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Te Papa Atawhai (Department of Conservation) Postgraduate Scholarships

The Department of Conservation (Te Papa Atawhai) established these scholarships in 2020 to support postgraduate research to help answer strategic and high priority questions around conservation related science in Aotearoa New Zealand.


Applications will be accepted from candidates -

  • who are enrolled in, or eligible to enrol in, full time or part time Masters degrees in a New Zealand university, or equivalent tertiary institution; and
  • whose proposed course of study includes a minimum research component of 90 Credits; and
  • whose research focuses on priority questions of importance to Te Papa Atawhai.

Selection criteria

In assessing applications the Selection Committee will use the following criteria:

  • Relevance of research topic to the achievement of Aotearoa New Zealand Biodiversity Strategy 2020, the Visitor Strategy and Te Papa Atawhai’s policy, strategic and operational priorities.
  • Relevance to the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi.
  • Academic merit.
  • Genuine interest in research topic and evidence of commitment to conservation science.

Conservation science in this context is interpreted broadly and includes, from a multitude of disciplinary, trans-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary perspectives - the biodiversity, visitor and heritage related responsibilities of the Department. These perspectives include underpinning Te Ao Māori thinking (including Mātauranga Māori), the social sciences (including economics) and the biophysical sciences.

Value and number awarded

Up to $15,000 per annum at Masters level.  A total of no more than ten awards may be made annually.

Opening date

21 August

Closing date

1 October 2023

How to apply

Read the Regulations and Research Priorities.

Read the research priorities and related information on Te Papa Atawhai 

Apply online here.

Decisions made

December / January