The Liggins Institute PhD Scholarship

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The Scholarship was established in 2016 and is funded via the University of Auckland Foundation. The intention of the scholarship is to encourage and support an academically excellent student to undertake full-time doctoral study that falls in to one or more of the strategic research themes of the University of Auckland Liggins Institute.

The Liggins Institute has a number of overlapping research themes exploring the ways in which factors in the early life environment affect health throughout the life course and influence the health of following generations. A particular focus is on the effect of altered early life nutrition on later life health. Opportunities span basic science, clinical and translational research platforms.

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.

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Applicable study: PhD at the University of Auckland Liggins Institute
Closing date: 31 October
Tenure: Up to 3 years
For: Assistance
Number on offer: One
Offer rate: One-off
Value: Up to $27,000pa, domestic PhD fees and Health Insurance (if applicable)


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.