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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.

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 reduced accordingly.

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.

Faculty support:

Applicants must contact their faculty in advance of application and seek support for their doctoral research.

Category A: Applicants will be expected to upload their unconditional offer of place for the AUT Doctoral programme. Applications meeting the eligibility criteria for this category will be forwarded to the Faculty’s Associate Dean Postgraduate (or Research). The faculty will then assess your application and recommend the awarding of a scholarship if appropriate. The award of a scholarship will be ratified by the Chair of the AUT Scholarships Committee.

Category B: Applicants in this category must seek Faculty approval for their application. This will be either in the form of an unconditional 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 before the application will be assessed or for Category B applicants 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

Applications will be accepted in two categories:

Category A:  Applicants must have an unconditional offer of place for the AUT doctoral programme and the full support of their Faculty. Applicants must also have completed their qualifying programme at a New Zealand university with either first class honours (with a GPA of 7.0 or above) or a straight A average (GPA of 8.0 or above) in their qualifying programme are guaranteed a scholarship.  Applicants in this category must apply separately for this scholarship at the time of admission into the doctoral programme. Application for a scholarship is a separate process to the admission process and is via the AUT on-line scholarship application portal.

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

For conditions of appointment see full Regulations document attached.


Auckland University of Technology

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