Eligibility and regulations

Summer Research Scholarships at the University of Auckland are open to all high-achieving domestic and international students who have the potential to succeed as postgraduate researchers.

Am I eligible for this scholarship?

  • You have completed at least two years of an undergraduate degree and are either
    • enrolled in an undergraduate degree at a New Zealand university at the time you apply for the scholarship
    • or enrolled in a postgraduate bachelor (honours) or postgraduate diploma programme (some faculties) at a New Zealand university at the time you apply for the scholarship
    • or enrolled in an undergraduate degree at an international institution in 2023. 
  • You have a scholarship GPA/GPE of 6.00 or above (or 5.50 for Māori applicants or Pacific applicants).
  • You have identified a clearly defined project and suitable supervisor willing to supervise the project from your faculty’s list of available projects.
  • Generally, you shouldn’t have held a Summer Research Scholarship previously (for exceptions, check the regulations). 
  • You are not seeking employment as a tutor during Summer School or in paid employment inside the University during the tenure of the Summer Research Scholarship.
  • You haven’t started a masters, doctoral, or taught postgraduate programme (some taught programmes are permitted: check the regulations), or be completing a dissertation or thesis on an extension.

Calculating your scholarship GPA/GPE

Your scholarship GPA/GPE is calculated across all grades or marks achieved in your two most recent years of full-time study (or equivalent). The last 2 years grades are taken from Semester 1 2023 and then going backwards to 2022 and 2021.

For an indication of your scholarship GPA/GPE, use our GPE calculator.

English language requirements

English proficiency documents / certificates are not required for Summer Research

Scholarship regulations

Important information

What are the project dates?

Projects should start by the 4th of December at the latest. This is to ensure that students get paid according to the set schedule and the project is completed before Semester 1, 2024 starts. The payment period will commence from the 1st of December and will be paid in fortnightly instalments in arrears, subject to confirmation the project has commenced. If a project commences before the 1st of December, the student will not receive payment until the first scheduled payment.

How long is the project expected to be?

Projects should be approximately 10 weeks duration (400 hours) within the period of December-February inclusive.

Can I do the project from overseas or another NZ city?

No, you are required to be co-located with your supervisor in the same town for the duration of the project.

Ineligible programmes

Certificate of Proficiency, Graduate Diploma and Masters Programmes are not eligible for SRS.