Subdoctoral postgraduate research and travel awards

Research project scholarship opportunities

Six-month Scholarship Opportunity for a Masters student. Housing unaffordability as a wicked problem: A co-created/co-designed approach

A scholarship of $10,000 for a Master’s student is available to design and complete a Scoping Review into the three main drivers of housing affordability. The purpose is to establish current understanding of those drivers in order to carry out a co-creation/co-design project using wicked problem thinking.

Treasury analysis of housing affordability identifies the main drivers of house prices as a combination of [1] a global decline in interest rates; [2] constrained land availability; and [3] the tax system.

Applications close 5 p.m. 28th April 2023 and must include a Curriculum Vitae and cover letter setting out the applicant's suitability for the role. The contact details of two referees must also be included.

Forfurther information, contact Dr Mike Webster on or 027 813

Masters research scholarship in “Study on the lived experience of intersectional ethnic minority youth”

Applications are invited to undertake a 120-point Masters thesis (full-time, 12 months, starting in August) on the topic “Study on the lived experience of intersectional ethnic minority youth”. 

The value of this scholarship is $20,000 for one year.Note: it does not include compulsory Masters fees, however, the award can be used to pay these.

Eligible students should contact Dr Rodrigo Ramalho ( with (a) a short write up on why you are interested in working on this topic; (b) your CV; and (c) your academic transcript.

Masters research scholarship in “Acceptability of Dried Blood Spots for At-Home Blood Borne Infection Screening among Māori Men Who Have Sex With Men”

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates to undertake a 120-point Masters thesis (fulltime, 12 months) on the topic “Acceptability of Dried Blood Spots for At-Home Blood Borne Infection Screening among Māori Men Who Have Sex With Men”. We are particularly encouraging applicants who identify as Māori to lead this important work.

The value of this scholarship is $20,000 for one year (note it does not include compulsory
Masters fees, however the award can be used to pay these).

Eligible students should contact Associate Professor Peter Saxton ( with (a) a cover letter outlining your interest in the research and why you would make a suitable candidate; (b) your CV; (c) your academic transcript; (d) proposed start date.

Faculty specific scholarships

Craig Memorial Scholarship

A $4,000 Scholarship to encourage Māori students to enrol full-time in a Masters or PhD programme in the School of Environment or the Department of Mathematics.

Emma Waterhouse Award for Women in Natural Science

A $5,000 Scholarship to support women students undertaking study or research in the natural sciences relating to the geography and ecology of Aotearoa New Zealand and its marine and terrestrial environments, including the sub-Antarctic or Antarctica.

George McWhirter Memorial Scholarship

A Scholarship of up to $8,000 for full-time or part-time postgraduate research in the Faculty of Arts or the Faculty of Creative Arts and Industries relating to state housing, homelessness, the politics of social housing and public policy causes and effects in these areas in New Zealand.

External scholarships

Antarctica New Zealand Postgraduate Scholarships - New Zealand Post Antarctic Scholarship

External scholarship - Faculty of Science

New Zealand's presence in Antarctica is important to our nation and New Zealand Post has a long association with the continent – ever since Sir Edmund Hillary was postmaster at Scott Base in 1957. Supporting up-and-coming New Zealand scientists through this scholarship is a key way that New Zealand Post continues its close association with the white continent.

  • For master’s or doctoral research
  • Stipend of $10,000 over one year; and
  • Logistics support for one season in Antarctica (subject to programme availability, fieldwork must be aligned with an existing Antarctic field event)

Register your intention to apply by Friday 24 March.

Applications and references are due by 5pm, Monday 10 April.

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.