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Kia Ora, Bula Vinaka, Fakaalofa lahi atu, Fakatalofa atu, Kia orana, Mālō e lelei, Mālō nī,Talofa lava, Tēnā koutou katoa ki ngā motu o Te Moana nui a Kiwa and warm welcome to you all.
 
The MacDiarmid Institute is delighted to announce the continued funding of its Discovery Scholarship Programme, for Māori and Pacific Island students in science. This is an extension of our long running DiscoveryCamp programme, to support students studying in the physical sciences, chemical/materials engineering, Māori sciences or sciences related to sustainable innovation. 
 
For new scholarship recipients, receiving awards for the first time in 2023: the award will cover university fees up to $8,000 for the 2023 academic year, and a one-off cash award of up to $3,000. 

Previous Discovery Scholarship recipients who received awards in 2022 or earlier are able to apply for Te Huarahi ki Mua Award category, which awards recipients a one-off cash award of up to $3,000.  
 
The Institute welcomes applications from all Māori and Pacific Island students from all backgrounds and abilities, and will award a number of scholarships at each year of undergraduate study, Honours/PgDipSci, and Masters study. Students who are studying part time are also encouraged to apply.
In addition to the financial award, Discovery Scholars will be eligible for the same kinds of ongoing support as our current DiscoveryCamp Alumni cohort, such as summer studentships and access to a range of MacDiarmid Institute events.

*Please note that if undertaking PhD studies you are currently not eligible for these scholarships, but please contact us at MacD-Admin@vuw.ac.nz and we will help connect you with the appropriate scholarships for which you are eligible.
 
In order to complete and submit your Discovery Scholarship application, you will need:
  • Details of your enrolment (or intention to enrol) in tertiary science courses in 2023
  • Your CV
  • Your application statement
  • Your reference
  • Your academic transcript
Please complete the 2023 Discovery Scholarships Application Form here and submit it by no later than 5pm on Sunday 18 December 2022.

Co-Sponsors

GNS Science and the Aotearoa: Green Hydrogen Technology Platform

We are delighted to welcome GNS Science and the Aotearoa: Green Hydrogen Technology Platform on board as our first Discovery Scholarships co-sponsor. 2GNS logo HORZ

BA logo horizontal digital colourBioprotection Aotearoa


We welcome Bioprotection Aotearoa, our latest co-sponsor to champion our Discovery Scholarships programme that nurtures a pathway for Māori and Pasifika students interested in STEM.

Awards Available

Te Kainga Rua Award - Second Chance Learner Award 

This category is for mature students either returning to tertiary education after having some time away or those that are undertaking tertiary courses for the first time. If you are passionate about the natural sciences or you wish to return to tertiary studies and would like help with reaching your goals and potential, we encourage you to apply.  

Piki Ake Award - Step It Up Award

This category is for students who are passionate about science but have found it challenging to achieve highly. This award is to help enthusiastic students reach their potential and step up into achieving.  

Te Taumata Award - High Achiever Award

This category is for students who have excelled in their studies and are looking toward continuing their study in the field.  

Te Mātauranga Pūtaiao Award - Māori Science Award

This category is for students who are studying Mātauranga Māori Science and are looking toward continuing their study in the field. 

Te Huarahi Ki Mua Award

This category is for students who have been previous recipients of a Discovery Scholarship Award (2021) and are continuing their study in a relevant field (This is the only award previous recipients will be eligible to apply for and can only be awarded once to each recipient). 

Eligibility Criteria

  • Students enrolled or intended to enrol in a tertiary-level STEM course(s) that relates to the physical sciences, chemical/materials engineering, Māori sciences or sciences related to sustainable innovation 
  • Enrolled or intending to enrol for the 2023 academic year 
  • New Zealand-based 
  • A citizen or permanent resident of New Zealand 

*Please note that sciences relating to medical technology, innovation and physics/chemistry will be eligible. However, health sciences with a focus on becoming a nurse, physio, medical doctor or the like are not eligible for these awards.  

Mā te kimi ka kite, Mā te kite ka mōhio, Mā te mōhio ka mārama. 
Seek and discover, discover and know, know and become enlightened! 


If you have any questions regarding your application, please contact the MacDiarmid Institute at 
MacD-Admin@vuw.ac.nz 

If you would be interested in applying to the Discovery Scholarship programme in the future, please register your interest here.

Meet some of our Discovery Scholarship recipients

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Discovery Scholarship Recipients - 2020

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