Scholarships, grants and awards for Māori students

There are many scholarships, grants and awards available for Māori students, so it makes sense to do some research to find your best options. We can help you get started.

Where can I find out about applying for scholarships?

Three Māori students studying in the library

Many scholarships are listed online

If you're at secondary school, ask your school career adviser about scholarships, including those specifically for Māori. Otherwise, you can contact the student support services or the Māori liaison at universities or polytechnics you're interested in.

You could also approach iwi organisations, which may have information about scholarships and funding opportunities for Māori.

What websites can I look at for scholarships?

Below are some of the main websites that list Māori scholarship information.

Give it a go! A surprising number of the scholarships available don't have any applicants, because a lot of people think they haven't got a chance. A good way to find out about scholarships is the career adviser at school or the givME database.

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Hautahi Kingi

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givME database of scholarships

givME is a searchable database of over 4,000 scholarships. You can enter in your details and the database will match you with possible scholarships you could apply for.

You can use givME for free at:

  • about 240 secondary schools
  • most universities and many polytechnics
  • public libraries
  • some community centres.

Below are some givME database Māori scholarships. They are only a small selection of those listed in the database.

HRC Māori Health Research Summer Studentships

Provider: Health Research Council of New Zealand

Website: http://www.hrc.govt.nz/funding-opportunities/maori-development#m%C4%81ori-health-research-summer-stu

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Value:

$5,000.

Closing date:

Next: 17 July 2018

Full applications - hard copy due at the HRC: 17 July 2018 - 5:00pm

Kā Pūtea Grants

Provider: Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu

Website: http://www.ngaitahu.iwi.nz/culture/ngai-tahu-fund/

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Value:

$250 - 1st year of study $500 - 2nd and subsequent year(s) of study

Closing date:

Next: 31 August 2018

Applications must be submitted by 5pm.

Victoria Tangiwai Scholarship – (School Leaver Scholarships for Excellence)

Provider: Victoria University of Wellington

Website: http://www.victoria.ac.nz/study/student-finance/scholarships

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Value:

$5000 See full regulations

Closing date:

Next: 15 September 2018

Online applications close on the 15th of September at 4:30pm

Victoria Totoweka Scholarships - (School Leaver Scholarships For Equity and Support)

Provider: Victoria University of Wellington

Website: http://www.victoria.ac.nz/study/student-finance/scholarships

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Value:

$5000

Closing date:

Next: 15 September 2018

Online applications close on the15th of September at 4:30pm

Hiwinui Heke Māori Pharmacy Scholarship

Provider: PHARMAC

Website: http://www.pharmac.health.nz

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Value:

For Pharmaceutical Study Assistance

Closing date:

Next: 31 October 2018

Applications close 31 October each year.

Updated 29 May 2018