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Undergraduate scholarships

These are the scholarships at undergraduate level currently administered by Universities New Zealand – Te Pōkai Tara.

Before starting an application, intending applicants should make sure they satisfy the eligibility criteria and are familiar with the area of study and objectives of the scholarship.

Applications usually open four months before the closing date.  

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Scholarships

Edna Waddell Undergraduate Scholarship for Women in Technology and Engineering

For women entering their first year of full-time study for an undergraduate degree in engineering or technology at a New Zealand university.
Apply online
Applications open: 1 May
Applications close: 1 September

Ernest William File Scholarship

For the children of members of the Rail and Maritime Transport Union in their first year of an undergraduate degree at a New Zealand university.
Apply online
Applications open: 1 December
Applications close: 1 April

Girdlers' Scholarship

For undergraduate study at Corpus Christi College at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom. To find out more about what degrees are eligible, refer to the Girdlers’ Scholarship regulations.

Opens for applications in 2024 for study starting in 2025.

KiwiRail Scholarship

First degree or diploma study in any discipline that aligns with KiwiRail's core functions. Open to the children of permanent employees of KiwiRail.
Apply online
Applications open: 1 August
Applications close: 1 December

Maritime Union Scholarship

Open to members and children and grandchildren of members of the Maritime Union of New Zealand, or the New Zealand Seafarers Union, or the New Zealand Seamen’s Union Industrial Union of Workers, or the Waterfront Workers Union, or the Waterside Workers Federation/Association, and funded by the Maritime Union Scholarship Trust for any area of study that will benefit New Zealand.
Apply online
Applications open: 1 August
Applications close: 1 December

Peter Windle Scholarship

For South Island students for undergraduate study at Corpus Christi College at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom.

Deferred until further notice.

Robertson Scholars Leadership Program

For most courses of study, including pre-medicine and pre-law, at Duke University or the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill in the United States. 
Apply online
Applications open: 1 August
Applications close: 1 December

Rotary Club of Wellington North Scholarship

Awarded to help students in the greater Wellington region undertake tertiary study or vocational training or acquire new life skills. Study or training may be undertaken anywhere in New Zealand. 
Apply online
Applications close: 31 October 

Sir Douglas Myers Scholarship

For undergraduate study at Gonville and Caius College at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom. Medicine, Veterinary Medicine and Law are not eligible study areas.

Apply online
Applications open: 1 June
Applications close: 1 August

Sullivan Scholarship

Available to students of the Roman Catholic faith who will attend medical school at either Waipapa Taumata Rau, University of Auckland or the University of Otago. 
Apply online
Applications open: 1 August
Applications close: 1 December

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