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.

Applications from 2017 are invited in:

Category A: New doctoral applicants with support from their AUT faculty who have a completed a qualifying programme at a New Zealand university with either a straight A average (GPA of 8.0 or above) or first class honours (with a GPA of 7.0 or above) in the qualifying programme are guaranteed a scholarship.

Applicants in this category must apply separately for the scholarship at the time of application into the doctoral programme and must have the full support of their faculty. Application for a scholarship is a separate process to the admission process and is via the AUT on-line scholarship application portal.

Category B: Applicants not meeting the criteria for a guaranteed scholarship are invited to apply for the 15 October round of the AUT Vice-Chancellor's Doctoral Scholarships. Applications from 15 August.

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.

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.

Category A: Applicants who have recently completed their qualifying programme at a New Zealand university and whose programme of research is fully supported by their faculty are guaranteed a scholarship if they have attained either a straight A average (GPA of 8.0 or above) or first class honours (with a GPA of 7.0 or above) in their qualifying degree programme. These applicants may apply at any time.

Category B: The October application round will open on 15 August and is open to all other 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:

a) Domestic applicants contact the postgraduate office of the faculty with which you wish to conduct your research for information and advice on the application for study process. 

b) International applicants contact for advice regarding the admissions process for international students.

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


Farkhondeh Hassandoust
Doctor of Philosophy
AUT Business School

Steph Borelle 

Steph Borrelle
Doctor of Philosophy
School of Science

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Last updated: 28-Feb-2017 2.53pm

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