dates Scholarship Level Contact
Currently on hold due to Covid-19 The Capstone Editing Conference Travel Grant for Postgraduate Research Students
Assists one student per year to in covering the costs of attending a conference in relation to their degree.
PG scholarships@capstoneediting.com.au
Currently on hold due to Covid-19 Cora Wilding Memorial Award
Up to two awards per year to motivate and inspire New Zealanders to pursue their goals and help their communities. Open to all New Zealand residents. Awardees also receive a one-year YHA membership.
national.secretary@yha.co.nz
Currently on hold due to Covid-19 New Zealand Excellence Awards (NZEA)
The New Zealand Excellence Awards (NZEA) are jointly funded by New Zealand universities and Education New Zealand (ENZ). The NZEA features scholarships across seven New Zealand universities, offering an opportunity for Indian students to experience New Zealand excellence in various programme
UG/PG
Currently on hold due to Covid-19 The Otago Institute Postgraduate Travel Award PG contact@otago-institute.org
Not currently offered Graduate Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Garden History
Open to research students from any relevant discipline working on gardens in history, and enrolled at masters or doctoral level at a New Zealand tertiary institution.
PG james.beattie@vuw.ac.nz
No current application date for 2022 HASANZ Scholarships
Established to encourage further education in workplace health and safety to help build the capability and capacity of New Zealand's professional health and safety workforce.
scholarships@hasanz.org.nz
15 February, 15 August The Judith Clark Memorial Fellowships PG scholarships@universitiesnz.ac.nz
15 March, 15 September GoSkills Scholarship for Women UG/PG info@goskills.com
15 March, 15 June, 15 August New Zealand Federation of Graduate Women Otago Branch Travel Award PG
30 March, 30 September Prime Minister's Scholarships for Asia UG/PG scholarship@enz.govt.nz
1 April, 1 October Claude Mccarthy Fellowships PG scholarships@universitiesnz.ac.nz
1 May, 1 October Neurological Foundation Chapman Research Fellowship PG douglas.ormrod@neurological.org.nz
1 May, 1 October Neurological Foundation of New Zealand Repatriation Fellowship PG douglas.ormrod@neurological.org.nz
Automatic consideration with application (Jan deadlines) Clarendon - University of Oxford PG
Currently under review Japanese Language Undergraduate Sasakawa Scholarship UG sasakawa@massey.ac.nz
Ongoing Nanyang Technological University (NTU) Commonwealth PhD Scholarships PG University contact details
Ongoing oDocs Eye Care Co-Funded PhD PG renohcj@odocs-tech.com
Varies DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) Scholarships UG/PG daad@auckland.ac.nz
Varies Dan David Prize and Scholarships PG + ddprize@tauex.tau.ac.il
Varies East-West Center Scholarships UG/PG scholarships@eastwestcenter.org
Varies Maurice Wilkins Centre PhD Scholarships PG maurice-wilkins-centre@auckland.ac.nz
Varies (Applications open 1 March 2020) New Horizons for Women Trust Awards Various enquiries@newhorizonsforwomen.org.nz
Varies New Zealand Ecohydraulics Trust Travel Award PG International.Applications@royalsociety.org.nz
Varies Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarships PG info-qecs@acu.ac.uk
Various awards and closing dates Rural Women New Zealand Bursaries and Grants UG/PG enquiries@ruralwomen.org.nz
Varies Silver Fern Farms National Youth Scholarships UG YouthScholarship@silverfernfarms.co.nz
Varies Te Rau Ora Scholarships UG/PG scholarships@terauora.com
Varies Women Techmakers Scholars Program PG/UG WTMScholars@google.com

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