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University of Otago Coursework Master’s Scholarships – New Zealand


Established by the University Council in 2010, the University of Otago Coursework Master’s Scholarship provides support for high calibre students to study towards coursework Masters’ degrees at the University of Otago.


The University of Otago Coursework Master’s Scholarship provides funding to support coursework-based Master’s students studying at the University of Otago.

Applicants must be:

  • obtaining their first Otago Coursework Master’s qualification
  • domestic students or international students
  • undertaking a Coursework Master’s degree (degree by papers only, or, if a research component is included, the research paper should have a point value of less than 90 points)*

* Coursework Master’s Scholarships are not available for the papers year of a two-year research Master’s degree.

Selection is based predominantly on academic merit and the advice, recommendation and ranking of the relevant Head of Department or nominee.


The scholarship consists of $10,000, to be paid towards a rebate of tuition fees in the first instance, with any remainder to be paid as a monthly stipend evenly distributed across the course of the scholarship.If the recipient withdraws from coursework Master’s study at the University of Otago during tenure of the scholarship, all payments will cease and no money will be refunded to the student.


  • The tenure of the scholarship is for one year only
  • The scholarship must be taken up in the year for which it is awarded
  • Part-time study is not normally permitted
  • The scholarship may be held concurrently with other scholarships and awards

Notes: In exceptional circumstances the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Enterprise) may approve variations to these regulations.


Every applicant must submit an application on the prescribed form for University of Otago Coursework Master’s Scholarships. For applicants yet to enrol in their chosen degree, this must accompany their application for admission to the degree. For applicants choosing a research report or dissertation option after initial study, application should be made directly to the University of Otago Doctoral and Scholarships Office, after result from initial Master’s papers are received, and no later than one month after starting the dissertation or research report component of their degree.

The University of Otago Scholarships Committee shall consider the following factors in recommending award of the Scholarship:

  • the applicant’s academic record
  • the advice, recommendation and ranking of the relevant Head of Department or nominee


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