Frances Barkley Scholarship

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The Scholarship was established in 2009 and is funded as the result of a gift by Bronwyn Paterson and George Smith to the Friends of the University of Auckland (Inc).
It is named after Frances Barkley, who in 1787, was the first European woman to visit British Columbia (with her husband Charles Barkley). She was quite an adventurer, and spent 8 years traveling the world, visiting and trading in remote and exotic places.
The main purpose of the Scholarship is to support undergraduate Maori and Pacific students to complete a Bachelor of Science degree majoring in Biological Sciences, Biomedical Sciences, Ecology or Marine Science.

How to apply

Please read the regulations carefully to be sure you are eligible before you apply.  Then click on the blue “Apply here” button and complete the online application form.

Scholarship applications will usually open around 6 weeks before the closing date.  We recommend you check the form early for any request sections, in case a referee or supervisor is required to support your application and to familiarise yourself with the form.  Apart from any sections that are sent to a referee to endorse, you can go in to your form and amend your answers for all other sections up to the closing date.  All sections (including any request sections) must be submitted by the closing date, which is midnight on the specified date (unless stated otherwise).   We recommend you do not have two different scholarship applications open within the same browser.

Outcomes are determined by a selection committee and are usually notified around six weeks after the closing date.

Need more information?

For answers to any queries please go to AskAuckland in the first instance.  If you still have a question, contact us as soon as possible, at  Please indicate the exact name of the scholarship in your email subject line and mark it “Urgent” if your request is being sent within 72 hours of a closing date.

If you have a technical issue of any kind, please clear your browser cache and try again.  To escalate an issue to us, please attach a screen shot of the page  to your email showing the error message or issue.

Applicable study: Maori or Pacific students enrolling into their first year of undergraduate study towards a BSc majoring in Biological Sciences, Biomedical Science, Ecology or Marine Science
Closing date: 1 November
Tenure: Up to 3 years
For: Tuition fees
Number on offer: 1
Offer rate: Annually
Value: Up to $5,000


Every effort has been made to ensure the information we have supplied is correct and up to date. However we strongly advise that you check the regulations, application forms and any other information that is available, to ensure you meet the eligibility criteria for any application you might make, and that you understand the implications of any regulations, awarding value and closing dates.