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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 the Discovery Scholarship Programme, for Māori and Pasifika students in tertiary science. This is an extension of our long running DiscoveryCamp programme, and is designed to support students studying in the physical sciences, chemical/materials engineering, Māori sciences or sciences related to sustainable innovation.

The scholarships will pay university fees up to $8,000 for the 2021 academic year, and a one-off cash award of up to $3,000. The Institute welcomes applications from all Māori and Pasifika 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.

Application Information 

We are happy to accept applications in either Te Reo Māori or English. Applications are due by Friday 11 December, 2020. Find the link to apply here.

You will need to provide your personal details along with:

  • Details of your enrolment (or intention to enrol) in tertiary science courses in 2021
  • Your CV including a summary of your previous academic record (previous year’s results) we understand this may not be available for those applying for the Te Kainga Rua Award
  • Your application statement outlining the award you will be applying for, your study goals and programme of study in New Zealand
  • Your letter of reference. This may be either academic or from someone in your community who can comment on your study goals
  • Your academic transcript

 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 2021 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. 

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

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 (B+ average or higher) 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 and are continuing their study in a relevant field (This is the only award previous recipients will be eligible to apply for). 

Discovery Scholarship Recipients - 2020

Read more about eight of the successful recipients of the 2020 Discovery Scholarship awards.

Read more about Discovery Scholarship Recipients - 2020