Guaranteed scholarships

Rachael Sagar (PhD candidate) and Dr Brendon Dunphy.
Rachael Sagar (PhD candidate) and Dr Brendon Dunphy.

Generous guaranteed scholarships for high-achieving research postgraduate students

The University of Auckland is committed to ensuring the very best students are able to study with us. We offer guaranteed scholarships to high-achieving postgraduate research students.

Our postgraduate scholarships are some of the most generous on offer in New Zealand, and we continue to grow the number of postgraduate scholarships available, including 200 new University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarships each year.

How to apply

Apply for admission to your postgraduate programme of choice and the University will consider your eligibility for a scholarship at the same time.

Because you apply for the scholarship and the programme together, there are no separate closing dates. You just need to meet the closing date for admission to your chosen postgraduate programme.

Eligibility

This is a general guide to the guaranteed scholarships. You should check the regulations for the specific scholarship you are interested in.

Postgraduate honours, postgraduate diplomas and masters

We offer guaranteed postgraduate scholarships to domestic research students who meet grade point average (GPA) thresholds from their qualifying programme.

Doctoral

We offer guaranteed scholarships to new domestic doctoral and international PhD applicants who meet grade point average (GPA) thresholds in their qualifying programme from a New Zealand university.

  • You are considered a domestic student if you are a citizen of New Zealand or Australia, or a Permanent Resident of Australia or New Zealand.

University of Auckland Postgraduate Honours/PGDip Scholarships

Scholarship value: $13,000 (tax-free) plus the cost of your compulsory fees.

  • Domestic students with a GPA of 8.0 (‘A’ grade) or higher in an undergraduate degree from a recognised university.
  • Applying for an honours degree or an approved postgraduate diploma with a research component of at least 30 points at the University of Auckland.

Postgraduate Honours/PGDip Scholarships information

University of Auckland Research Masters Scholarships

Scholarship value: $13,000 (tax-free) plus the cost of your compulsory fees.

  • Domestic students with a GPA of 8.0 (‘A’ grade) or higher in their qualifying programme from a recognised university.
  • Applying for a masters degree with a research component of at least 90 points at the University of Auckland.

Research Masters Scholarships information

University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarships

Scholarship value: $27,300 p.a. (tax-free) for three years plus the cost of your compulsory fees (a six-month extension may be available).

  • Domestic and international students with a GPA of 8.0 (‘A’ grade) or higher in their qualifying programme from a New Zealand university
  • Applying for a PhD at the University of Auckland. Domestic applicants may also apply for a named doctorate at the University of Auckland.

High-achieving students, whose qualifying programme isn’t from a New Zealand university, will be considered for, but are not guaranteed, a scholarship. The University will review the grades the student achieved in their qualifying programme and convert those into a University of Auckland equivalent. It will also consider the student’s academic references and the standing of the institution at which the qualifying programme was completed. 

Doctoral Scholarships information

Māori students

University of Auckland Māori Postgraduate Scholarships

Scholarship value: $13,000 p.a. (tax-free) plus the cost of your compulsory fees.

  • Māori students who are citizens or permanent residents of New Zealand with a GPA of 7.5 or higher in their qualifying programme from a recognised university.
  • Applying for an honours degree, a postgraduate diploma or a masters degree at the University of Auckland.

Māori Postgraduate Scholarships information

University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarships

Scholarship value: $27,300 p.a. (tax-free) for three years plus the cost of your compulsory fees (a six-month extension may be available).

  • Māori students with a GPA of 7.5 or higher in their qualifying programme from a New Zealand university.
  • Applying for an approved doctorate at the University of Auckland.

University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarships information

Pacific students

University of Auckland Pacific Postgraduate Scholarships

Scholarship value: $13,000 p.a. (tax-free) plus the cost of your compulsory fees.

  • Pacific students who are citizens or permanent residents of New Zealand with a GPA of 7.5 or higher in their qualifying programme from a recognised university.
  • Applying for an honours degree, a postgraduate diploma or a masters degree at the University of Auckland.

Pacific Postgraduate Scholarships information

University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarships

Scholarship value: $27,300 p.a. (tax-free) for three years plus the cost of your compulsory fees (a six-month extension may be available).

  • Pacific students who are citizens or permanent residents of New Zealand with a GPA of 7.5 or higher in their qualifying programme from a New Zealand university.
  • Applying for an approved doctorate at the University of Auckland.

Doctoral Scholarships information

International students

University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarships

Scholarship value: $27,300 p.a. (tax-free) for three years plus the cost of your compulsory fees (a six-month extension may be available).

  • Students with a GPA of 8.0 (‘A’ grade) or higher in their qualifying programme from a New Zealand university.
  • Applying for a PhD at the University of Auckland.

Or

  • Outstanding students who completed their qualifying programme at an overseas institution will be considered, based on their performance in the qualifying programme (including the standing of the awarding institution) and their references.
  • Applying for a PhD at the University of Auckland.

Doctoral Scholarships information