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Postgraduate Scholarships

You can apply for a range of scholarships and awards when you enrol as a postgraduate student in Te Aka Mātuatua - School of Science. The strength of our research activities attracts considerable investment from both national funding agencies and local organisations. As a result, most of our postgraduate students are supported financially through one or more scholarships.

The School of Graduate Research administers all merit-based scholarships, including the prestigious University of Waikato Doctoral Scholarships. These scholarships have specific application deadlines each year.

Scholarships that are associated with specific research contracts, are advertised at the bottom of this page. Ensure that you follow us on Twitter to be the first to hear about new funded scholarship opportunities as they become available.


Doctoral scholarships

Up to 75 PhD scholarships are awarded each year to high-achieving students from Aotearoa and overseas.

Applications close 31 January, 31 May and 30 September, each year.


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Research contract scholarships

Most of our research contracts include scholarships for PhD or Master's students that you can apply for at the bottom of the page.


Research contract scholarship opportuntities

Master's scholarships

The University of Waikato offers a number of taught and research scholarships to support postgraduate study.

Applications close 31 October each year.


Master's research scholarships
Taught postgraduate scholarships

Scholarships finder

There are a large number of additional science postgraduate scholarships that you may be eligible for.

Some of these are for specific science subjects or priority learners.


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Scholarships funded from research contracts available now