University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarships
Find information about the doctoral scholarships offered by the University of Auckland.
Students will be considered for a University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship at the time of application for a place in their doctoral programme:
- 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
- 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
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.
Scholarships will be awarded in four scholarship/admission rounds each year. To be considered for a scholarship you’ll need to apply for the programme by either 1 November, 1 March, 1 June, or 1 September.
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/URC Doctoral Scholarship Strategies and Opportunities
Each faculty/LSRI/URC will support applicants for UoADS informed by the strategies they have outlined on their websites:
University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship regulations 2023
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.
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:
|Application Closes||Scholarship Offer||Enrolment Date: Domestic Candidate/ Domestic Qualifying Programme||Enrolment Date: International Candidate with International Qualifying Programme|
|1 March 2023||1 May 2023||1 June or 1 September 2023||1 June, 1 September or 1 December 2023|
|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
|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|
|1 November 2024||1 February 2025||1 March or 1 June 2025||1 March, 1 June or 1 September 2025|
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 table 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.
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. $33,000 pa stipend in 2023 plus full fees and international health insurance, if applicable. Please read the University of Auckland Doctoral Extension Guidelines thoroughly before beginning an application.