Vice-Chancellor's Student Support Fund

High performing students representing the University or New Zealand can apply for financial assistance through the Vice-Chancellor’s Student Support Fund.

Applications are now closed.

About the support fund

The University of Auckland aims to create an environment where academic excellence can be combined with personal development and achievement. The Vice Chancellor’s Student Support Fund encourages these opportunities by offering financial assistance to those who are achieving at the highest levels, in areas including (but not limited to) art, dance, debating, music, robotics and theatrics.

Application criteria

  • You must be enrolled at the University of Auckland at the time of the event for which you are requesting funding, and be in good academic standing.
  • You must have been selected to represent New Zealand or the University of Auckland at a regional, national, or international event.
  • Awards are for travel, accommodation and registration costs only.
  • The event or activity must fall within the same academic year as which the funding application is being made. It is not provided retrospectively.
  • A maximum of $2,000 is available per award (the amount awarded is determined by the panel).
  • Applicants may receive one award at undergraduate level and one award at postgraduate level.

Applications for these activities will not be considered

Application process

  • Applications are accepted within two timeframes, firstly between 14 January and 30 June, and then between 1 July and 30 November.
  • The Vice Chancellor Student Support Fund panel will review applications and you will be notified of the outcome within ten working days.
  • If approved, you will be requested to provide receipts, which will then be reimbursed by the University.
  • Should funding be exhausted prior to the end of the funding period then the fund will be closed and re-open at the start of the next funding round.

For any queries, please contact the fund administrator on

Previous recipients


  • Ella Ewen, to perform across Europe with the Voices New Zealand Chamber Choir.
  • Emma Cosgrave, to attend One Body One Career dance intensive in Melbourne.
  • Garling Wu and Clovis McEvoy, to perform at the International Computer Music Conference in Daegu, South Korea.
  • Jessie Leov, Shaanil and Nishaa Senarath-Dassanayake, judging and performing at Young Singers in Harmony in the Hawkes Bay.


  • Six members of the Auckland University Robotics Association, to compete in the VEX Robotics World Championships in Louisville, Kentucky.
  • Eva Ding, to attend the Orford Music Academy in Quebec, Canada.
  • Michael Merry and Anita Austin, to play with the NZSO National Youth Orchestra in Wellington and Auckland.
  • Alistair Harris, Judith Glasson, and Peter Wills, to attend the International Genetics Engineering Machine Foundation jamboree in Boston, Massachusetts.