Auckland Council Research Scholarship in Urban Economics

Closing date: 01/02/2022
1 February
Value of Award: $3,000 or $1,500
No. of awards: One award
Tenure: The scholarship can be held for only one academic year. Candidates whose programmes are spread over more than one academic year are eligible for only one year’s scholarship. Scholars may hold other scholarships, awards or prizes concurrent with this scholarship.


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This scholarship was established in 2013 to support and encourage research into urban economics, funded by the Chief Economist’s Unit at Auckland Council.

The purpose of this scholarship is to encourage and support postgraduate research into urban economics that has relevance to local government in New Zealand, and to Auckland in particular.   Research will be carried out at a New Zealand university in one of two categories:   1.      Economic research that is directly relevant to the Auckland Plan or Auckland Council’s Unitary Plan, particularly studies related to transportation and infrastructure economics, market forces in the development of cities, land, housing and urban economics, and environmental economics. 2.      Economic research that addresses a topic which is relevant to and informs the economic knowledge of local government in Auckland and New Zealand, particularly with regard to challenges we are facing including housing, infrastructure, social inequity, climate change/environmental outcomes.

Selection criteria:

  • *At the time of application candidates must be enrolled or planning to enrol in a postgraduate programme at a New Zealand university (applicants may be enrolled as either full time or part time students). *The postgraduate programme must be in the area of economics. Universities NZ and Auckland Council reserve the right to determine the eligibility of a particular area of study. *A thesis, dissertation, or research report must be a requirement of the postgraduate programme.

General Information:

How do students apply?
Candidates must complete an application using the Universities NZ online system.
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Decision makers
Auckland Council will appoint a selection panel to review and assess all eligible applications. Check the scholarship regulations for criteria and weightings.

How and when do students learn of the decision?
Candidates will be notified by phone or email in May.

What conditions are attached to acceptance of this award?
On completion of the scholarship’s tenure the scholar must submit to Universities NZ for Auckland Council a satisfactory progress or summary report which outlines the main findings of the research to date.   The report must be of a standard acceptable to Auckland Council and no longer than five pages. Auckland Council reserves the right to ask for improvements to the summary report and to withhold final payment until it is satisfied with the report’s standard.   The Council will not offer comment on the research report, dissertation or thesis.   Scholars may be invited to deliver a presentation on their research to Auckland Council staff. Award payments will be made by Universities NZ on behalf of Auckland Council. 50% of the award will be paid when the successful candidate has formally accepted the terms and conditions of the scholarship and provided UNZ with proof of enrolment. 50% of the award will be paid upon conclusion of scholarship tenure, i.e. one academic year, and when the scholar has submitted to Auckland Council via UNZ a satisfactory summary or progress report.

Additional information
Each year Auckland Council may grant one scholarship with an award of $3,000.   For candidates who are enrolled on a part time basis the value of the award will be $1,500.   The award funds are intended to help with tuition fees and research costs (e.g. data costs), and to contribute towards living costs.

Who else has information about this award?
The Auckland Council Chief Economist's Unit, New Zealand university scholarships offices

For guidelines, application forms and more information about this award contact:

Universities New Zealand – Te Pōkai Tara

PO Box 11915 Wellington 6142

Phone: +64 4 381 8510


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