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A strong focus for the Centre is creating quality postgraduates in order to create intellectual capital and leadership. A number of postgraduate scholarships are offered to students wishing to complete a thesis in an area which aligns with the objectives of the NTC. Fellowships for students to participate in the First Nations' Futures Programme at Stanford University are also offered annually.

Postgraduate and doctoral scholarships

Three NTC scholarships are offered annually to Doctoral students which are worth $28,000, plus fees, for three years.

The NTC also offers five scholarships annually for Postgraduate Diploma, Honours and Master's students. These scholarships are valued at $12,000 or $16,000 plus fees, for one year.

Scholarship recipients may be studying any discipline at the University, but preference will be given to applicants whose projects promote mātauranga Māori within the sciences, commerce, law or engineering and are linked to the mission and current research foci of the Ngāi Tahu Centre.

Subject matters of particular interest to the centre are: 

  • Environmental sciences
  • Indigenous and tribal economies
  • 19th Century textual translations of rare South Island manuscripts

To apply

Click on the hyperlink below to be taken to the UC Scholarships portal, search 'Ngāi Tahu' to bring up the scholarships, click on the relvanat scholarship and then click 'Apply' and log in to access the online application form. You can use any email address to create a login if you are not a UC student, or use your UC student Username and password to access the online portal. 

UC Scholarship Portal

NTC Postgraduate Scholarship Regulations

NTC Doctoral Scholarship Regulations

Applications for scholarships offered in 2023 will open Friday 5th September 2022.

Applications close 11:59 pm Sunday 31st October 2022.

Please email for queries.

First Nations' Futures Programme

First Nations' Futures Programme 

For all enquiries

get in touch with the team