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Funding opportunities for University of Otago researchers

Funding opportunities for researchers are available within the University of Otago, and in conjunction with our partners.

Get the best possible results from your research funding applications by working closely with your Research Adviser right from the start.

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Visit Applying for research funding for advice and guidance on making funding applications.

Visit For researchers for more information and support.

Calls for funding applications | Te wā tono ki ngā tono pūtea

Latest funding update

Research News – 9 January 2023 (PDF)

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Research scholarships and opportunities | Karahipi rangahau me ētahi atu āheinga

Scholarships database

Gain the financial support you need to achieve academic success by searching our research scholarships database. There are in excess of NZ$18 million worth of undergraduate and postgraduate scholarships available for students wanting to study at the University of Otago – and for Otago students wishing to study at other institutions around the world.

University of Otago Scholarships database

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University of Otago Research Grants | Pūtea Rangahau nā Te Whare Wānanga o Ōtākou

The Research Committee considers applications for these grants.

University of Otago Research Grants (UORG)

Applications for University of Otago Research Grants of $2,500 or more, are invited annually in May, with assessment in August and results announced in October.

Major equipment grants

The Equipment Advisory Committee, a sub-committee of the Research Committee, manages these applications.

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University of Otago Research Awards | Tohu Rangahau nō Te Whare Wānanga o Ōtākou

The Research Division confers annual University of Otago of Research Awards including:

  • University of Otago Distinguished Research Medal
  • The Rowheath Trust Award and Carl Smith Medal
  • Early Career Awards for Distinction in Research
  • Research Group Award

More about the criteria for research awards and recent recipients

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University of Otago Arts Fellowships | Tauira Matua Toi, Te Whare Wānanga o Ōtākou

At the University of Otago we believe that our writers, artists, composers, musicians and dancers have a vital role to play in the health and wellbeing of our community - not just the University community or the Dunedin community, but the wider community of New Zealand. We offer the Fellowships in support of their contribution.

We look to them to offer us visions we cannot make ourselves; we rely on their craft to generate the experiences which will challenge us, entertain us, provoke and reassure us, and tell us who we are.

The Otago Fellowships

  • The Robert Burns Fellowship
  • The Mozart Fellowship
  • The Frances Hodgkins Fellowship
  • The University of Otago College of Education/Creative New Zealand Children's Writer in Residence
  • The Caroline Plummer Fellowship in Community Dance

The University of Otago Arts Fellowships applications

2022 University of Otago Arts Fellowships recipients

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Postgraduate research opportunities database | Ngā ara rangahau - tohu paera

Find out about current research opportunities across all of our campuses.

Postgraduate research opportunities

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Research competitions | Ngā tauwhāinga rangahau

The University of Otago offers opportunities to explore commercial ideas, compete for funding awards, and attend specialised workshops.

Support for emerging entrepreneurs

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Divisional funding support | Te pūtea tautoko ā-wāhanga

Each of the University's four academic divisions has research support opportunities too. Visit our Divisions for their specific information: