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AUT Vice Chancellor's Doctoral Scholarships

Purpose of award

Auckland University of Technology (AUT) offers Vice Chancellor's Doctoral Scholarships in order to attract highly achieving doctoral research students to AUT and to encourage and stimulate doctoral studies in areas that enhance the University's research capability.

Selection criteria

Applicants must meet English language proficiency requirements as stated in the Academic Calendar (http://www.aut.ac.nz/calendar) at the time of application.

Applicants must meet the normal admission criteria for the doctoral programme. http://www.aut.ac.nz/study-at-aut/entry-requirements/postgraduate-and-graduate-admission-requirements

Recipients of this scholarship will have an excellent academic record, strong academic references and have demonstrated the potential for high quality research.

Scholarships are awarded on academic merit and recipients of this scholarship will normally have the equivalent of first class honours. Previous study should include research methodology paper(s) and an independent research project, including the writing of a report on that research.

The applicant’s proposed field of study must be one where the University can offer supervision. Applicants should contact potential supervisors prior to application to confirm the availability of supervision for their proposed research.

Professional Doctorate candidates may apply at the time of submission of the PGR9.

Preference will be given to new applicants to the doctoral programme at AUT, including those currently in provisional candidature.

Applications will be accepted in two categories in 2018:

1. Category A

New doctoral applicants with a GPA of 8.0 or above in their most recent qualifying programme will be guaranteed a scholarship provided the qualifying programme was completed at a New

Zealand university and they meet the additional conditions below; or

New Māori and domestic Pacific doctoral applicants with a GPA of 7.5 or above, from their most recent qualifying programme will be guaranteed a scholarship provided the qualifying programme was completed at a New Zealand university and they meet the additional conditions below. Applicants applying under b) must be citizens or permanent residents of New Zealand.

The following additional conditions apply under Category A

  • Applicants must have an unconditional Offer of Place in the doctoral programme.
  • Applicants must enrol into the Doctoral programme within three months of the offer of scholarship.     
  • In 2018 consideration will be given to applicants who have enrolled into the Doctoral programme between 1 November and 31 December, 2017 and who meet all other criteria. 

NB: the GPA for AUT Doctoral scholarships will be calculated using the AUT method outlined in the document available from the webpage http://www.aut.ac.nz/study-at-aut/fees-scholarships-andfinance/scholarships/vice-chancellors-doctoral-scholarships.

Category A applicants may apply at any time after 15 January in the year of application.

2. Category B

The contestable October round is open to all eligible applicants i.e. applicants may be New Zealand citizens or permanent residents, or International students. Applications open on 1 August through the AUT on-line scholarship application portal.

Number of awards offered



An annual stipend of $25,000 per year, plus tuition fees and student services fee.

Tenure of award

The scholarship is tenable for up to three years. If a recipient has been fully enrolled in the doctoral programme at AUT for more than six months when the scholarship stipend payments commence the scholarship tenure will be adjusted. This will be by deducting the number of months between first enrolment date and scholarship closing date plus a three month grace period from the full 36 month period.

Closing dates for applications


General Information

How do students apply?

Full information is available from www.phdscholar.ac.nz. It is not possible to submit incomplete scholarship applications through the online application process. In order for the application to be submitted applicants must complete all sections and request the required support statements. Incomplete applications will not be forwarded to the selection panel. The following documents or statements will need to be uploaded and submitted with the application by AUT VC Doctoral Scholarship On-line Application Form;

· Academic transcript(s) for any previous tertiary study that was completed at a university other than AUT

· A brief C.V. (maximum three pages)

· A two page proposal outlining the intended research using the template provided with the online application form. The applicant will be asked to provide the following details:

· Proposed Topic/Title

· Rationale and significance of the study

· Key Question/hypothesis/problem/issue to be Investigated:

· Design of the study; the methodology and research technique(s) to be employed in the study

· Research benefits

· References

Please note the proposal must be two pages only (1,000 words) plus a maximum of one page for any references. If a longer document is provided you will be asked to revise the document to meet the requirements or the approved PGR2.

Faculty support:

Applicants must seek Faculty approval for their application. This will be either in the form of an offer of place for the doctoral programme or in the form of a letter or email clearly stating support from a potential primary supervisor or the Head of Programme/ School. The statement of support should state confirm that the applicant’s research can be supported within the faculty. Applicants will be asked to upload this evidence during the application process.

Reference statements:

Two academic reference statements are required for all applicants other than those whose qualifying programme was completed at AUT. AUT applicants will be required to provide one referee only. Applicants must not submit referee’s reports directly; nominated referees will be sent a request directly from the On-line application system. Please advise your referees that they will be receiving an email requesting a reference statement.

Reference statements must be submitted by the closing date or the application will be deemed ineligible. If the referee declines to provide a reference the applicant will have the opportunity to nominate another referee.

Applicants can submit the application without referees’ statements. However, the application will be considered ineligible and will not be released to selection panels without the required reference statements.

Application Form


Additional information

For conditions of appointment see full Regulations document attached.


Auckland University of Technology

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