University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarships
Find information about the doctoral scholarships offered by the University of Auckland.
The University will be awarding University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarships to high-achieving doctoral candidates applying for admission to an approved doctoral programme1 at the University of Auckland for 2021. Scholarships are guaranteed for all ‘straight-A’ students, provided their most recent qualifying programme was completed at a New Zealand university2.
Students can be considered for a University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship only at the time of application for a place in the programme.
University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship:
Doctoral stipends are increasing for 2021 to $28,500 p.a. (plus domestic fees), with the possibility of a six-month extension. There will be an annual cost-of-living adjustment to the doctoral stipend.
New doctoral applicants with a grade point average (GPA) of 8.00 or above, from their most recent qualifying programme, will be guaranteed a scholarship provided the qualifying programme was completed at a New Zealand university.
New Māori and domestic3 Pacific doctoral applicants with a GPA of 7.50 or above,* from their most recent qualifying programme, will be guaranteed a scholarship provided the qualifying programme was completed at a New Zealand university.
1. A PhD, DClinPsy or the research component of an approved doctorate.
2. There are eight universities in New Zealand: University of Auckland, AUT, University of Canterbury, Lincoln University, Massey University, University of Otago, University of Waikato, Victoria University of Wellington.
3. Citizens or permanent residents of New Zealand.
- Outstanding new doctoral applicants who completed their most recent qualifying programme for doctoral study at an overseas institution will be considered for a University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship based on performance in the qualifying programme (including the standing of the awarding institution).
- Other new doctoral applicants may be considered for a scholarship at the discretion of the Faculty Dean, provided they have a GPA/E of no less than 7.00 in the programme that qualifies them for doctoral study or are being considered for doctoral admission on the basis of an exceptional research record. The number of scholarships available across the University through the discretion of Faculty Deans is very limited, and the Faculty Dean may choose not to exercise this discretion in any given year. All University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarships are awarded at the time of offer of place only.
For full eligibility and selection criteria, please consult the University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship regulations.
Candidates who are not successful in securing a University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship are encouraged to apply for other scholarships offered by both the University and generous donors and organisations. You can find a list of these on the Scholarships website.
University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship regulations
For more information, please read the University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarships regulations.
How can I find out if I am eligible for a guaranteed scholarship?
The University does not assess eligibility for a University of Auckland postgraduate scholarship prior to application for a place on a programme. So you must submit an application for admission in order to be considered for a scholarship. You will be advised of your eligibility once we have received your final grades and you have a firm offer of place for your chosen programme.
If you need to find out your grade point average (GPA) and you are a current student at the University of Auckland, the grades from your current programme of study are shown on your transcript, which can be accessed from Student Services Online at any time.
How to apply
It’s easy! When you apply for a place at the University, you will have the opportunity to confirm whether or not you also wish to be considered for a University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship — you don’t need to apply separately.
There are no scholarship "rounds" or application forms. This means you can apply for a place on a doctoral programme when you are ready, safe in the knowledge that you will also be assessed for the scholarship when your grades are confirmed.
Scholarship offers will be made alongside offers of places in doctoral programmes.
Taking up your scholarship
While you will be asked to initially confirm acceptance of a University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship within two weeks of it being offered, you will also need to enrol at the University in order for the scholarship to be awarded.
Once you receive a firm offer of place, you then have up to three months to start your programme and take up your scholarship if you are a domestic student or an international student with a New Zealand qualifying programme, or up to six months if you’re an international student with an overseas qualifying programme. For the Doctor of Clinical Psychology and the Doctor of Education, you need to be enrolled by the fixed start date of those programmes for the scholarship otherwise your scholarship will lapse.
If you are starting your doctoral programme off-shore, the scholarship will pay your fees and administrative costs while you remain off-shore, but the stipend component will only commence once you arrive in New Zealand and set up a local bank account.
Once you’ve set up your New Zealand bank account, we will start making fortnightly stipend payments to that account (and we’ll continue to pay your fees and administrative costs). Over the first 12 months after your arrival, you will also receive a second fortnightly payment to cover the payments that were not made while the borders remained closed. We will confirm to you what these payments will be, so you know what to expect each fortnight.
If, by the time you are able to travel to New Zealand, you submit your thesis in fewer than 12 months, we will pay your backdated stipend in equal instalments as though we were payment it for 12 months, and then any outstanding amount will be paid as a lump sum on the submission of your thesis.
What is a qualifying programme?
A qualifying programme is the most recently completed programme of study that qualifies you for entry to the doctoral programme for which you are applying.
Please see the FAQs and the University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship regulations for further information.
How is the qualifying programme grade point average (GPA) calculated?
The GPA is usually calculated across all courses attempted in the qualifying programme. For exceptions, such as undergraduate honours degrees, see the University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship regulations.
New Zealand university grades are assigned a numerical value on a nine-point scale:
9 for an A+
8 for an A
7 for an A-
6 for a B+
5 for a B
4 for a B-
3 for a C+
2 for a C
1 for a C-
0 for a D+, D, D-; did not sit; did not complete
Courses where the only grades are Pass, Fail, Completed (CPL) or W (Withdrawn) do not contribute to the GPA.
Each grade value is then multiplied by the points value for that course.
The grade points are added together, and the sum divided by the total points value of all courses counting towards the GPA.
*If your whole programme at a New Zealand university consists of only one course (e.g. a thesis enrolment), the numerical GPA value for your grade in that course is your GPA for the programme (e.g. 7 for an A-; 8 for an A). A fractional GPA (e.g. 7.50) is not possible.
If your qualifying programme is from a recognised overseas university, we will convert your final grades into a University of Auckland equivalent.
Courses that are not assigned to your qualifying programme will not be included in the qualifying programme GPA.
Frequently asked questions
Have a question that has not been answered? Download a copy of the University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship FAQs.
Every effort has been made to ensure the information we have supplied is correct and up to date. However, the University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship regulations take precedence over all other material.
You are strongly advised to read the scholarship regulations for complete information, to ensure you meet the eligibility criteria for scholarship consideration, and that you understand the implications of any regulations, awarding value and selection criteria.
University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship Extensions
If you hold a University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship or you have been receiving external funding, you may be eligible to apply for a University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship Extension. This Extension is for up to 6 months and is paid at the same rate as a University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship i.e. $28,500 pa stipend plus full fees and international health insurance, if applicable. Please read the University of Auckland Doctoral Extension Guidelines thoroughly before beginning an application.