10 October, 2023
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 a warm welcome to you all.
The MacDiarmid Institute is delighted to announce the continued funding of the Discovery Scholarship Programme, for Māori and Pacific Island 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 (except Te Huarahi Ki Mua award) will pay university fees up to $8,000 for the 2024 academic year, and a one-off cash award of up to $3,000. For Te Huarahi Ki Mua award, recipients will receive a one-off cash award up to $3,000 only. 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.
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):
The deadline for applications is end of the day Sunday 17 December 2023.
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 (in 2023 or 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.
Please submit your application form via this link, The deadline for applications is end of the day Sunday 17 December 2023. You will need to provide your personal details along with:
If you have any questions regarding your application, please contact the MacDiarmid Institute at MacD-Admin@vuw.ac.nz.