Scholarships and Prizes
Several prizes are available to recognise an exceptional student in an undergraduate creative writing (CREW) workshop. These include the Maurice Gee Prize in Children's Writing, the Story Inc. Prize for Poetry and the Prize for Original Composition (prose). Prizes are awarded annually, subject to the relevant workshop being offered in any one year.
Please note: As we do not offer undergraduate majors or full year programmes, there are no specific scholarships available for our undergraduate CREW courses.
For MA in Creative Writing (CREW) applicants
The advice below about general Victoria scholarships is a guide only. Prospective scholarship applicants should visit Victoria's Scholarships page, or browse the Scholarship Database for detailed information about the full ranges of scholarships currently available to existing or prospective Victoria students, including deadlines, conditions, and the application process. You can refine your search criteria by level and area of study and personal characteristics.
Victoria's Scholarships page includes links to external scholarship resources, including the National Scholarships Database and scholarships and grants targeted to Māori students. The University also has dedicated pages covering a range of scholarships for Māori and Pasifika students at Victoria.
If you intend to apply for the Victoria Masters (by thesis) Scholarship, or another relevant general postgraduate scholarship, you should advise the IIML by ticking the relevant box on the application form and, if possible, noting the name of the scholarship you are applying for.
You should submit any Victoria scholarship application to the Scholarships Office by their deadline, and direct all scholarship queries to them.
General scholarship applications are considered pending acceptance into the programme. If a scholarship application is due on or before our 1 November course application deadline, the two selection processes run concurrently. Check the relevant deadline and do not wait for our decision on your application before applying for a scholarship.
Applicants will know the outcome of both applications before Christmas. Please be aware that acceptance into the programme does not guarantee a scholarship offer.
For completing MA CREW students:
On completion of their MA year, our students can apply for a number of programme-specific project scholarships.
The IIML now offers up to six annual project scholarships to MA in Creative Writing students who apply after completion of the final MA folio. These include the Michael Hirschfeld Project Scholarship, which will be awarded to a script or screen writing student, and the Jean Squire Project Scholarship, which will be awarded to a student in the pagewriting programme, with preference for it to go to a children's writer where appropriate. Project scholarships will be awarded by recommendation of the examiners on the basis of financial need and merit.
Applications must be submitted to the Scholarships Office (not to the IIML), generally by mid-November each year. More about the IIML's project scholarships and how to apply.
In addition to these project scholarships, the Schaeffer Fellowship (also known as the Glenn Schaeffer Award), which is currently in abeyance, has provided the opportunity for a graduate of the Writing for the Page stream to go on to grant-aided study at the IIML's prestigious North American co-centre; the Iowa Writers' Workshop. This award is only available to New Zealand citizens. We hope to reinstate this fellowship in the future.
The Adam Foundation Prize in Creative Writing is awarded to the author of the best portfolio in the Writing for the Page stream.
The David Carson-Parker Embassy Prize in Scriptwriting is awarded to the author of the best portfolio in the Scriptwriting stream.
The Brad McGann Filmwriting Award is awarded to a graduating film scriptwriter who has demonstrated excellent potential, to support further work on a film script.
The Biggs Family Prize in Poetry has been awarded annually since 2006 to recognise the potential of a graduating poet.
The advice below is a guide only. Prospective scholarship applicants should first visit the Faculty of Graduate Research's PhD Funding page, and then contact Victoria's Scholarships Office if you have further questions about available scholarships, deadlines and conditions, or about the application process.
If you intend to apply for a Victoria Doctoral Scholarship, you can do this online as part of your Application for PhD Admission and Victoria Scholarships. Victoria Doctoral Scholarship applicants must read the full Doctoral Scholarship Regulations before applying. (See the Victoria Doctoral Scholarship link above.)
Victoria scholarship applications are considered pending acceptance into the programme. However, the scholarship selection process is separate and acceptance into the programme does not guarantee a scholarship offer. Applicants will know the outcome of both applications by mid-August.