Postgraduate Research Student Support (PReSS)
PReSS is funding that helps postgraduate research students to undertake their research and to complete their studies on time. It is above and beyond any scholarships, grants, or academic unit funding allocations. PReSS account funding is intended to help cover direct research costs only. It may only be used in accordance with the PReSS Account Policy and Procedures.
Doctoral candidates on the 2020 PhD Statute can view their balances and transactions through Wahapū. Candidates on the 2016 Statute must contact the Group Services team within their faculty to find out their balances.
For doctoral degrees with a taught component, funding will only be available during the supervised research component.
Candidates with PReSS account queries should approach their supervisors, department or school administrator in the first instance.
How PReSS funding is allocated
As a doctoral candidate, the amount allocated depends on your subject area (approved by the Board of Graduate Studies when you enrol). You can find details in the Appendix to the PReSS Account Policy and Procedure.
The Tertiary Education Commission allocates funding bands that recognise the relative research costs for each doctoral subject area. These form the basis for allocating funds.