University of Otago International Master’s Research Scholarship in New Zealand

  • Master
  • NZ $15,000 stipend per annum

The University of Otago International Research Master's Scholarship provides funding to support international Master's students studying at the University of Otago.


International students are eligible to apply for this funding opportunity. The sponsorship will be awarded in any subject offered by the university

To be eligible, the applicants must meet all the following criteria:

  • The applicant’s academic record: In the case of an applicant for a doctoral scholarship who has completed a Master’s degree by papers and thesis (at least 0.75 EFTS), the grades of all relevant2 advanced level papers counting towards the award of the degree and the thesis will be taken into account. An explanation of the time taken for completion of the thesis may be requested and considered by The grants and Prizes Committee if the thesis has taken more than 2 EFTS (2 fulltime years) to complete.

    In the case of an applicant for a scholarship without a Master’s degree including a thesis, the grades of all relevant2 advanced level papers counting towards the award of the applicant’s most relevant degree will be taken into account.

    In the case of applicants whose prior qualifications have been awarded by other universities, the University shall calculate a GPA score using what it considers to be the most relevant2 papers and grades provided on the applicant’s academic transcripts.

    Certificate of Proficiency and Pass/Fail papers will not be taken into account in the calculation.

  • The applicant’s potential for, or record of, research.

  • The advice, recommendation and/or ranking of the relevant Head of Department


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NZ $15,000 stipend per annum plus a tuition fee waiver for 1 year capped at the domestic rate for Master's study (excludes student services fee and insurance)


Applicants must be:

  • Obtaining their first Master's qualification
  • International students
  • Undertaking a thesis-based Master's

Selection is based predominantly on academic merit and the applicant’s potential for research.

Please note this Scholarship will only provide support for the thesis component of a Master's Research degree for up to 1-year full-time enrolment. It also only partially covers the cost of your tuition fees. As an international student, you will be charged a higher level of tuition fees than a New Zealand domestic student. The Scholarship covers tuition fees for your thesis only at the domestic fee rate, i.e. the cost a New Zealand student would pay for their fees. This will be significantly less than the overall cost of your tuition fees and you will need to pay the difference between the two rates yourself. Please check with our International Office for tuition fee rates.

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