Sir Hugh Kawharu Masters Scholarship for Innovation in Science

Closing date: 31/08/2022
Value of Award: of $10,000.
No. of awards: The Sir Hugh Kawharu Masters Scholarship for Innovation in Science (the Scholarship) comprises a grant
Tenure: Up to two years


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One of the core objectives of the Sir Hugh Kawharu Foundation is to support emerging Māori leadership, including in the sciences. For further information about the Foundation and its objectives, see

The purpose of the Scholarship is to support and encourage masters level study by Māori in the sciences. The Scholarship is applicable across a broad range of science disciplines including the physical, mathematical and computational, earth, environment, marine, social, health, biological, biomedical, human, and behavioural sciences.

Selection criteria:

  • Consistent with the Foundation’s objectives, applicants will be assessed on the basis of the following criteria: • academic excellence and the potential to succeed in the chosen area of study; • leadership ability and integrity, including the respect of peers; and • potential contribution of the field of science to Māori social and/or economic development.   In addition, the Scholarship is: • for full-time enrolment in a one or two year masters degree in a science discipline; and • tenable by persons of Māori descent and applicants should be able to explain their tribal connections.  

General Information:

How do students apply?
Applicants must complete the application form, with a brief personal statement (maximum 300 words) addressing the objectives of the Kawharu Foundation and how the Kawharu Scholarship would assist them towards achieving their career goals. Applicants will also need to provide an academic transcript and provide a reference from an academic supervisor, lecturer, or community leader, who can attest to their abilities. Applicants will need to complete the Sir Hugh Kawharu Masters Scholarship for Innovation in Science Form,[DOCX 222.63 kb] and the relevant supporting documentation. Please send completed applications to: The Call for Applications is now open with a closing date of 31 August 2020. If you have any queries about making a nomination for the Sir Hugh Kawharu Masters Scholarship for Innovation in Science Scholarship, please email:
Application Form

Decision makers
The Scholarship will be awarded by the trustees of the Sir Hugh Kawharu Foundation and their decision will be final.  The trustees may suspend or terminate a Scholarship if they receive an unsatisfactory report from the relevant academic institution on the recipient’s progress or if the recipient otherwise conducts him or herself in a manner that would bring the Scholarship or the Foundation into disrepute.

How and when do students learn of the decision?

What conditions are attached to acceptance of this award?
Report Each Scholarship recipient will be required to provide a progress report to the Foundation after completion of the first six months of his or her studies.

Additional information
The Scholarship may be co-tenured with other grants.  Unless the trustees otherwise agree, the Scholarship will be taken up in the year(s) for which it is granted.  Payment will be made by cheque or direct deposit prior to commencement of the recipient’s studies.  

Who else has information about this award?

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

Sir Hugh Kawharu Foundation

PO Box 2189


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