Doctoral research and travel scholarships

Research project scholarship opportunities

Advanced Rechargeable Batteries Technology

The Advanced Energy Storage Research Group at the University of Auckland (UoA) is offering two PhD research scholarships to outstanding candidates to develop high-performance rechargeable seawater batteries.

The Scholarships are funded by a grant from the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE) Endeavour Fund. The principal Investigator Dr. Shanghai Wei is from Department of Chemical & Materials Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Auckland. The successful PhD candidates will be supervised by Dr. Shanghai Wei and co-investigators from School of Chemical Sciences at the UoA, GNS Science and Georgia Tech (USA).

The award will cover the tuition fees at the University of Auckland, plus a stipend of NZ$29,100 per annum (tax free) for 3 years. This scholarship will also cover student services fees and international health insurance (if applicable).

Candidates should submit an expression of interest, including a CV and supporting statement outlining their skills and interests in battery research area, to Dr. Shanghai Wei (

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.

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

Search our comprehensive scholarships database for an up-to-date list of all the scholarships and awards available to future and current University of Auckland students.

External funding opportunities

BRANZ Postgraduate Scholarships

BRANZ offers scholarships for PhD study related to their current research priorities.

For more information and to apply visit BRANZ.

Meta Research PhD Fellowship Program

The Meta Research PhD Fellowship is a global program designed to encourage and support promising doctoral students who are engaged in innovative and relevant research in areas related to computer science and engineering at an accredited university.Winners of the Fellowship are entitled to receive two years of paid tuition and fees, a $42,000 annual stipend to cover living costs, various opportunities to engage with Meta researchers, and an invitation to the annual Fellowship Summit.

For more information and to apply visit Meta Research.

NZCS Awards

The New Zealand Coastal Society offers various awards for PhD study related to the betterment of New Zealand's coastal resources to NZCS members.

Student Research Scholarship

The Society offers an annual scholarship of $5,000 to support PhD research that has the potential to contribute towards the aims of the society. The Scholarship includes free attendance to the annual NZCS conference and dinner.

Māori & Pacific Island Research Scholarship

The Society offers an annual PhD research scholarship of $5,000 to anyone of Māori or Pacific Island descent  or with a research topic with a Māori and Pacific Island focus within the coastal environment.An example could be the application of traditional Maori or Pacific Island coastal management techniques to modern day coastal planning. The purpose of this scholarship is also to promote diversity amongst coastal practitioners. The Scholarship includes free attendance to the annual NZCS conference and dinner.

NZ Coastal Society 'Coasts and Ports' Student Award

The award will cover conference registration, attendance at the conference dinner and $1000 towards travel and accommodation for the Australasian Coasts and Ports Conference. The award winner will be judged on the quality of the accepted abstract and alignment with the goals of the New Zealand Coastal Society. To be eligible the abstract must be accepted for presentation at the Australasian Coasts and Ports conference. The lead author must be an undergraduate, masters or PhD student at a recognised Tertiary institution based in New Zealand and a student member of the New Zealand Coastal Society at the time of submission.

For more information or to apply visit NZCS Awards.

The Dick and Mary Earle Scholarship in Technology

Te Pōkai Tara - Universities New Zealand administers this scholarship which provides funds for individuals to undertake masters or doctoral research in innovation and product development and/or bioprocess technology.

Applicants must be New Zealand citizens or permanent residents, and have completed a BTech, BEng, BE degree or equivalent from a New Zealand university, with honours, in a field appropriate to their intended postgraduate study.

Up to $17,000 per annum at Masters level and $25,000 per annum at PhD level.

Applications close 1 July 2022. For more information and to apply visit The Dick and Mary Earle Scholarship in Technology.