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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 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 The Capstone Editing Textbook Grant for Undergraduates UG
15 January Dillon Scholarship -Disability Scholarship support by Bay Trust UG/PG
17 January Business & Professional Women Franklin Inc. Study Award UG/PG
20 January Scholarships from the Barbara Wood Memorial Foundation UG/PG
21 January Yvonne A M Smith Charitable Trust PG
24 January The Odyssey Travel Equity & Merit Scholarship
28 January Māori and Pacific PhD Scholarships - provided by Ageing Well National Science Challenge PG

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Closing date Scholarship Level Contact
1 February Auckland Council Research Scholarship in Urban Economics PG
1 February Coastal Restoration Trust Post-graduate Study Award PG
1 February Ngā Mātarae Scholarship offered by (Port of Tauranga Limited)
1 February Turirangi Te Kani Memorial Scholarship (offered by Port of Tauranga Limited)
1 February William Georgetti Scholarship PG
1  February 2021 Pacific Health Scholarships UG/PG or (04) 8162475
14 February Tū i te ora Scholarship - Northland Regional Council UG/PG
20 Feburary Woodhouse Scholarship UG
21 February Port of Tauranga Ngā Mātarae and Turirangi Te Kani Memorial Scholarships
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 Kiwi Music 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
10 March Puke Ariki Trust Scholarship PG or phone (06) 759 6060 Ext. 7851
12 March Ministry for  Primary Industries Postgraduate Science Scholarships PG
13 March Zonta International Canterbury Tertiary Education Scholarship UG/PG
15  March Antarctica New Zealand Postgraduate Research Scholarship Programme (EOI due 28 Feb 2020) PG
20 March HortNZ Undergraduate Scholarship UG
20 March Te Kōhanga Reo National Trust Scholarships UG/PG
25 March RAPHS Medical and Nursing Undergraduate Scholarships UG
31 March Bruce Grandison Biggs Postgraduate Research Grants PG
31 March Laura Bassi Scholarship PG
31 March Ministers Study Grant
31 March Polish Charitable & Educational Trust NZ Student Scholarships-Round 1 UG/PG
31 March The Pronto Finance Scholarship UG
31 March Val Plenty Memorial Scholarship UG
31 March Whakatanae Historical Society Scholarship UG/PG

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Closing date Scholarship Level Contact
1 April Ernest William File Scholarship UG
1 April Gordon Watson Scholarship              PG
1 April LB Wood Scholarship PG
1 April Royal Society of New Zealand Hutton Fund PG
1 April Royal Society of New Zealand Skinner Fund PG
3 April Pegasus Workforce Development Scholarship Applications 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
14 April Second-Chance Education Degree Study Awards (New Horizons for Women Trust)
26 April Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga Grants and Awards PG
28 April 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 The Otago Institute Postgraduate Student Travel Award
15 May AINSE 2019 Winter School and Scholarship UG
20 May The Capstone Editing Conference Travel Grant for Postgraduate Research Students PG
21 May Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho: MEXT) Scholarships UG/PG
31 May Ngati Porou Whanui Forests Hansol Scholarship UG
31 May NZIF ( NZ Institute of Forestry) Foundation Scholarships UG/PG

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Closing date Scholarship Level Contact
10 June 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 Kate Sheppard Memorial Award PG

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Closing date Scholarship Level Contact
5 July BCG Scholarship Program UG
6 July Banking & Financial Services Law Association Research Prize
10 July Don Linklater Memorial Bursary UG/PG
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
22 July Capstone Editing Laptop Grant for Postgraduate Coursework Students PG
27 July Laura Bassi Scholarship PG
27 July Plate to Pasture Youth Scholarships UG/PG
29 July Treasury New Zealand Tertiary Education Challenge UG/PG
31 July Asia New Zealand Foundation Postgraduate Research Grants PG
31 July The Capstone Editing Research Scholarship for Honours Students PG
31 July GWNZ Fellowship Award PG
31 July He Manawā ā whenua - Māori Freshwater Research Scholarship PG
31 July NZFSS Scholarship in Freshwater Research PG
31 July Vic Davis Memorial Trust Scholarships and Grants UG/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 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
9 August CA ANZ NKMoA (Māori Accountants Network) Scholarships UG/PG
10 August The Miss E L Hellaby Indigenous Grasslands Research Trust PG
14 August Keystone Trust Scholarships UG
15 August Jane M Klausman Women in Business Scholarship - applications close with local clubs April/May in the first instance. Please contact your local club for application information. UG/PG

Contact your local Zonta Club:

21 August Invercargill Licensing Trust Tertiary Education Scholarships UG
29 August The Lisa Jardine Grant Scheme
30 August Suicide Prevention Australia PhD Scholarship PG
31 August Betty Loughhead Soroptimist Scholarship UG/PG
31 August ExpressVPN Future of Privacy Scholarship UG/PG
31 August John Waller Scholarship - Leukaemia & Blood Cancer NZ PG
31 August Rebecca L Lynch Memorial Scholarship UG

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Closing date Scholarship 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 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
9 September The Capstone Editing Grant for Professional Thesis Editing PG
9 September Ngārimu VC and 28th (Māori) Battalion Memorial Scholarships UG/PG
16 September Edified Energiser Grants UG/PG
20 September Woodhouse Study Grants UG (Entrance)
22 September Schwarzman Scholars PG
26 September Prize for Innovation in Global Security UG/PG
30 September Canterbury Botanical Society Student Grants
30 September Impact Awards
30 September - Round two Polish Charitable & Educational Trust NZ Student Scholarships UG/PG

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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
6 October Singapore Food Agency Postgraduate Scholarship PG
7 October Sir Hugh Kawharu Masters Scholarship for Innovation in Science PG
9 October Zespri Horticultural Scholarships UG
10 October The Prime Minister's Science Prizes
11 October TINZT Tourism Academic Scholarships UG
19 October Go Overseas Scholarships (to Study Abroad in New Zealand) UG/PG
20 October SeekVisa Scholarship UG/PG
25 October Milford Community Charitable Trust (PDF) UG
23 October AVOCO Tertiary Scholarship UG
30 October Police Credit Union Scholarship
30 October The Stanley Ratley Scholarship
31 October June Opie Fellowship PG
31 October OneChoice Futures Grant UG/PG
31 October The Marion Cunningham Memorial Fund Grant
31 October Rainbow New Zealand Charitable Trust Teritary Scholarships
31 October Rosemary Seymour Awards UG/PG
31 October Webjet Student Grant UG

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Closing date Scholarship Level Contact
1 November Frank Knox Memorial Fellowship PG
1 November RMLA Masters Scholarships PG
1 November
2 November Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori and Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga - 'Kia Ita' Scholarship PG
5 November Chevening Scholarships PG
6 November Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships PG
13 November GHA (Chartered Accountants and Management Consultants)
Scholarship -
13 November Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships PG
13 November The Allan and Grace Kay Overseas Scholarship PG
15 November Amelia Earhart Fellowships for Women PG
15 November Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand (LBC) Research Grants & Summer Studentship Grants
15 November New Zealand Coastal Society Undergraduate Award UG
15 November Ross Fellowship PG
15 November The Attitude Trust Communication Scholarship
15 November The Patrick Shannon Scholarship UG/PG
20 November Alliance of Girls’ Schools Australasia Research Grant PG + / Researchers
20 November Bashford-Nicholls Scholarships (manged by Bishops Action Fund) UG/ PG
22 November Neuromuscular Research New Zealand Grants PG
25 November New Zealand Excellence Awards (NZEA) UG/PG
30 November Clark Fletcher Memorial Citrus Bursary PG

30 November

He Manawā ā Whenua Māori Freshwater Research Scholarship UG/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 Meat Industry Scholarship UG/PG
1 December Sullivan Scholarship UG
1 December Toloa Tertiary Scholarships UG/PG
4 December The Frank Sydenham Scholarships PG
6 December Dillion Scholarship - Bay Trust UG
7 December The Gates Cambridge Scholarship for Life Sciences Research PG
9 December Ministry of Transport Master's Scholarships PG
9 December NZ Foreign Affairs & Trade Field Research Awards PG
15 December Onion Industry Postgraduate Scholarship PG
15 December OMV Scholarships PG
16 December BRANZ Postgraduate Scholarships PG
16 December Transport Research and Educational Trust Grants UG/PG
16 December Yvonne A M Smith Charitable Trust Scholarship PG
19 December 2020 NASA Internships and NZ Space Agency Scholarships PG
21 December Rural Waikato Undergraduate Health Scholarships UG

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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
Currently under review Japanese Language Undergraduate Sasakawa Scholarship UG
Ongoing Nanyang Technological University (NTU) Commonwealth PhD Scholarships PG University contact details
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
Varies New Zealand Ecohydraulics Trust Travel Award PG
Varies Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarships PG
Various awards and closing dates Rural Women New Zealand Bursaries and Grants UG/PG
Varies Silver Fern Farms National Youth Scholarships UG
Varies Te Rau Ora Scholarships UG/PG
Varies Women Techmakers Scholars Program PG/UG

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