Awards and scholarships
A variety of scholarships and awards are available to students at the School of History, Philosophy, Political Science and International Relations.
There are a number of awards, scholarships and exchanges available to Victoria University of Wellington students. For more information see the Wellington Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences or Scholarships websites.
The School also has a number of programme-specific prizes to recognise excellence and student achievements.
- 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.
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.
- Maurice Goldsmith Prize is awarded annually to recognise undergraduate student achievement in Philosophy.
- Shaun Hopkins Memorial Prize in Logic was established to honour Shaun Hopkins. The prize is awarded annually to an undergraduate philosophy student who achieves the highest total grade in Philosophy 211-Introduction to logic.
Political Science and International Relations
- Alan Robinson Prize awarded to the top honours student in Political Science and/or International Relations.
- Asian Politics Prize awarded to the student submitting the best essay on any aspect of Asian politics.
- Diplomatic Corps Prize awarded to the top undergraduate student in International Relations.
- Embassy of Israel Prize awarded to the student submitting the best essay on any aspect of Israeli politics.
- EU Prize awarded to the student submitting the best essay on any aspect of European politics.
- Geoffrey Davies Memorial Prize awarded to the MIR student submitting the most original research thesis in International Relations.
- Jeya Wilson Prize awarded to the student submitting the best essay on any aspect of race relations.
- KJ Scott Prize awarded to the student completing their BA with a major in either Political Science or International Relations, with the most outstanding academic record in Political Science and/or International Relations over their entire undergraduate course of study.
- Korean Ambassador’s Prize awarded to the undergraduate student submitting the best essay on any aspect of Korean politics (a separate prize may also be won by an honours, MA or PhD student).
- Mike Moore Prize awarded to the top student completing the MIR degree.
- New Zealand Business and Parliament Trust Prize, established in 2010, awarded annually to the two postgraduate students submitting the best essays on the role of Parliament in policy making and the wider community.
- Roderic Alley Prize awarded to the student submitting the best essay on any aspect of human rights.
- Sir Desmond Todd Prize awarded to the student completing the most outstanding MA or PhD.
- Sir John Marshall Scholarship awarded to the top first-year student intending to major in either Political Science or International Relations.
- Speaker’s Prize awarded to the top student in the honours-level parliamentary internship programme (POLS 428).
- The John F Kennedy Prize goes to both the undergraduate student and/or the postgraduate student for an essay or thesis on an aspect of American government, politics or international relations. This can be won by either a History or Political Science and International Relations student.
- Terence O’Brien Scholarship: International Relations or Strategic Studies. To recognise and encourage top Honours and Master’s students in International Relations and Strategic Studies who are studying international governance and/or some aspect of multilateral diplomacy or multilateral cooperation in the political, economic or security areas. It is hoped that the Scholarship will help equip those who may have a career interest in professional diplomacy. Closing date: 30 June.
- Prime Minister’s Prize in Strategic Studies awarded annually to the graduate of the Master of Strategic Studies who has achieved the best all-round academic performance of all those graduating in the year.
- Terence O’Brien Scholarship. See above.