Scholarships for Māori students

Undergraduate

University of Auckland Māori Academic Excellence Scholarship

A Scholarship to recognise and reward exceptional Māori students entering the first year of an undergraduate degree programme or Certificate of Health Sciences. The Scholarship comprises one year of catered accommodation in a University of Auckland Hall of Residence in the first year, plus $4,000 paid in four lump sum payments over the second and third years.

University of Auckland Academic Potential Scholarship - Pathway Programme Students

A Scholarship to support students currently enrolled in an approved University of Auckland pathway programme who have achieved academically but who are experiencing hardships that potentially limit their opportunities or who may have been disadvantaged due to their personal circumstances. Awards are made in three different tiers, and our review committee determines which tier a successful applicant will be awarded under.

University of Auckland Waka Moana Scholarship

A Scholarship to support Māori students attending a low decile 1-4 secondary school or kura in Te Tai Tokerau; Tāmaki Makaurau; Te Tai Rāwhiti; Waiariki or Waikato who intend to enrol at the University of Auckland next year in either an undergraduate degree or a Tertiary Foundation Certificate or Certificate in Health Sciences followed by an undergraduate degree in the following year. The Scholarship includes catered accommodation and a laptop.

Bachelor of Design Award for Māori Students

An Award of up to $5,000 for Māori students enrolling in any year of a Bachelor of Design.

Business School Māori and Pacific Tautoko Grants

A Grant of up to $2,500 to assist undergraduate Māori and Pacific students enrolled full-time in the Business School.

Faculty of Arts Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Scholarship

A Scholarship of up to $3,500 to support beneficiaries of Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei who are enrolled full-time in undergraduate or postgraduate study in the Faculty of Arts.

Faculty of Engineering Kick Start Māori and Pacific Award

For first year Māori and Pacific BE(Hons) students, up to $2,000 to assist with set up costs.

AUEA Māori Engineering Pathway Award

An Award of up to $10,000 to support first year Māori BE(Hons) students.

Chapman Tripp Iwi Governance Scholarship in Law

A Scholarship of up to $5,000 to support a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident enrolled in Part II of the LLB.

Frances Barkley Scholarship

A Scholarship to support an undergraduate Māori or Pacific student enrolling in a BSc.

He Rau Aroha Scholarship for the Bachelor of Optometry and Bachelor of Pharmacy

A Scholarship of up to $10,000 pa to support Māori and Pacific students enrolling in a BOptom or BPharm through MAPAS.

360 International Award for Māori and Pacific Students

An Award of up to $6,000 to provide support to Māori and Pacific students while on an approved student exchange.

Jasmax Scholarship for Māori and Pacific Students

A Scholarship of up to $5,000 pa for up to five years of study for Māori and Pacific students enrolling in the first year of a Bachelor of Architectural Studies.

Read about the first recipient of the Scholarship, Jessika Varney at Scholarship seeks to push indigenous voice to the forefront of NZ architecture.

Judge Karina Williams Scholarship in Law

A Scholarship to recognise undergraduate Law students of Māori descent who have met the requirements to graduate.

Mark Ford Ngā Tapuwae Scholarship for Māori Students

A $5,000 Scholarship to support a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident of Māori descent enrolled full-time in Part III or Part IV of a BE(Hons) in Civil Engineering.

Michael Synnott Scholarship

A Scholarship of up to $5,000 per annum for up to 4 years for a Māori or Pacific student residing in South Auckland intending to enrol in their first undergraduate Bachelors or conjoint degree at the University of Auckland.

Mokaraka Māori Women in Business Scholarship

A Scholarship of up to $15,000 to support Māori women enrolled at undergraduate level in the Business School.

NZAO Award for the Top Māori or Pacific Student entering the Bachelor of Optometry Part II

A $1,000 Award to a Māori or Pacific student entering Part II of the BOptom.

Rewi Thompson Undergraduate Scholarship in Architecture

An $8,000 Scholarship to support a Māori student enrolling full-time in a Bachelor of Architectural Studies.

RTA Studio Scholarship for Māori Architecture Students

A Scholarship to support Māori BAS students, $10,000 in total over 5 years.

Strong Bear Undergraduate Scholarship

A Scholarship of up to $8,000 pa for up to three years for a Māori or Pacific student enrolling in the first year of a degree in the Faculty of Arts or the Faculty of Creative Arts and Industries.

Next available for study commencing in 2024.

Toi Uru Roa: The Paul Kelly Māori Undergraduate Scholarship

A Scholarship of up to $8,000 to support Māori students enrolled full-time in an undergraduate programme in the Business School.

Postgraduate

University of Auckland Postgraduate Honours/PG Diploma Scholarship

Guaranteed Scholarship for high achieving students enrolled in postgraduate Bachelors (honours) degrees or Postgraduate Diplomas. Up to $13,520 pa in 2021 plus compulsory fees.

University of Auckland Research Masters Scholarship

Guaranteed Scholarship for high achieving students enrolled in a research masters programme. Up to $13,520 pa in 2021 plus compulsory fees.

University of Auckland Māori Postgraduate Scholarship

Guaranteed Scholarship for high achieving Māori students enrolled in Masters degrees, postgraduate Bachelors (honours) degrees or Postgraduate Diplomas. Up to $13,520 pa in 2021 plus compulsory fees.

University of Auckland Pacific Postgraduate Scholarship

Guaranteed Scholarship for high achieving domestic Pacific students enrolled in Masters degrees, postgraduate Bachelors (honours) degrees or Postgraduate Diplomas. Up to $13,520 pa in 2021 plus compulsory fees.

University of Auckland Bioengineering Masters Scholarship for Māori and Pacific Students

A Scholarship of up to $13,390 plus compulsory tuition fees for a ME Thesis in Bioengineering, for Māori and Pacific students who are New Zealand citizens or permanent residents.

Faculty of Arts Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Scholarship

A Scholarship of up to $3,500 to support beneficiaries of Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei who are enrolled full-time in undergraduate or postgraduate study in the Faculty of Arts.

School of Environment Masters Thesis Scholarship for Māori  Students

A Scholarship of up to $5,000 plus compulsory fees to support Māori students enrolled in the thesis year of an MA or MSc or other masters programme in the School of Environment.

Craig Memorial Scholarship

A $3,000 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.

Māori and Pasifika Master of Public Policy Award

An Award of up to $5,000 to support Māori and Pasifika students enrolled full-time or part-time in a Master of Public Policy degree.

Professor Michael Walker Award for Māori and Pacific Students

A $3,000 Award for Māori and Pacific students currently enrolled in their final year of undergraduate study and who are enrolling full-time or part-time in postgraduate study in the following year.

Sir Hugh Kawharu Foundation PGDipBus Māori Development Award

An Award of $2,500 pa to support a Māori student enrolled in a PGDipBus in Māori Development.

Te Wānanga o Waipapa Honours and Masters Scholarship for Māori Students

A $5,000 Scholarship for Māori students enrolled in a postgraduate honours or masters degree in Te Wānanga o Waipapa in the Faculty of Arts.

Vicki St John Postgraduate Award for Māori and Pacific Island Students

A $4,000 Award to support Māori and Pacific students who are enrolled full-time or part-time in postgraduate study in the Business School.

Doctoral

University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship

Guaranteed scholarship for high achieving international and domestic students enrolled in doctoral study, includes stipend, tuition fees and international student insurance (if applicable). $28,200 pa in 2020 plus compulsory fees.

Te Herenga Mātai Pūkaha Doctoral Scholarship in Engineering

A Scholarship of up to $28,400 pa in 2021 plus compulsory domestic fees to support Māori and Pacific students undertaking a PhD in the Faculty of Engineering.

Craig Memorial Scholarship

A $3,000 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.

Prizes

Dilshika Weerasekera Memorial Prize

A Prize for the Māori or Pacific student enrolled full-time who achieved the best overall performance in CHEM 110 and 120 and who has gone on to enrol in Stage II Chemistry courses.

Gina Rudland Memorial Prize for Māori Mooting

A Prize for the student judged to be the best mooter in the Māori Issues Mooting competition.

He Maunga Teitei Prize for Academic Achievement

A Prize to recognise and reward the Part III Māori student who achieved the highest grade point average in all compulsory law courses to the end of Part III.

ProCare Annual Prize in General Practice

A Prize for the Māori and Pacific students who achieved the highest overall marks for the General Practice attachment of the MBChB Part V.

Sociology and Criminology Korowai Prize

A Prize for the top Māori PhD graduand in Sociology or Criminology in each graduation ceremony.

Te Ākonga Matua (Head of School) Distinguished MAPAS Student Prize

A Prize for final year Bachelor of Nursing MAPAS students who demonstrated exceptional all-round qualities in addition to a distinguished academic and clinical performance.

External Scholarships

The following content is sourced from external websites and is provided for convenience. The University of Auckland Scholarships Office is not responsible for the accuracy or content on such websites and the inclusion of such links does not imply endorsement of the linked websites or their providers.

Borrin Foundation - Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga Postgraduate Scholarship

A Scholarship to support a Māori scholar to pursue a post-graduate degree in law at a New Zealand
university or at an overseas institution (any jurisdiction) including multi-year degree programmes.

Candidates may apply for costs such as course fees, living expenses, and airfares. Applications open 9 August 2021 and close at 12pm on 3 September 2021.

For more information and to apply visit Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga Postgraduate Scholarship.

GCSB Women in Stem Scholarship

The value of this award is $10,000 which can be spread over three years depending on your study plans. Open to women enrolled in second year and above of tertiary study (including Honours and Masters students) intending to take a full-time course of study in science, technology, computer engineering, mathematics, data science or cyber security. At least one scholarship will be dedicated to a Māori or Pacific student. Applications open on 1 June and close on 1 October.

For more infomation and to apply visit GSCB Scholarship.

He Manawā ā Whenua – Māori Freshwater Research Scholarship

The New Zealand Freshwater Sciences Society He Manawā ā Whenua scholarship is open to Māori students studying a Bachelor Honours Degree or Master’s Degree with a focus on freshwater ecosystems. The purpose of this $7,500 scholarship is to encourage Māori students to pursue a research career and develop their capability in freshwater ecology and/or kaupapa Māori research surrounding wai. Applications close 30 September 2021.

For more information and to apply visit New Zealand Freshwater Sciences Society.

Toitū Kaupapa Māori Mātauranga Māori Education Trust

2021 Tertiary Scholarships

Eric Hall McCormick Scholarship

Available to a Māori student undertaking research at postgraduate level in a field which is of significant benefit to Māori. Preference will be given to a Māori student attending the University of Auckland. $5,000 each.

Frances Irwin Hunt Art Scholarship

Available to full-time Māori undergraduate students studying in the fields of performing or cultural arts which may include, but not be limited to: dance, music, art, theatre/film.  Priority will be given to students with academic merit and financial need. $1,000 each.

Māori Education Trust Postgraduate Scholarship: Hapū or Iwi Development

Available to Māori postgraduate students undertaking study in a field that will support the strategic interests and direction of their Hapū or Iwi. $5,000 each.

Māori Education Trust Postgraduate Scholarship

Available to Māori students undertaking postgraduate study.  Priority will be given to students with financial need. $5,000 each.

Māori Education Trust Postgraduate Scholarship: STEM

Available to Māori postgraduate students undertaking study in science (biology, chemistry, physics), technology, engineering or mathematics. $5,000 each.

Māori Education Trust Undergraduate Scholarship

The Māori Education Trust Undergraduate Scholarship is available to Māori undergraduate students who are in their second or subsequent year of study. Priority will be given to students with financial need. $1,000 each.

Nicholas Irwin Hunt Writing Scholarship

Available to full-time Māori undergraduate writers with preference to those studying in the field of journalism. Priority will be given to students with proven writing ability, academic merit and financial need. $1,000.

Norman Kirk Memorial Scholarship

Available to full-time Māori undergraduate students studying at a recognised New Zealand tertiary institute. Priority will be given to students with demonstrated financial need and academic merit. $1,000.

Queen Elizabeth II Postgraduate Fellowship

Available to a Māori or non-Māori graduate with excellent academic ability, who plans to research at postgraduate level, in a field that will be of benefit to Māori. $5,000.

Rangiriri and Mātene Te Whiwhi Winiata Scholarship

Available to Māori graduates to enable them to complete postgraduate studies. Pre-requisite is completion of a master’s degree. $5,000.

Regina Rudland Memorial Scholarship

Available to a full-time Māori undergraduate student of Ngāti Porou descent, undertaking study in the field of Agriculture or Apiculture. Priortity will be given to those with demonstrated financial need. $500.

Rose Hellaby Bursaries Scholarship

Available to Māori undergraduate students studying in the scientific, mathematical or technical fields. Priority will be given to students with academic merit and leadership skills. $1,000 each.

Rose Hellaby Postgraduate Scholarship

Available to Māori students with a record of proven academic excellence, undertaking Masters or PhD postgraduate study in the fields of engineering, mathematics, science, technology or medicine. Study can be carried out in New Zealand or overseas. $30,000 each.

Roy Watling Mitchell Bursaries Scholarship

Available to first-year Māori undergraduate students who are in thier second or third year of tertiary study in 2021. Priority will be given to students with financial need. $1,000 each.

Roy Watling Mitchell Prestigious Professions Scholarship

Available to a Māori graduate with a record of academic excellence. $5,000.

Sir Apirana Ngata Memorial Scholarship

Available to a full-time Māori undergraduate student studying at a recognised New Zealand tertiary institute, who attended Ngata Memorial College as a Year 13 student in 2019. Priority will be given to a student with academic merit. $1,000.

Sister Anne Henry Scholarship

Available to a Māori student who is a direct descendant of Reverend John Laughton, or of Tūhoe descent. $1,000.

Sir John Bennett Memorial Postgraduate Scholarship

Available to Māori students who have completed a bachelor degree’s and are enrolled full-time in either a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) or a master’s degree. $5,000 each.

Sir John Bennett Memorial PhD Scholarship

Available to Māori students who have a master’s or Honours degree and are enrolled in a PhD programme of study. $10,000.

Tī Maru Māori Trust Prestigious Scholarship

Available to Māori graduates with a record of academic excellence. $5,000 each.

Tī Maru Māori Trust Scholarship

Available to full-time Māori undergraduate students enrolled in their final year of study at a recognised New Zealand tertiary institute. Priority will be given to students with academic merit. $5,000 each.

Manaaki Whenua Scholarship

A $3,000 Scholarship for people of the Tuawhenua studying forest ecology, indigenous forest management, environmental sciences and practices, or mātauranga, leadership and management.

The MacDiarmid Institute Discovery Scholarship Programme

These scholarships will pay university fees up to $8,000 for the 2021 academic year, and a one-off cash award of up to $3,000 for Māori and Pasifika students in Science. Applications are now open and close on 11 December 2020.

Te Kainga Rua Award - Second Chance Learner Award

For mature students returning to tertiary study or undertaking tertiary study for the first time who are passionate about the natural sciences.

Piki Ake Award - Step It Up Award

To help enthusiastic students reach their potential and step up into achieving academically in Science.

Te Taumata Award - High Achiever Award

For students who have excelled in their studies and are looking toward continuing their study in the field.

Te Mātauranga Pūtaiao Award - High Achiever in Māori Science Award

For students who have excelled in Mātauranga Māori Science and are looking toward continuing their study in the field.

Te Huarahi Ki Mua Award

For students who have been previous recipients of a Discovery Scholarship Award and are continuing in their study in a relevant field.

For more information and to apply visit The MacDiarmid Institute Discovery Scholarships.

Ngā Mātarae Scholarship and Turirangi Te Kani Memorial Scholarship

The Ngā Mātarae Charitable Trust and the Port of Tauranga offer scholarships to tertiary students studying subjects that could benefit Te Awanui Tauranga Harbour. Applicants must have tribal affiliation to Tauranga Moana iwi (Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāi Te Rangi and Ngāti Pūkenga). Applications are now open and close on 1 February 2021. For more information and to apply visit Port of Tauranga Scholarships.

Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga Scholarships

Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga 2021 Doctoral Scholarship

A Scholarship to provide assistance and support to a Māori PhD Doctoral student who is currently enrolled, is in the process of enrolling, or intends to enrol at a NPM partner institution to undertake their PhD Doctoral research, and is interested in pursuing their studies around te reo Māori and data science. $28,000, plus course fees per annum for three years.

Applications close 5pm 31 July 2021

Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga 2021 Masters Scholarship

A Scholarship to provide assistance and support to a Māori Master’s student who is currently enrolled, is in the process of enrolling, or intends to enrol at a NPM partner institution to undertake their Master’s research, and is interested in pursuing their studies around te reo Māori and data science. $15,000, plus course fees.

Applications close 5pm 31 July 2021

For more information and to apply vist Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga Scholarships.

Ngā Raumanako Māori Scholarship and Suzanne Spencer Memorial Māori Scholarship

Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand offer two annual scholarships to assist a young Māori student excel in accounting and to contribute to the successful economic development of the Māori community.  The Chartered Accountants ANZ Ngā Raumoko Māori Scholarship and the NKMoA – Suzanne Spencer Memorial Māori Scholarship.

Ngārimu VC and 28th (Māori) Battalion Memorial Scholarships

These scholarships support high achieving tertiary students of Māori descent.

  • Three Undergraduate scholarships, each valued up to $50,000: $10,000 per year of full-time study for up to five years.
  • One Master scholarship valued up to $30,000: $15,000 per year of full-time study for up to two years.
  • One Master of Education research scholarship valued up to $30,000: $15,000 per year of full-time study, for up to two years. This scholarship also includes a paid internship with the Ministry of Education for up to six weeks for each year of study.
  • One Doctoral scholarship valued up to $50,000: $25,000 per year of full-time study for up to two years.
Applications for 2022 close on 8 August 2021. For more information or to apply visit Ngārimu VC and 28th (Māori) Battalion Memorial Scholarships.

National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) and Waikato-Tainui College for Research and Development Masters Scholarships

NIWA with assistance from the Waikato-Tainui College for Research and Development are offering up to three scholarships for Māori students who are engaged or about to engage in masters level study in one of the following areas: the documentation and collation of Mātauranga Māori related to the design and cultural acceptability of the interceptor and their potential effects on mahinga kai in downstream drainage ditches; the effect of an on-farm diffuse pollution mitigation technology (wood-chip bioreactor with carbon dosing) on the mahinga kai and ecology of the drainage ditch into which it discharges; or Filamentous Algae Nutrient Scrubber. For more information and to apply, visit NIWA/Waikato Tainui College Masters Scholarships.

Rosemary Seymour Research & Archives Award

Two awards of $1000 each are available, one for which only Māori women may apply, while the second is open to all women, to assist with a project related to the aims of the organisation. For more information and to apply visit Rosemary Seymour Research & Archives Award.

Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia Scholarships in Pathology for Māori Medical Students

A AU$2,000 scholarship is offered annually for a project associated with pathology, jointly developed by a student and supervisor, for a Māori MBChB student. For more information and to apply visit RCPA External Awards.

Te Atawhai o Te Ao Scholarships

The purpose of He Kokonga Ngākau scholarships is to support and contribute to the growing knowledge of Māori trauma and recovery and to support Māori students to complete Master’s and doctoral studies. The amount of the award will be determined according to the relevance of your study, and will be between $10,000 and $15,000. For more information and to apply visit Te Atawhai o Te Ao Scholarships.

Te Waiu O Aotearoa Trust Scholarship

The tertiary study scholarships will award up to four Māori recipients in their second or third year of a general business degree $5,000 each towards their study costs for 2021. Applications for 2021 are now open. For more information and to apply visit Te Waiu O Aotearoa Trust Scholarship.

TeachNZ Scholarships

TeachNZ Scholarships cover early learning, primary, secondary and immersion settings. Applications for Round 2 for 2021 open on 25 November 2020 and close 9 December 2020, Round 3 opens 22 March 2021 and closes 21 April 2021. For more information and to apply visit TeachNZ Scholarships.

Other scholarships, awards and prizes

Many other University of Auckland scholarships are open to Māori students. 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.