Massey University Doctoral Scholarships

Massey University Doctoral Scholarships are offered to encourage doctoral research. The scholarships are open to New Zealand and international students and are awarded on academic excellence and strategic research priorities.

There are scholarships for full-time and part-time candidates enrolled in the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Doctor of Clinical Psychology (DClinPsych) or Doctor of Social Work (DSW). There are also named scholarships for Māori and Pasifika doctoral candidates.

Value and tenure

The value of a doctoral scholarship will be a stipend of $25,000 per annum and payment of tuition and non-tuition fees to a maximum of 36 months of full-time study. Part-time study will include, a stipend of $15,000 per annum and payment of tuition and non-tuition fees to a maximum of 60 months. Tuition fees will be paid at the domestic rate. For international recipients, non-tuition fees includes insurance for the candidate only.

The tenure of a doctoral scholarship will commence within the year for which the offer is made for up to a maximum of 36 months for full-time candidates and 60 months for part-time candidates.

Payments will be made at the end of each calendar month. Payments will commence the month following enrolment or for candidates already enrolled, the month following acceptance of the scholarship.

Typical number on offer

To be determined


Applicants should have a conditional or unconditional offer of place in a doctoral programme at Massey University. Full-time and part-time candidates are eligible to apply.

Selection criteria

Consideration will normally be given to New Zealand or international candidates with a grade point average of 7.5 or better (on a nine-point scale). Candidates must also demonstrate that their research aligns with the strategic priorities of the University, college and research supervisor(s).

Selection panel

The University Scholarships Committee, including representatives from each college and the Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Māori and Pasifika, award doctoral scholarships.

Doctoral scholarships for part-time candidates will be selected by the University Scholarships Committee.

Doctoral scholarships for full-time candidates will be selected by college-based selection committees who will recommend candidates for the award of scholarship. Each college selection committee should include the college representative on the University Scholarships Committee, as well as academic staff with responsibilities for doctoral education (including professional doctorates), research leadership and supervision. Cultural representation is expected, particularly to ensure Māori engagement in the selection process. The make-up of college selection committees is approved by the Chair of the University Scholarships Committee.

The University Scholarships Committee has the right to refrain from making an award if the candidate does not demonstrate high academic standing or strategic alignment. The University Scholarships Committee’s decision is final.

Conditions of the scholarship

Candidates are required to be enrolled in their approved course of research as a full-time or part-time candidate at Massey University. Candidates should advise the University Scholarships Committee of changes to candidacy, including suspensions from study, changes to part-time or full-time status, or withdrawal from studies.

Doctoral scholarships may be terminated or suspended at any time at the discretion of the University Scholarships Committee for the following reasons:

  • lack of satisfactory academic progress in the candidate’s approved programme of research or
  • breach by the candidate of any of Massey University's rules or regulations.

Ongoing funding may be subject to satisfactory completion of doctoral confirmation.

Doctoral scholarships may be held in conjunction with other scholarships, bursaries, awards and prizes, up to the value of $18,000 per annum. The doctoral scholarship will reduce commensurably with co-tenure above $18,000 per annum.

Full-time candidates in receipt of a doctoral scholarship are expected to engage in 40-50 hours per week of study, but may be employed on a part-time basis of up to 500 hours per annum. Part-time candidates in receipt of a doctoral scholarship are expected to engage in 20-30 hours per week of study, but may be employed up to 1500 hours per annum.

Candidates enrolled in the DClinPsych internship year may continue to hold the doctoral scholarship, if their net internship is less than the value of the doctoral scholarship.

Candidates who change enrolment from part-time to full-time or visa-versa must inform the University of Scholarships Committee who will consider each application on a case-by-case basis, seeking financial approval from the Finance Manager, Office of the Provost, for the continuation of the scholarship. Candidates are only eligible for the sum total of the scholarship ($75,000). A change in status does not guarantee a continuation of the scholarship.

Closing dates

Applications for part-time candidates close on 1 December each year for tenure in the following year.

Applications for full-time candidates are managed by the college selection committees and are awarded by 31 July each year for tenure in the current year.

Incomplete or late applications will not be accepted.

How to apply

Please make sure you application is compete, as incomplete or late applications will not be accepted.

Please note: As you have supplied supporting documentation (eg. CV, transcript etc.) when applying for admission, you are not required to resend these with your scholarship application. The completed application form is all that is required.

Find out more about how to apply for a PhD

Part-time students

Download a copy of the doctoral scholarship application form from the link below. Once you have completed the form, email it to

Applications close 1 December 2018.

Full-time students

Download a copy of the application form for full-time students from the link below. Once you have completed the form, email it to the contact for your college.

Please email the relevant College contact for the closing date.

College contacts

College of Creative Arts: PhD Administrator |

College of Health: Professor Marlena Kruger |

College of Humanities and Social Sciences: Professor Cynthia White |

College of Sciences: Professor Gaven Martin |

Massey Business School: Rebecca Izzard |

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