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Scholarships at The University of Waikato

There are 12 scholarships available at The University of Waikato.

University of Waikato International Excellence Scholarship

Study level

Undergraduate,Postgraduate

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • be a citizen of or currently studying in, one of the countries from the regions: North America, Latin America, Europe, East Asia, South Asia, South East Asia, Middle East, Africa. 
  • not currently be enrolled at the University of Waikato (including the Certificate of Attainment in Academic English, the Certificate of Attainment in Foundation Studies, the International Diploma of Business or Science or any other pre-degree pathway programme);
  • not have paid fees at the time of application;
  • be applying to enrol for the first time in either an undergraduate or postgraduate degree at the University of Waikato (except the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and Master of Philosophy (MPhil));
  • not be classified as a domestic student;
  • have met the University of Waikato’s English language requirements for admission, or have an offer for the Certificate of Attainment in Academic English at the University of Waikato, prior to beginning any studies through UOW;
  • have received a conditional or unconditional offer of place from the University of Waikato;
  • in the year of tenure, be commencing a full-time programme/s of study with a total duration of at least 12 months at the University of Waikato;
  • be residing in New Zealand for the tenure of the scholarship and may only study a maximum of 50% of their course online (if this option is available);
  • not be coming to the University of Waikato via a sponsoring body;
  • not be coming to the University of Waikato on a Guaranteed Credit Arrangement,or through a study abroad or student exchange agreement;
  • have a minimum GPA-equivalency of B+

The tenure is one year and the Scholarship is valid only within 12 months of the dates outlined in the Offer of Place.

Application details

Applications for the Scholarship can be submitted at any time. Applicants must be overseas at the time of submitting their application for the scholarship, and must submit their scholarship application prior to lodging a visa application to travel to New Zealand.

Applicants must upload the following as part of their online application:

  • their conditional or unconditional offer of place from the University of Waikato; and

A personal statement that sets out the following (on the template provided):

  • What are your career goals/aspirations?
  • How will an international education experience help you to achieve these goals?
  • What additional qualities/skills do you have that make you an ideal candidate for this scholarship and an ambassador for the University of Waikato?

Value details

Up to NZ $10,000 towards tuition fees

University of Waikato Research Masters Scholarship

Study level

Postgraduate

Eligibility requirements

  • Applicants must be enrolled, or intending to enrol, full-time in a 500-level thesis of 90-points or more as part of their first master’s degree at the University of Waikato.
  • Successful applicants must start their thesis enrolment within six months of the closing date of the round in which they applied, or the Scholarship offer will lapse.
  • The Scholarship is open to international students.
  • International students must have completed at least 120 points of study at a New Zealand university in order to be eligible for this Scholarship.

The tenure of the Scholarship is one year. However, when all or part of a recipient’s research does not take place within a 12-month period, some or all of their payments may be delayed to better align them with the period(s) of research.

Application details

Applicants must include with their application:

  • a Personal Statement on the template provided on the online Scholarship application form; and
  • an academic reference from either their (proposed) master’s thesis supervisor or a
  • member of the academic staff at the institution at which they obtained the qualification that defines their eligibility to enter the master’s programme.

Value details

Tier 1 - NZ $15,000 for 120-point thesis (or more), Tier 2 - NZ $12,000 for 90-point thesis, or Tier 3 - NZ $5,500 towards the tuition fees of the master's programme

Application deadline

Expected May 2021

Sir Edmund Hillary Senior Leader Scholarship

Study level

Undergraduate,Postgraduate

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for consideration, candidates must:

  • be a current or previous Sir Edmund Hillary Scholar intending to enrol full-time in a higher qualification1 at the University of Waikato in the year of tenure; and
  • have already graduated, or be expecting to graduate within the next six months, as a Sir Edmund Hillary Scholar; and
  • have achieved a minimum grade average of A- for their most recent 120 points of study; and
  • be accepted into their programme of study.

The Scholarship will have a tenure of one year, and may be held on more than one occasion (i.e., previous holders of the Scholarship may apply for it again)

Previous recipients of this Scholarship may apply for it again as long as they received at least an A- average during the year they were supported by the Scholarship and meet all of the other eligibility criteria above

Application details

As part of the online application process, each candidate must submit:

A personal statement outlining:

  • Why undertaking a higher degree is important to the candidate, their future ambitions and ability to represent the Sir Edmund Hillary Scholarship Programme;
  • Their previous leadership experience, especially in regards to their sport or art, community and at the University during their time as a Sir Edmund Hillary Scholar, and their leadership plans for the year of tenure;
  • How their achievements demonstrate alignment to the values of Sir Edmund Hillary; and
  • Any other information that may be of relevance to the Selection Panel.

Applicants should seek submission of two references in support of their application that
attest to the applicant’s leadership qualities and potential.

Value details

A tuition fees credit of up to NZ $7,500 and a 12-month membership to UniRec

Application deadline

Expected May 2021

University of Waikato Taught Postgraduate Scholarship

Study level

Undergraduate,Postgraduate

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible, applicants must be:

  • enrolling in 500-level taught papers; OR
  • enrolling in 400-level taught papers
  • Scholarships are awarded on academic merit, with a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of A- required. Normally, GPA calculations will be based on the equivalent of the applicant’s last two years of full-time study.
  • Past recipients may apply for subsequent Taught Postgraduate Scholarships if they continue to meet the eligibility criteria.
  • The Scholarship is open to international students.
  • International students must have completed at least 120 points of study at a New Zealand university.

The Scholarship will have a maximum tenure of six months and must be taken up in the
six months for which it is offered.

Application details

Applications must be submitted prior to the commencement of the papers for which
funding is being sought.

Value details

The value of the Scholarship will be: Total 60 points = NZ $3,000; Total 45 points = NZ $2,250; Total 30 points = NZ $1,500; Total 15 points = NZ $750

Application deadline

Expected May 2021

The University of Waikato GEMS Scholarship

Study level

Undergraduate

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • be a student of a school of the GEMS Education Network;
  • not currently be enrolled at the University of Waikato;
  • must not have paid fees at the time of application,
  • be applying to enrol for the first time in an undergraduate level programme at the University of Waikato;
  • not be classified as a domestic student;
  • have met the University of Waikato’s English language requirements for admission;
  • have received a conditional of unconditional offer of Place from the University of Waikato;
  • in the year of tenure, be commencing a full-time programme/s of study in A and B Semester;
  • be residing in New Zealand for the tenure of the scholarship;
  • not be coming to the University of Waikato via a sponsoring body; and
  • not be coming to the University of Waikato on a Guaranteed Credit Arrangement, or through a study abroad or student exchange agreement

The tenure is one year (two semesters) and the Scholarship is valid only within the year for which it is awarded.

Application details

Applications for the Scholarship must be received using the online application form. 

Closing Date: 1 December for A semester or 15 May for B semester.

Value details

Up to NZ $10,000

Application deadline

Expected May 2021

University of Waikato Doctoral Scholarship

Study level

Postgraduate

Eligibility requirements

The Scholarship is open to international students.

  • The Scholarship is for candidates enrolling in a doctoral qualification, i.e. a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA), Doctor of Education (EdD), or Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD), at the University of Waikato.
  • Candidates will normally be seeking to obtain their first doctoral qualification.
  • Candidates should normally be intending to study full-time at the University of Waikato
  • Candidates employed by the University of Waikato will not be eligible for the Scholarship, except when permission is granted.

The total term of the Doctoral Scholarship will not exceed 36 months (three years) of full-time doctoral enrolment. For candidates enrolling in an EdD or SJD programme, the tenure of the Doctoral Scholarship will begin on the date that they commence their Part 1 EdD or SJD enrolment.

Application details

As part of their Application to Enrol in a doctoral degree at the University of Waikato, candidates will have the opportunity to request that they be considered for a University of Waikato Doctoral Scholarship.

Value details

The value of the Scholarship shall be a living allowance of up to NZ $25,000 per annum and the domestic tuition fees and Student Services Levy

Application deadline

Expected June 2021

Computer Science Undergraduate Scholarship

Study level

Undergraduate

Eligibility requirements

The Computer Science Undergraduate Scholarship examination serves two purposes. The first is to identify excellent students to whom scholarships can be awarded. The second is to identify students for whom direct placement into advanced classes may be appropriate.

To be eligible, candidates must:

  • be intending to enrol full-time in a BCMS(Hons), BSc, BSc(Tech), BE(Hons) or BDes degree, in one of the computing streams, at the University of Waikato;
  • meet the entry requirements for their chosen programme of study (for further information, please check the SCMS website or SCMS Handbook);
  • currently be in Year 12 or Year 13; and
  • be an international student studying at a New Zealand secondary school.

The Scholarship will have a maximum tenure of one year.

Application details

For further information, please contact the university website.

Value details

The Scholarships will each have a value of NZ $5,000

Te Piringa - Faculty of Law Graduate Scholarship

Study level

Postgraduate

Eligibility requirements

Te Piringa – Faculty of Law Graduate Scholarship will be awarded annually to encourage
meritorious students to participate in Te Piringa – Faculty of Law Master of Laws
programme.

  • Candidates must be eligible for admission and be enrolling full-time in a Master of Laws at Te Piringa - Faculty of Law at the University of Waikato in the year of tenure.
  • The Scholarship is open to international students.
  • Candidates employed by the University of Waikato will not be eligible for the Scholarship however, employment as a sessional assistant, or similar, may be permitted.

The Scholarship will be credited to the recipient’s tuition fees upon confirmation that the
candidate is fully enrolled in an approved programme of study.

The Scholarship will have a maximum tenure of one year and must be taken up in the year
for which it is offered.

Application details

Along with the prescribed application form, each applicant must submit:

a) a personal statement (using the prescribed template); and

b) an academic reference.

International students enrolling at the University of Waikato for the first time must provide a verified copy of their qualifying academic transcripts and include a grading scale where possible.

Value details

Up to NZ $5,000

University of Waikato Tauranga Campus International Bursary

Study level

Undergraduate,Postgraduate

Eligibility requirements

The University of Waikato established The University of Waikato Tauranga Campus International Bursary to be offered to international students who have applied and received an offer of place for study at the University’s Tauranga Campus.

  • The Bursary will be applied to the first year of full-time undergraduate or postgraduate programme of study at the University’s Tauranga Campus. All postgraduate programmes except the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and Master of Philosophy (MPhil) are eligible.
  • The Bursary will be awarded to all international students, enrolling full-time to study at the University of Waikato Tauranga Campus in the first year of the programme. Includes Toi Ohomai students who have completed diplomas covered by formal guaranteed credit agreements between Toi Ohoimai and the University of Waikato.
  • The Bursary must be taken up in the two semesters immediately following the period of determination of eligibility.
  • Candidates must remain enrolled full-time for the tenure of the Bursary
  • To be eligible, candidates must not be coming to the University of Waikato via a sponsoring body and not be coming to the University of Waikato on a Guaranteed Credit Arrangement through a study abroad or student exchange agreement. 

The Bursary will be applied to tuition fees only and is not transferrable. 

Application details

No application is required.

Value details

Up to NZ $10,000

University of Waikato Master of Engineering Practice International Bursary

Study level

Postgraduate

Eligibility requirements

The University of Waikato has established the University of Waikato Master of Engineering Practice International Bursary to be offered to international students who have applied and received an offer for the Master of Engineering Practice (180-points)

  • The Bursary will be applied to the first year of full-time (180-points) enrolment in the Master of Engineering Practice at the University of Waikato.
  • The Bursary will be awarded to all international students, enrolling full-time in the Master of Engineering Practice programme (180-points).
  • Candidates must remain enrolled full-time for the tenure of the Bursary (180-points)
  • To be eligible, candidates must not be coming to the University of Waikato via a sponsoring body and not be coming to the University of Waikato on a Guaranteed Credit Arrangement through a study abroad or student exchange agreement.  

The Bursary will be applied to tuition fees only and is not transferrable. 

Application details

No application is required.

Value details

Up to NZ $10,000

Waikato Pathways College International High Achiever Progression Bursary

Study level

Undergraduate

Eligibility requirements

The Bursary is open to all international students, enrolling in a full-time undergraduate programme, who studied a Certificate of Attainment in Foundation Studies or Certificate of University Preparation at Waikato Pathways College in the preceding 12 months. There is no application process; students who achieve an A grade average over their first 60-points (Accelerated Foundation Studies or Certificate of University Preparation) or 120-points (Standard Foundation Studies) will be automatically eligible for the High Achiever Progression Bursary for their next 120-points.

The Bursary will be applied to the first year of full-time (120-points) international tuition fees of the undergraduate degree.

The Bursary must be taken up in the two semesters immediately following the period of determination of eligibility.

Eligible candidates will have their results assessed automatically at the completion of the Certificate of Attainment in Foundation Studies or Certificate of University Preparation. Candidates must remain enrolled full-time for the tenure of the Bursary.

To be eligible, candidates must not be coming to the University of Waikato via a sponsoring body and not be coming to the University of Waikato on a Guaranteed Credit Arrangement or through a study abroad or student exchange agreement.

The Bursary will be applied to tuition fees only and is not transferrable.

Application details

No application is required.

Value details

Up to NZ $5,000

University of Waikato Master of Applied Finance International Bursary

Study level

Postgraduate

Eligibility requirements

The University of Waikato has established the University of Waikato Master of Applied Finance International Bursary to be offered to international students who have applied for and received an offer for the Master of Applied Finance (180-points) in A Trimester.

  • The Bursary will be applied to the first year of full-time (180-points) enrolment in the Master of Applied Finance at the University of Waikato.
  • The Bursary will be awarded to all international students, enrolling full-time in the Master of Applied Finance programme (180-points) commencing in A trimester.
  • The Bursary must be taken up in the two trimesters immediately following the period of determination of eligibility
  • Candidates must remain enrolled full-time for the tenure of the Bursary (180-points).
  • To be eligible, candidates must not be coming to the University of Waikato via a sponsoring body and not be coming to the University of Waikato on a Guaranteed Credit Arrangement through a study abroad or student exchange agreement.

The Bursary will be applied to tuition fees only and is not transferrable.

Application details

No application is required.

Value details

Up to NZ $5,000