Woolf Fisher Scholarship


The Woolf Fisher Scholarships were established in 2003 by the Trustees of the Woolf Fisher Trust to honour Woolf Fisher as co-founder, with Maurice Paykel, of the company Fisher and Paykel Limited (1934) and foundation chairman of New Zealand Steel Limited (1965). In 1960 he established the Woolf Fisher Trust for the advancement of scientific and general education. Its prestigious Fellowship programme has provided extensive study travel overseas for nearly 1000 secondary teachers. Woolf Fisher's outstanding contributions to industry and education in New Zealand were recognised with a knighthood in 1964 and will be perpetuated by these Scholarships.

The Woolf Fisher Trust offers up to three Scholarships each year tenable at the University of Cambridge for three or four years of postgraduate research leading to a doctoral degree or equivalent.

Woolf Fisher Scholars will have shown outstanding academic ability and will possess many of the qualities admired by Woolf Fisher: integrity, kindness and generosity, leadership, boldness of vision and exceptional zeal, keenness and capacity for work.

The Trustees hope that the Woolf Fisher Scholars will make a commitment to New Zealand and that their careers will show a pattern of distinguished service to society that, directly or indirectly, will enhance the cultural level and moral strength of New Zealand.


The Scholarships are open to New Zealand citizens who:

a) are under the age of 30 in the year of application,
b) attended a secondary school in New Zealand
c) have graduated or are expected to graduate with a first-class honours degree from a university in New Zealand.

No application will be considered from a student already living outside of New Zealand and no award will be made for post-doctoral study.

Approximately $100,000 per annum
3 years
Closing Dates
01 Aug 2020

How to apply for this scholarship

You may apply through this webpage approximately 8 weeks before applications close. If it’s possible to apply on-line for this scholarship there will be a link above to the on-line system. If the link is not provided, please download and complete the application form located below.

However, if the scholarship is managed by Universities NZ or another department of the University an External Website link will appear below and application instructions will be available through that link.


Application required only. General (any College). Postgraduate. Domestic Students. Overseas Study.


While every effort has been made to ensure the above information is current and correct, applicants are advised to check the application forms and regulations for eligibility criteria, scholarship value and tenure, and closing dates.