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Diverse Gender Scholarship

The Diverse Gender Scholarship encourages and supports diverse gender students to pursue tertiary education at Unitec.

Award value: $2,000 Number available: Varies
Provider: Unitec Institute of Technology
Contact: For general queries about scholarships - email our scholarships team
For help completing a scholarship application - book an appointment with our careers team
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Unitec is committed to providing an inclusive environment that celebrates diversity, by identifying and addressing barriers that diverse students face when engaged in tertiary study.  This scholarship is intended to address some of the unique barriers diverse gender students encounter.

Applications for 2024 are now closed 

Opened 9th May 2024 | Closed 6th June 2024

Eligibility for Diverse Gender Scholarship

To be eligible for the Scholarship, an applicant must:

  • identify as outside the gender binary. This can include but is not limited to transgender, intersex, gender fluid, gender queer, gender questioning
  • be a domestic student, i.e., a New Zealand citizen or Permanent Resident
  • have applied or already be enrolled, full-time (or part-time by exception), in an undergraduate certificate, diploma or degree, or a postgraduate certificate or diploma (Level 3 to 8) programme, that takes at least one semester of full-time study to complete

*For the purposes of this scholarship Diverse Gender includes tangata ira tane, FtM, MtF, transsexual, fa'afafine, transgender, whakawahine, transmen, transwomen, akava'ine, leiti, intersex, genderqueer and gender-neutral people.


Please read the Diverse Gender Scholarship Regulations for more information.

Selection Bases

The Selection Committee will review all eligible applications and make award recommendations based on a combination of:

  • responses to the scholarship questions;
  • feedback from Referee identified on the application;
  • Unitec priority group goals – namely to achieve parity for Māori, Pacific and Under 25 students, and enhance the success of Disabled and Neurodiverse learners, sole parents, and ākonga with carers responsibilities; and

Preference is given to students who:

  • demonstrate that financial support will have an impact on their ability to pursue their studies
  • are first-time applicants who have not received the Diverse Gender Scholarship before