Scholarships and awards

A number of scholarships and awards specifically for students at the Liggins Institute are offered during the year.

If you’re considering a degree at the Liggins Institute, you might be eligible for one of the following scholarships or awards which are specifically for Liggins Institute students. If you’re thinking of doctoral study, you could also apply for a University of Auckland PhD scholarship. The University has more than 400 awards on offer so there might be another one better suited to you. Try searching the University’s database of scholarships and awards.

For a detailed guide on how to apply, see Apply for a scholarship.

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 PhD scholarships

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