AUT doctoral scholarships

The Vice-Chancellor’s Doctoral Scholarships

Auckland University of Technology offers Vice-Chancellor's Doctoral Scholarships in order to attract highly achieving doctoral research students to AUT and to encourage and stimulate doctoral studies in areas that enhance the University's research capability. The University awards scholarships to high achieving candidates applying to an approved doctoral programme at AUT.

All eligible applicants for the AUT Vice Chancellor's Scholarship are invited to apply for the round closing on 15 October 2017 for study commencing 2018.  Applications will be accepted from mid-July.  No round is currently planned for April 2018.

The October round is open to all applicants, including those from countries other than New Zealand, who meet the AUT admission requirements for the doctoral programme including English language proficiency.  Potential applicants must commence the admissions process prior to application for the scholarship.

AUT uses a number of criteria when assessing scholarship applicants - AUT calculation of GPA and ranking of scholarship applicants.

What is the value of the scholarships?

Why does AUT offer doctoral scholarships?

Who can apply for the October scholarship round?

Application form and supporting documents

Who do I contact for further information?

What is the value of the scholarship?

Each scholarship consists of an annual stipend of NZ$25,000 plus tuition fees and student services levy for up to three years and is currently valued at a total value of more than NZ$97,000.

If a recipient is already enrolled in their PhD the three year tenure will be adjusted by deducting the number of months between first enrolment date and scholarship closing date plus a three month grace period.

Why does AUT offer doctoral scholarships?

Our PhD students are at the heart of our research culture. In order to attract and to recognise highly achieving research students AUT provides doctoral scholarships. Visit the links below for information about the research we do and our research units.

AUT postgraduate study areas 
AUT research links

Who can apply for AUT Vice-Chancellor’s Doctoral Scholarships? 

All recipients of a Vice Chancellor's Doctoral Scholarship will normally have the equivalent of first class honours.

 The October application round will open on 15 July and is open to all  applicants including those from countries other than New Zealand who meet the admission requirements below.

Applicants must meet the admission criteria for a doctoral programme  i.e.  a relevant master’s degree or a bachelor (honours) degree with first or second class (first division) honours and have commenced the application for admission process as outlined below.

International applicants must meet the English Language proficiency requirements.

Consideration will be given to all applicants' research experience and publication record and previous study should include evidence of research methodology papers and an independent research project, including the writing of a report on that research.  Preference will be given to new applicants to the PhD programme.

See the eligibility criteria for a doctoral programme

How do I apply for this scholarship?

  • If you have not already applied for admission into the PhD programme at AUT you must complete both steps of the combined application process outlined below.
  • If you are an existing PhD student or already have an offer of place go directly to step 2.

1) Apply for admission into the PhD programme at AUT

The holding of this scholarship is conditional on acceptance into the AUT doctoral programme. It is unlikely that applicants who have not commenced the process of applying for admission into the PhD programme will be awarded a scholarship. As the admissions process may take up to two months to complete it is essential that at least two months prior to applying for this scholarship:

For information on how to commence your application for admission to the PhD programme contact the Graduate Research School  

2) Apply for the Vice-Chancellor's Doctoral Scholarship

It is strongly advised that you apply for admission prior to applying for the scholarship. Application for the scholarship will be through the AUT scholarship application portal (CommunityForce).

  • Download the Scholarship Regulations from the links below and familiarise yourself with the eligibility criteria and the conditions of acceptance. 
  • Apply through the Online Scholarships Application portal available from the link below from mid February.
  • You will be asked to upload a two page statement outlining your proposed research. Please note this must be a maximum of 1,000 words only (plus references). A longer document will not be accepted.
  • You will also be asked to upload a brief CV (maximum three A4 pages)
  • You will be asked to provide details of your two academic referees and request via the portal them to submit a confidential report directly to the online portal by the closing date.
  • If your proposed AUT primary supervisor or Head of School is not one of your referees, you will be asked to provide a letter or evidence of AUT faculty support. If your supervisor is also a referee they need only provide only one statement covering both purposes. Your application will not be provided to the panel unless you can demonstrate that the AUT faculty support your application.
  • Submit your completed application to the Scholarships Office via the online portal. It is essential you submit your application once you have completed all the required sections; this can be done before your referees have submitted their reports.

Application form and supporting documents

Who do I contact for further information and for assistance with the application process?

Stefania Patrone
Scholarships Officer

Meet some of our scholarship students


Jarek Beksa
Doctor of Philosophy
Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences


Heather Braid
Doctor of Philosophy


Saing Te
Doctor of Philosophy
Communication Studies

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Last updated: 31-Oct-2017 3.46pm

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.