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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 NTRC. Fellowships for students to participate in the First Nations' Futures Programme at Stanford University are also offered annually.

Postgraduate and doctoral scholarships

Three NTRC scholarships are offered annually to Doctoral students which are worth $21,000, plus fees, for three years.

The NTRC also offers five scholarships annually for Postgraduate Diploma, Honours and Master's students. These scholarships are valued at $12,000 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 Research 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 hyperlinks to be taken to the details page, 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. 

Postgraduate Scholarship

Doctoral Scholarship

Applications for scholarships offered in 2022 will open Friday 24th September 2021.

Applications close 4.00pm Sunday 31st October 2021.

Please email NTRC Administrator for queries.

General information:

First Nations' Futures Programme

Ngāi Tahu participation is not going ahead for the First Nations' Futures Programme 2021 due to the implications of COVID-19. 

Please revisit the website for application information in 2022.

(Applications are usually taken from beginning April - end May)

For all enquiries

get in touch with the team