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William Georgetti Scholarship

The purpose of the William Georgetti Scholarship is to encourage postgraduate study and research, normally in New Zealand, in a field that in the opinion of the Scholarship Board is important to the social, cultural or economic development of New Zealand.

This scholarship was established from the Estate of William Georgetti who passed away on 7 Feb 1943.  During his lifetime Mr Georgetti farmed an extensive property at Fernhill, near Hastings. 

Mr Georgetti believed that "whatever fluctuations there may be in prices for primary produce and in land values and whatever vicissitudes the said Dominion may pass through farming land will always be the most stable asset in which to invest money". 


Applicants must:

  1. Have resided in New Zealand for a period of at least five years immediately preceding the year of selection (refer to the Regulations for further information).
  2. Be of good moral character and repute. 
  3. Be of good health.  
  4. Hold a degree from a university in New Zealand or elsewhere or any other academic qualification of a university or other institution of learning (in New Zealand or elsewhere) reasonably equivalent in the opinion of the Scholarship Board to a degree of a university in New Zealand.

Applications will not be accepted from people who are enrolled in a postgraduate programme of study or research if, at the closing date for applications:

  • they have been enrolled or more than 9 months in their programme of study or research or
  • they have less than 12 months remaining in their programme of study or research.

Value and number awarded:

In New Zealand up to $20,000 per year for Masters study and $30,000 per year for doctoral study. For those students studying overseas, the award can be up to $NZ45,000 per year. 

The term of each William Georgetti scholarship is up to three years; the Selection Board has discretion to vary the term of a scholarship.

The number of scholarships awarded in any year is determined by the Selection Committee.

Opening date

1 October

Closing Date:

1 February

How to Apply:

Read the Regulations to confirm your eligibility to apply.

Apply on-line - the link to the application website is here.

Decisions made: