History prizes and scholarships

Learn about prizes and scholarships available to students of History at Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington.

Prizes

  • Arnold Atkinson Prize, a book prize, is awarded to the essayist on an aspect of British or European history, or the history of former British colonies, and who is judged to be the best student of the year and most worthy of the award.
  • Australian High Commissioner’s Prize is an annual prize to the student submitting the best essay on Australian history.
  • Bowen Prize is awarded to the postgraduate student who, in the year of the award, has completed an essay or a thesis on an aspect of British or European history, or the history of former British colonies, and who is judged to be the best student of the year and most worthy of the award.
  • FP Wilson Prize is awarded to the best essay on a topic of New Zealand History submitted by a 300-level or Honours student.
  • Zander and Durden Prize is awarded annually to the student judged to be most worthy of the award among the students who completed a MA or a PhD.

Scholarships

The following postgraduate scholarships are of particular interest:

  • Jack Pearce Scholarship in New Zealand or English History. The Scholarship shall be awarded annually to a fulltime masters by thesis student undertaking research in New Zealand or English history.
  • James E. Worsfold Scholarship established through the Victoria University of Wellington Foundation by the Wellington Historical and Early Settlers’ Association Inc. Candidates must be studying for an MA or PhD relating to the history of the Wellington region between 1830 and 1900.
  • Raye Freedman Scholarship in Holocaust Related Studies is in memory of ‘Rachel’ Raye Blumenthal Freedman and funded by the Raye Blumenthal Freedman Charitable Trust to encourage research and honour the memory of those who perished during the Holocaust. This scholarship is for any students wanting to further their studies at a Master's by thesis level and to specialise in issues related to the Holocaust or its impacts in contemporary life.

Master’s and PhD scholarships

The following Master's and PhD scholarships are of particular interest to History students:

More about scholarships

For more information about undergraduate or postgraduate scholarships, see the Wellington Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences or Scholarships websites.