Scholarships - Pacific Students - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

Scholarships & Awards

There are a variety of scholarships and grants that can help finance university study for Pacific students.

Pacific Health Scholarships

The Pacific Health Scholarships contribute to improving access to health services for Pacific peoples by assisting the development of the Pacific health and disability workforce.

The scholarships provide financial assistance to students who are undertaking a course in health or disability-related studies accredited by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) or the New Zealand Vice Chancellors Committee.

Applications close 1 February 2017.

For further information or to apply online, click here.

Toloa Scholarships

The Ministry for Pacific Peoples offers eight Toloa Scholarships for Pacific students to pursue studies in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects.

The scholarships are each valued at up to $25,000, which will be paid over a period of three years to the successful first year undergraduate or postgraduate recipients. Recipients will  also receive some mentoring during the course of their studies.

For more information click here

Applications close Friday 20 January 2017.

Reserve Bank of New Zealand Māori and Pacific Islands Scholarship

The scholarship is open to Māori and Pacific Island university students who have completed Economics, Finance or Banking studies at the 100 level (completed first year of university in 2016), who attained at least a B+ grade and who intend to continue studying to Honours level. Please note that students who are entering their first year of university are not eligible.

Applicants must be studying full time at a New Zealand university. The scholarship will be continued for for you up to Honours level (fourth year) providing you continue to major in Economics, Finance or Banking and perform to the required standard (Maintain a B+average).

The scholarship is valued at $1,500 in the first year, increased to $2,500 in the second year and $3,500 in the final year of study.

The successful applicant will be paired with a Reserve Bank staff member who will act as a mentor.

For further information click here or email

Applications close 19 March 2017

MFAT Field Research Awards

The goal of these awards is to support research by New Zealand students on development issues of relevance to the New Zealand Aid Programme and to foster capacity of future New Zealand development professionals.

The awards are provided to NZ citizens or permanent residents who undertake field research of 4+ weeks as part of their post-graduate study. The awards fund field research costs up to $4000 for Masters and up to $6000 for PhD.

The funding prioritises research in the Pacific, but is open to other eligible research locations and themes (as below) that line up with the New Zealand Aid Programme Strategic Plan 2015-19.

Any questions regarding requirements for applications should be directed to one of the following DevNet steering committee members:

Kelly Dombroski 
Regina Scheyvens 
John Overton

Applications are due by 4 February 2017 to

Further details on the awards can be found in the application form, regulations and eligible research & themes below:

Application Form 2017

Eligible Research Location and Themes 2017

Award Regulations 2017

Pacific Achievers College Awards

At the end of each year, students from each college are selected based on academic merit to receive an Achievers College Award. The successful award recipients are presented with a Certificate of Achievement and a $500 cash award.

College of Education Māori and Pasifika Scholarships

Five scholarships are available to first year students, equal to the full first year fees. Two are reserved for Māori and two for Pasifika with the last being for either group.

UC Emerging Leaders’ Scholarships

There are over 100 UC Emerging Leaders’ Scholarships available to first-year undergraduate students intending to study full-time at the University of Canterbury. They are awarded on the basis of academic achievement, potential leadership and sporting/cultural involvement. Six of these scholarships are for students from Aranui High School, Catholic Cathedral College, Hillmorton High School, Hornby High School, Linwood College and Mairehau High School and one is for Pacific students.

College of Arts Pacific Scholar

One student of Pacific descent will be named a ‘College of Arts Pacific Scholar’ and awarded a scholarship of up to 1 EFTS of their domestic tuition fees.

Pacific Summer Studentships

Summer Studentships in Pacific Health Research are available to introduce research to those students who have the potential to develop careers involving Pacific health research. Applications for 2016 closed in August. Click here for more information.

Student loans and allowances

For information on student loans and allowances, contact StudyLink on 0800 88 99 00.

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