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Externally Administered Scholarships

Discover some of the externally administered scholarships that are available. More externally administered scholarships can be found at Universities New Zealand. You can also view a video of a recent presentation to students given by Associate Professor Lachlan Paterson, acting Dean of the Graduate Research School, about a number of externally funded prestigious scholarships.

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


Closing date Scholarship Level Contact
6 January NZ Foreign Affairs & Trade Field Research Awards PG
17 January (2020) Business & Professional Women Franklin Inc. Study Award UG/PG
18 January (2019) The Odyssey Travel Equity & Merit Scholarship UG/PG
20 January Scholarships from the Barbara Wood Memorial Foundation UG/PG
31 January Trilogy Science Scholarship UG/PG

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Closing date Scholarship Level Contact
1 February Coastal Restoration Trust Post-graduate Study Award PG
6 February Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarships PG (Masters)
8 February Pacific Health Scholarships UG/PG or (04) 8162475
11 February Alliance Group Shareholder Undergraduate Bursary UG 0800 354 435 or
20 Feburary Woodhouse Scholarship UG
28 February Bashford-Nicholls Scholarships UG/PG
28 February Bragato Research Fellowship PG
28 February Bragato Postgraduate Award PG
28 February Bragato Undergraduate Award UG
28 February Critic and Conscience of Society Awards Academic Staff
28 February Wairakei Charitable Trust Summer Funding Round UG/PG

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Closing date Scholarship Level Contact
1 March Gordon Watson Scholarship                                                                                                          PG
1 March Kiwi Music Scholarship PG
1 March LB Wood Scholarship PG
1 March New Zealand Law Foundation Ethel Benjamin Scholarship (for women) PG
1 March Patricia Pratt Scholarship in Musical Performance PG
1 March Shirtcliffe Fellowship PG
1 March William Georgetti Scholarship PG
5 March Auckland Council Research Scholarship in Urban Economics PG
8 March Puke Ariki Trust Scholarship PG or phone (06) 759 6060 Ext. 7851
12 March Ministry for  Primary Industries Postgraduate Science Scholarships PG
17 March Antarctica New Zealand Postgraduate Research Scholarship Programme PG
20 March HortNZ Undergraduate Scholarship UG
26 March 2019 RAPHS Medical and Nursing Undergraduate Scholarships UG
31 March Ministers Study Grant
31 March - Round one Polish Charitable & Educational Trust NZ Student Scholarships UG/PG

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Closing date Scholarship Level Contact
1 April Ernest William File Scholarship UG
1 April (2019) Royal Society of New Zealand Hutton Fund PG
1 April (2019) Royal Society of New Zealand Skinner Fund PG
4 April Don Linklater Memorial Bursary UG
 5 April Māori Education Trust Tertiary Scholarships - Undergraduate UG
 5 April Māori Education Trust Tertiary Scholarships - Postgraduate PG
12 April Christian Broadcasting Association Scholarships UG/PG
26 April Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga Grants and Awards PG
28 April (2019 date tbc) Peter Brown Memorial Friendship Award UG
30 April Borrin Foundation Grants
30 April The Capstone Editing Research Scholarship for Honours Students PG

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Closing date Scholarship Level Contact
1 May NZ Coastal Society Maori & Pacific Island Research Scholarship PG
1 May NZ Coastal Society Student Research Scholarship PG
1 May Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia Doctoral Scholarship PG
3 May R B Beresford Scholarship (for BDS Students from Nelson/Marlborough) UG
6 May (2018, 2019 tba) The Otago Institute Postgraduate Student Travel Award
15 May (2019) AINSE 2019 Winter School and Scholarship UG
21 May Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho: MEXT) Scholarships UG/PG
31 May Ngati Porou Whanui Forests Hansol Scholarship UG

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Closing date Scholarship Level Contact
10 June (2019) New Zealand Excellence Awards (NZEA) - Undergraduate UG
30 June Cora Wilding Memorial Award UG/PG
30 June Graduate Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Garden History PG
30 June (2020, no 2019 award) Kate Sheppard Memorial Award PG

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Closing date Scholarship Level Contact
6 July Banking & Financial Services Law Association Research Prize
10 July North Asia CAPE & Taiwan External Trade Development (TAITRA) Business Internships Recent Grad/ PG
17 July NZ Institute of Forestry Foundation Awards & Scholarships UG/PG
20 July British Council Global Study Awards UG/PG
29 July (2018, 2019 tbc) Treasury New Zealand Tertiary Education Challenge UG/PG
31 July Asia New Zealand Foundation Postgraduate Research Grants PG
31 July GWNZ Fellowship Award PG
31 July Vic Davis Memorial Trust Scholarships and Grants UG/PG
31 July (2019 tbc) Zespri Innovation Scholarship PG

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Closing date Scholarship Level Contact
1 August Fulbright EQC Graduate Award in Natural Disaster Research PG Pip Climo –
On campus adviser: Phil Bremer
1 August Fulbright New Zealand General Graduate Awards PG Pip Climo –
On campus adviser: Phil Bremer
1 August Fulbright-Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga Graduate Award
PG Pip Climo –
On campus adviser: Phil Bremer
1 August Fulbright Science and Innovation Graduate Awards PG Pip Climo –
On campus adviser: Phil Bremer
1 August (2019) Rhodes Scholarship PG
1 August Woolf Fisher Scholarship PG
4 August Cambridge-Rutherford Memorial PhD Scholarship PG
4 August Te Pia Tāpoi Scholarship - Ngāi Tahu Tourism UG/PG
8 August The Lisa Jardine Grant Scheme PG
10 August The Miss E L Hellaby Indigenous Grasslands Research Trust PG
13 August (2018, 2019 tbc) AMP Scholarships
21 August Invercargill Licensing Trust Tertiary Education Scholarships UG
24 August Silver Fern Farms National Youth Scholarships UG
31 August New Zealand Ecohydraulics Trust Travel Award PG

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Closing date Scholarhsip Level Contact
1 September The Dick and Mary Earle Scholarship in Technology PG
1 September Edna Waddell Undergraduate Scholarships for Women in Technology and Engineering UG
1 September Japanese Language Undergraduate Sasakawa Scholarship UG
1 September Neurological Foundation Doctoral Scholarships PG
1 September Neurological Foundation Summer Studentship PG
1 September Todd Foundation Postgraduate Scholarship in Energy Research PG
2 September Health & Safety Association NZ (HASANZ) Scholarships UG/PG
2 September NZ Coastal Society Terry Healy Project Award PG
3 September CA ANZ NKMoA (Māori Accountants Network) Scholarships UG/PG
5 September (2018, 2019 tbc) The Prime Minister's Science Prizes PG
9 September Ngārimu VC and 28th (Māori) Battalion Memorial Scholarships UG/PG
15 September Sir Hugh Kawharu Masters Scholarship for Innovation in Science PG
20 September Woodhouse Study Grants UG (Entrance)
27 September Prize for Innovation in Global Security UG/PG
27 September Schwarzman Scholars
30 September (2018) Canterbury Botanical Society Student Grants
30 September - Round two Polish Charitable & Educational Trust NZ Student Scholarships UG/PG
30 September Zespri Horticultural Scholarships UG

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Closing date Scholarship Level Contact
1 October Bings Scholarship PG
1 October The Prince of Wales Cambridge International Scholarship PG
1 October Edward and Isabel Kidson Scholarship PG
1 October Freyberg Scholarship PG
1 October GCSB Tertiary Scholarship for women studying science, technology, engineering and mathematics UG/PG
1 October Henry Kelsey Scholarship PG
1 October NZ Plant Protection Society Research Scholarship PG
1 October Sasakawa Young Leaders' Fellowship Fund (Sylff) Postgraduate Research Scholarship for New Zealanders  PG
1 October Spark Scholarship UG
11 October TINZT Tourism Academic Scholarships UG
12 October

NASA Internships and New Zealand Space Agency Scholarships


19 October (2018) Go Overseas Scholarships (to Study Abroad in New Zealand) UG/PG
31 October June Opie Fellowship PG
31 October The Marion Cunningham Memorial Fund Grant
31 October Digital Marketing Scholarship UG/PG
31 October Rosemary Seymour Awards UG/PG

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Closing date Scholarship Level Contact
1 November Frank Knox Memorial Fellowship PG
1 November RMLA Masters Scholarships PG
2 November Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori and Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga - 'Kia Ita' Scholarship PG
7 November Attitude Trust Communication Scholarship UG
7 November Chevening Scholarship PG
7 November Toloa Tertiary Scholarships UG/PG
15 November Amelia Earhart Fellowships for Women PG
15 November New Zealand Coastal Society Undergraduate Award UG
15 November New Zealand Excellence Awards (NZEA) UG/PG
15 November Ross Fellowship PG
15 November Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships for Foreign Scholars and Artists PG
30 November Clark Fletcher Memorial Citrus Bursary PG

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Closing date Scholarship Level Contact
1 December Goal Setter Awards -  The Rotary Club of Port Nicholson Inc. (Wellington students only) UG/PG
1 December Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme PG
1 December Kauri Museum Mervyn Sterling Scholarship UG
1 December Kitchener Scholarship UG
1 December KiwiRail Group Undergraduate Scholarship UG
1 December Maritime Union Scholarship UG
1 December Sullivan Scholarship UG
7 December The Gates Cambridge Scholarship for Life Sciences Research PG
15 December Onion Industry Postgraduate Scholarship PG
16 December Transport Research and Educational Trust Grants UG/PG
17 December Yvonne A M Smith Charitable Trust Scholarship PG
21 December Rural Waikato Undergraduate Health Scholarships UG
21 December OMV New Zealand Scholarships PG

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Various Closing Dates

Closing dates Scholarship Level Contact
15 February, 15 August The Judith Clark Memorial Fellowships PG
15 March, 15 September GoSkills Scholarship for Women UG/PG
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
1 April, 1 October Claude Mccarthy Fellowships PG
1 May, 1 October Neurological Foundation Chapman Research Fellowship PG
1 May, 1 October Neurological Foundation of New Zealand Repatriation Fellowship PG
Ongoing Nanyang Technological University (NTU) Commonwealth PhD Scholarships PG University contact details
Varies / All year round BRANZ Postgraduate Scholarships PG
Varies DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) Scholarships UG/PG
Varies Dan David Prize and Scholarships PG +
Varies East-West Center Scholarships UG/PG
Varies Maurice Wilkins Centre PhD Scholarships PG
Varies (Applications open 1 March 2020) New Horizons for Women Trust Awards Various
Various closing dates Rural Women New Zealand Bursaries and Grants UG/PG

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  • Closing date
  • Title of scholarship
  • Link to website
  • Level of study (undergraduate, postgraduate, both)
  • Contact email address
  • One off or annual award
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