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.

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About the award

Application status: Up to ten awards available.
Applicable study:  Postgraduate students who are undertaking an Honours, Masters or PhD research project and are enrolled in the Faculty of Science (or whose primary discipline is administered through the Faculty of Science).


  • Opening date: 8 July 2024
  • Closing date: 12 August 2024

Tenure: One year
For: Living costs
Number on offer: Up to 10 per year
Value: Up to $2,000 for a full-year project within a formal postgraduate Honours, Masters or PhD qualification. 

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 be currently conducting their research project and enrolled in a Science postgraduate Honours, Masters or PhD degree.

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

If you have any questions about the application process please contact Charlotte Jones-Todd (

Your application must include a brief (no more than two pages) summary of the intended project, and outline how it relates to sustainability and follows the University's sustainability-related goals. Alongside your project proposal, you must provide your CV and academic transcript.

Click the link below to fill out an online application form by 5pm on the closing date. This form will be available from the opening date.  

Selection process

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

  • The quality of the proposal.
  • How likely it is to inform sustainability initiatives within the University of Auckland.
  • 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).

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

If you have any questions or need further information about this award please contact Charlotte Jones-Todd.