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 students who apply for and are offered a place in a doctoral programme in 2022, 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.

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.

Changes to the University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship Scheme for 2023

There are exciting changes coming to the University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship scheme. Students will still only be considered for a University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship at the time of application for a place in the programme, but:

  • any student who is offered a place in a doctoral programme will be eligible for scholarship consideration
  • more scholarships will be offered
  • Māori applicants with a New Zealand university qualifying programme GPA of 7.0 or above who are offered a place in a doctoral programme are guaranteed a scholarship
  • Pacific applicants with a New Zealand university qualifying programme GPA of 7.0 or above who are offered a place in a doctoral programme are guaranteed a scholarship
  • scholarship recipients will be able to undertake up to 750 hours of paid work per 12 month period (up from 500 hours at present)

Under the new scheme, each faculty/Large Scale Research Institute (LSRI)/University Research Centre (URC) will advertise their scholarship opportunities on their websites (see links below) and when you apply for admission into your doctoral programme, you’ll indicate if you wish to be considered for one of those University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship opportunities.

We’re also introducing four scholarship/admission rounds each year. To be considered for a scholarship you’ll need to apply for the programme by: 1 November, 1 March, 1 June, 1 September.

If you want begin your doctoral studies on 1 March 2023, you’ll need to submit your application by 1 November 2022.

Changes to the University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship Scheme for All Scholarship Recipients from 1 January 2023

The University is pleased to announce that it will increase the stipend for all recipients of a University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship from 1 January 2023. The stipend will increase to $33,000 and from 1 January 2024 onwards, there will be an annual consumer price index (CPI) adjustment to the stipend. All other tuition and compulsory fees, including the single student Health Insurance compulsory charge for international candidates, will continue to be paid.

The revised regulations for the UOADS allow holders to undertake up to 750 hours of paid work, inside or outside of the University, per 12-month period of scholarship tenure. This is an increase from the current 500 hours

The revised regulations will come into effect for all University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship holders from 1 January 2023 unless you tell us you wish to remain on the current regulations. If you inform us that you do not wish to change regulations, you will still receive the increased stipend, but you will not be able to do more than 500 hour of paid work per 12-month period of scholarship tenure.

If you wish to remain on the current regulations, you must contact us by 15 December 2022 at scholarships@auckland.ac.nz.

Further information for current scholarship holders and candidates applying for admission in 2022, visit University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarships awarded prior to 2023.

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

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.

Faculty/LSRI/USC Doctoral Scholarship Strategies and Opportunities

University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship regulations 2022

For more information on the regulations applying in 2022, please read the University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarships regulations.

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.

In 2022 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.

For 2023, there will be four rounds:

Application Closes Scholarship Offer Enrolment Date: Domestic Candidate/ Domestic Qualifying Programme Enrolment Date: International Candidate with International Qualifying Programme
1 November 1 February (following year) 1 March or 1 June (year of the offer) 1 March, 1 June or 1 September (year of the offer)
1 March 1 May (year of the application) 1 June or 1 September (year of the offer) 1 June, 1 September or 1 December (year of the offer)
1 June 1 August (year of the application) 1 September or 1 December (year of the offer) 1 September or 1 December (year of the offer) or 1 March (following year)
1 September
1 November (year of the application) 1 December (year of the offer) or 1 March (following year)
1 December (year of the offer), or 1 March or 1 June (following year)

Taking up your scholarship

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

Frequently asked questions

Have a question that has not been answered? Download a copy of  the University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship FAQs.

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.

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. $28,984.50 pa stipend in 2022 plus full fees and international health insurance, if applicable. Please read the University of Auckland Doctoral Extension Guidelines thoroughly before beginning an application.