AUT Doctoral Scholarships - School of Communication Studies (Fees)

Closing date: March, July and November each yearSubject to funding availability
Value of Award: Full PhD Fees (domestic equivalent)
No. of awards: Varies
Tenure: All AUT PhD scholarships are tenable for up to three years. Support for a Professional Doctorate will be for up to two years only. Note:  If a candidate is already enrolled in the PhD programme at AUT, the number of months between first enrolment and the scholarship closing date with a three month grace period will be deducted from the full period of support. Annual renewal is dependent on satisfactory progress as demonstrated by meeting the milestones outlined in the AUT Postgraduate Handbook.


Application Form - March Round

Application Form - July Round

Application Form - November Round

AUT provides doctoral scholarships to highly achieving doctoral research students to AUT University in order to encourage and stimulate doctoral studies in areas of the University’s research capability.  

From 2020 the School of Communication Studies will offer AUT Doctoral Scholarships (Fees). The contestable rounds are open to all eligible applicants.  Applicants may be New Zealand citizens or permanent residents, or International students. Applications open one month prior to the closing date.

Selection criteria:

  • Covid-19: Due to New Zealand border settings current rounds are restricted to NZ Citizens, NZ Permanent Residents and international students onshore (residing in New Zealand). 1. Applicants must meet English language proficiency requirements as stated in the Academic Calendar ( at the time of application.  2. Applicants must meet the normal admission criteria for the doctoral programme and have received an Offer of Place (OOP) for the doctoral programme at AUT.   3. Recipients of this scholarship will have an excellent academic record, strong academic references and have demonstrated the potential for high quality research. 4. Scholarships are awarded on academic merit and recipients of this scholarship will normally have the equivalent of first-class honours. Previous study should include research methodology paper(s) and an independent research project, including the writing of a report on that research.  5. The applicant’s proposed field of study must be one where the University can offer supervision. Applicants should contact potential supervisors prior to application to confirm the availability of supervision for their proposed research. 6. Preference will be given to new applicants to the doctoral programme at AUT, including those currently in provisional candidature. 7. Applicants who have applied unsuccessfully in past rounds may reapply only if there is a change to the information submitted.

General Information:

How do students apply?
Applications must be submitted via the AUT online application portal and open one month prior to any of the three closing dates   1. The three contestable rounds are open to all eligible applicants i.e. applicants may be New Zealand citizens or permanent residents, or International students. 2. Grades for the qualifying degree must be available at the time of application. Students awaiting grades must apply in the following round. Application is through the AUT Scholarships Application portal.  It is not possible to submit incomplete scholarship applications through the online application process. In order for the application to be submitted applicants must complete all sections and request the required support statements. Incomplete applications will not be forwarded to the selection panel.  The following will need to be uploaded and submitted with the on-line Application Form: 1. Academic transcript(s) for any previous tertiary study that was completed at a university other than AUT.   2. A brief C.V. (maximum three pages)  3. A two-page proposal outlining the intended research using the template provided with the online application form. The applicant will be asked to  provide the following details: Proposed Topic/Title; Rationale and significance of the study; Key Question/hypothesis/problem/issue to be Investigated; Design of the study; the methodology and research technique(s) to be employed in the study; Research benefits; References. Note:  the proposal must be two pages only (1,000 words) plus a maximum of one page for any references.  If a longer document is provided you will be asked to revise the document to meet the requirements.  4. Faculty support:   All applicants must contact their faculty in advance of application and seek support for their doctoral research.  The Head of School (HoS) for the proposed research will be requested, within the application portal, to provide a statement of support indicating that the School is able to provide the appropriate resources for the proposed research necessary to the successful completion of the research.  The HoS will also provide the names of the proposed supervisory team. Reference statements:   Two academic reference statements are required for all applicants other than those whose qualifying programme was completed at AUT.  AUT applicants will be required to provide one referee only. Applicants must not submit referee’s reports directly; nominated referees will be sent a request directly from the On-line application system. Please advise your referees that they will be receiving an email requesting a reference statement. Applicants can submit the application without referees’ statements. However, the application will be considered ineligible and will not be released to selection panels without the required reference statements.
Application Form - March Round
Application Form - July Round
Application Form - November Round

Decision makers
Recipients will be selected by the Faculty Scholarships Committee.

How and when do students learn of the decision?
As soon as possible after the panel have met

What conditions are attached to acceptance of this award?
See Regulations document available from the link on this page.

Additional information
The AUT Doctoral Scholarship - School of Communication Studies (Fees) is for full PhD fees (domestic equivalent) only.

Who else has information about this award?

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

Auckland University of Technology

Phone: +64 9 921 9837


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