Auckland Bioengineering Institute University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarships 2024

The Auckland Bioengineering Institute (ABI) will offer up to 5 University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarships for 2024. In addition to these scholarships, we have a number of funded PhD opportunities:

Our assessment criteria for University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarships aims to support students that demonstrate a strong potential to succeed in their study at ABI, to align with Tuamata Teitei and the ABI’s strategic plan

Application Documents

All applicants for Scholarships at Auckland Bioengineering Institute must have a research proposal approved by the Auckland Bioengineering Institute Principal Investigators group, and must have support from an ABI supervisor. To complete a research proposal the ABI PG-03 form including parts A and B (see note 1) must be used.

Guaranteed Scholarships

ABI will guarantee a doctoral scholarship for:

  1. All candidates with a grade point average (GPA) of 8.0 (an 'A' grade) or higher in their most recent qualifying programme from a New Zealand university. For students with a combined BE(Hons) the GPA will be calculated over the most recent two years of full-time study (or equivalent if part-time).
  2. All Māori candidates who are citizens or permanent residents of New Zealand and meet the entry requirements for the doctoral programme.
  3. All Pacific candidates (see note 2) who are citizens or permanent residents of New Zealand and meet the entry requirements for the doctoral programme.If you do not meet the criteria for guaranteed scholarships you must apply under the ‘Other applicants’ criteria described below, or consider a funded project that is not associated with the University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship.

Other applicants

For all other candidates, the application must be associated with a priority project (see note 3) and supported by the primary supervisor of that project. Only one candidate may be supported per project advertised. The Scholarship Committee will consider applicants for scholarship by considering the following factors:

  • Student demonstration of prior academic success (via GPA(E)).
  • Circumstances that have restricted opportunity, or the candidate is in a demographic group listed as a priority in the ABI strategic plan.
  • Student demonstration of prior research potential (e.g. via high quality publications).
  • Strength of the student’s candidate statement.
  • The strength of the proposed research project, and its alignment with the ABI strategic plan.

Scholarship regulations


Every effort has been made to ensure the information we have supplied is correct and up to date. However, the University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship regulations take precedence over all other material. 

You are strongly advised to read the scholarship regulations for complete information, to ensure you meet the eligibility criteria for scholarship consideration, and that you understand the implications of any regulations, awarding value and selection criteria.


  1. PG-03 forms are available here. For University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship Candidates Part A and Part B must be completed.
  2. Pacific applicants are defined as peoples of indigenous Pacific descent from any of the following islands: Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga, Cook Islands, Niue, Tokelau, Fiji, Rotuma, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, Kiribati, Tuvalu, Palau, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Wallis and Futuna, Hawaii, French Polynesia, Rapanui (Easter Island).
  3. Priority projects are nominated by qualified ABI supervisors. These projects must satisfy criteria that align these projects to the ABI’s strategic plan, and cover research areas that do not have funding for PhD stipends from research grants.