Prizes and scholarships

The School of Social and Cultural Studies has prizes and scholarships available for students who show academic excellence.

Scholarships specific to our students

C. Wright Mills Scholarship in Criminology

The scholarship is open to graduates of any university in New Zealand or of the University of the South Pacific, who are enrolled or intending to enrol full-time or part-time, in a Masters by thesis or a PhD in Criminology at Victoria University of Wellington.

Sarah Anne Rhodes Research Scholarship

This scholarship is offered to women graduates of any university in New Zealand, or of any other university, who during the tenure of the scholarship will be studying at Victoria University of Wellington in a course leading to a higher degree, which includes research in some field related to the general purpose of teaching or promoting the knowledge of home or domestic sciences such as Sociology, Psychology, Education or Science among the women of New Zealand.

William Wallace Gibson Memorial Scholarship

The award is open to all postgraduate Religious Studies students at Victoria University of Wellington, irrespective of faith, nationality, marital status, sex or age.

Scholarships in development

Religious Studies Scholarship Fund

As part of the 50th anniversary of the Religious Studies programme at Te Herenga Waka–Victoria University of Wellington, the Religious Studies Programme is fundraising to establish two new scholarships

  • Sir Lloyd Geering Scholarship in Religion (postgraduate)
  • Paul Morris Scholarship in Religion (undergraduate)

School Prizes

Jim Robb Memorial Prize in Sociology

Awarded to the student or students with the highest overall grades in their 200- and 300-level Sociology papers.

Joan Metge Prize in Anthropology

Awarded to a student majoring in Cultural Anthropology for the most outstanding essay submitted as part of the course work of a 200- or 300-level Cultural Anthropology course.

John Robson Prize in Criminology

Awarded to the best student completing an Honours degree in Criminology.

Joyce Liew Chui Ha Chan Essay prize

Awarded for the best essay on a topic on Asian women completed by either a student in the final year of their BA degree majoring in Cultural Anthropology or Criminology or Sociology or Religious Studies, or an Honours student in Cultural Anthropology or Criminology or Sociology or Religious Studies.

Other Scholarships and Awards

University Scholarships

Many other scholarships are available for students at Victoria University of Wellington, through the Scholarships Office.

The office maintains the Scholarships Database, a comprehensive searchable database listing all available scholarships with criteria, value, tenure and closing dates. Most application forms can be downloaded from this database. For best results when searching the database, keep the search terms broad.

The office also welcomes enquiries from students and staff. Please contact us by email or drop in to 10 Kelburn Parade between 8.00am and 4.30pm.

Community Scholarships

There are many scholarships and awards offered to individuals through community groups. These are searchable through a database called givME. This is available through the library catalogue which includes instructions on how to access it.

Faculty Scholarships

Raye Freedman Scholarship in Holocaust Related Studies

This scholarship is open to all students working towards a Master's by thesis at Victoria University of Wellington in issues related to the Holocaust or its impacts in contemporary life