Auckland University of Technology offers 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.
Applicants must have gained admission into the doctoral programme before applying for a scholarship.
AUT has two categories of Doctoral Scholarships for study from 2021.
AUT uses a number of criteria when assessing scholarship applicants.
Applications will be accepted under this category at any stage during the year apart from between 1 December to 15 January.
An applicant applying under the Vice-Chancellor's category must be applying as a new doctoral candidate and meet the conditions below. Applications will be considered at the time of acceptance into the doctoral programme only.
a) New doctoral applicants with a GPA of 8.0 or above in their most recent qualifying programme will be considered on a case-by-case basis for a scholarship provided the qualifying programme was completed at a New Zealand tertiary institution.
b) New Māori and domestic Pacific doctoral applicants with a GPA of 7.5 or above, from their most recent qualifying programme will be considered on a case-by-case basis for a scholarship provided the qualifying programme was completed at a New Zealand tertiary institution. Applicants applying under 1b) must be citizens or permanent residents of New Zealand.
Note: the GPA for these scholarship will be calculated using the AUT method outlined in the document available from the link above.
There are three closing dates in 2021 – 1 March, 15 July and 1 November.
Covid-19: The 1 March 2021 round is restricted to NZ Citizens, NZ Permanent Residents and international students onshore (residing in New Zealand).
AUT Doctoral Scholarships are open to all applicants including those from countries other than New Zealand who meet the admission requirements below. Applicants for these rounds will also be considered for Faculty/School funded doctoral fees or doctoral stipend awards if these alternative scholarships are funded by their faculty.
Each Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship consists of an annual stipend of NZ$25,000 plus tuition fees and student services levy for up to three years. AUT Doctoral Scholarships normally consist of the following:
However, applicants for the AUT Doctoral Scholarship will also be considered for one of the following faculty or school funded options:
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.
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.
All recipients of an AUT Doctoral Scholarship will normally have the equivalent of first-class honours.
Applicants must meet the admission criteria for a doctoral programme, for example a relevant master’s degree or a bachelor's (honours) degree with first or second class (first division) honours and have completed 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.
The holding of this scholarship is conditional on acceptance into the AUT doctoral programme. Applicants who have not completed the process of applying for admission into the PhD programme are not eligible to apply. As the admissions process may take up to two months to complete it is essential that applicants allow 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
It is strongly advised that you complete an application for admission prior to applying for the scholarship. Application for the scholarship will be through the AUT scholarship application portal (CommunityForce).