Pōhā Iti bursary applications open again 

Applications for Pōhā Iti are open for a second round of applications. As posted previously, UC understands that being a student can be financially challenging, and that the COVID-19 pandemic has compounded the issue for some. It’s important to know that domestic students and international PhD students who are currently experiencing financial difficulties due to COVID-19 may be eligible for financial support through this bursary.

A pōhā is a kelp bag that was used traditionally (and is still used today) for preserving meat and birds such as tītī (muttonbird) for extended periods of time. Just as a pōhā can hold several birds at once, but we only take them out one bird at a time as we need sustenance, this financial support provides an opportunity for ākonga (students) to receive incremental payments over time to help sustain them in their studies.

The bursary itself is for up to $3,000 split across three payments of $1,000 each. In total there are at least 100 available for students who meet the eligibility criteria. More details about eligibility can be found in the bursary regulations, but applicants must:

  • Be a currently enrolled part time or full time domestic student (Undergrad, Postgrad, PhD) or an international doctoral student studying towards a PhD or equivalent
  • Be currently in New Zealand
  • Demonstrate that you require assistance as a result of COVID-19

Please visit the financial assistance webpage for more information about either this or other financial assistance available at UC. The online application form for Pōhā Iti can be found here and will be open for two weeks.

If you have any questions about the bursary or difficulties with the application process, please email scholarships@canterbury.ac.nz

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