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Ngāi Tahu Research Centre Scholarships

Ngāi Tahu Research Centre, University of Canterbury postgraduate and doctoral scholarships

Three NTRC scholarships are offered annually to Doctoral students which are worth $21,000, plus fees, for three years.

The NTRC also offers five scholarships annually for Postgraduate Diploma, Honours and Master’s students. These scholarships are valued at $12,000 plus fees, for one year.

Scholarship recipients may be studying any discipline at the University of Canterbury, but preference will be given to applicants whose projects promote mātauranga Māori within the sciences, commerce, law or engineering and are linked to the mission and current research foci of the Ngāi Tahu Research Centre.

Subject matters of particular interest to the centre are:

  • Environmental sciences
  • Indigenous and tribal economies
  • 19th Century textual translations of rare South Island manuscripts

Applications are currently open and close at 4pm on 31 October.

Ngai Tahu Research Centre Postgraduate Scholarship


This scholarship supports postgraduate diploma, honours, and master’s students at the University of Canterbury whose research is facilitated by the Ngāi Tahu Research Centre. Up to three scholarships are available annually for applicants of Ngāi Tahu descent. A further two scholarships are available annually to all students undertaking studies facilitated by the Ngāi Tahu Research Centre. The scholarship provides financial assistance to a value of $16,000 per 120 points of enrolment for scholarships reserved for those of Ngāi Tahu descent, and to a value of $12,000 per 120 points of enrolment for an open scholarship. The scholarship also covers full tuition fees for the specified programme of study, at the New Zealand domestic rate, and the Student Services Levy for the term of the scholarship.

Ngai Tahu Research Centre Doctoral Scholarship


These scholarships support PhD students whose study is facilitated through the Ngāi Tahu Research Centre at the University of Canterbury. The University will make available up to three scholarships annually. Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu will make available up to two scholarships every third year.

To download a copy of the scholarship regulations and to apply online please visit


To enquire please contact the Ngāi Tahu Research Centre Administrator, phone: +64 3 369 5527 or email: ntrc@canterbury.ac.nz

IRO celebrates NZEA Scholarship Winners

The New Zealand Excellence Awards (NZEA) is a joint initiative between UC and Education New Zealand, offering scholarship opportunities to International students to study at UC.

IRO (UC’s International Relationship Office) celebrated the winners of the NZEA 2017/18 scholarship at a certificate presentation ceremony.

From left to right:
Dr. Ian MacDonald (Director of International Growth Strategies), Kodanda Rama Chandra Merugu(MENGSt), Basil Sabu (MENGSt), Meryn Tomson (PGDipSc), Greg Scott (Director Industry Development ENZ) Sandeep Sharma (International Recruitment Coordinator India)

Strengthening the Fulbright connection

Fulbright New Zealand offers a range of exchange awards for Aotearoa New Zealanders wanting to study, research, teach or present their work in the USA.

On Tuesday 7 May, UC welcomed Fulbright’s Penelope Borland and Lauren Parsons to campus to speak with some of the University’s best and brightest and encourage them to apply.

L-R: Assoc. Professor Ekant Veer, Julia Torres, Lauren Parsons, Professor Cheryl de la Rey, Penelope Borland, Assoc. Professor Travis Horton, Professor Geoff Rodgers, Professor Maggie-Lee Huckerby, Ribu Dhakal

In speaking to the importance of ‘balance’ in their alumni, Executive Director Penelope Borland explained that the best applicants are not those singularly focused on their academic studies, but those who were also excellent ambassadors and advocates for the Fulbright vision.

The Fulbright Programme is an initiative of American senator J. William Fulbright who, in the aftermath of World War II, believed that mutual understanding between different countries and cultures was crucial to ensure a peaceful future for the world.

Programme Manager Lauren Parsons explained that being part of the Fulbright alumni network gave students and faculty an edge in the work they do while opening pathways for future work, whether it be furthering their research careers or considering career opportunities after graduation.

UC-based Fulbright alumni in attendance echoed those sentiments, sharing how their experiences with the programme had been both ‘life changing’ and deeply embedded in their memories. 

In telling the students in attendance about her experience, Fulbright alumnae Julia Torres explained,

“The Fulbright experience rearranges all the molecules in your body – it changes your outlook and how you view the world.”

UC Scholarships Advisor Pamela Chivers, who organised the visit in collaboration with Fulbright Events Coordinator Sarita Magan, was thrilled with the turnout of students at the information session.

“Hopefully this will generate some exceptional applications from well-rounded UC students for the Fulbright Awards.”

A sentiment shared by Associate Dean of Postgraduate Research (Scholarships), Associate Professor Ekant Veer.

“We are thankful for the time Fullbright spent with us and excited about what the future holds as the relationship strengthens.” 

For more on the programme, visit: www.fulbright.org.nz.
To find which Fulbright award is right for you, click here>

Fulbright UC Campus Advisors:

UC doctoral students win 2018 Postgraduate Science Scholarship

Congratulations to UC doctoral students Jonathan Dash and Trevor Best, who have been named recipients of the Ministry for Primary Industry (MPI)’s Postgraduate Science Scholarship for 2018.

As doctoral students, the total value of their scholarship will be up to $50,000 to support their primary industry research.

For Jonathan this means funding to assist his research on developing automated methods for the detection and monitoring of wilding pines using remotely sensed data.

And for Trevor the money will be used to fund his research on stress in forestry workers.

For more about this year’s scholarship recipients, see the Government’s media release here>