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ValueNZ $32,544 full time PhD study or
NZ $18,204 full time Masters', Postgraduate Diploma or Honours Study
Number offered1
Closing Date28 February


Established in 2017 by the Trustees of the Bridget James and Marion Robinson Charitable Trust, recognising the contributions of James and Marion Robinson to the University of Otago and wider community, in Physiology and Human Nutrition, and in particular, their concern that every student reaches their potential.  It also remembers Rhoda Dorsey, President of Goucher College in Maryland USA, historian and avid supporter of education and personal development.

The Robinson Dorsey Postgraduate Scholarship was created to support postgraduate students who are returning to university study after a break, and/or who through their personal circumstances, are not eligible for usual scholarships. Originally available to students undertaking postgraduate study in Physiology or Human Nutrition, the award was amended in 2023 to extend eligibility to postgraduate
students involved in cancer research, and to acknowledge the contribution of Bridget Robinson to patient focused cancer research at the University of Otago.

Applicants must be:

  • A New Zealand Citizen or New Zealand Residence Class Visa Holder
  • Enrolled in (or intending to enrol in) a postgraduate diploma, honours degree, Master of Science or PhD degree in Physiology or Human Nutrition, or engaged in (or intending to undertake) cancer related research as part of any postgraduate programme at the University of Otago
  • Returning to university study after a break, and/or who through their personal circumstances are not eligible for usual scholarships

Applications open on 1 November each year and close 28 February the following year.


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