New Scholarships, Prizes and Awards

February 2021

Strong Bear Undergraduate Scholarship

A Scholarship of up to $8,000 pa for up to three years for a Māori or Pacific student enrolling in the first year of a degree in the Faculty of Arts or the Faculty of Creative Arts and Industries who, because of financial hardship, may not otherwise be able to undertake a university degree.

The Scholarship is funded by Rob Vickery, a venture capitalist who immigrated to New Zealand with his family in 2020. The Strong Bear Undergraduate Scholarship is inspired by the Vickery’s young son and their desire to assist Māori and Pasifika students who are studying the arts.

Sullivan/Margaritis Award

An Award of up to $4,000 to support students with Māori whakapapa who are enrolled full-time in an undergraduate degree programme in the University of Auckland Business School, and who are experiencing financial hardship and struggling to meet basic living costs.

The Award is funded by Shaun Lynn and Maria Lee to honour their parents Dr Ann Sullivan and Professor Dimitris Margaritis and their work at the University of Auckland, and the support networks in New Zealand and Korea that encouraged their own higher education.

December 2020

Brian Boyd First in Family Scholarship

A Scholarship of up to $8,000 pa for up to four years for a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident who is the first in their family to attend university, and who is enrolling in the first year of an undergraduate degree at the University of Auckland.

Freshwater-Tyrell Postgraduate Scholarship

A Scholarship of up to $15,000 to encourage and support a postgraduate student at the University of Auckland who has demonstrated the potential to succeed but who is experiencing hardships or who may have been disadvantaged due to their personal circumstances.

November 2020

Anna Pritchard Memorial Cup

A Prize for the final year Bachelor of Optometry Student who has excelled in optimcal dispensing.

This Prize is awarded in memory of Miss Anna Pritchard, in recogntion of her dedication to the advancement of teaching in optical dispensing

Business School Student Support Award

An Award of up to $2,500 each to support international and domestic undergraduate and postgraduate students who are experiencing financial hardship.

This Award is funded by the Business School Inspiring Futures Student Support Fund, which provives immediate emergency support for students facing financial crises and long-term support for those who, because of financial hardship, may not otherwise be able to undertake or complete their studies. To contribute to the Fund, visit Inspiring Futures Student Support Fund.

Innovation Prize in Public Policy

A $2,000 Prize to reward and recognise masters students researching multidisciplinary solutions with a strong focus on implementation in public policy.

The Prize is funded by Suzanne Smith, an alumna of the University of Auckland, who worked for the World Bank and is now a documentary film maker in New York.

LEAP First in Family Scholarship in Accounting and Finance

A Scholarship of up to $8,000 per annum for up to three years for a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident enrolling in the first year of a Bachelor of Commerce or Bachelor of Commerce conjoint degree in Accounting and Finance, who is the first in their family to attend university and who, because of financial hardship, may not otherwise be able to undertake a university degree.

Mark Barrow Education and Social Work Scholarship

A $5,000 Scholarship for masters research in the Faculty of Education and Social Work that aims to make a positive contribution towards addressing an issue or issues arising about social or educational inequality relating to Māori or a designated University equity group.

The Scholarship is funded by Mark Barrow, Dean of the Faculty of Education and Social Work.

Nicholas Tarling Southeast Asian Studies Masters Award

An Award of up to $5,000 for international and domestic students undertaking masters studyy in areas relating to the goals of the Nicholas Tarling Charitable Trust to advance research, knowlege and understanding of the Southeast Asian region.

The Scholarship is funded by the Nicholas Tarling Charitable Trust in memory of Emeritus Professor Nicholas Tarling.

Pacific Communities Climate Change Pacific Studies Masters Scholarship & Pacific Communities Climate Change Public Policy Masters Scholarship

These Scholarships are to support and encourage masters students in the Faculty of Arts who are undertaking research projects that relate to Pacific communities impacted by climate change and climate induced displacement in the Pacific.

The Scholarship is funded by a grant from the Vice-Chancellor's Strategic Development Fund to the Centre for Asia Pacific Refugee Studies to support the work of Pacific scholars forcused on forced displacement.

Queen's Counsel Scholarship

A Scholarship of up to $5,000 for students enrolled in an LLB or LLB(Hons) or associated conjoint degree who have acheived academically, but who are experiencing harships or who may have been disadvantaged due to their personal circumstances.

The Scholarship is funded by a group of alumni of the University of Auckland Law School who have been appointed Queen's Counsel.

Taitea Masters Award in Creative Research & Taitea Undergraduate Award in Creative Learning

These Awards are funded by the John Weeks Memorial Trust in collaboration with the Auckland University Students' Association.

The Undergraduate Award supports students enrolling in the first year of creative Bachelor studies in the Faculty of Creative Arts and Industries who have demonstrated the potential to succeed but who are experiencing hardships or who may have been disadvantaged due to personal circumstances. The Award provides two awards of up to $4,500 per annum each for up to three years.

The Masters Award supports students from one or more of the University's equity groups who have enrolled in a research masters degree in either the Faculty of Creative Arts and Industries or the Faculty of Arts with a substantial creative component. The Award provides up to three awards of $10,000 each.

The Buchanan Charitable Foundation Research Project Prize

A $1,000 Prize for the best Bachelor of Optometry Part IV research project in the area of Public Eye Health.

The Prize recognises the generous support of The Buchanan Charitable Foundation in establishing Public Eye Health as a research area within the School of Optometry and Vision Science.

University of Auckland Pathway Partner High Achiever Award

An Award for high achieving international students from our Pathway Partner programmes who are enrolling in the first year of undergraduate study at the University of Auckland. From 2022, high achieving graduates from the NCUK Pathway programme will be eligible for an award of up to $10,000 towards their tution fees.

Weston Family First in Family Scholarship

A Scholarship of up to $8,000 per annum for up to three years for a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident who is the first in their family to enrol at a university and who, because of financial hardship, may not otherwise be able to undertake a university degree in the Business School.

The Scholarship is funded by the Weston family, who are now resident in the UK.

September 2020

Healthier Lives National Science Challenge Masters Scholarship in Population Nutrition

A Scholarship of up to $14,000 plus a contribution towards tuition fees of $6,847, for masters research in healthy and sustainable dietary practices and/or equity in relation to health sector food policies, for New Zealand citizens and permanent residents.

The Scholarship is funded by a Healthier Lives National Science Challenge grant awarded to an academic staff member from the National Institute for Health Innovation in the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences at the University of Auckland.

Odyssey Addiction Research Scholarship

A Scholarship of up to $15,000 to encourage and support a masters thesis or PhD student in the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences at the University of Auckland who is undertaking research, based at Odyssey, that will add and build knowledge for treatment and interventions offered to New Zealanders with mental health and addiction challenges.

The Scholarship is funded by Odyssey, a not-for-profit organisation focussed on helping New Zealanders overcome alcohol, drug and gambling addiction problems.

University of Auckland Vietnam Excellence Scholarship

A Scholarship for new International undergraduate and postgraduate students from
Vietnam, offering up to $10,000 towards compulsory tuition fees.

Veza Family Postgraduate Scholarship in Music

A Scholarship of up to $15,000 for domestic and international students enrolled
in postgraduate study in Music at the University of Auckland.

The Scholarship is funded by the Veza family, who also support the Veza Family Entry-Level Scholarship in Music.

August 2020

University of Auckland Waka Moana Scholarship

University of Auckland Vaka Moana Scholarship

The University of Auckland is offering new scholarships for 2021 for Māori and Pacific students from low socio-economic areas currently enrolledin the final year of secondary school or kura and planning to attend university for the first time next year.

The University of Auckland Waka Moana Scholarship and the University of Auckland Vaka Moana Scholarship include a guaranteed place in a Hall of Residence and will cover the costs of catered accommodation in a standard room, up to a value of $15,500. Recipients will also receive a laptop.

More information on the scholarships and how to apply can be found at University of Auckand Waka Moana and Vaka Moana Scholarships.

Applications are now open and will close at 10am on 21 September.

June 2020

David M. Emanuel Research Scholarship in Accounting & Finance

A $5,000 Scholarship to encourage and support students to successfully undertake postgraduate research programmes in Accounting and Finance.

The Scholarship is funded by friends and colleagues of Professor David Emanuel, a distinguished academic and former Head of the Department of Accounting and Finance. Read more about Professor Emanuel at A professor's significant legacy.

Veza Family Entry-Level Scholarship in Music

Two $5,000 Scholarships to encourage and support students commencing undergraduate study in the School of Music, especially where this funding would make a significant contribution to their financial needs.

The Scholarship is funded by the Veza family.

May 2020

 Young Ocean Explorers' Scholarship

A Scholarship to support a student to undertake a masters thesis in the Faculty of Education and Social Work  or the Faculty of Science at the University of Auckland that will develop and implement a research process to identify and analyse the educational benefits of a new environmental education programme (The 21 Day Challenge) for primary students.

The Scholarship is funded by Young Ocean Explorers, an organisation dedicated to inspiring children to love and care for our oceans through educational resources. More information on  Young Ocean Explorers and the 21 Day Challenge can be gound at Young Ocean Explorers.

March 2020

Clyde McLean Scholarship in Classics and Ancient History

A $5,000 Scholarship for domestic and international students enrolled in Stage III of a BA or BA conjoint degree majoring in Classical Studies and Ancient History.

The Scholarship is funded through the Public Trust from the estate of Alan Clyde McLean.

DELNA PhD Scholarship

A $10,000 Scholarship to support an international or domestic PhD candidate researching a topic in language assessment relevant to DELNA (Diagnostic English Language Needs Assessment).

The Scholarship is funded by DELNA.

Flacks & Wong Prize in Commercial Law

A $1,000 Prize for the LLB or LLB(Hons) student who achieved the highest GPA across all Part IV Commercial Law courses in the year of the award.

The Prize is funded by Flacks & Wong, a specialist corporate law firm.

Healthier Lives National Science Challenge Population Nutrition PhD Scholarship

A Scholarship to support a PhD student undertaking research in the development and evaluation of resources to support adoption and implementation of the National Healthy Food and Drink Policy.

The Scholarship is funded by a Healthier Lives National Science Challenge grant awarded to an academic staff member from the National Institute for Health Innovation in the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences at the University of Auckland.

PenCello Support Award

An Award of up to $5,000 to support international and domestic BMus or BMus conjoint students undertaking study in Cello.

The Award is funded by Penelope Weber.

University of Auckland-Indian Institute of Technology Doctoral Scholarship in Engineering

A Scholarship to support doctoral students studying under a University of Auckland-Indian Institute of Technology Dual, Joint or Cotutelle PhD Agreement in the Faculty of Engineering.

Ward-Hunter Award in Education

A $1,000 Award to recognise the GradDipTchg(Primary) student who achieved the best all round performance in the first practicum placement.

The Award is funded by Tony Ward (BCom 1997) and Kirsten Hunter (BA 1998), both graduates of the University of Auckland, in memory of their fathers.

February 2020

LexisNexis Prize in Legal Research

A $1,000 Prize for the full-time student who achieved the highest mark in LAW 298 Legal Research Writing and Communication.

The Prize is funded by LexisNexis, a global provider of legal, regulatory and business information.

Marsden Grant PhD Scholarship in Gender, Ethnicity and Politics

A Scholarship of up to $27,500 pa, plus an annual contribution of $7,500 towards compulsory fees and international student health insurance (if required) for up to three years for a PhD student undertaking research in the area of ethnic women, politics and leadership in Aotearoa New Zealand.

The Scholarship is funded by a Marsden Grant awarded to Associate Professor Rachel Simon-Kumar from the School of Population Health in the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences. More information on the research project can be found at Double jeopardy or double advantage? Ethnic women in New Zealand politics.

November 2019

Alison Hanham Undergraduate Scholarship in Arts

A Scholarship of up to $5,000 for full-time enrolment in a BA or BA conjoint degree by New Zealand citizens and permanent residents.

The Scholarship is funded by the estate of Dr Alison Hanham, an alumna of the University of Auckland and former Associate Professor in History at Massey University.

Amber McWilliams Memorial Scholarship in English or Drama

A Scholarship of up to $10,000 or tuition fees for 120 points of study in a BA(Hons), PGDipArts or MA in English or Drama for a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident.

The Scholarship was established in memory of Dr Amber McWilliams (1975-2018). Amber McWilliams studied at the University of Auckland, completing both a Masters degree and a PhD in English. She went on to work as a tutor and lecturer in the English and Drama departments of the University of Auckland, and taught a Medical Humanities paper at the Medical School. Amber had previously been a television and stage actor, was well travelled, was a mother and step-mother, and faced the world with enthusiasm, kindness, and a passion for learning.

Auckland Council Biosecurity Scholarship

A Scholarship of up to $10,000 for enrolment in master thesis or PhD research related to Biosecurity by New Zealand citizens and permanent residents.

Bachelor of Design Award for Māori Students

An Award of up to $5,000 for Māori students enrolling in any year of a Bachelor of Design.

Bachelor of Design Award for Pacific Students

An Award of up to $5,000 for Pacific students enrolling in any year of a Bachelor of Design.

Bachelor of Design Bring Your Own Device Award

An Award of up to $3,000 to assist first year, international and domestic, Bachelor of Design students with the purchase of a course related device.

Bachelor of Design Game-Changer Scholarship

A three year Scholarship of $5,000 per annum for an international or domestic Bachelor of Design Student with a passion for design who wants to be a game-changer in the field.

Chew Liong Kim & Tan Chee Chin Scholarship

An $8,000 Scholarship to support an international or domestic student enrolling in the second or subsequent year of an undergraduate degree who has achieved academically but who is experiencing hardships or who may have been disadvantaged due to their personal circumstances.

The Scholarship is funded by Chew Liong Kim and Tan Chee Chin.

David and Dian Ross Undergraduate Scholarship

A Scholarship of up to $10,000 per annum for up to five years for New Zealand citizens and permanent residents enrolling in a BA conjoint degree.

The Scholarship is funded by David and Dian Ross, who are both alumni of the University of Auckland.

Heather Leaity Memorial Award

A $1,000 Award to assist a student enrolled in the first year of a PhD in Marine Science with research expenses.

The Award was established by Robin Duxfield and the Li Ka Shing Foundation in memory of Heather Leaity.

Jasmax Scholarship for Māori and Pacific Students

A Scholarship of $5,000 pa for up to five years of study for Māori and Pacific students enrolling in the first year of a Bachelor of Architectural Studies.

The Scholarship is funded by Jasmax, one of New Zealand's leading architecture and design firms.

Jim Dart Urban Planning Prize

A Prize for the student who submitted the best dissertation in URBPLAN 715 relating to environmental, conservation, resilience or sustainability issues.

The Prize is in memory of Jim Dart (1928-2018), lecturer in Town Planning 1962-1993. While lecturing at the University of Auckland, he founded the Town Planning Quarterly and after retiring became a commissioner on the Planning Tribunal (later the Environment Court).

Jonathan and Mary Mason Summer Scholarship in Auckland History

A $6,000 Scholarship to support a student carrying out a summer research project in Auckland History.

The Scholarship is funded by Jonathan Mason.

Kotahitanga Korikori Dance Movement Therapy for Empowerment Scholarship

A Scholarship of up to $20,000 for New Zealand citizens and permanent residents enrolling in a Master of Dance Movement Therapy.

The Scholarship is funded by Dance & Arts Therapy New Zealand (DTNZ), a charity that empowers and supports vulnerable communities through dance movement and arts therapy.

Michael Redshaw Historical Instrument Performance Scholarship

A Scholarship of up to $5,000 for international and domestic students undertaking postgraduate research in Music, focusing on the area of historical performance.

The Scholarship is funded by a bequest from Michael Redshaw, an alumnus of the School of Music at the University of Auckland.

Mokaraka Māori Women in Business Scholarship

A Scholarship of up to $15,000 to support Māori women enrolled at undergraduate level in the Business School.

The Scholarship is funded by Melanie Smith, an alumnus of the University of Auckland.

Robin Oliver Tax Policy Scholarship

A $5,000 Scholarship to support a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident undertaking postgraduate study in tax law.

The Scholarship is funded by the Tax Policy Charitable Trust, in recognition of Robin Oliver, a former Inland Revenue Deputy Commissioner and expert on the New Zealand tax system.

Siphala Foundation Prize in Foundation Chemistry

A Prize to recognise the top student in Chemistry in the Tertiary Foundation Certificate programme.

The Prize is funded by the Siphala Foundation, a charitable trust which supports the education of young people in Sri Lanka and New Zealand.

Stantec New Zealand Planning and Sustainabiltiy Prize

A Prize for the BUrbPlan(Hons) student who demonstrated an excellent understanding of the principles of sustainability in a planning context.

The Prize is funded by Stantec New Zealand.

Te Ākonga Matua (Head of School) Distinguished MAPAS Student Prize

A Prize for final year Bachelor of Nursing MAPAS students who demonstrated exceptional all-round qualities in addition to a distinguished academic and clinical performance.

The Prize  is funded by the School of Nursing.

Te Herenga Mātai Pūkaha Doctoral Scholarship in Engineering

A Scholarship to support Māori and Pacific students undertaking a PhD in the Faculty of Engineering.

The Scholarship  is funded by the Faculty of Engineering.

September 2019

Alumni Scholarship for Tertiary Foundation Certificate Students

A $5,000 Scholarship for students completing the Tertiary Foundation Certificate and intending to enrol full-time in an undergraduate degree in the following year.

The Scholarship is funded by the Alumni Scholarships Fund, which supports undergraduate students studying in any faculty or programme who, because of financial hardship, may not otherwise be able to undertake a university degree.

Dudley Freeman Prize in Photographic Practices and History

A $2,000 Prize to recognise and reward the student who has written the most original, creative and interdisciplinary research essay in ARTHIST 246 or ARTHIST 346 in odd years, or ARTHIST 206 or ARTHIST 313 in even years.

The Prize is funded by Dianna Sutherland in memory of her late husband. Dudley Freeman had a lifelong passion for photography as a way of observing and communicating with the world.

Faculty of Arts Auckland Schools Scholarship

A Scholarship of up to $5,000 to support students from lower-decile Auckland schools (Decile 1-4), particularly those in South Auckland and West Auckland, who are planning to enrol full-time in the first year of a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Arts conjoint degree.

Julia Metcalfe Award in Medical Imaging

A $2,500 Award to support students who have successfully completed the Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences specialising in Ultrasound, or a Master of Health Sciences (Taught) including Ultrasound courses, with the costs of attending conferences and/or to participate in observerships overseas or locally, or to assist with further study.

The Award is funded by ADHB Radiology and the Department of Anatomy and Medical Imaging at the University of Auckland in memory of Julia Metcalfe, a committed and passionate sonographer who dedicated her life to patients and the education of sonography trainees.

Māori and Pasifika Master of Public Policy Scholarship

A Scholarship of up to $5,000 to support a Māori or Pacific student enrolling in a Master of Public Policy degree at the University of Auckland.

New Zealand Business and Parliament Trust Prize

A Prize to reward and recognise the student who achieved the highest grade in a dissertation or thesis relating to New Zealand politics at honours or masters level at the University of Auckland.

The Prize is funded by the New Zealand Business and Parliament Trust, an educational organisation dedicated to fostering goodwill and understanding between the business community and Parliament.

Orbit World Travel Award

An Award to assist Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Arts conjoint students with the costs of studying overseas on an approved student exchange, short-term programme of study or special project relevant to their degree studies. Up to $16,000 is available in total each year.

The Award is funded by Orbit World Travel, the University of Auckland's appointed Travel Management Company for domestic and international travel.

Pong, Tams and Ko Scholarship

A Scholarship of up to $8,000 to encourage and assist students with sensory, physical, medical and/or learning difficulties/disabilities with the cost of their studies at the University of Auckland.

The Scholarship is funded by the generosity of Jeffrey Pong Chiu Fai, Raymond Tam Man Kim, Ronand Tam Man Hong and Grant Ko Lun.

Pratt-Ritschl Award in Theology, Religious Studies and Philosophical Theology

An Award to support a postgraduate student undertaking research in contemporary issues in theology, religious studies and philosophical theology including secularism, religious diversity, religion and politics, religion and contemporary society, inter-religious studies, Christian-Muslim relations and religious ethics in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Auckland.

The Award is funded by Professor Douglas Pratt, Honorary Academic in Theological and Religious Studies, in recognition of Dietrich Ritschl, a Swiss scholar of religion who was instrumental in setting Professor Pratt on his academic path.