Institute of Marine Science


Scholarships and awards

There are various scholarships available for postgraduate students conducting research in the area of coastal and marine science. In addition to subject-specific scholarships, the University and external organisations offer a wide range of general scholarships for postgraduate students, some of which are listed below. For more options search the scholarships database.

Scholarships for PhD students


Scholarship name For
Stanley Wishart Low Memorial Scholarship Established by a bequest from Dorothy Low for the purposes of assisting students undertaking research in the area of Marine Science. The Scholarship will be awarded to a candidate who is intending to enrol full-time in a PhD specialising in the area of Marine Science at The University of Auckland. The basis of selection will be academic merit and the merit and relevance of the proposed research to the academic mission of The University of Auckland's Leigh Marine Laboratory.
New Zealand International Doctoral Research Scholarships International students undertaking doctoral degrees by research in New Zealand universities
Commonwealth Scholarship Plan - New Zealand Citizens of Canada and UK
Shirtcliffe Fellowship PhD in Faculties of Arts, Science, Law, Commerce or Agriculture. 3 year term of $5000 pa
University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship For more information, please see the main University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarships page.
The Claude McCarthy Fellowship Category A: To enable graduates of a New Zealand university, who are registered and enrolled for a doctoral degree at a New Zealand university, to travel overseas for short periods to present research work at conferences, and/or conduct research leading towards the New Zealand doctoral degree.
Category B: To enable graduates of a New Zealand university whose normal occupation does not allow them to follow up original ideas and undertake research, to carry out research in a New Zealand university.
Doctoral Completion Awards Open to doctoral candidates at The University of Auckland who submit their theses for examination within 48 months (or within an equivalent period if enrolled part-time) from their date of first registration, and with the endorsement/approval of their supervisor, will receive $2,000 immediately after the submission.
Waikato-Tainui Doctoral Scholarship Applicants must be registered Waikato-Tainui tribal members who are resident and studying in New Zealand. Applicants must be enrolled in either full-time or part-time study in a doctoral programme at a New Zealand tertiary institution. 1 year tenure but any applicant can obtain up to 3 awards.
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Scholarships for PhD and/or MSc students


Scholarship name For
The Dick and Mary Earle Scholarship in Technology Innovation and product development in Bioprocess technology
Henry Kelsey Scholarship Postgraduate degree at a New Zealand University or research institution, for the purpose of studying muscular function
LB Wood Scholarship Graduates of a New Zealand university. Up to three years, must have graduated no more than three years prior to application
William Georgetti Scholarship Postgraduate study and research, normally in New Zealand, in a field that, in the opinion of the Scholarship Board, is important to the social, cultural or economic development of New Zealand.
AMP Scholarship Programme To support talented Kiwis by encouraging and assisting them to achieve their goals and ‘do their thing’. New Zealand citizens or permanent residents can apply. Arts, humanitarian, environmental, medical, science, business and academia.
University of Auckland Partnership Appeal Awards To assist students who have demonstrated the ability to succeed but are experiencing financial hardship in their final year of study Applicants must be New Zealand citizens or permanent residents of New Zealand. The basis of selection will be academic achievement and financial need.
NZFGW Fellowships To award Fellowships to women graduates for postgraduate study or research. Due consideration will be given to the purpose of the NZFGW to foster international understanding and friendship, to further the value of education, and to encourage participation in public life. Personal qualifications shall therefore be taken into account. The Fellow shall undertake as far as possible to keep in touch with FGW of the country of accreditation. $500-$20,000; 1 year
Harriette Jenkins Award Applicants must be a member of NZFGW of 6 months or more standing, completing a piece of research or furthering studies at a university or other tertiary institution and requiring financial help with incidental expenses such as books, equipment, child care, travel.
Eric Hall McCormick Scholarship Open to students of New Zealand Māori descent; $7500; 1 year
  • Must be enrolled in 2012 at the University of Auckland
  • Undertaking research which is of significant benefit to Maori
  • Must submit (in 100 words or less): I am undertaking research which will be beneficial to Māori because:...
Queen Elizabeth II Postgraduate Scholarship Open to Māori or Non-Māori graduates; $5000, 1 year
  • Must be undertaking research beneficial to Māori
  • Must be enrolled in 2012 at a tertiary institute in New Zealand or Overseas.
  • Must provide a written reference from your supervisor(s), regarding your research.
  • Must submit (in 100 words or less): I am undertaking research which will be beneficial to Māori:...
PIPEF Postgraduate Scholarship Applicants must provide proof of NZ residency or citizenship, Pacific Island descent, and proof that they are enrolled in postgraduate studies and have paid their fees. Pacific Islands Polynesian Education Foundation promotes and encourages the better education of Polynesians and provides financial assistance for Polynesian people undertaking tertiary study here in New Zealand. $2000, 1 year
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Scholarships for MSc students


Scholarship name For
George Mason Scholarships in Marine Science These scholarships were established by the George Mason Trust. One of the two scholarships is for work of relevance to the Taranaki region. Open to full-time students who have completed an appropriate Bachelor degree and are enrolled for and have paid or arranged to pay the fees payable in respect of any year of Postgraduate study in a Postgraduate Diploma in Science (Marine Science) or Master of Science (Marine Science) at The University of Auckland.
George Mason Scholarship for Sea Sponge Research The main purpose of the Scholarship is to encourage and support a Masters thesis student to undertake research that will increase knowledge on the biology of a potentially valuable sea sponge which is found in the Taranaki region.
Todd Foundation Awards for Excellence (Universities) Postgraduate projects that promote excellence, have a wide franchise and encourage the development of new concepts, technology or research which will benefit New Zealand. One year only.
University of Auckland Faculty of Science Alumni Masters Scholarships Degrees of Master of Science, Master of Bioscience Enterprise or Master of Speech Language Therapy Practice. Minimum GPA of 6.50 is required over the last 2 years of full-time study or equivalent.
University of Auckland Masters/Honours/PGDip Scholarship Masters degree, an approved Bachelors Honours degree, or, in the case where no Honours degree is available, an approved Postgraduate Diploma. New Zealand Citizens or Permanent Residents of New Zealand.
University of Auckland Māori and Pacific Graduate Scholarships (M/Hons/PGDip) Māori and Pacific students enrolled for an approved Masters degree, an approved Bachelors Honours degree, or, in the case where no Honours degree is available, an approved Postgraduate Diploma.
Kate Edger Educational Charitable Trust - Masters Degree Award To assist women for a year of study for a Master's Degree that includes either Coursework and/or a Research component.
New Zealand Association of Rationalists and Humanists Scholarship $1500, 1 year. To promote open-minded inquiry in any field. Objectivity, innovation, critical thinking, and use of the scientific method as a tool for investigation are aspects of enquiry particularly valued by Rationalists and Humanists. The Scholarship is intended for semi-independent postgraduate projects, and not for passive learning programmes such as lectures and exams.
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Other scholarships


Scholarship name For
Summer Research Scholarships Students must have completed at least two years of an undergraduate degree and have not yet commenced a masters or doctoral programme. Have a clearly defined project and suitable supervisor willing to supervise the project. The main purpose of these Scholarships is to give university students an opportunity to experience research, and to thereby encourage them to pursue postgraduate study. $5000, ten weeks.
Duffus Lubecki Scholarship NZ$600 for 1 year. For the encouragement of experimental research in Physics, Chemistry, Biology and the Medical Sciences. Normally, this Scholarship shall be awarded on the results of the thesis for the Masters degree.
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Scholarships database


In addition to subject-specific scholarships, the University and external organisations offer a wide range of general scholarships for postgraduate students.

Search the scholarships database

For more information about scholarships, visit the University’s scholarships website.

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