University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarships

Find information about the doctoral scholarships offered by the University of Auckland.

The University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship (UoADS) is a competitive scholalarship scheme in 4 rounds each year. This is what you can get:

In 2024, the University of Auckland Scholarship comprises:

  • a tax-free stipend of $33,825 per annum with an annual CPI adjustment to the stipend value for up to 36 months FTE*
  • tuition fees for up to 36 months FTE
  • single student Health Insurance compulsory charge
  • a further six months of scholarship funding may be available following the initial scholarship

* Duration of stipend varies according to doctoral programme, see the Regulations for more details.

CPI Adjustment

To maintain the real value of the UoADS, from 2024 onwards an annual Consumer Price Index (CPI) adjustment will be made to your stipend. This will come into effect on 1 January each year.

The CPI adjustment reflects the November Monetary Policy Statement, put out by the Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ). In that Statement, the Reserve Bank forecasts the expect annual CPI movement for the following year. You can find the Policy Statement on the RBNZ site (just search for ‘November monetary statement’). We use the annualised December forecast for the following year, and adjust the UoADS stipend accordingly.

When we make the annual adjustment, we also take into account any difference between the current year’s CPI forecast and the actual CPI movement in that calendar year. That way, the spending power of the stipend is maintained.

Why do we use the RBNZ forecast?  The RBNZ’s forecast is a crucial component of the Bank’s monetary policy decisions, and thus is critical to the economy of New Zealand. Using their November forecast for the following year means we’re using the most up-to-date information we have, from a trusted, external source.

Why do we use the annualised December forecast?  The RBNZ provides both quarterly and an annualised forecast. As we’re setting the stipend for the entire year ahead, we use the annualised December forecast, as that accounts for the 12 month period.

Why do we use a forecast rather than an actual CPI movement?  We want to ensure that your stipend reflects anticipated costs for the year, rather than making you wait a whole year, and then ‘back paying’ actual CPI. This is particularly important if this is your final year of UoADS.

What happens if the forecast isn’t accurate?  When we set the stipend for the following year we adjust the amount to take into account any difference between the forecast for the current year and the actual CPI movement PLUS the forecast CPI for the following year. That way we can make sure that your stipend maintains its real value.

Does this mean my stipend could decrease?  Potentially, yes. If New Zealand experienced negative CPI (which has only happened once in the last 60+ years) we might reduce your stipend. But if actual CPI during any given year is below the forecast, we won’t make an adjustment during that calendar year. We will only make a negative adjustment as part of the annual review process, based on the RBNZ November Monetary Policy Statement. That might mean that the stipend for the following year doesn’t increase as much. The key point to remember is our aim to maintain the buying power of your stipend.

What does this mean for my stipend in 2024?
  When we refreshed the UoADS scheme in 2023 we increased the stipend more than actual CPI. For 2024, based on the RBNZ forecast, we will increase your stipend by 2.5%. This means the stipend increases to $33,825.00 from 1 January 2024. The payment you receive on 11 January 2024 will reflect the new stipend rate (from 1 January).

How to apply

It’s easy! Any student who is to be offered a place in a doctoral programme will be eligible for scholarship consideration prior to receiving their offer of place.

When you apply for your doctoral programme, 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.

If you already have scholarship funding and/or don't want to be considered for this scholarship, confirm this in your application form so that your application can be processed as quickly as possible.

If you are still completing your qualifying programme and/or have not yet received your final grades from your qualifying programme, you can still be considered for a scholarship. It might mean that you receive a conditional offer for a scholarship and/or admission to the doctoral programme.

Scholarship offers will be made alongside offers of places in doctoral programmes, so if you indicate you wish to be considered for a University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship, your admissions offer will be made as part of one of the four annual rounds below.

If you change your mind at any time during the admissions process, please let our Doctoral Admissions team know so that your admissions offer does not need to be made during one of the four annual rounds below.

2023 dates

Apply by
Scholarship offer by
 Enrol by: Domestic candidate/ Domestic qualifying pogramme Enrol by: International candidate with international qualifying programme
 1 June 2023 1 August 2023
1 September or 1 December 2023
1 September or 1 December 2023 or 1 March 2024
1 September 2023 1 November 2023 1 December 2023 or 1 March 2024 1 December 2023, or 1 March or 1 June 2024

2024 dates

Apply by Scholarship offer by Enrol by: Domestic candidate/ Domestic qualifying programme Enrol by: International candidate with international qualifying programme
1 November 2023
1 February 2024 1 March or 1 June 2024 1 March, 1 June or 1 September 2024
1 March 2024 1 May 2024 1 June or 1 September 2024
1 June, 1 September or 1 December 2024
1 June 2024 1 August 2024 1 September or 1 December 2024
1 September or 1 December 2024 or 1 March 2025
1 September 2024 1 November 2024 1 December 2024 or 1 March 2025 1 December 2024, or 1 March or 1 June 2025

2025 dates

Apply by
Scholarship offer by
Enrol by: Domestic candidate/ Domestic qualifying programme Enrol by: International candidate with international qualifying programme
 1 November 2024  1 February 2025 1 March or 1 June 2025
1 March, 1 June or 1 September 2025

The University reserves the right to determine an application during a later round if it is not possible to conclude the matter in accordance with the dates specified.

Guaranteed scholarships

There are guaranteed scholarships for:

  • Māori applicants with a New Zealand university qualifying programme GPA of 7.0 or above who are offered a place in a doctoral programme
  • Pacific applicants with a New Zealand university qualifying programme GPA of 7.0 or above who are offered a place in a doctoral programme.

University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship regulations

Waipapa Taumata Rau | University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship Strategy

  • To nurture, recruit, and retain outstanding research talent (candidates and supervisors)
  • To support excellent research and the creation of high-quality research outputs
  • To grow Māori and Pacific research scholarship (candidates, topics, supervisors)
  • To develop / strengthen relationships with Māori and Pacific communities
  • To support Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity (EDI) in research (candidates, topics and supervisors)
  • To strengthen, grow, and diversify the pipeline of research and external research income
  • To develop / strengthen transdisciplinary research collaborations
  • To boost knowledge mobilisation, research translation, and research impact

Faculty/LSRI/URC Doctoral Scholarship Strategies and Opportunities

Each faculty/Large Scale Research Institute (LSRI)/University Research Centre (URC) will advertise their scholarship opportunities and strategies for selection on their websites:   

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

The University's objectives include supporting equity, diversity, and inclusion. Scholarship selection committees will consider these objectives when making their scholarship recommendations.

As an applicant to the University, you have already shared some information with us about your gender and ethnicity, and this information will be available to the scholarship selection committee.

You may have also disclosed whether you are disabled, belong to the Rainbow community, or have a refugee background. You have the option to share this personal information as part of your personal profile, at https://iam.auckland.ac.nz/identity.

If you choose to share this personal information with the University, and indicate that you would like the scholarship selection committee to be aware of your personal information when they consider your application, the scholarship selection committee will be able to access your information. This information will remain confidential to the selection committee. It will not be used by the committee for any purpose other than considering your application. If you decide not to disclose your information then the committee will only be aware of your gender and ethnicity.

Taking up your scholarship

Scholarships must be taken up by one of the dates prescribed in the letter of award, otherwise the Scholarship offer will be forfeited. Enrolment dates are shown in the tables above.

If you are an international student, you may need a letter confirming your funding for your visa application. You can request this letter through Student Services Online. For instructions on how to do this visit Doctoral scholarships information and forms.  

Disclaimer: 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.