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Transport Research Scholarship (Master's)

In 2021, Te Manatū Waka–Ministry of Transport and Waka Kotahi, NZ Transport Agency jointly established and funded a range of Transport Research Scholarships. The scholarships were established to support students undertaking postgraduate research focusing on transport and its role and impact on New Zealand society.

In 2023, Waka Kotahi, NZ Transport Agency is the sole funder for this award and is interested in applications from students working in or around the following land transport strategic priorities: 

  • Improving freight connections – Improving freight connections for economic development.
  • Safety – Developing a transport system where no one is killed or seriously injured.
  • Developing better travel options – Providing people with better transport options to access social and economic opportunities
  • Climate change – Developing low carbon transport systems that support emissions reductions while improving safety and inclusive access.


Applications will be accepted from candidates:

  • Who are enrolled in, or eligible to enrol in, full-time or part-time postgraduate study at a New Zealand university.
  • Who are completing the research component of their degree in the year immediately following the award (part-time scholars have a maximum of two years to complete).
  • Whose proposed course of study includes a research component with 60–120 credits remaining in their qualification.
  • Whose research focuses on strategic priorities of importance to the funder as described in Appendix 1 of the regulations.
  • Who have not previously received a Transport Research Scholarship.

Selection criteria

The selection committee will determine the value and tenure of the scholarships based on the following criteria:

  • Relevance of the research to the funder's strategic priorities detailed in Appendix 1 of the regulations.
  • Relevance of the research to the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi.
  • Demonstrated academic merit of the candidate.
  • Genuine interest in the research topic and evidence of commitment to ensure the role of transportation enables New Zealand society to flourish.

Value and number awarded

One or more research scholarships, based on the information included in Appendix 1 of the regulations, may be awarded annually. 

Funding is up to $6,000 to $15,000 a year at postgraduate level. 

Opening date

11 August 2023

Closing date

31 October 2023

How to apply

Read the regulations, strategic priorities and related informaiton provided in the appendices.

Apply online here.

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