The MacDiarmid Institute is delighted to announce the continued funding of its Discovery Scholarship Programme, for Māori and Pacific Island students in tertiary science. This is an extension of our long running Discovery Camp programme, to support students studying in the physical sciences, chemical/materials engineering, Māori sciences or sciences related to sustainable innovation.
The scholarships will pay university fees up to $8,000 for the 2024 academic year, and a one-off cash award of up to $3,000. 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 (in the areas of the physical sciences, chemical/materials engineering, Māori sciences or sciences related to sustainable innovation). 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.
Information Sessions 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):
Please note that if undertaking PhD studies, you are currently not eligible for these scholarships, but please contact us at MacD-Admin@vuw.ac.nz and we will help connect you with the appropriate scholarships for which you are eligible.
Te Kainga Rua Award – Second Chance Learner Award – 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.
Piki Ake Award – Step It Up Award – 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.
Te Taumata Award – High Achiever Award – This category is for students who have excelled in their studies and are looking toward continuing their study in the field.
Te Mātauranga Pūtaiao Award – Māori Science Award – This category is for students who are studying Mātauranga Māori Science and are looking toward continuing their study in the field.
Te Huarahi Ki Mua Award – This category is for students who have been previous recipients of a Discovery Scholarship Award and are continuing their study in a relevant field (This is the only award previous recipients will be eligible to apply for).
· Students enrolled or intended to enrol in a tertiary-level STEM course(s) that relates to the physical sciences, chemical/materials engineering, Māori sciences or sciences related to sustainable innovation
Enrolled or intending to enrol for the 2024 academic year
A citizen or permanent resident of New Zealand
*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.