AUT Research Masters Scholarships

Application Form
Closing date: 15/06/2021
June and November each year Subject to funding availability
Value of Award: See additional information section
No. of awards: Varies depending on funding
Tenure: The scholarship tenure for the 120pt thesis programme is twelve months of full-time study only; for an 180pt programme the tenure is eighteen months only.

Auckland University of Technology (AUT) provides research scholarships to encourage postgraduate research and to recognise student academic achievement. The Scholarships are available to AUT students or alumni, and alumni of any other New Zealand University, intending to enrol as a new full-time student in one of the following programmes; • A Master of Philosophy • A Master’s degree by thesis or the thesis year of a two year Master’s programme with a thesis component of 120pts • An 180pt Master’s programme with a 90pt or 120pt thesis

AUT Research Masters Scholarships are available to full-time students undertaking a programme of research at Level 9 on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF) with a thesis component of 90pts or 120pts who have demonstrated the potential to achieve highly.  The Scholarships are available to AUT students or alumni, and alumni of any other New Zealand tertiary institution.

Selection criteria:

  • Applicants must have completed their qualifying programme at AUT, or any other New Zealand tertiary institution, no more than two years prior to the time of application. Applicants must not have commenced the eligible programme at the time of application. AUT applicants must: 1. Achieve a minimum GPA of 7.5 (A-/A) across a 120pts in the final year of their qualifying programme; or 2. Be recorded as having Māori or Pacific first ethnicity in ARION and achieve a minimum GPA of 7.0 (A-) across 120pts in the final year of their qualifying degree. Applicants from tertiary institutions other than AUT must have a minimum GPA of 8.0 (A) across the equivalent of 120pts in the final year of their qualifying degree. • Applicants must be enrolling for the first time (i.e. not yet commenced study) in the eligible programme and intending to study full-time. • Recipients of this scholarship are not eligible to reapply for support for the same programme of study/research in subsequent years.

General Information:

How do students apply?
Applicants must complete the AUT Research Masters Scholarship Application online available through the AUT Scholarships Database The following documentation must be uploaded to the application portal on or before the closing date. 1. A one-page outline of the proposed research or a copy of the completed PGR1, or a statement outlining the applicant's motivation and interest in Research Masters study. 2. A one page personal statement outlining the applicant’s goals and career aspirations stating why they believe they merit the scholarship. If the applicant is applying under the Equity category Māori or Pacific they must outline their cultural involvement. 3. A copy of the applicant’s transcript will be added to the application by the Scholarships Office once grades have been finalised. 4. Applicants from tertiary institutions other than AUT must provide an academic reference.
Application Form

Decision makers
Recipients of School or Faculty funded scholarships will be selected by the funding unit.

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

What conditions are attached to acceptance of this award?
The award of this scholarship is conditional on the student enrolling full-time in an approved programme within a twelve month period. Approved study may be in Semester 1, Semester 2 and the Summer Semester (if available).

Additional information
The scholarship consists of: a) Full fees (domestic equivalent rate) for the 90 or 120pt thesis component of the degree; plus b) A stipend of $10,000 (120pt thesis) or $5,000 (90pt thesis) paid in three equal instalments during the research component only. c) The scholarship will also cover fees for the course work component of the 180pt Master’s programme (Level 8 NZQF or above) with a thesis component of 90 or above (all fees paid at domestic equivalent rate). The stipend will be paid on approval of the PGR1 and enrolment into the thesis paper.

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


Website search