Scholarships and awards

A number of internships, scholarships and awards are available to support Honours, Masters and PhD students at the Liggins Institute.

Liggins Institute 'Start-Up' Doctoral Scholarships

Start-Up Doctoral Scholarships provide new Liggins PhD students with
stipend and fees support during their first year of candidacy when other
funding sources are unavailable.

The one year scholarship includes a PhD stipend at the University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship rate, plus fees. Ongoing funding may be available. However, it is expected that students and supervisors will investigate and apply for alternative funding as opportunities arise. 

Please contact our Associate Director - Postgraduate if you think you might be eligible:

Agnes Paykel PhD scholarships

One Agnes Paykel PhD Scholarship worth $27,000 is available to a new doctoral student at the Liggins Institute each year.

It is funded by Mrs Agnes Paykel who, with her late husband Maurice, provided funding to establish the Clinical Research Unit at the Liggins Institute. The scholarship is worth $27,000 per year for three years, plus compulsory domestic PhD fees and compulsory international student health insurance, if applicable.

The scholarship is open to domestic students and domestic-fee paying international students.

How to apply

Sir Graham (Mont) Liggins Scholarships

Two scholarships are available to students who are New Zealand citizens or Permanent Residents taking on a full-time Honours or Research Masters degree at the Liggins Institute. The scholarship is worth up to $7,500, is valid for a year, and is funded by the Sir Graham (Mont) Liggins Scholarship Fund.

How to apply

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.

There may be philanthropic funding available to support you if you don’t meet the criteria for a University of Auckland scholarship.

Undergraduate Clinical Research Internships

For second year Auckland medical students interested in exploring research as part oftheir future clinical career, we have two Undergraduate Clinical Research Internships.

Interns will undertake a two-year programme working within one or more clinical research 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 work during the summer breaks.

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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.