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Discover some of  the externally administered scholarships that are available. Further scholarship opportunities can be found at Universities New Zealand.

The information listed on this webpage is accurate to the best of our knowledge; however, please check the relevant webpage for the external scholarship of interest, for the most up-to-date information.

Prestigious Scholarships for Postgraduate Study – Presentation:

For an overview of a range of Prestigious Scholarships offered for overseas (and NZ) postgraduate study (including Rhodes, Fulbright, Woolf Fisher, Gates Cambridge, Schwarzman Scholars) please view the following presentation.

The Zoom presentation given in June 2023 by Professor David Baxter (Dean, Graduate Research School),  and Peter Boston, Manager, Postgraduate Prizes and Awards also provides a brief overview of University of Otago Postgraduate Scholarships offered as well as some useful tips for applying and interviewing for prestigious scholarships.

View the presentation


Closing dateScholarshipLevelContact
6 JanThe Capstone Editing Textbook Grant for Undergraduates
Awarded to one undergraduate student per year to assist with the cost of their textbooks for the duration of their degree.
10 Jan

Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarships

The Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarships (QECS) offer fully-funded Master’s scholarships to Commonwealth citizens. Successful applicants can travel to a different country in the Commonwealth, where they can study one of a variety of courses and benefit from the expertise provided by leading universities. Developing new skills, gaining a qualification and experiencing life in another country benefits both the individual and their home country.
19 JanYvonne A M Smith Charitable Trust
Open to women of all ages undertaking postgraduate studies in the areas of political studies, economics, business and law. For study in NZ or overseas.
20 JanThe Odyssey Traveller Scholarships
Open to students in their second year and above, who are studying at an AUS/NZ University. Awarded based on academic performance and demonstrated financial need.
20 JanScholarships from the Barbara Wood Memorial Foundation
Scholarships available to tertiary students who were born in the South Pacific region including NZ and Australia.
24 Jan

Zonta Science Award

The aims of the Zonta Science Award are to:

  • encourage women to pursue a career in science
  • recognise women in scientific fields
  • acknowledge the valuable contribution of women scientists.

The award recipient receives:

  • $ 20,000 to fund travel, education, materials, and/or activities to advance her research career.
  • a commemorative medal
  • a certificate of achievement.
31 JanCoastal Restoration Trust Post-graduate Study Award
To provide funds to assist with an individual's post-graduate level research to improve knowledge in the field of coastal restoration.


Closing dateScholarshipLevelContact
1 FebWilliam Georgetti Scholarship
To encourage postgraduate study and research, normally in New Zealand, in a field that is important to the social, cultural or economic development of NZ.
2 FebNgā Mātarae and Turirangi Te Kani Memorial Scholarships (Port of Tauranga Limited)
Two scholarships offered to those with tribal affiliation to Tauranga Moana iwi (Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāi Te Rangi and Ngāti Pūkenga).
2 Feb Study Grant for Otago Women
Grants are open to women, who are Otago residents, undertaking a course of training for either re-entry into the workforce, or for a change of employment with improved prospects. Grants will have a value of up to $1,000 towards study materials and costs.
3 FebPacific Health Scholarships
Contribution to tuition fees for students undertaking a course in full-time or part-time medical and health or disability-related studies (NZQA accredited).
UG/ or (04) 8162475
20 FebWoodhouse Scholarship
Study grants for secondary school students from Canterbury who intend to undertake a course in biological science at one of the South Island universities.
24 FebThe Capstone Editing Grant for Mid-Career Researchers
Provides seed funding for one researcher per year to undertake an innovative research project.
28 FebBragato Research Fellowship
May be awarded to a student (NZ resident) involved in ongoing research who has completed a master's degree or doctorate. The planned research must be of benefit to the NZ industry.
28 FebBragato Postgraduate Award
May be awarded to a postgraduate student (NZ resident) enrolled for a course of study in NZ or overseas, recognised for its post graduate courses in subjects relevant to the viticulture and wine industry.
28 FebBragato Undergraduate Award
May be awarded to any NZ student undertaking a full time degree course in either viticulture or wine sciences at a recognised academic institution.
28 FebCritic and Conscience of Society Awards
Awarded to an academic staff member who,has done more in the past two calendar years than any other applicant to provide the public with independent, expert commentary on an issue/s affecting the New Zealand community or future generations.


Closing dateScholarshipLevelContact
1 MarKiwi Music Scholarship
To assist outstanding New Zealand musical performers or conductors to continue their musical development either in New Zealand or overseas.
1 MarNew Zealand Law Foundation Ethel Benjamin Scholarship (for women)
To support research by a female accepted into a postgraduate course in law - that will protect and promote the interests of the public in relation to legal matters in NZ.
1 MarPatricia Pratt Scholarship in Musical Performance
A scholarship for (NZ citizens) overseas postgraduate study in classical musical performance, including conducting.
4 MarScientia Trust Planet Earth Fund
Perpetual Guardian welcomes applications that encourage the study of earthquakes, of the bulk properties, astronomical motions, the internal structure of the Earth and of the history of those studies.
Organisations and individuals may apply.
24 MarAntarctica New Zealand Postgraduate Research Scholarship Programme - Expression of interest due: Register your intention to apply by Friday 24 March 2023
Applications and references are due by 5pm, Monday 10 April 2023.
Supports researchers focussing on Antarctic and Southern Ocean systems. Sir Robin Irvine Doctoral Scholarship and NZ Post Antarctic Scholarship (master's or doctoral).
24 MarRAPHS Medical and Nursing Undergraduate Scholarships
Two undergraduate scholarships offered to Rotorua residents in their first year of medical or nursing training.
31 MarLaura Bassi Scholarship
Assistance to postgraduates (master's and doctoral) and junior academics whose research focuses on neglected topics of study, broadly construed, within their disciplines.
Awarded: December, April, and August.
31 MarPolish Charitable & Educational Trust NZ Student Scholarships - Round 1
For students of Polish background towards the costs of their tertiary education in NZ.
31 MarThe Pronto Finance Scholarship
Schoalrship provided to a student in their first year, studying Commerce at the University of Otago. Preference is given to those who can show a record of improving their community throughout their schooling years.
31 MarRoyal Society of New Zealand Hutton Fund
Funding encouraging research in New Zealand zoology, botany and geology.
31 MarRoyal Society of New Zealand Skinner Fund
Funding encouraging research in the study of the history, art, culture, physical and social anthropology of the Māori and other Polynesian peoples
31 MarWhakatanae Historical Society Scholarship
To award scholarships to students from the Eastern Bay of Plenty for study and research in NZ and its territories. Students must have undertaken and completed their first year of tertiary study.


Closing dateScholarshipLevelContact
1 AprErnest William File Scholarship
To assist the sons and daughters of members of the Rail and Maritime Transport Union (RMTU) in their first year studying for a degree at a New Zealand university.
1 AprGordon Watson Scholarship
To support New Zealanders to study international relationships or social and economic conditions at a university overseas, at Masters or PhD level.
1 AprLB Wood Scholarship
To enable New Zealand university graduates to study in any discipline at a university or institution of university rank in the UK.
1 AprShirtcliffe Fellowship
Assists a New Zealand university graduate to pursue doctoral study at a university in New Zealand or other Commonwealth country.
7 AprSumner Ferrymead Foundation Scholarships
Scholarships offered to support 2nd year students who have resided in the Sumner/Ferrymead catchment area during the last 3 years of secondary school.
10 AprAntarctica New Zealand Postgraduate Research Scholarship Programme Closing date (EOI must be submitted by Fri 24 March - see listing above)
14 AprPegasus Workforce Development Scholarship Applications
Supports students who identify as Māori, Pacific or from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) communities, studying medicine, nursing or allied health.
30 AprBCG (Boston Consulting Group) Scholarships (Applications open March 2023 - closing date to be confirmed)
Three scholarships offered to penultimate year undergraduate AUS/NZ students: Women's Scholarship, Indigenous Scholarship and General Scholarship.  /
30 AprThe Capstone Editing Grant for Mid-Career Researchers
Provides seed funding for one researcher per year to undertake an innovative research project.


Closing dateScholarshipLevelContact
1 MayNZ Coastal Society Maori & Pacific Island Research Scholarship
One PhD or Masters Research scholarship which is open to anyone of Maori or Pacific Island descent OR with a research topic with Maori and Pacific Island focus within the coastal environment.
1 MayNZ Coastal Society Student Research Scholarship
Two scholarships annually to students conducting research that has the potential to contribute towards the aims of the society.
3 MayHabit Health Māori and Pasifika Scholarship Programme
The purpose of this scholarship programme is to improve the diversification of health care delivery and in particular the representation of Māori and Pasifika in health professions.
11 May
(2023 date TBC)
Christian Broadcasting Association Scholarships
The purpose of these scholarships is to encourage and support Christian students studying for a career in mainstream media.
15 MayStudy a Master's in Europe Scholarship 2023
The scholarship will be awarded for the Fall 2023 semester onwards up to a value of €5000, and is open to students from any country who will be studying a master's degree abroad at a European university or graduate school.
28 MayNZIF (NZ Institute of Forestry) Foundation Scholarships including: UG/
31 MayBrian Gaynor Initiative – Scholarship in Journalism
The scholarship is open to applications from tertiary students who are in the final year of study towards an undergraduate degree relevant to a career in journalism. Applicants must show an intent to build a career in business journalism.
31 MayRCPA Scholarships in Pathology
Offered to medical students undertaking the Bachelor of Medicine or equivalent at Aus/NZ universities with one scholarship per main campus. In addition, there is one scholarship available for: a Maori medical student, a medical student in rural or regional setting, a dental student and a student undertaking a Bachelor of Science or equivalent, among others.


Closing dateScholarshipLevelContact
13 Jun (2023 date tbc)Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarships
The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) of the Government of Japan offers scholarships to foreign students (Undergraduate and Postgraduate) who wish to study at Japanese universities.
24 JunThe Capstone Editing Early Career Academic Research Grant for Women
A grant to provide financial support for female early career academics in recognition of the additional barriers they face in achieving academic success and advancing their careers.
30 JunElite Editing Thesis Write-up Scholarship
Provides financial assistance for one postgraduate student per year for a period of 12 weeks to free them from other forms of employment and allow them to concentrate solely on the task of writing their thesis. Students must be enrolled full time in a research degree (Masters or PhD) at an New Zealand or Australian university.
30 Jun Kate Sheppard Memorial Award
Available to women holding NZ Citizenship or Permanent Residency who are undertaking a special project or post graduate study of value to the wider NZ community.
30 JunGWNZ Fellowships
Fellowships for women to do doctoral study at a tertiary institution in New Zealand or overseas, providing recognition and financial assistance to outstanding female degree graduates
30 JunGWNZ Harriette Jenkins Award
For short term study or research. To encourage members of GWNZ (New Zealand citizen or permanent resident) to undertake study or research. The awards are made in recognition of service to GWNZ whether at Branch or national/international level.
30 JunThe GWNZ Susan Byrne Memorial Award
To encourage a female degree graduate (New Zealand citizen or permanent resident) over the age of 35 years to change career through undertaking further study or research at an approved tertiary institution in New Zealand or overseas.


Closing dateScholarshipLevelContact
1 JulyJane M. Klausman Scholarship
Zonta International offers up to 32 scholarships of US$2,000 each at the district/region level and six international scholarships of US$8,000 each. Women of any age, pursuing an accredited business or business related program who demonstrate outstanding potential in the field, are eligible and encouraged to apply.
1 JulyThe Dick and Mary Earle Scholarship in Technology
Provide funds for individuals to undertake research towards a masterate or doctorate degree at a New Zealand university or research institution in one or both of these fields: innovation and product development, bioprocess technology.
6 Jul (2023 date tbc)Banking & Financial Services Law Association Research Prize
Eligible persons are invited to submit research essays on important matters in banking and financial services law and/or practice (including insolvency) that are currently topical in Australia or New Zealand, in competition for a prize pool. The prize pool is A$5,000.
15 JulyOur Seas Our Future (OSOF) Postgraduate Student Research Scholarship
OSOF has established a contestable research grant for New Zealand based postgraduate students undertaking research in the areas of Marine Science related to any of our core brands: Fisheries (SSN), Pollution (PFNZ), Marine Protected Areas (MMR), or Climate Change (CAN). This scholarship is offered annually with up to NZ$2500 to support Masters or PhD level research.
22 JulCapstone Editing Laptop Grant for Postgraduate Coursework Students
A grant aimed at overcoming economic barriers to academic success by providing students with the computer equipment necessary to excel in their studies.
25 JulLaura Bassi Scholarships
Assistance to postgraduates (master's and doctoral) and junior academics whose research focuses on neglected topics of study, broadly construed, within their disciplines.
Awarded in December, April, and August.
31 JulANZMES Grant and Scholarship Programme
ANZMES is supporting research into ME/CFS and long COVID with this new yearly funding programme. Two grants valued up to $25,000 are available, and four $5,000 Scholarships.
31 JulAsia New Zealand Foundation Postgraduate Research Grants
The Foundation supports contemporary and forward-thinking postgraduate and academic research projects or programmes relating to Asia with grants of up to $3000. Application rounds clode: 31 Mar, 31 Jul and 30 Nov.
31 JulThe Capstone Editing Research Scholarship for Honours Students
Provides up to A$3,000 to one student per year to assist with the costs associated with the research for their thesis.
31 JulVic Davis Memorial Trust Postgraduate Scholarship
Scholarships for individuals to train/study at post graduate level very specifically aligned to the field of mental health.
31 JulVic Davis Memorial Trust Research Grant Application
Research grants for organisations researching in the field of mental health. Maximum annual allocation is $40,000.


Closing dateScholarshipLevelContact
1 AugFulbright New Zealand General Graduate Award
For a promising New Zealand graduate student to undertake postgraduate study or research at a US institution in the field of indigenous development.
PGPip Climo –
   On campus adviser: Phil Bremer
1 AugFulbright-Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga Graduate Award
For a promising New Zealand graduate student to undertake postgraduate study or research at a US institution in the field of indigenous development.
PGPip Climo –
   On campus adviser: Phil Bremer
1 AugFulbright Science and Innovation Graduate Awards
For promising New Zealand graduate students to undertake postgraduate study or research at US institutions in fields related to science and innovation.
PGPip Climo –
   On campus adviser: Phil Bremer
1 AugRhodes Scholarship
The Rhodes Scholarships are postgraduate awards supporting outstanding all-round students at the University of Oxford and providing transformative opportunities for exceptional individuals.
1 AugWoolf Fisher Scholarship
Three scholarships are offered each year to enable students of outstanding academic ability to undertake their doctoral studies at the University of Cambridge.
4 AugWomen in STEM Scholarship
Women of any age and nationality, pursuing a science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) degree program at an accredited university/college/institute, who demonstrate outstanding potential in the field, are eligible to apply for the scholarship.
Students must be enrolled in at least the second year of an undergraduate program through the final year of a master's program at the time the application is submitted.
4 Aug (2023 date tbc)Cambridge-Rutherford Memorial PhD Scholarship
The Cambridge-Rutherford Memorial PhD Scholarships are intended to provide full support to enable completion of a PhD at the University of Cambridge in pure or applied science and the social sciences.
8 Aug
(2023 date TBC – applications open approx. June)
Ngārimu VC and 28th (Māori) Battalion Memorial Scholarships
Provide financial assistance to exceptional applicants of Māori descent who are undertaking tertiary study and who possess characteristics that are consistent with members of the 28th Māori Battalion.
10 AugThe Miss E L Hellaby Indigenous Grasslands Research Trust
Fellowships for post-graduate research, particularly PhD, into the ecology and management of New Zealand's indigenous grasslands but especially investigations into aspects of the sustainable management, uses, and conservation of these grassland ecosystems.
13 AugKeystone Trust Scholarships
To support students in a property or construction related field, such as architecture, construction, engineering, planning, property management, real estate, quantity surveying or valuation. Applicants must be able to demonstrate a significant level of financial and/or circumstantial hardship.
16 Aug

New Horizons for Women Scholarships

Annual awards to support women in Aotearoa New Zealand. There are four categories of award:

  • Education Awards: to help with study or living expenses for women engaged in tertiary study or trade training.
  • Research Awards: to assist with costs associated with undertaking a research project that benefits women/girls in Aotearoa.
  • Project Awards: specific purpose awards that support initiatives and programmes.
  • Personal Growth Awards: provide the opportunity for awardees to gain confidence and leadership experience at Outward Bound in Anakiwa in the Marlborough Sounds.
27 AugInvercargill Licensing Trust Tertiary Education Scholarships
The ILT Tertiary Education Scholarship Programme is designed to select up to 60 Invercargill students each year who will receive a Scholarship to attend a Tertiary Education Institution.
20 AugLeukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand - National Research Grants
Awarded once a year to health professionals working in research and/or clinical areas associated with haematology who are committed to studying blood cancers and related conditions. The grants are intended to advance understanding about leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma, MPNs and related blood conditions.
31 AugBetty Loughhead Soroptimist Scholarship
Assists women who are NZ citizens (and at least 25 years of age on Sept. 1 in the year of application) pursuing tertiary studies for the purpose of gaining a qualification that will enable them: entry or re-entry into the workforce; or a change in occupations.
31 AugRaewyn Good Study Award for Māori and Pasifika Social Science Research
Study award for Māori and Pasifika postgraduate students undertaking a Master's which involves social sciences research.
31 AugRebecca L Lynch Memorial Scholarship
Opportunity to study abroad at the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho USA. Available to an unmarried female under the age of 24 years who has New Zealand citizenship or is a permanent resident. Applicant must be enrolled in her first or second year of university study and still be an undergraduate at the time of taking up the scholarship.
31AugRHT Bates Postgraduate Scholarship
Study award for a PhD in the Physical Sciences and Engineering in a New Zealand university. Preference will be given to those whose research aims to apply information/image processing to studies in medicine, the physical sciences, astronomy or engineering.
31 AugSir Hugh Kawharu Masters Scholarship for Innovation in Science
To support and encourage masters level study by Māori in the sciences. Applicable across a broad range of science disciplines including the physical, mathematical and computational, earth, environment, marine, social, health, biological, biomedical, human, and behavioural sciences.


Closing dateScholarshipLevelContact
1 SepEdna Waddell Undergraduate Scholarships for Women in Technology and Engineering
For women entering their first year of full time study for undergraduate degrees in professional engineering or technology at New Zealand universities – open to school leavers and mature women.
1 SepNeurological Foundation Summer Studentships
These studentships are intended to provide personal support for students so they can gain research skills
and experience.
2 SepNZ Coastal Society Terry Healy Project Award
The Award acknowledges the achievement of a project which has made a significant contribution to New Zealand's coastal and marine environment.
15 Sep

Āheitanga Thesis Scholarship

Motu Research in Te Whanganui-a-Tara offers a one-year $10,000 scholarship pool to university students of Māori descent who are working on (or are planning to work on) an Honours, Masters or PhD thesis.
20 SepWoodhouse Study Grants
Up to five grants to secondary school students from Canterbury who intend to undertake a course in biological science at any of the three South Island universities (University of Otago, University of Canterbury, Lincoln University)
UG (Entrance)
21 SepSchwarzman Scholars
A fully-funded, one-year master's degree and leadership program at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. Prospective Scholars are expected to demonstrate academic excellence, exceptional results in their field and outstanding leadership qualities.
22 SepThe Lisa Jardine History of Science Grant Scheme
Designed to offer the opportunity for early career scholars to exploit history of science collections, including the Royal Society's own, in support of their research in the field of intellectual history.
26 SepPrize for Innovation in Global Security UG/
30 SepCanterbury Botanical Society Student Grants
30 SepHe Manawā ā Whenua – Māori Freshwater Research Scholarship
The NZFSS He Manawā ā Whenua scholarship is open to Māori students studying a Bachelor Honours Degree (or equivalent) or Master's Degree with a focus on freshwater ecosystems.
30 SepNZFSS Scholarship in Freshwater Research
This scholarship is to support postgraduate research to gain a deeper understanding of any aspect of freshwater environments in Aotearoa. Available to Master's and Honours candidates.
30 SepImpact Awards
30 SepPolish Charitable & Educational Trust NZ Student Scholarships – Round 2
For students of Polish background towards the costs of their tertiary education in New Zealand.
30 SepZonta STEM Scholarship
The purpose of this scholarship is to encourage a young woman who meets the scholarship criteria and demonstrates an ambition to continue her study in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics.
To encourage thisthe Zonta Club of Metropolitan Dunedin Inc, is awarding a post graduate scholarship of $2000 p.a, to be awarded to a female student who has completed a degree at the University of Otago or Otago Polytechnic and is wishing to undertake post graduate study, at the University of Otago or Otago Polytechnic.


Closing dateScholarshipLevelContact
1 OctBings ScholarshipMaster's thesis students whose research is in the fields of medicine, veterinary science, agriculture, psychology, psychiatry or
1 OctThe Prince of Wales Cambridge International ScholarshipProspective PhD students who wish to pursue their doctorate at Cambridge
1 OctEdward and Isabel Kidson ScholarshipPostgraduate students in the field of meteorology or other science, who have shown high academic achievement in physics or a combination of physics and
1 OctFreyberg ScholarshipPostgraduate study in the area of National Security for study in New Zealand or another Asia-Pacific country, including USA and
1 OctGCSB Tertiary Scholarship for women studying science, technology, engineering and mathematicsOpen to female second-year tertiary students and above (including Honours and Masters) intending to take a full-time course of study in computer science, cyber security, technology, mathematics, computer engineering, and data science.UG/
1 OctHenry Kelsey ScholarshipPhD and masters' students studying muscular dysfunction, including – but not limited to – the causes and treatment of muscular dysfunction. This scholarship award will be up to $15,000 per annum. The scholarship is available for up to two years of master's and three years of doctoral
1 OctNeurological Foundation Doctoral Scholarships
To provide personal support for students undertaking a PhD in basic or clinical neuroscience.
1 OctNZ Plant Protection Society Research ScholarshipStudents undertaking research in relevant disciplines (entomology, plant pathology, weed science, zoology, ecology, and plant protection sciences), on topics relating to control of pests, pathogens and/or weeds in primary production (pastoral and arable agriculture, horticulture, forestry) or the natural or human
1 OctPhilosophy of Education Society of Australasia Doctoral Scholarship – Round 2
Up to two scholarships each year to further the interests of the Society and to encourage doctoral students to engage with philosophical issues in education.
1 OctSasakawa Young Leaders' Fellowship Fund (Sylff) Postgraduate Research Scholarship for New Zealanders
Postgraduate students whose research lies within the broad fields of Humanities, Social Sciences, or interdisciplinary studies that incorporate Humanities and Social Sciences by focusing on complex, wicked problems (e.g., sustainability, poverty).
1 OctSpark
1 OctTe Papa Atawhai (Department of Conservation) Postgraduate Scholarships
To support postgraduate research at a Masters level to help answer strategic and high priority questions around conservation related science in Aotearoa New Zealand.
6 OctSingapore Food Agency Postgraduate ScholarshipOpen to Singapore citizens pursuing a Masters or PhD qualification in Agriculture, Aquaculture, Food Science and Technologies, Food Safety, Future Foods, Pest Management, Microbiology, Sustainable Urban Food Production, or other related fields.PG
9 OctZespri Horticultural ScholarshipsOpen to students who have completed at least one year of a degree, who are studying in a field that could benefit the kiwifruit industry. For example, degrees in science, management, marketing, nutrition or business will be
11 OctTINZT Tourism Academic ScholarshipsOpen to students who are commencing their final year of tertiary study in a tourism related
18 OctThe Prime Minister's Science Prizes
This Prize is for a transformative scientific discovery or achievement, which has had a significant economic, health, social, and/or environmental impact on New Zealand, or internationally. Individuals or teams are invited to enter for this Prize.
19 OctGo Overseas Scholarships
Various Scholarships for studying abroad
15 OctNew Zealand Coastal Society Undergraduate AwardAvailable to undergraduates enrolled in a coastal themed paper who are studying coastal science, planning, engineering, ecology or
21 OctMilford Community Charitable Trust (PDF)
Open to students from the Milford area, who were pupils, or whose parents or grandparents were pupils of Milford School. Open for all programmes.
22 OctAllan and Grace Kay Overseas Scholarship
Supports New Zealand born residents for the purpose of pursuing a post graduate research course in Agriculture or Veterinary Sciences overseas.
22 OctAVOCO Tertiary ScholarshipOpen to undergraduates in their final year of study in areas of fruit production, plant protection, entomology, biosecurity, biochemistry, biological science, post-harvest fruit quality, new technologies with potential relavance to
28 OctThe Capstone Editing Grant for Professional Thesis Editing
Provides free thesis editing for one Master's student and one PhD student per year. Needs to be a thesis written for a postgraduate degree at an New Zealand or Australian university.
30 Oct

Eastland Generation Engineering Scholarship

Eastland Generation is thrilled to announce the Eastland Generation $5,000 Scholarship for 2024, exclusively for aspiring engineering students.

To be eligible, students must be enrolled as a tertiary student or a high school graduate preparing to start university in the upcoming academic year, pursuing a relevant engineering degree with a keen interest in the geothermal industry, and come from the Kawerau or Whakatane area. 
30 OctIan Haynes Property Law Scholarship
The Ian Haynes Memorial Property Law Scholarship is an annual award valued at $3,000, which can be renewed for up to four consecutive years, ultimately totaling $12,000 in financial assistance. This scholarship is open to second-year law students (first year at the time of application) who are passionate about property law and demonstrate a commitment to excellence in their legal studies.
31 OctJune Opie FellowshipProvides financial assistance to citizens or permanent residents of New Zealand, Australia, Canada or who have a severe disability and who are planning to undertake postgraduate
31 OctNew Zealand Seniors Aged Care Futures Grant
Grant for a student enrolled full-time in an accredited New Zealand Tertiary Education Institution, studying for a certificate, diploma, degree or traineeship in any of the following areas:
Aged Care
Aged Care Nursing
Dementia Care
Disabilities Care
Any other courses leading to similar careers as an aged carer
31 OctOneChoice Futures GrantOpen to students pursuing a degree in Business, Finance, Accounting, Medicine, Healthcare, Sports Science, Dentistry or Pharmacy.UG/
31 OctThe Marion Cunningham Memorial Fund Grant
Awarded to students engaging in research that is practicable and relevant to current wildlife concerns.
31 OctRainbow New Zealand Charitable Trust Tertiary ScholarshipsTertiary Scholarships are open to any LGBTQI+ high school student enrolling in a full-time undergraduate
31 OctRosemary Seymour AwardsFor women to promote radical social change through women's studies. One award is open to Māori women, and another open to all women.UG/
31 OctSouthern Hearing Charitable Trust (SHCT) Scholarship
One scholarship to an individual with hearing impairment enrolling in full-time study or training, including vocational training. Priority will be given to cochlear implant recipients, but the scholarship is also open to those with permanent hearing impairment who use hearing aids. Applications will only be accepted from those residing in the catchment area of the Southern Cochlear Implant Programme.
31 OctTransport Research Scholarship (Master's) - Waka Kotahi, NZ Transport Agency
Established to support students undertaking postgraduate research focusing on transport and its role and impact on New Zealand society.
31 OctWebjet Student GrantOpen to undergraduate students in their final year of study towards a degree in Commerce/Business, Computer Science, Design & Animation, or IT


Closing dateScholarshipLevelContact
1 NovESR-Climate Health Aotearoa Māori and Pacific Postgraduate Scholarship
This scholarship is designed to help develop and apply skills in a postgraduate research programme that contributes understanding on oranga taiao/hauora tangata (healthy natural world/healthy people), with a focus on climate change and health. The scholarship will provide one year of postgraduate research funding for a full-time Māori and/or Indigenous Pacific student.
1 NovFrank Knox Memorial FellowshipOpen to students from Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom to conduct graduate study at Harvard
1 NovGHA (Chartered Accountants and Management Consultants) Scholarship Open to Māori students who are keen to enter the accounting profession and are committed to the Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand (CAANZ) pathway. In addition the criteria allows for applications from Māori students who are studying business with the intention of becoming Māori business professionals. Preference will be given to descendants of clients of
1 NovNeurological Foundation Travel Grants
To support recipients of eligible project, scholarship or fellowship funding from the Foundation to travel for conferences, meetings, and training. While New Zealand borders are closed due to COVID-19, only online conferences or courses or domestic travel can be applied for.
1 NovRMLA Masters ScholarshipsOpen to Masters students from a range of disciplines (law, planning, engineering, geography, science, landscape architecture, urban planning and resource management), who focus their research theses or dissertations on topics related to the application of resource management in New
2 NovTe Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori and Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga - 'Kia Ita'
3 Nov

Deloitte Tiheru Scholarship

The scholarship is best suited to first & second year tertiary students who are:

  • Of Māori descent
  • Completing or intending to complete a tertiary qualification ranging from Business, Commerce, Computer Science, Data Analytics, and engineering to name a few
  • Wanting insight into a professional services environment and/or develop their future skills to support their Iwi/Hapū

What is on offer:

  • $5000.00 of financial support
  • $1000.00 tech voucher
  • Direct and ongoing support from Hourua Pae Rau members throughout the duration of their tertiary study, including professional development and skill development workshops
  • Opportunities to connect with the Hourua Pae Rau community through local wānanga and noho marae
  • Paid summer internship in their penultimate year
6 NovVanier Canada Graduate ScholarshipsFunding for the pursuit of a Doctoral degree at a Canadian
7 NovChevening ScholarshipsFunding to pursue a one-year Master's degree in any subject at any UK university.PG
7 NovThe Attitude Trust Communication ScholarshipTo support students living with a disability and studying in the field of Media or Digital fields. UG/
7 NovEdified Energiser Grants
Awarded to individuals or groups with a compelling plan to improve education for their community. Open to people of any nationality (domestic and international) who are currently studying at, or have graduated in the last 5 years, from an Australian, New Zealand, UK, Canadian or Swedish Higher Education, Vocational or English Language institution.
12 NovTransport Research Scholarships
These scholarships support students undertaking postgraduate research focusing on transport and its role and impact on Aotearoa New Zealand society.
13 NovSwiss Government Excellence ScholarshipsTwo scholarships to fund education in Switzerland: 1) Funding for the pursuit of a Master of Arts degree; and 2) Funding for the pursuit of a Doctoral
13 NovThe Allan and Grace Kay Overseas
15 NovAmelia Earhart Fellowships for WomenOpen to women studying aerospace engineering or space sciences at PhD
15 NovLeukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand (LBC) Research Grants & Summer Studentship Grants
15 NovRoss FellowshipOpen to residents of Knox
15 NovThe Patrick Shannon ScholarshipOpen to Honours or Masters students working in mathematics, statistics, bioinformatics, science, animal breeding, genetics or machine/analytical learning that aligns with Livestock Improvement.UG/
20 NovAlliance of Girls' Schools Australasia Research GrantOpen to postgraduate research specifically relevant to the education or wellbeing of girls at single-sex schools in Australia and/or New Zealand.PG + /
20 NovBashford-Nicholls Scholarships(manged by Bishops Action Fund)Open to postgraduate and undergraduate students in the fields of agriculture or veterinary science, whose research will benefit Taranaki, or provide the recipient with future employment in Taranaki.UG/ PG
20 NovVisaEnvoy Scholarship
This scholarship is for students of all levels diploma and above, research and professional development courses at an Australian educational institution. Open to all students entitled to study in Australia
22 NovNeuromuscular Research New Zealand Grants PG
24 Nov1000minds Scholarships (Decision-Making Scholarship and Conjoint Analysis Scholarship)Open to postgraduate students whose research focuses on decision making.PG
24 NovBRANZ Postgraduate Scholarships
Open to Masters and PhD students - funds to assist students with outstanding academic credentials to undertake research in fields that are deemed to be of importance to the building and construction sector. Examples of current scholars' research topics include: low-carbon construction, sustainable building, home maintenance, environmental resilience and mental health and wellbeing.
25 NovNew Zealand Excellence Awards (NZEA)Open to postgraduate and undergraduate Indian students who wish to study at a New Zealand institution. Available for various programmes.UG/
27 NovLaura Bassi Scholarships
Assistance to postgraduates (master's and doctoral) and junior academics whose research focuses on neglected topics of study, broadly construed, within their disciplines.
Awarded in December, April, and August.
27 NovMeat Industry ScholarshipOpen to undergraduate and postgraduate students whose study relates to the meat processing and export industry. Fields of study could include: Food Science, Engineering, Environmental Science, International Marketing, Product Design, Industrial Innovation, etc.UG/
30 NovClark Fletcher Memorial Citrus BursaryOpen to students who have a specific interest in the citrus industry, or whose research is likely to contribute to the citrus
30 NovHiwa-i-te-rangi Māori Health Leadership Scholarship
Open to all Māori descendants,currently living in Aotearoa New Zealand who demonstrate their commitment to increasing Māori leadership within the health sector, show their passion for health equity and building a responsive health service for Māori and show their commitment and involvement in Te Ao Māori.
30 NovHe Manawā ā Whenua Māori Freshwater Research ScholarshipUG/


Closing dateScholarshipLevelContact
1 DecGoal Setter Awards -  The Rotary Club of Port Nicholson Inc.
Applicants should be in the Wellington / Kapiti areas, nearing completion of an undergraduate or post-graduate degree. Applicants should be able to show a history of goal-setting and achievement, show significant service to others while also overcoming personal obstacles.
1 Dec

Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme

Students who plan to pursue a PhD who are seeking an overseas experience in Hong Kong. The broad fields of study include Sciences, Health Sciences, Medicine, Engineering and Technology, Humanities, Social Science and Commerce / Business Studies.
1 DecHorticulture Undergraduate Scholarships
Every year HortNZ offers several scholarships to New Zealand students and trainees who have a special interest in the fruit or vegetable industry, and are undergoing significant industry training or education with a vocational provider.
1 Dec

Kauri Museum Mervyn Sterling Scholarship

Applicants should have a strong affiliation with the old Otamatea County area and should be studying or researching environmental conservation, ecology, natural heritage and Northland history (especially Otamatea County).

1 Dec

Kitchener Scholarship

Open to past or present members of the armed forces, or their children, who are undertaking an agriculture course.
1 Dec

KiwiRail Group Undergraduate Scholarship

Open to undergraduates that have a parent who is a permanent employee of KiwiRail. Applicants should be studying in an area that promotes KiwiRail's core values. For example, commerce, tourism, engineering.
1 Dec

Maritime Union Scholarship

Open to students who have completed at least one year of undergraduate study, and either be a member, or be the child or grandchild of a member of one of the following:  Maritime Union of New Zealand Inc., and/or of the New Zealand Seafarers Union Inc., and/or of the New Zealand Seamen's Union Industrial Union of Workers, and/or of Waterfront Workers Union, and/or of the Waterside Workers Federation/Association.
1 DecNew Zealand Sexual Health Society (NZSHS) Research Scholarship
To encourage and support academically excellent (honours or masters degree) students to complete a research project on a sexual health related topic.
1 Dec

Sullivan Scholarship

Students of the Roman Catholic Faith who plan to attend medical school.
1 Dec

Toloa Tertiary Scholarships

Scholarships to support Pacific students to pursue studies in Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects. The scholarship covers tertiary tuition fees and compulsory course related fees.

4 Dec

The Frank Sydenham Scholarships

Scholarship opportunities for postgraduate students hailing from the Bay of Plenty undertaking postgraduate studies in horticulture, agriculture, or forestry

7 Dec

The Gates Cambridge Scholarship for Life Sciences Research

For Cambridge University MSc., MLitt, Or PhD applicants from New Zealand
9 DecNZ Foreign Affairs & Trade Field Research
15 DecGraduate Women International – Hegg Hoffet Fund
To assist graduate women who have been displaced as a result of war, political upheaval or other serious emergencies.
15 DecOnion Industry Postgraduate Scholarship Provides funds to assist any suitable applicant involved in a research project that is likely to make a contribution to the NZ onion industry. Research topics of interest include: improvement in onion yields, quality and sustainable production, IPM, postharvest technologies, food safety, market access and development (particularly Asian markets); biosecurity, new
16 Dec

Transport Research and Educational Trust Grants

An award to support the attendance of a conference in Australasia to present the results of a thesis in a field of transport, logistics, or supply chain, plus the opportunity to make a presentation to a CILT event or meeting.

16 Dec

Yvonne A M Smith Charitable Trust Scholarship

Open to women of all ages undertaking postgraduate studies in subject areas of political studies, economics, business and law. The scholarship can also be held in conjunction with other awards.
19 Dec

NASA Internships and NZ Space Agency Scholarships

The NASA International Internship Programme is an opportunity for tertiary students from around the world to work collaboratively on research with a NASA mentor. The scholarship covers specified costs relating to an internship at NASA in California.


Various Closing Dates

Closing datesScholarshipLevelContact
Apply any time

ASPIRE Aotearoa
Master's and PhD top-up postgraduate research scholarships for Māori and Pacific students.

The scholarships will provide supplementary funding to students who are awarded University of Otago PhD or Masters scholarships. The amount of the supplement is $15,000 per annum (or $7,500 for part-time students) for PhD students or $8500 over 1 year (or the equivalent pro-rata amount part-time) for Masters students. The supplement will provide an additional stipend and fund some research-related expenses. To be eligible, applicants will need to develop a research proposal (ASPIRE Aotearoa members will be able to assist with this work) that aligns broadly with ASPIRE Aotearoa’s aims and research interests. These include:

  • Research on smokefree and related policies couched with Māori or Pacific worldviews,
  • Investigation of smoking and vaping determinants, beliefs and behaviours – particularly as these relate to inequity and priority groups,
  • Research to inform and advance smokefree goals for Māori or Pacific peoples.
Currently on hold due to Covid-19The Capstone Editing Conference Travel Grant for Postgraduate Research Students
Assists one student per year to in covering the costs of attending a conference in relation to their degree.
Currently on hold due to Covid-19Cora Wilding Memorial Award
Up to two awards per year to motivate and inspire New Zealanders to pursue their goals and help their communities. Open to all New Zealand residents. Awardees also receive a one-year YHA membership.
Currently on hold due to Covid-19New Zealand Excellence Awards (NZEA)
The New Zealand Excellence Awards (NZEA) are jointly funded by New Zealand universities and Education New Zealand (ENZ). The NZEA features scholarships across seven New Zealand universities, offering an opportunity for Indian students to experience New Zealand excellence in various programme
Currently on hold due to Covid-19The Otago Institute Postgraduate Travel
Not currently offeredGraduate Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Garden History
Open to research students from any relevant discipline working on gardens in history, and enrolled at masters or doctoral level at a New Zealand tertiary institution.
No current application date for 2022HASANZ Scholarships
Established to encourage further education in workplace health and safety to help build the capability and capacity of New Zealand's professional health and safety workforce.
15 Feb, 15 AugThe Judith Clark Memorial
15 Mar, 15 SepGoSkills Scholarship for Women UG/
15 Mar, 15 Jun, 15 AugNew Zealand Federation of Graduate Women Otago Branch Travel AwardPG 
30 Mar, 30 SepPrime Minister's Scholarships for AsiaUG/
1 Apr, 1 OctClaude Mccarthy
1 May, 1 OctNeurological Foundation Chapman Research
1 May, 1 OctNeurological Foundation of New Zealand Repatriation
Automatic consideration with application (Jan deadlines)Clarendon - University of Oxford PG 
Currently under reviewJapanese Language Undergraduate Sasakawa
OngoingNanyang Technological University (NTU) Commonwealth PhD ScholarshipsPGUniversity contact details
OngoingoDocs Eye Care Co-Funded
VariesDAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) ScholarshipsUG/
VariesDan David Prize and ScholarshipsPG +
VariesEast-West Center ScholarshipsUG/
VariesMaurice Wilkins Centre PhD
Varies (Applications open 1 March 2020)New Horizons for Women Trust
VariesNew Zealand Ecohydraulics Trust Travel
Various awards and closing datesRural Women New Zealand Bursaries and Grants UG/
VariesSilver Fern Farms National Youth Scholarships
VariesTe Rau Ora ScholarshipsUG/
VariesWomen Techmakers Scholars ProgramPG/

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