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04 March 2024

UC offers a diverse range of scholarships to support students for study towards a research doctoral degree at Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha | University of Canterbury. Find out more about doctoral scholarships at UC.

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Whakamāramatanga | Key information

The UC Doctoral Scholarship and associated scholarships are now considered as part of the application-to-enrol process. Therefore, an application to study in a doctoral degree programme at UC is regarded as an application for most of our doctoral scholarships. Meeting the requirements for enrolment in a doctoral degree is one of the requirements for receiving a UC Doctoral Scholarship and/or an associated scholarship, and submitting the enrolment application will ensure you have provided all the required information for a scholarship application.

Along with being considered for the UC Doctoral Scholarship, applicants are also considered for all the other scholarships listed in the regulations of the UC scholarships for doctoral students. These scholarships are a mix of awards, which recognise success within certain categories (academic, women, Māori, Pasifika/Pacific students, etc.). 

The UC Doctoral Scholarship and associated scholarships, along with other UC-funded doctoral scholarships, are grouped into three categories. These, and their co-tenability conditions, are:

  • Core – Not co-tenable with any other Core scholarships.
  • Prestige – Co-tenable with Core scholarships.
  • Recognition – Co-tenable with Core scholarships and do not include additional monetary value.

To be eligible for the Prestige and Recognition scholarships, applicants must have already been awarded a Core scholarship. Because of this, Prestige and Recognition scholarships are awarded at the end of each academic year. If an applicant is awarded a Prestige scholarship, its value is added to the value of the Core Scholarship, so a stipend of $30,000 p.a. is increased to $35,000 p.a.

CORE DOCTORAL SCHOLARSHIPSPRESTIGE DOCTORAL SCHOLARSHIPSRECOGNITION DOCTORAL SCHOLARSHIPS
UC Doctoral Scholarship - $30,000 p.a. stipend (increased to $32,000 in 2025) + tuition feesBrownlie Scholarship - $5,000 p.a. stipend top-up to Core Scholarship

Canterbury Scholarship (Name only)

UC Doctoral Scholarship for Students with Disabilities - $30,000 p.a. stipend (increased to $32,000 in 2025) + tuition feesNgata Centenary Doctoral Scholarship - $5,000 p.a. stipend top-up to Core Scholarship
UC Aho Hīnātore | Accelerator Scholarship ($30,000 p.a. stipend (increased to $32,000 in 2025) + tuition feesRoper Scholarship in Science - $5,000 p.a. stipend top-up to Core Scholarship
Doctoral Graduate Women Canterbury (Inc.) Trust Board Scholarship - $24,500 p.a. stipend onlyWilliam and Ina Cartwright Scholarship - $5,000 p.a. stipend top-up to Core Scholarship
UC Matariki Doctoral Scholarship - $30,000 p.a. stipend (increased to $32,000 in 2025) + tuition fees

UC Pacific/Pasifika Doctoral Scholarship - $30,000 p.a. stipend (increased to $32,000 in 2025) + tuition fees

Rātā Foundation Scholarship - $24,500 p.a. stipend only

Research Cluster Scholarships 

UC Connect Doctoral Scholarship - $30,000 p.a. stipend (increased to $32,000 in 2025) + tuition fees

UC-based Food Transitions 2050 Doctoral Scholarship - $30,000 p.a. stipend (increased to $32,000 in 2025) + tuition fees

 
Start your application for enrolment (and consequently your application for the UC Doctoral Scholarship and associated scholarships) here

Discover other scholarships that may assist in funding your doctoral studies below.

Please note: These scholarships are subject to funding availability and are reviewed each year. The UC Scholarships Office administers most of these scholarships and the table does not reflect the departmental scholarships available (enquire about these with your relevant department). Please search our scholarships database for all scholarships currently available.

Brownlie Scholarship

The scholarship is awarded to the first-ranked candidate for the UC Doctoral Scholarship in the year of the award. Candidates must have been offered a UC Core Doctoral Scholarship in the year of the award. The scholarship provides financial assistance at a value of NZ$5,000 per 120 points of enrolment.

 

Doctoral Graduate Women Canterbury (Inc.) Trust Board Scholarship

Candidates must be citizens of Aotearoa New Zealand who identify as female. Candidates must have been offered admission to a doctoral programme at the University of Canterbury. The award amount is $24,500 per 120 points of thesis enrolment. The recipient may elect to deduct their tuition fees from this amount.

 

Dr Russell Smith Memorial Scholarship

The scholarship is available only in even-numbered years, to undergraduate and postgraduate students who are enrolled full-time at the University of Canterbury. Applicants must be blind or have a significant visual impairment. The award amount is $2,000 per annum.
Closing date: 31 March

 

Ngai Tahu Research Centre Doctoral Scholarship

For a research doctoral degree programme that is facilitated by the Ngāi Tahu Research Centre. Recipients may be studying any discipline at the University, but preference will be given to applicants whose projects promote mātauranga Māori and that are linked to the mission and current research foci of the Ngāi Tahu Research Centre. The award amount is $21,000 per 120 points of thesis enrolment + tuition fees for thesis enrolment only, at the Aotearoa New Zealand domestic rate.
Closing date: 31 October

 

Rātā Foundation Scholarship

Candidates must have been offered admission to a doctoral programme at the University of Canterbury and have a permanent address that is in one of the four regions of the Rātā Foundation. For the boundaries of the four regions of the Rātā Foundation, see https://www.ratafoundation.org.nz/who-we-are. The award amount is $24,500 per 120 points of thesis enrolment + tuition fees for thesis enrolment only, at the Aotearoa New Zealand domestic rate.

 

UC Doctoral Scholarship

Candidates must have been offered admission to a doctoral programme at the University of Canterbury.  Candidates must have completed an appropriate qualification at a level judged to be equivalent to a bachelor’s or master’s degree with first-class honours at University of Canterbury (equivalent to a UC GPA of at least 7.0). The award amount is $28,000 (from 1 Jan 2022) per 120 points of thesis enrolment + tuition fees for thesis enrolment only, at the Aotearoa New Zealand domestic rate.

 

UC Doctoral Scholarship for Students with Disabilities

Candidates must have been offered admission to a doctoral programme at the University of Canterbury and have a disability that significantly impairs their ability to study. The award amount is $28,000 (from 1 Jan 2022) per 120 points of thesis enrolment + tuition fees for thesis enrolment only, at the Aotearoa New Zealand domestic rate.
Closing date: 15 October

 

UC Matariki Doctoral Scholarship

Candidates must have been offered admission to a doctoral programme at the University of Canterbury and have whakapapa Māori. The award amount is $28,000 (from 1 Jan 2022) per 120 points of thesis enrolment + tuition fees for thesis enrolment only, at the Aotearoa New Zealand domestic rate.

 

UC Pacifika Doctoral Scholarship

Candidates must have been offered admission to a doctoral programme at the University of Canterbury and be Pasifika. The award amount is $28,000 (from 1 Jan 2022) per 120 points of thesis enrolment + tuition fees for thesis enrolment only, at the Aotearoa New Zealand domestic rate.

 

Helen Macmillan Brown Bursary

Female first-year undergraduate students who are residents of a hall or village that the University recognises as being affiliated with the University. The award amount is $2,500 (up to ten).
Closing date: 15 August

 

HOPE Foundation Scholarship in Ageing Research: University of Canterbury

Applicants must be New Zealand citizens or holders of New Zealand residence class visas. Applicants must be enrolled, or intending to enrol, full-time or part-time at the University in a programme for a master’s or doctoral degree with research on a topic related to ageing. The award amount is $6,000.
Closing date: 31 October

 

Sir William Hartley Scholarship

The scholarship is tenable by students engaged in study for a research doctoral degree at a European university. Preference is given to those who will be studying at the University of Cambridge, the University of London, or the University of Oxford. Applicants must be female. The award amount is $20,000 per annum for 3 consecutive years.
Closing date: 1 November

 

Westpac Southland Scholarship

Applicants must have completed at least one academic year at the University of Canterbury and whose earlier youth was spent substantially in Southland and whose parents, or guardian, are resident in Southland at the time of the award. The award amount is $1,000 for 2 years.
Closing date: 31 March

 

UC Research Publication Prize

The prize is available to students enrolled in Research Master’s or Doctoral Studies and who have submitted their thesis for examination within the last 9 months. Students must be the lead author of a manuscript, published after 1st January 2023 and have listed the University of Canterbury as their institutional address on the article. The award amount is $1,000.

 

Edward Gibbon Wakefield Doctoral Scholarship

Open to University of Canterbury doctoral students in all subject areas; however, preference will be given to applicants studying a subject in the Humanities, Creative Arts, Law, Music, or Political Science.
Applicants must enrol in a doctoral programme at, or otherwise be attached to Christ Church, Oxford. The scholarship shall be offered to a candidate who was born in New Zealand. The value will be determined by the level of the Scholarship’s funds, including supplementation from Christ Church, Oxford, and should be sufficient to meet at least most of the direct costs associated with one year’s study at Oxford University.
Closing date: 1 November

 

Chalky Carr Scholarship

Applicants must be citizens of New Zealand or holders of New Zealand residence class visas and be intending or current full-time or part-time students in undergraduate or postgraduate degree programmes at the University. Applicants must have been affected by a cancer experience, either directly or through a close relative. The award amount is $10,000.
Closing date: 31 October

 

Dr Richard P Garland Scholarship

To support organic chemistry research in students undertaking full-time PhD studies in the School of Physical and Chemical Sciences at Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha | University of Canterbury. The award amount is $30,000 per annum per 120 points of enrolment.
Closing date: 30 January

Barbara Mito Reed Award

The scholarship is open to graduates of the University of Canterbury enrolled, or intending to enrol, in a postgraduate programme in a field of Japanese studies at the University of Canterbury or at a university in Japan. The scholarship is open to citizens or permanent residents of New Zealand, excluding native speakers of Japanese. The award amount is $1,000.
Closing date: 31 March

 

Bickerton-Widdowson Trust Memorial Scholarship

Open to any student of the School of Fine Arts. The award amount is $2,000.
Closing date: 1 November

 

The C. Wright Mills Scholarship in Anthropology

Available annually to students enrolled, or intending to enrol, full time or part time, at the University of Canterbury in a programme for an MA by thesis in Anthropology or a PhD in Anthropology. The scholarship is open to graduates of any university in New Zealand or of the University of the South Pacific. The award amount is $3,750 per annum.
Closing date: 1 November

 

Ethel Rose Overton Scholarship

Applicants must be enrolled, or intending to enrol, at the University in a programme for one of the following degrees:

  • Bachelor of Arts with Honours (BA(Hons)) in Art History, Art Theory, or Fine Arts
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours (BFA(Hons))
  • Master of Arts (MA) in Art History, Art Theory, or Fine Arts
  • Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Art History, Art Theory, or Fine Arts

Applications from previous recipients are considered and are given equal consideration with applications from those who have not held the scholarship before.

The award amount is:

  • PhD students: Up to $30,000 ($10,000 pa)
  • MFA students: $7,500
  • BFA(Hons) and MA (Part II) students: $5,000
  • BA(Hons) and MA (Part I) students: $3,000

Closing date: 1 November

 

Farina Thompson Charitable Trust Music Scholarship

Applicants must be enrolled, or intending to enrol, full-time at the University in a degree programme with a major in Music. Applicants must be citizens of New Zealand or holders of New Zealand residence class visas. The award amount is $10,000.
Closing date: 1 November

 

Three Nations Conference Award

Māori or Pasifika students, or students who are indigenous to states or territories of Australia, whose financial circumstances would otherwise preclude them from undertaking postgraduate study in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Canterbury. The award amount is $1,000.
Closing date: 31 March

 

Edward Gibbon Wakefield Doctoral Scholarship

Open to University of Canterbury doctoral students in all subject areas; however, preference will be given to applicants studying a subject in the Humanities, Creative Arts, Law, Music, or Political Science. Applicants must enrol in a doctoral programme at, or otherwise be attached to Christ Church, Oxford. The scholarship shall be offered to a candidate who was born in New Zealand. The value will be determined by the level of the Scholarship’s funds, including supplementation from Christ Church, Oxford, and should be sufficient to meet at least most of the direct costs associated with one year’s study at Oxford University.
Closing date: 1 November

Department of Economics and Finance PhD Scholarship

Open to applicants who are enrolled full-time or part-time and engaged in study for a PhD degree in the Department of Economics and Finance at the University. All students who are enrolled in, or have received an unconditional offer for a place, in a programme for a PhD in Economics or Finance at the University and who cannot secure sufficient funding from another source (see Clause 6 of the regulations) will be awarded a scholarship. The current scholarship covers the fees for up to 3 years of study. No application is necessary.

 

UC Te Kaupeka Ture Faculty of Law PhD Fees Scholarship

Open to applicants who are enrolled full-time or part-time and engaged in study for a PhD degree in the Te Kaupeka Ture | Faculty of Law at the University. Applicants must be applying for admission to a doctoral programme and be intending to begin their research in the year following the year of application. Recipients may not already hold a research doctoral degree. The current scholarship covers the fees for up to 3 years of study.
Closing date: 1 December

William and Ina Cartwright Scholarship

Top-ranked candidates who have been selected for a UC Core Doctoral Scholarship and are/will be studying the discipline of Education. The scholarship is awarded to the first-ranked candidate who had not been offered a UC Prestige Doctoral Scholarship in the year of the award and who will be studying the discipline of Education. The scholarship provides financial assistance at a value of $5,000 per annum for four years for the doctoral programme at the domestic rate.

 

Gertrude Ardagh Holmes Bursary Fund

Preference shall be given to students who desire to undertake a medical course and are hindered by financial strain and who would struggle in continuing their studies. Assistance may be continued to such students after they have proceeded to a medical or dental school in another New Zealand university. Candidates must be citizens of Aotearoa New Zealand or holders of Aotearoa New Zealand residence class visas.
Closing date: 31 March

Electric Power Engineering Centre (EPECentre) Postgraduate Scholarship

Candidates must be enrolled, or intending to enrol, in a programme for a Master of Engineering (ME) or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree involving research in electric Power Engineering. Candidates must be citizens of New Zealand or holders of New Zealand residence class visas. The award amount is $25,000 per annum for up to three years. Applications must be submitted in writing to the Director of the Electric Power Engineering Centre and can be at any time.

 

H J Hopkins Postgraduate Scholarship in Civil Engineering

Applicable for students enrolled for an ME or PhD degree in the Department of Civil and Natural Resources Engineering at the University of Canterbury, and shall be tenable for a period of up to 18 months (for ME) or up to 3 years (for PhD). The award amount is $5,000 per annum.
Closing date: 15 October

 

Keith Laugesen Scholarship

Full-time enrolment for a PhD in the College of Engineering or the College of Science and must be citizens of New Zealand or holders of New Zealand residence class visas. There may be only one holder at a time. The award amount is $24,500 per annum for three years.
Closing date: 15 October

 

Owen Browning Scholarships in Forestry

Applicants must be studying towards the MForSc degree, for one year in the case of a scholar studying for the MSc degree in Environmental Science (who is wholly supervised by the School of Forestry), and for two years in the case of a scholar studying for the PhD degree in Forestry or Forestry Engineering. Shall be open to students who have been admitted or who are eligible for admission to postgraduate studies in Forestry at the University of Canterbury. The award amount is dependent on available funds.
Closing date: 1 November

 

UC Civil and Natural Resources Engineering PhD Scholarship

Full-time enrolment in a PhD programme at University of Canterbury in the Department of Civil and Natural Resources Engineering. If the candidate is selected for a scholarship, they will be required to go through a separate admission process managed by UC’s central Admissions Office: https://www.canterbury.ac.nz/enrol/doctoral/. The award amount is $28,000 per annum for up to three years plus tuition fees.
Closing date: 15 July

B G Wybourne Scholarship in Physics or Astronomy

The scholarship shall be awarded to a student enrolling at the postgraduate level (either M.Sc Part II or Ph.D.) in Physics or Astronomy. It will be tenable only by a candidate who during the tenure of the award pursues full-time study in one of these courses in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Canterbury. All candidates applying for a University of Canterbury Masters' or Doctoral Scholarship (or higher award) in Physics or Astronomy by 15 October of the preceding year will be considered for the award of the B G Wybourne Scholarship. No further application is necessary. The award amount will cover tuition fees (value TBD).

 

Betty Wignall Scholarship in Chemistry

Applicants must be enrolled, full-time or part-time, in a programme for a PhD in Chemistry at the University. There may be only one holder of the scholarship at a time. The award amount is $5,000 per annum for three years.
Closing date: 15 May

 

Brian Mason Doctoral Scholarship

Applications must be made prior to, or within six months after, enrolment in a programme for a PhD degree in Geology at the University. An applicant must have completed an appropriate qualification at a level judged to be equivalent to a bachelor’s or master’s degree with first-class honours at the University of Canterbury (equivalent to a UC GPA of at least 7.0). You can only apply twice for this scholarship. The award amount is $25,000 per annum. In addition, the scholarship covers tuition fees for doctoral enrolment only, at the New Zealand domestic rate. The closing date is advertised as funding and research opportunities become available for the scholarship.

 

Charles Cook, Warwick House, Memorial Scholarship

The scholarship will be available to applicants who intend to conduct research or postgraduate study, either full-time or part-time, at the University of Canterbury, and who have completed the requirements to graduate from a university in New Zealand with one of the following qualifications:

  • a Master of Science degree (MSc)
  • a Bachelor of Science with Honours degree (BSc(Hons))
  • a bachelor’s degree

Preference will be given to applicants who have completed the requirements to graduate with an MSc or a BSc(Hons) and who intend to carry out research in one of the sciences. Further preference will be given to applicants who intend to complete at least 1.00 EFTS of study at the University. The award amount is $1,000.
Closing date: 1 November

 

Dennis William Moore Fund

The fund will be to support research in astronomy at the University of Canterbury Mt John Observatory by the staff and students of the University of Canterbury. The fund will be used each year for different purposes in response to whoever is successful. The award amount is to be determinded each year. Applications may be made to the Head of the School of Physical and Chemical Sciences at any time.

 

Dennis William Moore Scholarship

Open to thesis student's in astronomy who has been or will be undertaking observational work at Mt John as part of his/her thesis work. The award amount is $5,000 per annum for three years.
Closing date: 1 November

 

Dr Richard P Garland Scholarship

To support organic chemistry research in students undertaking full-time PhD studies in the School of Physical and Chemical Sciences at Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha | University of Canterbury. The award amount is $30,000 per annum per 120 points of enrolment.
Closing date: 30 January

 

Evans Fund (Masters, PhD)

Applicants must be enrolled:

  • full-time or part-time at the University;
  • in a programme for a master’s or PhD degree in the subject of Chemistry; 
  • and in one of the following courses of study:
    • BCHM 690 or BCHM 790
    • CHEM 690 or CHEM 790
    • ENVR 690 or ENVR 790.

Applicants must be undertaking research principally within the School of Physical and Chemical Sciences. The Senior Supervisor must be a member of the School. Where there are more than two UC supervisors, the majority of the UC supervisors must be members of the School. The award amount is $1,000.
Closing date: 31 March & 30 September

 

Frank and Doris Bateson Memorial Graduate Scholarship

Applicable for students studying full-time or part-time at postgraduate level (in either a MSc Part II programme or a PhD programme) in Astronomy or Astrophysics at the University of Canterbury. The scholarship is not be co-tenable with a B. G. Wybourne Scholarship in Physics or Astronomy. The award amount is $2,000.
Closing date: 15 October

 

Frank Bradshaw and Elizabeth Pepper Wood Fund

The fund will be to support research in astronomy at the University of Canterbury Mt John Observatory by the staff and students of the University of Canterbury. The fund will be used each year for different purposes in response to whoever is successful. Value is to be determinded each year. Enquiries should be directed to the Head of the Department of Physics and Astronomy.

 

Geography Students Conference Fund (MASTERS, PhD)

Master’s and PhD research thesis students in the Department of Geography to assist with expenses involved in attending conferences. Priority will be given to applications for assistance with attending conferences of the New Zealand Geographical Society. The award amount is $500.
Closing date: 30 September

 

Keith Laugesen Scholarship

Full-time enrolment for a PhD in the College of Engineering or the College of Science and must be citizens of New Zealand or holders of New Zealand residence class visas. There may be only one holder at a time. The award amount is $24,500 per annum for three years.
Closing date: 15 October

 

Roper Scholarship in Science

Candidates must have been offered a UC Core Doctoral Scholarship in the year of the award for study in Te Rāngai Pūtaiao | College of Science at the University. The scholarship is offered to the single highest-ranked eligible candidate who has not been awarded another UC Prestige Doctoral Scholarship. The scholarship provides financial assistance at a value of NZ$5,000 per 120 points of enrolment.

 

Stan and Jessie Holland Memorial Scholarship in Ecology and Environmental Science

Full-time enrolment in a programme for a research master’s or PhD degree in Ecology or Environmental Science. 

Applicants must:

  • have whakapapa Māori; and/or
  • be Pasifika.

The award amount is $21,000 per annum for up to three years.
Closing date: 1 November

 

The Dr Gregory S C Hii Prize in Organic Chemistry

Available annually to students who:

  • have completed either a Bachelor of Science with Honours (BSc(Hons)) or a Master of Science (MSc) degree in Chemistry at the University; and
  • are enrolled for a PhD degree in organic chemistry at the University.

Applicants must be female. The award amount is $500. No application required - by nomination.

 

The Geospatial Research Institute Toi Hangarau PhD Scholarship

The scholarship is tenable for full-time or part-time enrolment in a programme for a PhD involving a research project approved by the Geospatial Research Institute Toi Hangarau (GRI) and undertaken in association with the GRI. Applicants must have applied for a UC Doctoral Scholarship and/or a UC Doctoral Scholarship for Students with Disabilities to support study in a GRI research project. The award amount is $9,000 per annum for up to 3 years.
Closing date: 30 April

 

Vida Stout Scholarship

The scholarship will be available to full-time students studying in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Canterbury for the degree of PhD with an emphasis on limnology, or environmental science, preferably of the South Island. Applicants studying limnology will be given preference. The scholarship may be held by only one recipient at a time. The current recipient holds the scholarship until September 2021. The award amount is $16,000 per annum for three years.
Closing date: 15 October

Check out our Doctoral Scholarship Opportunities page for other scholarships in particular study fields.

 

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