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Shirtcliffe Fellowship

The Shirtcliffe Fellowships aim is to assist graduates of  New Zealand universitys in pursuing doctoral study at a university in New Zealand or other Commonwealth countrys.

This fellowship comes from a monetary gift made to the University of New Zealand in 1935 by Sir George Shirtcliffe of Wellington. George wanted to assist students of  outstanding ability and character in the continuation of their studies in New Zealand or the Commonwealth.


Applicants must be:

  • New Zealand citizens
  • ordinarily resident in New Zealand
  • New Zealand university graduates
  • planning to register or be currently registered as a doctoral candidate at a university in New Zealand or other Commonwealth country.

Value and number awarded

$5,000 per year for up to three years 

One scholarship is awarded each year.

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 available here.

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