Wellington Doctoral Scholarships

Wellington Doctoral Scholarships are awarded on academic merit and are open to all PhD applicants.

To encourage postgraduate research Victoria University of Wellington offers scholarships to those about to begin their doctoral studies. These scholarships are awarded on academic merit and are open to New Zealand and international students in any discipline. Read the scholarship ranking criteria to see how scholarship applications are assessed.

There are limited numbers of scholarships available each round, and you may be offered admission without a scholarship. It is therefore important that you investigate alternative funding options.

How to apply

Applicants must read the full Doctoral Scholarship Regulations before submitting their application.

Prospective PhD candidates do not need to submit a separate application for a Wellington Doctoral Scholarship—the application is part of your overall PhD admission application.

If you received an Offer of Place without a scholarship you may reapply for a Wellington Doctoral Scholarship by submitting an application online. You will need to provide additional supporting information. Existing PhD candidates may also apply or reapply using the same process.

Eligibility and restrictions

If you intend to study half-time, you are not eligible to apply for a Wellington Doctoral Scholarship.

Victoria University of Wellington academic staff are not able to hold a Victoria University of Wellington scholarship.

If you hold a full Victoria University of Wellington scholarship, you are limited to a maximum of 600 hours of employment per year, preferably in an area related to your research.