The University is committed to ensuring that Pacific students maximise their full potential by providing them with academic guidance and support. An academic mentoring programme, scholarships and other dedicated support services all contribute to your success.
- Pacificana Guide (PDF)
University of Otago Pacific Peoples' Achievement Awards
This monetary prize is awarded annually to the top academic Pacific students from each of the four academic divisions (Science, Health Sciences, Humanities, Commerce) on the recommendation of the Director, Pacific Development. This prize is awarded to the top academic Pacific student in their first year of undergraduate study and to the academic Pacific student in their final year of undergraduate study.
Students must be of indigenous Pacific Island descent and New Zealand citizens or permanent residents and must be studying full time.
University of Otago Scholarships for Pacific Students
The University of Otago has an impressive scholarships scheme, with some scholarships specifically available to people of indigenous Pacific descent. Study grants are also available to indigenous Pacific students to study at postgraduate level.
The one-page document (below) provides an up-to-date list of University of Otago funded scholarships that are currently available to students of indigenous Pacific descent.
Conference funding for Pacific students
The Graduate Research School has funding available to assist our indigenous Pacific graduate research candidates (doctoral and masters thesis) to travel to conferences in New Zealand and overseas. Pacific students from the northern campus who would like to present at the annual Pacific Voices symposium, held at the Dunedin campus, should consider applying for this conference funding.
Funding is limited and to be considered students must complete the application form (PDF).
New Degree at Otago University
The University of Otago has a new degree which brings science and art together, the BaSc. It aims to break down barriers between the two disciplines. Eirenei Tauai's was one of two students who graduated with this degree in December 2017. Listen to what Eirenie has to say about her degree where she studied Pacific Studies and Neuroscience (8.48 minutes - Radio New Zealand).