Sustainability Network Research Awards

Each year, the Faculty of Science Sustainability Network grants ten awards, of up to $2,000 each, to support eligible science students with their living costs.

Plant researcher

About the award

Application status: Five places remaining for round two.
Applicable study: Postgraduate students who are undertaking a research project and are enrolled, or have recently completed their primary discipline through the Faculty of Science.

Round One

  • Opening date: 15 April 2021
  • Closing date: 15 May 2021

Round Two

  • Opening date: 1 October 2021
  • Closing date: 4 November 2021

Tenure: One year
For: Living costs
Number on offer: 10 per year
Offer rate: Biannually (funding permitted)
Value: Up to $2,000 for a full-year project within a formal qualification. For shorter projects $500 will be awarded.

To encourage and support student projects involving a specific piece of research related to either sustainability at the University or a broader sustainability issue.

The award aims to boost the profile of sustainability and improve sustainable practices at the University. 


Students will need to identify a suitable Faculty of Science supervisor to oversee the work or supervisors with a suitable project can identify an eligible student and encourage them to apply.

Professional staff are also eligible to supervise to maximise the scope of potential projects. 

Applicants can choose to work on something within their current project or do a new project outside formal coursework or research. Applications for small projects that are not a formal part of the student’s degree or diploma programme will also be considered.

Preference will be given to projects that are likely to lead to tangible impacts such as changes in culture, practice or process, or in facilities and capabilities that improve sustainable outcomes.

Preference will be given to non-doctoral students and those without an existing stipend.

How to apply

Students must submit the following to Anna Santure by 5pm on the closing date. 

  • The application form 
  • Confirmation of supervisor
  • Brief CV 
  • Academic transcript.

The application form must include a brief (no more than two pages) summary of the intended project; how it relates to sustainability and how it follows the University's sustainability-related goals.

Selection process

A selection panel will grant awards based on the following criteria:

  • The quality of the proposal and how likely it is to inform sustainability initiatives.
  • Relevance to topic and practice of sustainability at the University of Auckland.
  • The capacity of the student/supervisor team to conduct the research (includes consideration of the student's academic performance).

Preference will be given to projects that are likely to inform sustainability initiatives within the University of Auckland.

All students who receive an award will be required to give a presentation of their research.

Successful students who receive the full $2,000 will be paid $1,000 at the beginning of the project and a further $1,000 on submission of a three to five-page report on completing of the project.

If you have any questions or need further information about this award please contact:

Anna Santure