Liggins Institute

Scholarships and awards

If you enrol as a postgraduate student at The University of Auckland, then regardless of your background or where you live, you may be eligible for a scholarship.

Eligibility and how to apply

Scholarships and awards for postgraduate students range from one-off payments to scholarships that pay your tuition fees and living costs for up to four years. There are around 400 scholarships and awards available for a range of different criteria including:  

  • academic excellence
  • financial hardship
  • gender
  • Māori and Pacific students
  • students with disabilities.

For example, as a high-achieving student you could apply for a University of Auckland Masters/Honours/PGDip Scholarship, which offers $10,000 per annum plus the cost of your compulsory fees.

Get started by searching the University's database of scholarships and awards.

Applying for a scholarship at The University of Auckland is straightforward and the Scholarships Office staff can answer any queries you may have. Follow the key steps and familiarise yourself with the process for the selection and awarding of scholarships.

For more information, contact the Scholarships Office, or check fees and money matters for other ways to fund your studies.


University of Auckland PhD scholarships

University of Auckland PhD scholarships are awarded across the University to support academically excellent domestic students who completed their most recent qualifying programme at a New Zealand university.

Students who are New Zealand citizens or permanent residents with a grade point average (GPA) of 8.0 or above from their most recent New Zealand university qualifying programme are guaranteed a scholarship. Māori and domestic Pacific students with a GPA of 7.5 or above, from their most recent New Zealand university qualifying programme, will also be guaranteed a scholarship. Domestic and international candidates with a GPA (or equivalent) of 7.0 or above from their most recent qualifying programme will also be considered for a scholarship.

Find out how to apply for a doctoral programme at the Liggins Institute or check the current research projects.

Contact our Academic Director Associate Professor Mark Vickers for more information.
Phone: +64 9 923 6229


Agnes Paykel PhD scholarships

These prestigious scholarships for PhD research at the Liggins Institute are funded  through a generous gift from Mrs Agnes Paykel who, with her late husband Maurice, provided funding to establish the Paykel Clinical Research Unit at the Liggins Institute.

  • There are two scholarships available, each worth $27,000 per year for three years, plus compulsory domestic PhD fees and compulsory international student health insurance, if applicable.
  • To take up and be paid the scholarships, the recipients must have paid the fees, or arranged to pay the fees, for full-time enrolment in a PhD within the Liggins Institute and be engaged in basic or clinical research.
  • The scholarships are open to domestic students and domestic-fee paying international students.
  • Recipients will be chosen based on academic merit, the quality and nature of the proposed research topic, and endorsement by the host academic unit.

There are two scholarships available for students starting in 2017. The closing date for applications is 15 December 2016.

Read more and apply online at the Scholarships Office website.

See also Entry to doctoral programmes at the Liggins Institute


Summer Research Scholarships

Every year The University of Auckland offers Summer Research Scholarships to students who have completed at least two years of their undergraduate degree.

Students can undertake a supervised research project over the summer, usually run from November to February. The award is a $5,500 tax free stipend and applications open in June.  

Find more information about Summer Research Scholarships.


International students

As an international student, you could apply for the New Zealand International Doctoral Research Scholarship (NZIDRS). Funded by the New Zealand government, the scholarship covers:

  • University tuition fees and associated student levies for 3 years
  • An annual living stipend of NZ$25,000 or NZ$2083.33 per month for 36 months
  • Medical insurance coverage up to NZ$600 annually for 3 years

The scholarships are for doctoral candidates in the process of applying for entry to a New Zealand university as well as students already enrolled in a New Zealand university. To apply you must be a citizen of any country except New Zealand, Australia and Fiji, and you must hold a minimum equivalent 3.6/4.0 GPA or A/A+ average in your most recent or highest postgraduate tertiary qualification.

The scholarships are awarded based on academic excellence and the impact of the proposed research for New Zealand. Research projects should have a tangible, positive effect on:

  • New Zealand’s economy, in terms of international trade and business development in key sectors, or
  • New Zealand’s population in terms of health and safety, or
  • Research and scholarship in the above two areas

Find out more about the New Zealand International Doctoral Research Scholarship.