Covid-19 updates for doctoral candidates

Covid-19 updates to processes and procedures for all PhD and named doctorate candidates.

Useful links

Key Covid-19 information
  • Covid-19 information for our community
  • Requirements for coming on to campus

Money matters

Updates for international candidates

International travel 

  • International travel form: The University has released a new International Travel Form, which applies to doctoral candidates who need to undertake international travel for research purposes. If you are travelling for research for a period of longer than one month, you must also complete an Off-Campus Research application via Wahapū. 

Student support

Struggling? Find the support you need.

It's vitally important that you take care of your mental health during these difficult times. If you are struggling and need to talk, the University’s counselling service is available. To access support, please complete the online questionnaire found at Counselling services.

You can also call or text 1737 at any time to speak to a trained counsellor.

Milestones and resources

Doctoral Induction

If you are a PhD candidate, please use the calendar function on Wahapū to book your Doctoral Induction. Visit Wahapū.

If you are in a Named Doctorate Programme (EdD, DClinPsy, MD, DocFA, DMus or DMA) please contact the School of Graduate Studies to book your Doctoral Induction. Contact the School of Graduate Studies.

Confirmation Reviews (PYRs) and Continuation Reviews (DARs)

Confirmation and Continuation Reviews are vital elements of your doctoral journey, and a perfect time to get acknowledgement for and essential feedback on your progress. We expect your reviews to continue, even if adjustments are needed to take them online. Please contact your supervisor to discuss arrangements for your review.

Diagnostic English Language Needs Assessment (DELNA)

DELNA sessions and most English Language Enrichment workshops are currently taking place online.

Find out more and book a session:

PReSS Accounts

Normal PReSS Account rules still apply; you may not spend your PReSS funding on anything that is not a direct research cost.

Read more about Doctoral PReSS account use.  


Scholarships administered by the University of Auckland are operating as usual, so you'll still receive your payments.

If you are a University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship recipient who is starting your doctoral programme offshore, the scholarship will pay your fees and administrative costs while you remain offshore, but the stipend component will only commence once you arrive in New Zealand and set up a local bank account. To learn more, see University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarships.

If you have queries about scholarships not administered by the University, please refer them to the scholarship provider.

University of Auckland Scholarships Office 


Refer any accommodation-related questions to Accommodation.

Hardship funding

Any candidates struggling with financial hardship can explore options for financial support at Financial support.

Visiting scholars
Visiting scholars are not enrolled at the University of Auckland, so we are unable to offer them any of the financial support we offer enrolled students. Please contact your funding provider for information.

Contact us

If your question is not answered here, you can contact our Doctoral Advisers at