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Gordon Watson Scholarship

This scholarship is to enable New Zealanders to study international relationships or social and economic conditions at a university overseas. Candidates will be planning to study at Masters or PhD level.

The funds for this scholarship are provided by the income from a bequest made in 1951 by Isabel Evelyn Spencer Watson to the University of New Zealand. The scholarship is a memorial to her nephew, Clement Gordon Watson.


Applicants must have graduated or be graduating with an Honours or Masters degree in arts, science, commerce, law or divinity from a New Zealand university, and be New Zealand citizens or permanent residents.

Value and tenure

At least one scholarship is awarded annually, with a value of normally $12,000 per year for up to two years for Masters and up to three years for a PhD.

Opening date

1 December

Closing date

1 April

How to apply 

Check your eligibility.

Read the Regulations.

Applications must be done online. A link to the application website is here.

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