Grants & Scholarships

Grant applications can be stressful. It’s hard to know where to start. We’ve put together information on our own FMHS-PGSA grants, as well as grants offered by other organisations. FMHS-PGSA offers grants for:

For more info, check out this blog post written by our  Grants Officer or email pgsagrants@auckland.ac.nz

Scholarships for Doctoral Students

University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship
The doctoral scholarship includes an annual stipend ($28,800 in 2022) and paid domestic fees for three years, with a six-month extension possible. You need to have achieved an 8.00 GPA (or 7.50 GPA for Māori and Pacific students) in your qualifying programme for the PhD at a domestic university. Candidates are assessed for scholarship eligibility upon submission of the application for admission- so you don’t need to fill out any extra paperwork.
Auckland Medical Research Foundation Scholarship
AMRF offers Doctoral Scholarships each year to students with New Zealand residency, permanent residency or citizenship enrolled or enrolling for a PhD. The research topic must be relevant to medicine or health and the applicant’s academic record will be taken into account by the Medical Committee. Click here for more info and to apply.
Cancer Research Trust Postgraduate Scholarship
A Masters or Honours graduate student will undertake a maximum of three years study towards a doctorate degree in a cancer-related field. The stipend value is $35,000/year plus fees for an approved course. Projects may be in the field of cancer-related public health, or the biomedical, clinical, epidemiological or psychosocial aspects of cancer. Click here for more info.
Māori Health Research Scholarship
These scholarships provide three years of personal support valued at up to $30,000 per annum, plus course fees, up to $10,000 in total research working expenses and a $5,000 tikanga allowance for outstanding graduate students in any discipline whose proposed research programme is relevant to health. New Zealand citizens and residents of Māori descent are eligible to apply. Click here for more info.
Margaret Piper Doctoral Scholarship
Scholarship of up to $20,000 per annum for up to three years for students pursuing doctoral study in FMHS with financial need. Click here for more info.
Shirtcliffe Fellowship
The Shirtcliffe Fellowship assists NZ citizens and graduates to pursure doctoral study in NZ or in a Commonwealth country. The successful candidate is awarded $5000 every year for three years. Click here for more info.
William Henry Staunton Memorial Scholarship
For FMHS students pursuing doctoral study, preferably in cancer research. The scholarship includes an award of $26,000 per annum for a tenure of up to three years. Click here for more info.
Margaret Burland Doctoral Scholarship
A scholarship for international or domestic students pursuing doctoral study in need of financial assistance. Up to $27,900 is awarded for a tenure of up to three years. Click here for more info.

Grants for Masters Students

University of Auckland Research Masters Scholarship
The research masters scholarship includes an annual stipend ($13,655 in 2022) and paid domestic fees. You need to have achieved an 8.00 GPA in your qualifying programme at a domestic university, and your masters application needs to include a research component of at least 90 points. Candidates are assessed for scholarship eligibility upon submission of the application for admission- so you don’t need to fill out any extra paperwork.
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FMHS-PGSA Publication Grants

Publication grants are available to assist FMHS postgraduate students with open-access publication costs. All postgraduate students currently enrolled in the FMHS or the Liggins Institute who have had a manuscript recently accepted are invited to apply. Priority will be given to postgraduate students who have limited financial options available to support open access publication. Publication grants will also be judged based on the importance and impact of the research and the benefits an applicant will receive from publishing open access. Successful applicants will receive a $400 contribution towards their publication cost, in the form of a reimbursement back to the departmental graduate fund.

Your application should include:

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Publication details

Submission status, manuscript title and abstract, selected journal, and publication costs.

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Statements

Including how the manuscript reflects the applicant’s research; financial need and additional funding; and importance/impact of research and the benefits received from publishing open access.

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Supporting documents

Proof of manuscript submission or acceptance; copy of the submitted manuscript; statement of supervisor endorsement; and confirmation this research has been completed as part of the applicant’s postgraduate degree; academic CV.

There are three funding rounds per year: 1-15 June, 1-15 August, and 1-15 October

FMHS-PGSA Travel Grants

The travel grant is applicable for FMHS postgraduate students who presented at an in-person or virtual conference, or attended a laboratory visit. Grants are awarded retrospectively. Up to $250 will be granted for in-person conferences and lab visits; up to $50 will be granted for virtual conferences. Applicants must submit:
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Statement

A clear statement of the purpose of travel and associated benefits.
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Relevant Supporting Documents

Please include: receipts for expenses, PRESS account statement, and a letter of invitation from host laboratory (if applicable).
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Financial Declaration

Applicants must declare all funding sources including PRESS account statement, funding from supervisor/school/department, and scholarship funding. Priority for the travel grants will be given to students with clear financial need, and/or those who have not previously received a travel grant.

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