University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarships awarded prior to 2023

Find information for students awarded a University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship prior to 2023.

Between 2016 and 2022, the University awards University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarships to high-achieving doctoral candidates applying for admission to an approved doctoral programme1 at Waipapa Taumata Rau | University of Auckland.

For students who apply for and are offerd 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 to 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

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 hours 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.

How much is the University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship worth?

The University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship provides a tax-free stipend of up to $28,984.50 annually in 2022, for up to 36 months.

In addition, while in receipt of the scholarship, the University will cover your tuition and student services fees in full, as well as (single-student) international health insurance (international students only).

This applies to all domestic students, and internatinal students who are eligible to study under the domestic fees policy.

Stipends for students currently in payment for a University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship will increase to NZ$33,000 from 1 January 2023.

How can I find out if i am eligible for a guaranteed scholarship?

The University does not assess eligibility for a University of Auckland postgraduate scholarship prior to application for a place on a programme. So you must submit an application for admission in order to be considered for a scholarship. You will be advised of your eligibility once we have received your final grades and you have a firm offer of place for your chosen programme.

If you need to find out your grade point average (GPA) and you are a current student at Waipapa Taumata Rau | University of Auckland, the grades from your current programme of study are shown on your transcript, which can be accessed from Student Services Online at any time.

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.

For study commencing in 2022, there are no scholarship "rounds" or application forms. This means that 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 place in doctoral programmes. For other doctoral scholarships, a separate application may be required, and offers will be made separate to programme offers. Check individual scholarship regulations to see if you need to apply.

Taking up your scholarship

While you will be asked to initially confirm acceptance of a University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship within two weeks of it being offered, you will also need to enrol at the University in order for the scholarship to be awarded.

Once you receive a firm offer of place, you then have up to three months to start your programme and take up your scholarship if you are a domestic student or an international student with a New Zealand qualifying programme, or up to six months if you’re an international student with an overseas qualifying programme. For the Doctor of Clinical Psychology and the Doctor of Education, you need to be enrolled by the fixed start date of those programmes for the scholarship otherwise your scholarship will lapse.

If you are starting your doctoral programme off-shore, the scholarship will pay your fees and administrative costs while you remain off-shore, but the stipend component will only commence once you arrive in New Zealand and set up a local bank account.

Once you’ve set up your New Zealand bank account, we will start making fortnightly stipend payments to that account (and we’ll continue to pay your fees and administrative costs). Over the first 12 months after your arrival, you will also receive a second fortnightly payment to cover the payments that were not made while the borders remained closed. We will confirm to you what these payments will be, so you know what to expect each fortnight.

If, by the time you are able to travel to New Zealand, you submit your thesis in fewer than 12 months, we will pay your backdated stipend in equal instalments as though we were payment it for 12 months, and then any outstanding amount will be paid as a lump sum on the submission of your thesis.

What is a qualifying programme?

A qualifying programme is the most recently completed programme of study that qualifies you for entry to the doctoral programme for which you are applying.

To qualify an applicant for entry to a doctoral programme, an individual programme must satisfy regulations 13a and 13b of the PhD Statute or the equivalent admissions regulations for the relevant named doctorate. For example, postgraduate programmes that do not include a research component of at least 25% of one year’s full-time study, or which are entirely comprised of creative practice research, are not qualifying programmes for the PhD. Applicants using publications to establish eligibility for PhD admission do not have a qualifying programme.

In certain circumstances, a bridging programme approved by the Board of Graduate Studies may be permitted to count towards a “qualifying programme” for scholarship purposes. See the University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship regulations for details.

How is the qualifying programme grade point average (GPA) calculated?

The GPA is usually calculated across all courses attempted in the qualifying programme. For exceptions, such as undergraduate honours degrees, see the University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship regulations.

New Zealand universities are assigned a numerical value on a 9 point scale:

9 for an A+
8 for an A
7 for an A-
6 for a B+
5 for a B
4 for a B-
3 for a C+
2 for a C
1 for a C-
0 for a D+, D, D-; did not sit; did not complete

Courses where the only grades are Pass, Fail, Completed (CPL) or W (Withdrawn) do not contribute to the GPA.

Each grade value is then multiplied by the points value for that course.

The grade points are added together, and the sum divided by the total points value of all courses counting towards the GPA.

* If your whole programme at a New Zealand university consists on only one course (e.g. a thesis enrolment), the numerical GPA value for your grade in that course is your GPA for the programme (e.g. 7 for an A-, 8 for an A). A fractional GPA (e.g. 7.50) is not possible.

If your qualifying programme is from a recognised overseas university, we will convert your final grades into a Waipapa Taumata Rau | University of Auckland equivalent.

Courses that are not assigned to your qualifying programme will not be included in the qualifying programme GPA.

Frequently asked questions

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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 if you have been receiving faculty or external funding, you may be eligible for a University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship Extension. This Extension is for up to six months and is paid at the same rate as a University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship i.e. $28,984.50 pa stipend plus full fees and international health insurance, if applicable. Please read the University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship Extension Guidelines thoroughly before beginning an application.