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Last Updated on February 9, 2022

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, making around 200 offers for 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 New Zealand citizen and permanent resident 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: $13,520 (tax-free) plus the cost of your compulsory fees.

  • Students who are New Zealand citizens or permanent residents 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: $13,520 (tax-free) plus the cost of your compulsory fees.

  • Research students who are New Zealand citizens or permanent residents 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: $28,500 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: $13,520 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: $28,500 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: $13,520 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: $28,500 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: $28,500 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.

University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarships

Find information about the doctoral scholarships offered by the University of Auckland.

The University will be awarding University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarships to high-achieving doctoral candidates applying for admission to an approved doctoral programme1 at the University of Auckland for 2021. 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 for a place in the programme.

University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship:

Doctoral stipends are increasing for 2021 to $28,500 p.a. (plus domestic fees), with the possibility of a six-month extension. There will be an annual cost-of-living adjustment to the doctoral stipend.

New doctoral applicants with a grade point average (GPA) of 8.00 or above, from their most recent qualifying programme, will be guaranteed a scholarship provided the qualifying programme was completed at a New Zealand university.

New Māori and domestic3 Pacific doctoral applicants with a GPA of 7.50 or above,* from their most recent qualifying programme, will be guaranteed a scholarship provided the qualifying programme was completed at a New Zealand university.

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.
3. Citizens or permanent residents of New Zealand.

  • Outstanding new doctoral applicants who completed their most recent qualifying programme for doctoral study at an overseas institution will be considered for a University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship based on performance in the qualifying programme (including the standing of the awarding institution).
  • Other new doctoral applicants may be considered for a scholarship at the discretion of the Faculty Dean, provided they have a GPA/E of no less than 7.00 in the programme that qualifies them for doctoral study or are being considered for doctoral admission on the basis of an exceptional research record. The number of scholarships available across the University through the discretion of Faculty Deans is very limited, and the Faculty Dean may choose not to exercise this discretion in any given year. All University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarships are awarded at the time of offer of place only.

For full eligibility and selection criteria, please consult the University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship regulations.

Candidates who are not successful in securing a University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship are encouraged to apply for other scholarships offered by both the University and generous donors and organisations. You can find a list of these on the Scholarships website.  

University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship regulations

For more information, please read the University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarships regulations.

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 the 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.

There are no scholarship “rounds” or application forms. This means 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 places in doctoral programmes.

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.

Please see the FAQs and the University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship regulations for further information.

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 university grades are assigned a numerical value on a nine-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 of 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 University of Auckland equivalent.

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

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