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Scholarships, sponsorship and awards

There are a few ways that you may be able to pay for Hands-On at Otago.

Scholarships and the closing date for scholarship applications

All scholarships require completion of the scholarship application online. There is an option for scholarship application at the end of your general application.

Updates to the scholarship information will be coming soon.

Applications for all scholarships close on 24 September 2021.

Business Hands-On Scholarship

Otago Business School offers scholarships that cover the registration cost ($675) to Hands-On at Otago 2021. This scholarship will be offered to those who have selected business projects in their application and are looking to pursue further study in business. The business projects offered at Hands-On 2021 are Accountancy and Finance, Economics, Information Science, International Business and Marketing.

Read the Otago Business School's Hands-On Scholarships information sheet

Dodd-Walls Centre Scholarships

The Dodd-Walls Centre is pleased to fund up to 10 scholarships, which will cover the programme fee, accommodation, food and travel to and from Dunedin, for Hands-On participants. The Dodd-Walls scholarships will support Māori and Pacific students with a preference for students from Mangere College, and students from schools which are associated with the Science Wānanga programme.

Read the Dodd-Walls Scholarships information sheet

Humanities Shakespeare Festival Scholarships

The Division of Humanities at the University of Otago offers full scholarships for students who participated in either the Regional and/or National SGCNZ University of Otago Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festivals in 2021 and who wish to take Humanities projects. The scholarships covers the programme fee, which includes accommodation and food, and travel to and from Dunedin.

There are four scholarships available; one for a participant in the Southland Regional Shakespeare Festival, one for a participant in the Otago Regional Shakespeare Festival and two for participants in either a regional (outside of Otago / Southland) and/or the National Shakespeare Festival in Wellington.

Read the Humanities Shakespeare Festival Scholarships information sheet

Imagine Beyond Scholarships

Scholarships are available from the University of Otago Disability Information and Support Office, for students who have a disability, impairment or medical condition. Students who have a disability, impairment or medical condition should discuss application for these scholarships with your school's Careers Adviser, who has been sent details about Hands-On at Otago. The scholarship covers the programme fee, which includes accommodation and food, and travel to and from Dunedin.

Read the Imagine Beyond Scholarships information sheet

More information for students with a disability, impairment or medical condition

International Scholarships

The International Office at the University of Otago offers the International Hands-On at Otago scholarships. These are fully funded scholarships that provide a fantastic opportunity for international students currently studying at a New Zealand secondary school – entering Year 12 or 13 in 2022 – to participate in the Hands-On at Otago programme. Each scholarship covers travel, accommodation, meals and programme activities for the week.

The aim of the scholarships is to inspire and motivate international students at New Zealand secondary schools who have a passion for learning and wish to develop their knowledge and skills alongside other students who share their interests.

Read the International Scholarships information sheet

Pacific Islands Scholarships

The Pacific Islands Centre at the University of Otago offer full scholarships for students of Pacific Islands descent. The scholarship covers the programme fee, which includes accommodation and food, and travel to and from Dunedin. The aim of the scholarship is to inspire and motivate young Pacific students who have a passion for learning and wish to develop their knowledge and skills alongside many other students who share their interests.

Read the Pacific Islands Scholarships information sheet

Poutama Scholarships

The University of Otago offers full scholarships for students of Māori descent who wish to participate in the weeklong Hands-On at Otago programme. The aim of the scholarship is to inspire and motivate young Māori students to develop their knowledge, skills and passion for tertiary studies. The scholarship covers the programme fee, which includes accommodation and food, and travel to and from Dunedin.

Read the Poutama Scholarships information sheet

Taranaki Scholarship

A full scholarship to Hands-on at Otago is available to a student from the Taranaki who wishes to participate in the week-long Hands-on at Otago programme. The aim of this scholarship is to provide an opportunity for students who attend High School in the Taranaki region to see what life at University is like, by experiencing living in a Hall of Residence, studying a project and meeting close to 400 other students from all over New Zealand.

Read the Taranaki Scholarship information sheet

Sponsorship

Rotary, Lions club, etc.

Many students who attend Hands-On at Otago are able to obtain either full or partial sponsorship. If students require financial assistance, we suggest they contact a local service group (such as Rotary) or their School Board of Trustees. Teachers or school principals may be able to provide assistance in approaching these groups. Please note it is important to start this process when you apply for Hands-On at Otago as it takes some time and you need to have funding arranged before payment is due in early December.