Postgraduate scholarships

The scholarships mentioned below are additional to other University of Auckland scholarships and are specific to our faculty.

Tina Gao, PhD in Optometry candidate, pictured with one of her supervisors Dr Joanna Black, is a recipient of the University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship and the HC Russell Memorial Postgraduate Scholarship.

FHMS-specific scholarships



Assessment Criteria for Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences Doctoral Scholarships 2023

The Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences will award up to 24 University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarships in 2023. Application for these scholarships is made at the time of application for admission to the doctoral program.
In selecting scholarship recipients, the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences will be informed by the objectives set out in Tuamata Teitei [insert link] including the desire to:

  • Nurture, recruit, and retain outstanding research talent.
  • Support excellence in research, research productivity and research leadership.
  • Grow Māori and Pacific research scholarship, leadership and relationships with Māori and Pacific communities.
  • Support Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity in research.

In attending to these priorities, the Faculty Medical and Health Sciences Selection Committee will assess all applications that fulfil one or more of the following criteria:

  1. Candidate excellence. Assessed by the applicant’s previous academic studies, research experience, relevant professional experience, and the potential for the applicant to contribute to knowledge in the discipline.
  2. Project excellence. Assessed by the significance of the proposed research, and alignment with the the research priorities of the Faculty, Schools and Academic staff.
  3. Supervision excellence. Assessed by the strength of the supervisory team, the potential for development of supervision excellence and the growth of future Faculty research leaders.

Scholarship applicants must complete an Application for Admission to the doctoral programme which includes a Preliminary Thesis Proposal prepared using the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences template (insert link); a separate application for a scholarship is not required other than by indicating in the application that the applicant wishes to be considered for a University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship.

The Supervisor Letter of Support should expressly address how the Scholarship application best fits the FMHS assessment criteria (1-3) in alignment with the Faculty strategic development objectives described above.

Current Doctoral Scholarships

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Health Research Council Scholarships (external)

The HRC Māori Health Research Masters Scholarship provides personal support, plus course fees and a tikanga allowance to a Māori student undertaking the research component of their masters degree. The HRC Pacific Health Research Masters Scholarship provides personal support for students in their final year or thesis.

Read more about Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC) funding opportunities.