Applications for the 2024 Discovery Scholarship programme are now open! Please follow this link to apply online. Full eligibility criteria is included below; please read it carefully and make sure you have all the information listed above before completing your application. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at MacD-Admin@vuw.ac.nz. Applications close end of the day Sunday 17 December 2023.
We will be holding two online information sessions this year for prospective applicants and other interested parties. These will be held on the following dates (please register via the links in order to attend):
We are seeking co-sponsorship from Iwi, business, and the research science and technology sector and organisations to enable us to award additional scholarships. The MacDiarmid Institute covers all costs of administering this process, advertising, selecting and providing ongoing mentorship and support to the recipients. No co-sponsorship monies go towards the administration of the scholarships.
We also offer ongoing paid summer internships for our scholarship recipients in our labs and provide opportunities and connections for co-sponsors to offer paid summer internships in their own labs or workplaces.
If you have any questions or are interested in discussing co-sponsorship further, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with attention to: Strategic Manager Māori, Kirsty Doyle, Kirsty.email@example.com, or Strategic Engagement and Communications Manager, Vanessa Young firstname.lastname@example.org
We are delighted to welcome GNS Science and the Aotearoa: Green Hydrogen Technology Platform on board as our first Discovery Scholarships co-sponsor.
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.
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.
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.
This category is for students who have excelled in their studies and are looking toward continuing their study in the field.
This category is for students who are studying Mātauranga Māori Science and are looking toward continuing their study in the field.
This category is for students who have been previous recipients of a Discovery Scholarship Award (2023 and earlier) 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).
*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.
If you have any questions regarding your application, please contact the MacDiarmid Institute at MacD-Admin@vuw.ac.nz.
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