Scholarships and awards

A number of internships, scholarships and awards are available at the Liggins Institute.

If you’re considering studying at the Liggins Institute, there are a range of undergraduate and postgraduate opportunities. We have the following internships or scholarships for students considering a research career.

Undergraduate Clinical Research Internships

Interested in clinical research? Want to work with internationally renowned Liggins Institute researchers?

We have a new Undergraduate Clinical Research Internship programme for second year medical students interested in exploring research as part oftheir future clinical career.

Interns will undertake a two-year programme working within one or more clinicalresearch projects at the Liggins Institute. Successful applicants will be assigned supervisors and mentors and will also work alongside graduate students at the Liggins Institute. Interns will be paid for casual work during the semester and full-time workduring the summer breaks.

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Agnes Paykel PhD scholarships

If you are thinking of PhD study, there are two Agnes Paykel PhD scholarships available to doctoral students at the Liggins Institute. They are funded by Mrs Agnes Paykel who, with her late husband Maurice, provided funding to establish the Clinical Research Unit at the Liggins Institute.

  • There are two scholarships available, each worth $27,000 per year for three years, plus compulsory domestic PhD fees and compulsory international student health insurance, if applicable.
  • To take up and be paid the scholarships, you must have paid the fees, or arranged to pay the fees, for full-time enrolment in a PhD within the Liggins Institute and be engaged in basic or clinical research.
  • The scholarships are open to domestic students and domestic-fee paying international students.
  • Recipients are chosen based on academic merit, the quality and nature of the proposed research topic, and endorsement by the host academic unit.

The two scholarships are currently filled and will be advertised when they are available again.  

University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarships

Academically excellent PhD students applying to the the Liggins Institute are eligible to apply for a University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship.

If you are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident with a grade point average (GPA) of 8.0 or above from your most recent New Zealand university qualifying programme, you are guaranteed a University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship.

If you are a Māori or domestic Pacific student with a GPA of 7.5 or above from your most recent New Zealand university qualifying programme, you are also guaranteed a scholarship.

Domestic and international candidates with a GPA (or equivalent) of 7.0 or above from their most recent qualifying programme will also be considered for a scholarship.

Summer Research Scholarships

If you’re taking on a supervised research project over the summer (usually run from November to February), you might be eligible for a $5,500 Summer Research Scholarship. Applications open in June.