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Scholarships at University of Otago

There are 10 scholarships available at University of Otago.

New Zealand Commonwealth Scholarships

Study level

Postgraduate

Eligibility requirements

New Zealand Commonwealth Scholarships are prestigious scholarships that recognise New Zealand's history and ties to the Commonwealth.  Our Commonwealth Scholarships are part of the Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP) - an international programme under which Commonwealth countries offer scholarships and fellowships to citizens of other Commonwealth states.

The purpose of the scholarships is set out in the Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan, with the following key principles to:

  • promote mutual cooperation and share educational experience among all Commonwealth countries
  • be available across the Commonwealth
  • recognise and promote the highest level of intellectual achievement.

Applications are also open to citizens from the following countries: St Lucia, Grenadines, Bangladesh

Application details

Apply to study at the University of Otago and then apply online or by paper application for the scholarship from New Zealand Government website.

Value details

Please contact the provider

Diane Campbell-Hunt Memorial Award

Study level

Postgraduate

Eligibility requirements

Applicants must: be enrolled and confirmed in a PhD programme in any Department or School at the University of Otago; have had accepted in a peer-reviewed academic paper (conference or journal) that contributes to New Zealand conservation, and in which they are the lead author. Not have previously been awarded the award. 

The intent of this award is to support research on any topic that will contribute to fostering the conservation of New Zealand’s plants and animals and the communities they form, including also the social processes involved in conservation, e.g. political, legal, economic and management, and to have the research communicated to a general audience. Each award must be taken up in the year in which it is made.

Application details

Applicants must complete the application form and enclose the following documents: a copy of the paper for which the award will be made; report from supervisor or head of department; summary of how the award will be used to support further research; statement outlining paper’s contribution to New Zealand conservation (500 words or less); detailed budget; statement outlining plans for how their research will be communicated to the public (500 words or less). This completed application form must be sent to: Scholarships Administrator, University of Otago, P O Box 56, Dunedin.

Value of scholarship

47,517 total value

Application deadline

Expected June 2019

Elizabeth Jean Trotter Postgraduate Research Travelling Scholarship in Biomedical Sciences

Study level

Postgraduate

Eligibility requirements

This scholarship in Biomedical Sciences was established to support travel to a conference, workshop, or laboratory for postgraduate students undertaking research in Biomedical Sciences.

Applicants must be:

  • enrolled for a PhD or in the research year of a Master’s programme with primary supervision in the Otago School of Medical Sciences (OSMS)
  • undertaking research in a Biomedical Sciences field

The scholarship must be taken up within one year of being awarded

Application details

Every application for the scholarship must be submitted to the University of Otago Scholarships Office by the closing date.

Every applicant must submit:

  • A completed application form detailing the purpose of, and benefits expected to result from, the proposed travel
  • A letter of support from the candidate’s primary supervisor, addressing the candidate’s work to date and the value of the chosen conference, workshop, or laboratory visit, to the candidate.
  • A brief Curriculum Vitae.
  • Title of proposed oral presentation or poster at the chosen conference (if applicable).

Value details

Up to NZ $5,000 per award

Application deadline

1 November 2018

Noni Wright Scholarship

Study level

Postgraduate

Eligibility requirements

Applicants must:

  • be currently enrolled or intending to enrol for full-time study at the University of Otago in the year following the closing date
  • be intending to study for the degree of MA or MFA in Theatre Studies, or for a PhD researching a topic in Theatre Studies.

The scholarship is for one year only. However, a scholarship holder will be eligible to reapply in their second or subsequent year of study for the award.

Application details

Applicants are required to submit an application form and a copy of their academic record and/or CV to the Doctoral and Scholarships Office, by the specified closing date.

Value of scholarship

2,37,585 total value

Application deadline

1 November 2018

University of Otago New Frontiers Entrance Scholarship

Study level

Undergraduate

Eligibility requirements

Application for all Entrance Scholarships are normally open to students who meet the requirements

  • International students who have completed an internationally recognised qualification at an overseas high school, such as A Levels, International Baccalaureate, or ATAR, AND have achieved excellent grades may be invited to apply.

OR

  • Who have completed Year 12 and have completed or are in the process of completing Year 13 at a New Zealand school (or for International students an equivalent foundation level course at a New Zealand tertiary institution).

AND

  • Are intending to enrol or have enrolled for the first time for full-time degree-level, undergraduate study at the University of Otago.

BUT

  • Those who have studied more than 0.4 EFTs at any University or tertiary institution at degree-level or higher are not normally eligible.

Application details

You will be required to go through the first stages of enrolment at the University of Otago to access the Entrance Scholarship online application.

Value details

Between NZ $2,500 and NZ $5,000 (dependent on the level of academic achievement at school)

Application deadline

4 March 2019

Alan Musgrave Scholarship in Philosophy

Study level

Postgraduate

Eligibility requirements

Applications are open to international students, who do not qualify for domestic tuition fee rates, intending to enrol full-time in the year following selection, either in a one-year BA (Hons) in Philosophy followed by a Master’s degree by thesis in Philosophy, or in a Master’s degree by thesis in Philosophy.  

Application details

Every application must submit an application on the prescribed form to the University of Otago Doctoral and Scholarships Office by the specified closing date in the year preceding the intended tenure of the scholarship. 

Value details

Tuition fee waiver plus NZ $15,000 stipend per annum

Application deadline

1 September 2019

University of Otago Doctoral Scholarship

Study level

Postgraduate

Eligibility requirements

The University of Otago Doctoral Scholarship provides funding to support doctoral students studying at the University of Otago.

The Scholarship is available to both domestic and international students. Candidates for professional doctorates, as well as the PhD, are welcome to apply.

Applicants must usually be:

  • seeking to obtain their first doctoral qualification

Selection is based predominantly on academic merit and the applicant’s potential for research.

Application details

Applications for doctoral scholarships are made online through the eVision portal and can be made at any time of the year. Once you have applied for admission to your programme you will receive an alert in your student portal inviting you to apply for a scholarship.

Value details

Doctor of Philosophy – NZ $25,000 stipend per annum plus a domestic tuition fees waiver for 36 months (excludes student services fee and insurance) Professional Doctorates (DClinDent, DMA, DBA, EDd) – NZ $25,000 stipend per annum plus a tuition fee waiver for up to 36 months capped at the domestic rate (excludes student services fee and insurance).

University of Otago International Master's Research Scholarship

Study level

Postgraduate

Eligibility requirements

The University of Otago International Research Master's Scholarship provides funding to support international Master's students studying at the University of Otago.

Applicants must be:

  • obtaining their first Master's qualification
  • international students
  • undertaking a thesis-based Master's

Selection is based predominantly on academic merit and the applicant’s potential for research.

Application details

Applications for doctoral scholarships are made online through the eVision portal and can be made at any time of the year. Once you have applied for admission to your programme you will receive an alert in your student portal inviting you to apply for a scholarship.

Value details

NZ $13,000 stipend per annum plus a tuition fee waiver for 1 year capped at the domestic rate for Master's study (excludes student services fee and insurance)

University of Otago China Scholarship Council Doctoral Scholarship

Study level

Postgraduate

Eligibility requirements

Applicants must be: obtaining their first Doctoral qualification supported by the China Scholarship Council

1) Unless otherwise stated in these conditions or within the schedule, doctoral and Masters’ scholarships are open only to Domestic Fee Paying Students.3 International candidates studying for professional doctorates are eligible to apply but if awarded a scholarship the tuition fee waiver will be capped at the domestic rate.

2) In the case of applicants for a doctoral scholarship, confirmation of the scholarship is dependent on approval of their application for admission to the relevant doctoral programme and completion of the enrolment procedure.

Application details

Applications for doctoral scholarships are made online through the eVision portal and can be made at any time of the year. Once you have applied for admission to your programme you will receive an alert in your student portal inviting you to apply for a scholarship.

Value details

Tuition fee waiver for up to 4 years, full time study only and a top-up of the China Scholarship Council Scholarship monthly stipend to the value of an University of Otago Doctoral Scholarship stipend

University of Otago Coursework Master's Scholarship

Study level

Postgraduate

Eligibility requirements

Applications are open to international students who are:

  • intending to enrol full-time in the first year of a coursework master’s degree which does not include a thesis option; or,
  • electing to choose the research report or dissertation option in a master’s degree which also allows a thesis option.

Applicants who have previously completed a coursework Master’s degree at the University of Otago will not normally be eligible for award of the scholarship. The tenure of the scholarship is for one year only.

Application details

Application invitations are restricted by a nomination system. Once a student has been admitted to their programme of choice, the department will assess their suitability for scholarship funding and advise the Scholarships Office that they wish to nominate a candidate for this Coursework Masters Scholarship.

Value details

NZ $10,000 towards fees in the first instance

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