Spark Scholarship

Closing date: 1 October at 5pm (annually)
Value of Award: $5,000 per annum
No. of awards: Five
Tenure: Up to three years

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Spark New Zealand is the country’s major digital services company, delivering platforms and products that help connect millions of New Zealanders to their digital lives. Spark is committed to developing New Zealand’s digital capability and workforce of the future.

The Spark Scholarship aims to foster a more diverse digital talent pool, and equip highly talented New Zealand women with the skills they need to succeed in a digital future through sponsorship of study in a technology-related discipline at a New Zealand university.

Selection criteria:

  • • creativity and innovative ability • enthusiasm for working in technology • demonstration of leadership or leadership potential • academic achievement or work experience • strength of references

General Information:

How do students apply?
This scholarship is being reviewed by Spark and is not open for applications in 2020. When further information is available this website will be updated.
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Decision makers
The Spark Scholarship Selection Committee will be made up of two people appointed by Spark and two academic members appointed by Universities New Zealand. The Committee has the power to co-opt additional members if necessary.

How and when do students learn of the decision?
Applicants will be notified by phone or email in November/December.

What conditions are attached to acceptance of this award?
The scholarships can be awarded to applicants studying full time at university for the first time towards an undergraduate degree in a technology-related discipline at a New Zealand university. Applicants who already have an undergraduate degree from or were once enrolled in a New Zealand or overseas university will not be considered. Applicants who have qualified with sub-degree undergraduate courses from a university in New Zealand or overseas can apply for the scholarship. Applicants who have studied at and/or graduated from a polytechnic or other tertiary training institution (not a university) in New Zealand or overseas will be able to apply for the scholarship. There is no age restriction. There are no interviews for the scholarship. Each award is for tenure at the start of the academic year in the year following application. For award continuation scholars must be passing with a B average.

Additional information
A condition of the scholarship is that the subject being studied is relevant to the purposes of the scholarship. See the regulations for the full list of approved subjects.

Who else has information about this award?
University scholarships offices, Spark NZ

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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