Every year, our Director of Research and Enterprise (R&E) offers four distinct types of scholarships designed to support and recruit talented students who might not otherwise have the opportunity to study at our institution. These scholarships aim to alleviate financial barriers and promote academic excellence across diverse communities.

Types of Scholarships

General Masters Scholarships:

Managed by: Academic Programme Managers (APMs)
Description: Open to all students who meet the basic eligibility criteria.

Masters Scholarships for Māori Students:

Managed by: Director of Māori Success
Description: Specifically designed to support Māori students in achieving their academic goals.

Masters Scholarships for Pacific Students:

Managed by: Director of Pacific Success
Description: Aim to assist students of Pacific descent in their higher education journey.

Special Considerations:

These scholarships are also a strategic recruitment tool to encourage more students to choose our institution for their studies.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

Student Status: Open to both international and domestic students studying either full-time or part-time.
Academic Requirements:

  • Must have an offer of a place in a Unitec Masters Programme.
  • Committed to completing a research thesis of at least 90 credits.
  • Achieve a minimum average grade of B- (varies by scholarship type).

Other Requirements:

  • Applicants must not be full-time Unitec staff.
  • Must declare any other scholarships received or applied for.

Application Process

Prepare Your Application: Ensure you meet all eligibility criteria and gather the necessary documents.
Submit Application: Applications must be submitted through our official portal before the specified deadline.
Selection Process: Applications are reviewed by relevant directors or APMs through a transparent selection process.

Funding and Disbursement

Scholarship Amounts: The total funds available can be awarded to one student or divided among multiple recipients at the scholarship committee's discretion.
Payment Details: Payments are made directly to the student’s bank account post-enrolment verification, typically after the fourth week of the semester.

Scholarship Acceptance Requirements

To be awarded the scholarship, successful applicants must sign the Scholarship Terms and Conditions document and provide necessary supporting documents such as proof of enrolment and bank account information.

Termination of Scholarship

A scholarship may be terminated if the recipient:

  • Ceases to meet the eligibility criteria.
  • Breaches any scholarship regulations.
  • Is found guilty of misconduct and deemed inappropriate to continue holding the scholarship by Tuapapa Rangahau.

Terms and Conditions

By accepting the scholarship, recipients agree to adhere to all terms, which include accuracy of information provided and completion of enrollment. The scholarship must be used within the defined intake period and cannot be deferred.

Responsibilities and Timeframes

Responsibilities: Directors and APMs promote the scholarships, assess applications, and manage the disbursement of funds.
Timeframes: Application deadlines are set annually. It is crucial to submit applications within these periods to ensure eligibility for funding.

Contact Us

For further inquiries about the Masters scholarships or the application process, please get in touch with Tuapapa Rangahau (partnering research & enterprise) via research@unitec.ac.nz