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Doctoral Scholarships in New Zealand 2023


The application for the Doctoral Scholarship for the academic year 2022/2023 is now open by University of Waikato for all International Students in New Zealand.  

The University of Waikato hereby invites all outstanding students to apply for the 2022/2023 Scholarship. The University of Waikato has set-up a tertiary Scholarship to bolster capacity, expertise and work opportunities related to different sectors. It is intended for tertiary students at the Postgraduate (Research). The university will provide financial support for high achieving candidates. Up to  $27,500 pa + domestic tuition fees and Student Services Levy. University of Waikato has allocated Scholarship specifically for the following fields below. 

The University of Waikato and its community believe in the potential of youth. We believe that access to education should not be dependent on wealth. Education creates opportunities for youth to acquire the knowledge and skills needed to participate in the economy, achieve upward mobility, and change the world for the better for all in it.

For the Doctoral Scholarship, we are looking for students who will be meeting the admission requirements and other eligibility requirements of the hosting universities stated below.


Eligible courses are: 

  • The Scholarship is for candidates enrolling in a doctoral qualification, i.e. a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA), Doctor of Education (EdD), or Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD), at the University of Waikato.

Candidate Requirements 

Eligible criteria are:

  • The Scholarship is open to New Zealand citizens, permanent residents, and international students.
  • Candidates will normally be seeking to obtain their first doctoral qualification.
  • Candidates should normally be intending to study full-time at the University of Waikato.
  • Candidates who have socially compelling reasons for enrolling in the part-time study
  • All students applying to the University of Waikato must meet the appropriate academic and English language entry requirements. Faculties/Schools of Study may have additional entry requirements for some qualifications. All applications are considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • Applicants whose first language is not English are required to provide satisfactory evidence of English language proficiency, generally in the form of an IELTS or TOEFL score. Scores can vary according to the qualification sought. If English is not the first language applicant must provide one of the following as evidence of English language proficiency:
  • IELTS: Some qualifications require an overall band of 6.5 and a Writing band of 6.0. and some require 6.5 overall with no less than 6.0 in each band (7.0 overall for Graduate Diploma in Teaching with no less than 7.0 in each band. 7.0 for the Bachelor of Teaching with no less than 7.0 in each band. 7.5 for the Master of Teaching and Learning). The English language proficiency requirements for admission to particular qualifications are at the discretion of the Dean concerned.
  • TOEFL (internet-based): 90 with a writing score of 22 (100 for Graduate Law)
  • TOEFL (paper-based): 577 overall including a TWE of 5.0 (100 overall and TWE of 5.5 for Graduate Law)
  • TOEFL (computer-based): 233 including a TWE of 5.0 (5.5 for Graduate Law).


Applications must be submitted online at: 


  • Completed applications need to be submitted on or before 31 January, 2023. Late applications will not be considered. 

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