Fees, funding, and scholarships

Find out how much a doctorate will cost and how you can support your studies with grants and scholarships, including the Wellington Doctoral Scholarships.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees for full-time PhD study vary depending on the area of your research. The average yearly fees are listed by subject category in the postgraduate thesis section of the fees for domestic students page.

The New Zealand Government subsidises fees for international PhD candidates who live and study in New Zealand. This means that international PhD students may be eligible to pay the same ‘domestic’ fees as PhD students who are citizens, residents, or permanent residents of New Zealand.

The tuition fees for the professional doctorates—Doctor of Education, Doctor of Health, Doctor of Midwifery, Doctor of Musical Arts, and Doctor of Nursing—are listed individually as they combine taught and thesis components.

International Doctor of Musical Arts students will need to pay international fees. Our health- and education-sector professional doctorates are not generally suitable for international students.


You can search our scholarships database by category, study area, and study level

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Wellington Doctoral Scholarships

Wellington Doctoral Scholarships are the main scholarship for PhD students. They are awarded on academic merit and are open to all full-time PhD applicants. The scholarship will pay you a $27,500 annual living allowance and will cover the cost of your tuition, but not additional fees such as insurance and student levies.

You don’t need to submit a separate application for a Wellington Doctoral Scholarship—the application is part of your overall PhD admission application. Scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis and availability is limited.

Wellington Doctoral Scholarships

Guaranteed scholarships

If you've achieved a grade point average (GPA) of 8.5 or above in your qualifying Master's or Honours degree (completed at a New Zealand university within 12 months prior to application) you are guaranteed a Wellington Doctoral Scholarship to support your PhD.

If you're Māori or Pasifika and have achieved a GPA of 7.5 or above, you are guaranteed a Māori and Pasifika Doctoral Scholarship.

Other funding opportunities

There are a number of ways in which the University can help you with your finances throughout your study. You can find out more on our funding page for current doctoral students.

Student Loans

If you are a New Zealand citizen, permanent resident or refugee, you may be eligible to apply for a Student Loan to fund your doctoral study. Find out more information from StudyLink.