Doctoral research and travel scholarships

Research project scholarship opportunities

Doctoral research in the history of Tapu

Applications are invited from qualified students with knowledge of te ao Māori and who have a good understanding of te reo Māori. The programme of research might involve or combine various disciplinary perspectives, but the supervisory team will be convened by staff from Māori Studies, Te Wānanga o Waiapa, University of Auckland.

The scholarship provides a stipend of $35,000 per annum for three years, all tuition fees, and comes with an additional allowance for travel, conference, and other expenses.

The scholarship is endowed by the Royal Society of New Zealand Te Apārangi Marsden Fund, and is linked to a complementary project on the history of taboo from a Western perspective being undertaken by Associate Professor Alex Calder (English, University of Auckland). Please send an expression of interest, a CV, and contact details for two referees to:

For more information on Associate Professor Calder's Marsden project visit The cultural and literary history of taboo

PhD Scholarship in understanding sympathetic triggering of inherited cardiac arrhythmia: clinical and cellular studies

Applications are invited from high achieving and motivated students interested in clinical and cellular cardiovascular and neurocardiac research. The Scholarship provides a fortnightly stipend, compulsory domestic tuition fees, plus $10,000 research expenses up to a total of $47,000 per annum.

Please send a CV, academic record, and the names and contact details of two Referees to with PhD, LQTS research in the subject line. Please note only short-listed candidates will be notified.

Research scholarships and awards

Elizabeth Ewing Memorial Scholarship in Adolescent and Young Adult Health

A $5,000 Scholarship to support a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident enrolled full-time or part-time in postgraduate research focussing on adolescent and young adult health.

HC Russell Memorial Postgraduate Scholarship

A Scholarship of up to  $10,000 for PhD level full-time study in Optometry by a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident.

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.

J D Sinclair Postgraduate Award in Physiology

An Award to support a PhD candidate in Physiology who previously completed an honours or masters degree in the Department of Physiology.

Marie Clay Literacy Trust Literacy Learning Research Award

A $10,000 Award to support an international or domestic doctoral student in the Faculty of Education and Social Work undertaking research promoting literacy learning of the lowest achievers in primary schools in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Mercer Memorial Scholarship

A Scholarship to support a postgraduate student carrying out research in a field related to aeronautics.

Read about the 2021 recipient of the Scholarship at PhD student awarded two scholarships in aerospace and aeronautics engineering.

Rotary Club of Newmarket 75th Anniversary Hauraki Gulf Environment Postgraduate Award

An Award of up to $10,000 to support masters or PhD research with the potential to improve the natural environment of the Hauraki Gulf, its islands and environs.

Travel scholarships and awards

University of Auckland Universitas 21 Doctoral Student Mobility Scholarship

A Scholarship of up to $5,000 to assist doctoral candidates with costs of undertaking short term visits and placements at Universitas 21 institutions.

Read about research visits undertaken by recent recipients at U21 Doctoral Mobility Scholarship.

Faculty of Education and Social Work Doctoral Travel Award

An Award of up to $2,000 to assist doctoral students in the Faculty of Education and Social Work to attend educational conferences in Asia.

Edna and Denis Moloney Scholarship

A $5,000 Scholarship to fund travel and other costs for a full-time MD or PhD student to present an oral paper at a conference in a field related to cancer research.

Other scholarships, awards and prizes

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