Browse prizes

We have a number of prizes that are awarded annually to students who achieve the highest results in a subject or group of subjects.

Winners are automatically selected on the basis of their academic results, following the final release of the results each year and are assessed against any award criteria before a final decision is made.

Browse all available prizes

You can browse the prize list by letter or use the search to narrow down your list of results.

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  • Ariadne Danilow Music Prize

    Up to $2,000 based on available funds

    Established from a bequest by Mrs Ariadne Danilow in 2000 via the Victoria University Foundation, this prize is awarded to a student completing a BMus and proceeding to BMus (Hons) at Victoria University of Wellington.

  • A H Johnstone Scholarships in Law

    $430 subject to available funds

    Two scholarships shall be awarded to the two students who have:
    (a) completed at least three of the Law subjects: Law of Contract, Law of Torts, Public Law and Criminal Law in one or two successive years; and
    (b) in the opinion of the Dean of Law, done the best work in agregate in those three subjects either in the year the award is made, or in the immediately precceding year.

    NOTE: A student shall be eligible for the award only in the first year in which they come within (a)

  • Archibald Francis McCallum Scholarship in Law

    Determined by the Academic Board based on available funds

    This award was founded by the late Richard McCallum of Blenheim in memory of his late son Archibald Francis McCallum. It is continued by his widow Winifred McCallum and son Richard McCallum and is awarded to the student who is recommended by the Dean of Law as having done the best work in property law.

  • Artichoke Magazine Prize for Design Communication

    2 year subscription to Artichoke Magazine

    Promoted by IDEA (Interior Design/Architecture Educators Association), Australasia, this prize is awarded to a final year interior design/interior architecture student for excellence in the visual and written presentation of an interior design proposition.

  • A L Hollings Trust Award

    $1,200 annually subject to available funds

    This award was been established by the A L Hollings Memorial Trust, which left a bequest to the University in 1973 to provide financial assistance to needy students enrolled in the Faculty of Law.

    The award will be offered annually to the student who, from those who received an Achiever Scholarship under the financial or low-decile categories in their first year of LAWS study, gained the highest GPA in 100-level LAWS.
    Students must be enrolled full-time in 200-level LAWS study prior to payment being made.

  • Ada Wells Memorial Prize

    $800

    This prize is awarded for an essay the subject of which involves the exposition of some subject chosen from literature having reference to social ideals. The subject of the essay shall be prescribed from year to year.
    Details of the topic for a particular year will be available in the application form.

  • Adcock Award

    Approximately $400, subject to availability of funds

    Provides an annual book prize for the best Psychology graduate student specialising in either integrative psychological theory or personality study.

  • A Āwhina Awards

    The value of Āwhina Awards is to be determined by the Āwhina Awarding Panel.

    Āwhina Awards are to assist Āwhina mentors and mentees complete degree programmes by addressing their needs, and to acknowledge those who make a significant contribution to Māori and Pacific development and leadership through their activities with Āwhina whānau members and Māori and Pacific communities.

  • A Āwhina Postgraduate Awards

    The value of Āwhina Postgraduate Awards is to be determined by the Āwhina Awarding Panel.

    Āwhina Postgraduate Awards are to acknowledge the contribution of Āwhina mentors and mentees to Māori and Pacific development and leadership through their activities with Āwhina whānau members and Māori and Pacific communities, and to increase undergraduate progression to postgraduate studies and the completion of higher level degrees.

  • Adrian Wimmers Pasifika Prize

    $500

    • Recipients will be selected from first year Pasifika students for each calendar year by the Victoria Business School based on students' full year results.
    • Students must have been enrolled in at least 96 points in the awarding year.

  • Adam Foundation Prize in Creative Writing

    Subject to available funds

    The Adam Foundation Prize in Creative Writing was established in 1996 through the Victoria University Foundation by Denis and Verna Adam because of their strong wish to support the development of creative writing in New Zealand. It is awarded to the best student in the Master's in Creative Writing course.

  • Applied Linguistics Prize

    Value determined by Academic Board and to be used for book(s).

    This prize arises from a fund established as part of a gift to the University by the Nakashimato Company and the Q P Corporation of Japan in 1991.
    It is awarded to the best student at graduate level in Applied Linguistics.

  • Arnold Atkinson Memorial Prize

    Cash and books as determined by the Academic Board based on available funds

    This prize arises from a fund raised by the Round Table groups in New Zealand in memory of Captain Samuel Arnold Atkinson, BA. It is awarded annually to the undergraduate student who, in the year of the award, has completed an essay on an aspect of British or European history, or the history of former British colonies, and who is judged to be the best student of the year and most worthy of the award.

  • Asian Politics Prizes

    Subject to available funds

    These prizes were established in 1998 by the Asia 2000 Foundation of New Zealand and have been continued with the financial support of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Centre via the Victoria University Foundation. They are awarded annually to both the undergraduate and the postgraduate student judged to be most worthy of the award who, in the year of the awards, has completed an essay or a thesis on an aspect of Asian government, politics or international relations.

  • Auditor-General's Prize for Government Accounting and Finance

    $300 (cash and books)

    Established by the Audit Office, this prize is awarded to the best student of the year in ACCY 307.

  • Australian High Commissioner's Prize

    $150

    This prize was established in 1985 by the Australian High Commissioner to encourage interest in the history, culture and society of Australia. It is awarded to the best student in Australian history.

  • A E Donne Prize in English

    $240 subject to available funds

    This prize arises from a bequest made by Lorna Donne in recognition of her father's commitment to English Literature. It is awarded to the best mature student at 300-level completing a BA major in English language or literature.

  • A J Park Intellectual Property Prize

    $1,000 annually

    Sponsored by A J Park, this prize is awarded to the student who attains the highest score in the Intellectual Property final examination.

  • Alan Robinson Memorial Prize

    As determined by the Academic Board

    This prize - in memory of Alan D Robinson, Lecturer, Senior Lecturer and Reader in Political Science 1961-76 - arises from a fund subscribed by students, staff and friends. It is awarded to the best student completing an Honours degree in Political Science or International Relations.

  • Alex Scobie Research Prize

    Value determined by Academic Board based on available funds

    This prize was established via the Victoria University Foundation in memory of Alex Scobie, Reader in Classics, in the Classics Department at Victoria University from 1963 to 1989 by his family, friends and former students.
    It is awarded to the student in Classical Studies, Greek or Latin judged to have completed the best research paper at Honours level, or best thesis at Masters and PhD level.

  • Award for Excellence in Geography

    $3,500 pa

    This award arises from a bequest made by Dr Susanne Rae Walker, a graduate of Victoria University, to recognise the distinctive approach to Geography at Victoria University of Wellington, and to encourage further study in Geography.

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  • Bernard Edward Murphy Memorial Scholarship

    Approx. $1,000 subject to available funds

    This scholarship arises from a fund subscribed in 1961 by ex-students and friends of the Victoria University of Wellington to commemorate the work of Professor B E Murphy, Macarthy Professor of Economics from 1920-1951.
    It is awarded to a student who has completed a degree with Economics as the major subject and is engaged in the year of the Scholarship's tenure in an approved full-time course of postgraduate study at Victoria University of Wellington, the main focus of the course being economic theory, policy and research.

  • Bernard Galvin Prize

    $500 subject to available funds

    This prize was established in 2012 via the Victoria University Foundation by Emiritus Professor Dame Margaret Clark to acknowledge the work of her late husband, Bernard Galvin, in public policy and public management, and to reward top students in those subjects.
    One prize will be awarded annually in the School of Government to the student who, in the opinion of the Head of School, has demonstrated the best application of economic analysis to public policy or public management.

  • Bernard Randall Prize in Public Policy

    $500 subject to available funds

    This prize was established via the Victoria University Foundation by Bernard Randall, a former graduate of the Law School at Victoria University, and will be awarded annually to the top student in LAWS 370 - Introduction to Family Law.

  • Biggs Family Prize in Poetry

    $3,000

    Sponsored by Peter and Mary Biggs via the Victoria University Foundation, this prize is awarded to a student who has just completed the Masters in Creative Writing at Victoria University and who, through their folio of work, demonstrates that they have excellent potential as a poet and would benefit greatly from the opportunity afforded by the scholarship of focusing full-time for a period on completion of a manuscript. The student would not necessarily currently be the best writer of poetry on the course.

  • Bob Buckle Prize for Whangarei Boys & Whangarei Girls High School Students

    $500 subject to available funds

    This prize has been established through the Victoria University Foundation by Professor Bob Buckle to support students from Whangarei Boys High School and from Whangarei Girls High School attending Victoria University of Wellington and to encourage students from those respective colleges to undertake a NZ university education.

  • Bal-na-Shee Cello Award

    $1,000 plus the use of the Thomas Kennedy cello (c.1813)

    This award was established in 2012 by benefactors Paul and Louise Aitken to assist a gifted cellist studying at the New Zealand School of Music who is in need of an instrument and who shows promise for a professional career in cello. The recipient and cello will be featured annually in a public concert.

  • Brad McGann Film Writing Award

    $2,000

    To support a new graduate of the MA in Creative Writing at Victoria University to do further work on a film script.

  • Body/Harris Prize for the Performance of a New Zealand Composition

    $500

    The Prize will be valued at $500 if the winner is a single performer, and $1,000, divided equally, if a duo or ensemble wins the Prize. In the latter case there is a non-binding expectation that the balance of the value of the Prize will be made up from a portion of the annual grant made by the Lilburn Trust to the New Zealand School of Music, or by additional funding from the Lilburn Trust.

  • Batterbee Prize

    $400 (book and cash) subject to available funds

    This prize was established in 1948 by Sir Harry Batterbee, the first High Commissioner for the United Kingdom in New Zealand. It is awarded to the best student with First Class or Second Class (First Division) Honours in Greek.

  • Bowen Prize

    Subject to available funds

    This prize arises from a donation by Sir George Ferguson Bowen, GCMG, a former Governor of New Zealand, and was originally awarded by the University of New Zealand.
    It is awarded annually to the postgraduate student who, in the year of the award, has completed an essay or a thesis on an aspect of British or European history, or the history of former British colonies, and who is judged to be the best student of the year and most worthy of the award.

  • Bruce Dall Prize

    $80 (book and cash) subject to available funds

    This prize was established in 1923 in memory of Bruce Dall from a gift by his friends. It is awarded to the best Physics major at 100-level.

  • Beryl Hughes Prize in Women's Studies

    Approx. $100 subject to available funds

    This prize arises from a fund established in 1986 from contributions given following the retirement in December 1985 of Mrs Beryl Hughes, Senior Lecturer in History at this University.
    It is awarded to the most outstanding undergraduate or honours essay in the area of women's studies.

  • Barry Manley Memorial Award

    $2,000

    This award is provided annually by Saatchi & Saatchi Advertising to honour the outstanding contribution of Mr Barry Manley, previous Managing Director of Saatchi & Saatchi Wellington, to Victoria University's MBA Programme. It is awarded for excellence in Marketing Communications in the MBA programme.

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  • Cullen Employment Law Prizes

    $500 for first place $300 for second place $200 for third place

    Cullen, The Employment Law Firm, has established these prizes through the Victoria University Foundation. They are awarded annually by the Academic Board, on the recommendation of the Dean of Law, to the three top performing students of LAWS355 - Employment Law.

  • Chartwell Trust Student Art Writing Prize

    $500

    This prize, funded by the Chartwell Trust via the Victoria University Foundation, aims to provide opportunities for the encouragement of understanding about art in the public art sector and the wider community. The prize is open to students studying at Victoria University of Wellington at third year or postgraduate level. Students enrolled in any course of study are eligible. However, students of Art History, English, Film and Theatre are particularly encouraged to participate.

  • Clifford Wallace Collins Memorial Trust

    $1,500

    This Trust fund was established in 1980 as a memorial to the late C W Collins who was Librarian to Canterbury College (later the University of Canterbury) from 1934 to 1971.
    The award is an annual grant and is available to a graduate of the University of Canterbury who is studying in one of the postgraduate Information Studies programmes at Victoria University of Wellington. Provided an adequate academic standard has been attained, selection will be based on academic merit and financial need.

  • Chris Pottinger Memorial Prize in English

    $1,000 subject to available funds

    The Christopher Pottinger Memorial Prize in English was established via the Victoria University Foundation by a number of the late Chris Pottinger's close friends in his memory.
    It is awarded annually to the best student who has completed a BA with an English major at Victoria and who is proceeding to BA Hons in the following year.

  • Charles Ede Essay Prize

    UK£100 subject to available funds

    Sponsored by Charles Ede Ltd (UK), the prize is awarded to a student in any Faculty at Victoria University of Wellington submitting the best essay analysing and providing an exegesis of an ancient object or work of art within the realm of the Greco-Roman world. The object must be located within a museum or private collection located in New Zealand.

  • CPA Australia Prize in Accounting

    $1,000 subject to available funds

    Sponsored by CPA Australia via the Victoria University Foundation, this prize is awarded to the most outstanding 3rd year student majoring in Accountancy. Students must be enrolled for study in the Bachelor of Commerce and Accountancy programme, which is accredited by CPA Australia towards fulfilling their core curriculum requirements.

  • Clare Galambos-Winter Prize in Holocaust Studies

    $500 subject to available funds

    This prize was established in 2007 via the Victoria University Foundation, in memory of the victims of the Holocaust, through a donation from a Holocaust survivor, Clare Galambos-Winter.
    It is awarded annually to the student in History who, in the year of the award, has completed an essay on an aspect of the Holocaust and genocide and who is judged to be the best student of the year and most worthy of the award.

  • Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand Prize for ACCY 111

    $750 total

    The members of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand are dedicated supporters of rewarding excellence in tertiary level study and recognising the future talent of the accounting profession. To support this mission of fostering the best and brightest business minds, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand have established this prize via the Victoria University Foundation to recognise the best student(s) completing ACCY 111 - Accounting.

  • Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand Prize for ACCY 225

    $750 total

    The members of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand are dedicated supporters of rewarding excellence in tertiary level study and recognising the future talent of the accounting profession. To support this mission of fostering the best and brightest business minds, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand hava established this prize via the Victoria University Foundation to recognise the best student completing ACCY 225 - Introduction to Accounting Information Systems.

  • Click Suite Prize for Innovation and Excellence in Media Design

    Not available 2014

    This prize has been established by Click Suite via the Victoria University Foundation to recognise the best final year projects in the Victoria University School of Design BDI degree in Media Design.

  • Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand Prize for COML 204

    $750 total

    The members of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand are dedicated supporters of rewarding excellence in tertiary level study and recognising the future talent of the accounting profession. To support this mission of fostering the best and brightest business minds, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand have established this prize via the Victoria University Foundation to recognise the best student in COML 204 - Law of Organisations.

  • Christina Beal Memorial Prize in Library and Information Studies

    $300 book and cash subject to available funds

    This prize arises from a fund donated via the Victoria University Foundation in 1993 by colleagues, friends and family in memory of Christina Beal, and in recognition of her contribution over 25 years to Library and Information work in Canada, Britain and New Zealand.
    The prize is awarded to the best student in INFO 528.

  • Chapman Tripp Prize

    $2,000 subject to available funds

    This award was established by Victoria University's solicitors, Chapman Tripp, to mark their centenary in 1975. It is awarded to the best student graduating LLB or LLB (Hons).

  • Chinese Language and Literature Prize

    $200 subject to available funds

    This prize arises from a fund established in 1996 by Mrs Elizabeth Garrett via the Victoria University Foundation to mark the introduction of a major in Chinese. It is awarded to the best student in CHIN312 and CHIN213 or CHIN313.

  • Civil Service Institute Prizes in Public Policy and Public Administration

    $50 for each of up to 5 prizes

    These are awarded for meritorious work of at least 44 credits in Public Policy and/or Public Administration.

  • Coleman-Brown Memorial Award

    $1,500 subject to available funds

    This award was established via the Victoria University Foundation to honour the memory of Felicity Giselle Coleman-Brown, 1954-1988, who was a graduate of the University of Michigan and Juris Doctor (1983), sometime student of Comparative Law at the University of Vienna, and an attorney-at-law. It is awarded to the best female LLB, including LLB Hons, student in the field of jurisprudence, especially American jurisprudence.

  • Concrete Prize

    $4,000 each plus travel and accommodation (See Regulations)

    Offered by the NZ Concrete Society, the selection for recipients shall be on the basis of the following criteria:
    * Recognition of excellence in environmental, architectural, and structural design and construction.
    * The research is aimed at enhancing knowledge in the application and use of concrete and cementitious materials.
    * Students show proven achievement in tertiary studies.
    * Students will be nominated from those undertaking their final year of undergraduate study and who are contemplating further postgraduate studies in the field of concrete and cementitious materials.

  • Cotton Prize

    Subject to available funds

    This prize arises from a fund subscribed in 1954 by ex-students and friends of the Victoria University of Wellington to commemorate the work of Professor C A Cotton, Head of the Geology Department and Professor of Geology from 1909-1953.
    It is awarded to the best student in any Geology class.

  • Chris Highfield Memorial Prize in Judicial Review

    Book and cash subject to available funds

    This prize arises from a fund donated in 1982 by the Petone Branch of the New Zealand Labour Party in memory of Chris Highfield, a Victoria law student who had cystic fibrosis from birth and who died shortly after his graduation with an LLB from Victoria University.
    The prize is awarded to the best student in class of Judicial Review.

  • Chris Highfield Memorial Prize in Public Law

    Book and cash subject to available funds

    This prize arises from a fund donated in 1982 by the Petone Branch of the New Zealand Labour Party in memory of Chris Highfield, a Victoria law student who had cystic fibrosis from birth and who died shortly after his graduation LLB from Victoria University.
    It is awarded to the best student in class of Public Law

  • Colin Patterson Memorial Prize

    Approx. $1,300 (book and cash) subject to available funds

    The prize and its associated fund was established by the family of Colin Patterson, a leading practitioner in Commercial and Company Law and Chairman of the Securities Commission, in recognition of his contribution to the discipline of law.
    It is awarded for the best piece of writing by a student in Commercial, Securities or Company Law.

  • Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand Prize for ACCY 302

    $750 total

    To support this mission of fostering the best and brightest business minds, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand have established this prize via the Victoria University Foundation to recognise the best student in ACCY 302 - Advanced Management Accounting.

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  • David Carson-Parker Embassy Prize in Scriptwriting

    Subject to funds available

    Originally funded by the Embassy Trust, one of the trustees - the late David Carson-Parker - continued funding the prize via the Victoria University Foundation, and increased its value.
    The prize is awarded annually to the writer of the best folio project in the Scriptwriting major of the MA in Creative Writing at Victoria University.

  • David Farquhar Composition Award

    No monetary value

    Awarded at the end of the academic year for excellence in composition, the David Farquhar Composition Award is an opportunity for a composition student - embarking on, or continuing with, post-graduate study - to compose a work for the New Zealand School of Music Orchestra or other NZSM ensemble. This work will be guaranteed a rehearsed performance the following year.

  • David Sievwright Memorial Scholarship in Building Science

    $1,000 p.a. over 2 years as funds permit

    The scholarship was established in 1991 from a bequest by David Sievwright, a Wellington carpenter and builder. Its purpose is to encourage the study of building science at Victoria University.
    Nominations are made by the Dean of the Faculty of Architecture to the Academic Board. Candidates must be enrolled for Honours or Masters in building science and will be chosen on the basis of their academic record in the Bachelor of Building Science.

  • Dr W E Collins Prizes in English

    a) $40 b) $40 c) $60

    Founded by Dr W E Collins for the encouragement of English Literature among graduates and undergraduates of this University, these prizes are awarded for work of outstanding merit in:
    a) 100-level English Literature courses
    b) 200-level English Literature courses
    c) 300-level English Literature courses.

  • Deloitte Prize for ACCY 410 Advanced Taxation

    $1,000

    Sponsored by Deloitte, this prize is awarded to the best student in ACCY 410 Advanced Taxation.

  • Diplomatic Corps Prize in International Relations

    $150

    This Prize was established in 1982 by the Dean of the Diplomatic Corps, Wellington and is awarded to the best student completing at least two second-year and/or third-year INTP courses.

  • Dronke Prize for Drama

    $100 subject to available funds

    The prize arises from a fund subscribed in 1981 by friends of John and Maria Dronke, on the occasion of their Golden Wedding, to commemorate their contributions to the cultural life of the community especially in drama.
    It is awarded for meritorious work in any aspect and at any level of drama studies.

  • Dr F G Maskell Prize

    $200 subject to available funds

    This prize arises from gifts made by Mrs Winifred Macdonald to commemorate her brother, Dr Gerard Maskell, who was the first lecturer in Zoology and who died in London while on sabbatical leave in 1932 aged 32 years.
    It is awarded to the best final year student who has completed their 300-level study in the School of Biological Sciences and who enrols for postgraduate study.

  • David Payne Memorial Prizes

    Book and cash subject to available funds

    This prize, in memory of David Payne who died while a student of Mathematics in 1980, arises from a fund subscribed to by students, staff and friends.
    It is awarded to the best student in applied mathematics.

  • Dame Rosemary Horton Prize

    $100 (cash and book)

    Sponsored by Dame Rosemary Horton, this prize was established in 1982 for students in the Master of Library and Information Studies and is awarded to the best student in INFO 525.

  • Dr Margaret L Bailey Award

    $1,000 each year

    Historically, only a small fraction of science degrees were awarded to women, but in recent decades women's overall participation in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields has steadily increased. Today, women earn half of all bachelor's degrees in science. Women's involvement in advanced study and careers in STEM fields continues to grow. However, women are still underrepresented in postgraduate and post-doctoral positions.

    Victoria University of Wellington is dedicated to fostering a community of learning that reflects New Zealand's diverse society. Through a generous gift from Dr Margaret L Bailey via the Victoria University of Wellington Foundation, we are delighted to offer this award to a female student wishing to pursue postgraduate study within the School of Chemical and Physical Sciences.

  • Dr Margaret L Bailey Award

    $1,000 each year

    Historically, only a small fraction of science degrees were awarded to women, but in recent decades women's overall participation in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields has steadily increased. Today, women earn half of all bachelor's degrees in science. Women's involvement in advanced study and careers in STEM fields continues to grow. However, women are still underrepresented in postgraduate and post-doctoral positions.

    Victoria University of Wellington is dedicated to fostering a community of learning that reflects New Zealand's diverse society. Through a generous gift from Margaret Bailey via the Victoria University of Wellington Foundation, we are delighted to offer this award to a female student wishing to pursue postgraduate study within the School of Mathematics and Statistics.

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  • E M Kingston Prize in Spanish

    Subject to available funds

    This prize arises from a bequest made by E M Kingston for the development of the Spanish Programme at Victoria University.
    It is awarded to students completing a BA Major in Spanish based on their course work at 300 level.

  • Emerald Research Project Prize

    $200 in book tokens (or similar) Certificate

    The prize is awarded by the Emerald Group Publishing Ltd (UK) for the best piece of research showing appropriateness and application of methodology in particular, and overall quality in general, in INFO580.

  • Expressions Piano Trust Prize

    $3,000 subject to available funds

    This prize has been established by the Expressions Piano Trust, Upper Hutt, via the Victoria University Foundation to encourage performance students in Classical Piano at Te Kôkî, New Zealand School of Music (NZSM). It is an annual award for a full-time second year or above performance student progressing to further study in Classical Piano.

  • Erasmus Scholarship

    2 awards at $750 each subject to available funds

    The Erasmus Scholarship was established by the late Mr D J Riddiford in 1962 to encourage the study of classical languages. It is open to school leavers and to students at Victoria University of Wellington who want to major in Greek or Latin.

  • Eileen Duggan Prize in New Zealand Literature

    $180 book and cash

    This prize arises from a fund subscribed by friends of Eileen Duggan to commemorate her contribution to poetry in New Zealand.
    It is awarded to the best undergraduate student of New Zealand Literature.

  • Eichelbaum Prize

    $150 book and cash subject to funds available

    This prize arises from a bequest in 1953 under the will of the late Siegfried Eichelbaum, one of the early graduates of the Victoria University of Wellington and a member of the Council from 1923 until the time of his death.
    It is for the best student in the School of European Languages, other than French.

  • English-Speaking Union Awards for Teachers of English

    $500 each

    The funds for these awards are provided by The English-Speaking Union of the Commonwealth (Wellington Branch) via the Victoria University Foundation. They are for graduates of the School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies who are following a career in teaching English to speakers of other languages and shall be made annually to those graduates who, in the judgment of the Head of School, have shown the greatest promise as effective and committed teachers of English to speakers of other languages.

  • European Union Prizes

    1st Prize: $250 book voucher 2nd Prize: $150 book voucher 3rd Prize: $100 book voucher

    These prizes, established in 1998, are provided annually by the Delegation of the European Commission to Australia and New Zealand.
    They are awarded to undergraduate or postgraduate students judged to be most worthy of the award, who, in the year of the award, have completed an essay or thesis on an aspect of the European Union.

  • Embassy of Israel Prize in Political Science & International Relations

    $250

    Sponsored by the Embassy of Israel, this prize is awarded to a student in Political Science and International Relations whose work on Israel is deemed to be of outstanding merit.

  • Embassy of Israel Prize in Religion and the State of Israel

    $500

    Sponsored by the Embassy of Israel, this prize is awarded to the student who submits the best essay on an aspect of religious life and thought in a course in the Department of Religious Studies

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  • F P Wilson Scholarship in New Zealand History

    $1,000 subject to available funds

    Founded by the late Professor Francis Prenderville Wilson, Professor of History from 1921-1934, whose bequest was for the establishment of prizes or scholarships to promote the study of the history of New Zealand.
    This scholarship is awarded to a full-time student who is preparing a thesis for the degree of Master of Arts on a topic of New Zealand History.

  • Foundation Studies Award

    $5,000 towards course fees

    $5,000 towards course fees for undergraduate study at Victoria University of Wellington is awarded to the top international student completing the Certificate in Foundation Studies.
    The prize is awarded each trimester (3 times per annum) for which the recommendations come directly from Foundation Studies.

    (Previously known as Foundation Studies Exit Prize)

  • Former Economics and Finance Staff : Student Award

    As determined by the Academic Board

    This prize was established via the Victoria University Foundation by former staff of the School of Economics and Finance to recognise excellence in a student specialising in Economics and/or Finance.
    It is available only to Honours students, and Master's degree by course work in Economics and/or Finance students, who are completing their degree in the year of the award.

  • First Year Emergent Designer Award – Sponsored by Gordon Harris

    $250

    This prize has been established by Gordon Harris to recognise the best first year project in the Victoria University School of Design BDI degree in Design.

  • Financial Services Institute of Australasia Prize

    $300 book and cash

    Sponsored by the Financial Services Institute of Australasia, this prize is awarded to the top student in MOFI 301: Corporate Finance.

  • Florance Prize

    approx. $400 book and cash subject to available funds

    This prize is in memory of D C H Florance, Professor of Physics 1923-51, from a gift by his widow Mrs Bertha Florance.
    It is awarded to the best student in 300-level Physics who enrols the following year for Honours degree in Physics.

  • French Government Prizes

    Certificate of achievement

    The French Government awards for excellence in French at 100, 200 and 300 level.

  • Faculty of Law Prize in Legal System

    $250

    Funded by the Faculty of Law, this prize is awarded to the student who has done the best year's work in Legal System.

  • F P Wilson Prizes in New Zealand History

    a) $750 subject to available funds b) $500 subject to available funds

    Founded by the late Professor Francis Prendeville Wilson, Professor of History from 1921-1934, whose bequest was for the establishment of prizes or scholarships to promote the study of the history of New Zealand.
    They are for the:
    a) best thesis on topic of New Zealand history; and
    b) best essay on topic of New Zealand history at 300 or Honours level.

  • F P Wilson Book Award in New Zealand History

    Subject to available funds

    This award was founded by the late Professor Francis Prendeville Wilson, Professor of History from 1921-1934 who bequeathed his residuary estate for the establishment of prizes or scholarships to promote the study of the history of New Zealand.
    It is awarded to the author of a published work deemed to be the most distinguished contribution to New Zealand history during the previous two years.

  • Fran Wright Memorial Prize in Criminal Law

    $150.00 cash, plus a title by LexisNexis

    Fran Wright was a valued member of the Victoria University Faculty of Law.

    She is remembered fondly for her enthusiasm for teaching law, for research, and for life. Her creative ability to play with the law and to teach others to do so, ignited in both her students and colleagues a genuine passion for legal rules, for knowing the law, and for spending time engaging with statutes and cases. Fran demonstrated that using law to make an argument is an incredibly creative process, and that it is the most innovative use of law which drives research forward.

    Fran passed away after a short illness on 14 April, 2013. She is survived by children Owen and Jennifer, and husband Paul. This prize has been created by her many colleagues, students and friends to honour her significant contribution to law and teaching.

  • Financial Markets Authority (FMA) Honours/Masters Research Prize

    $1,000

    The Financial Markets Authority Honours/Masters Research Prize was established in 2014 by the Financial Markets Authority (FMA) and offers an annual prize for the best piece of student research on topics related to the organisation and regulation of New Zealand capital markets.

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  • Geoffrey Davies Memorial Prize

    Subject to available funds

    This prize is in memory of Geoffrey Allan Davies, the infant son of Bob Davies and Kathleen Davies, whose death has been associated with the toxic environment to which his father had been exposed during military service in South Viet Nam (1968-69). It is especially fitting that this prize be associated with the discipline of International Relations that was created in the first place to help solve the “scourge of war”.
    Established via the Victoria University Foundation, it is awarded annually to the student in the Master of International Relations programme judged to be most worthy of the award who, in the year of the award, has completed the extended research essay in international relations (INTP 589).

  • Graduate Women Wellington - Conjoint Teaching Award

    $2,000 each

    Graduate Women Wellington (previously the NZ Federation of Graduate Women, Wellington Branch), via the Victoria University Foundation, have made two awards available for high achieving female students going into their final (4th) year as nominated by the Faculty of Education of Victoria University of Wellington.

  • G G G Watson Award in Economics

    As determined by the Academic Board

    These awards arise from a bequest by Mr G G G Watson, C.M.G., M.A., LL.B., a distinguished graduate of and lecturer at Victoria University College, to encourage the study of Economics.
    The purpose of the awards shall be to defray the expenses of a research project in Economics for which no other funds are available.

  • Gibson Group Prize for Innovation and Excellence in Culture in Context

    $250

    This prize has been established by the Gibson Group via the Victoria University Foundation to recognise the best final year project in the Victoria University of Wellington School of Design BDI degree in Culture in Context.

  • Geoffrey A Rowan Memorial Bursary

    Book and cash subject to available funds

    This bursary arises from funds given by Mrs Rowan in memory of her husband, a former student of Victoria University College and graduate in mathematics, who lost his life while serving in the Royal New Zealand Navy in World War Two. It is awarded to the best 300 level mathematics student who enrols for an Honours degree in mathematical sciences.

  • Graduate Women Wellington - Graduate Secondary Teaching Award

    4 awards at $2,000 each

    Sponsored by Graduate Women Wellington (previously the NZ Federation of Graduate Women, Wellington Branch) via the Victoria Foundation of Wellington, these four awards are for female Victoria University students entering the Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Secondary).

  • German Ambassador's Prize

    The value of the prize shall be determined by the German Embassy.

    Best academic performance in an undergraduate German course (language or culture).

  • Gordon Orr Prize

    $1,000

    This Prize was established in 2015, via the University Foundation, through a bequest from Emeritus Professor Gordon Orr, a former Secretary of Justice, Waitangi Tribunal member and Dean of Victoria University's Law Faculty. The Prize is to encourage and support Māori students in the Law Faculty at Victoria University who participate in the Māori and Pacific Island (MPI) tutorial programme at the 200 level. Selection will be based on academic merit.

  • Gwenda Josephine Hurst Memorial Prize in Geography

    Book and cash subject to available funds

    This prize arises from a gift made in 1980 by Mr F J E Hurst to commemorate his wife Gwenda Josephine Hurst, a former student of Victoria University College.
    It is awarded to the best student completing an Honours degree in Geography.

  • GradCertTESOL Prize

    $500.00 (subject to change and funds available)

    This prize will be awarded to the student with the highest overall mark in ESOL 801 & 802 combined each year.

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  • Holmes Prize in Public Policy

    $1,000 per annum

    In honour of the late Sir Frank Holmes, Professor of Economics and founder of the Institute of Policy Studies at Victoria, this prize is awarded via the Victoria University Foundation for the best research paper or thesis of 30 points or more in the Master of Public Policy, Master of Public Management or Master of Strategic Studies programmes on an issue of public policy or public management of importance to New Zealand.

  • Health and Disability Intelligence Prize in Statistics

    $500

    This prize is funded by Health and Disability Intelligence, Ministry of Health, to encourage awareness of the work of Health and Disability Intelligence within New Zealand and the wider Pacific communities.
    It is awarded annually to the student who, in the opinion of the Head of the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Operations Research, is the best student taking STAT 392 Sample Surveys.

  • Habens Prize

    $1,000 subject to available funds

    This prize arises from a fund raised amongst teachers in New Zealand and officers of the Education Department to commemorate the work of the Rev. William James Habens, BA, who was the first Inspector-General of Schools 1878-1899, and has been supplemented by a donation from the Faculty of Education.
    It is awarded to the best undergraduate student gaining at least 60 points for EPSY, EPOL, KURA or FEDU courses at 100, 200 or 300 level.

  • Hunter Memorial Prize

    Book and cash subject to available funds

    This orize is provided from a fund subscribed by friends of the Victoria University of Wellington to commemorate the work of Sir Thomas Hunter, Principal Emeritus, and for over forty years Professor of Mental and Moral Philosophy. It is awarded to the best student in Psychology at 100-level.

  • Harold Large Prize

    Book and cash subject to available funds

    This prize arises from a bequest by Mrs Amy Hadfield Hutchinson of Napier in memory of her brother, Harold Large BA (Cambridge).
    It is awarded to the best student in English literature of the Renaissance period.

  • H A Murray Prize in Classics

    approx. $150 subject to available funds

    This prize arises from a fund subscribed in 1976 by the ex-students and friends of Victoria University of Wellington to commemorate the work of Professor H A Murray in the Chair of Classics 1946-72. The prize is administered by the Victoria University Foundation.
    It is awarded to the best student enrolled in a 200 or 300 level course in LATI, GREE or CLAS.

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  • Ian Gordon Prize in Linguistics

    $500

    This prize was established via the Victoria University Foundation by the late Professor Ian Gordon (CBE) to recognise excellence in students' work in the School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies.
    It will be awarded annually for ten years, commencing 2003 for the best piece of completed research (essay, project or thesis) on any aspect of the nature, structure or use of the English language by an Honours or Masters student in the School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies.

  • Institute of Public Administration New Zealand Prize

    $500

    Established by the Institute of Public Administration New Zealand (IPANZ) via the Victoria University Foundation, one prize will be awarded annually to the best student in PUBL302 - Public Administration.

  • Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) Prize

    $500

    The Wellington Network of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) sponsors this prize for engineering students enrolled at Victoria University. The prize will be for the best student in their third year.

  • InfoSpecs Database Prize

    $100

    One prize of $100 shall be awarded annually by InfoSpecs, NZ agents for the DB/TextWorks software used in the database assignment in INFO 527. InfoSpecs will select the recipient from a selection of the best assignments submitted for INFO 527.

  • Ilse B Steinberger Prize in Primary Teaching

    $1,000

    This prize has been established by Erica McLean via the Victoria University Foundation in memory of her mother, Ilse B Steinberger, a gifted teacher. One prize will be awarded annually to the top Graduate Diploma on Teaching (Primary) student or Masters of Teaching and Learning (Primary) student in the Faculty of Education who has achieved both academic excellence and excellence in their teaching performance in the relevant year.

  • Information Systems Audit Control Association, Wellington (ISACA) Prize

    Total prize value of $1,200 to be divided equally among members of the winning team.

    These prizes were established via the Victoria University Foundation by ISACA, Wellington chapter, to assist students studying in courses relevant to careers in information systems audit, control, security and governance. ISACA prizes were formerly attached to INFO 301 which was last offered in 2015. For 2016 the prize will be temporarily transferred to INFO 354 Information Systems Strategy and then permanently transferred to INFO 388 Enterprise Security from 2017 onwards.

  • InternetNZ Prize

    $750 per annum for 3 years

    This prize has been established by InternetNZ via the Victoria University Foundation to recognise the top student in COML 307 - Legal Issues for E-Commerce.

  • I L M Richardson Prize in Private Law

    $3,000 per annum

    Former President of the Court of Appeal, the Rt Hon Sir Ivor Richardson died in December 2014 _ during his career he made a substantive contribution to the law and to social policy. Having obtained his LLB at the University of Canterbury and his LLM and doctorate at the University of Michigan, Sir Ivor became a partner in an Invercargill firm, Macalister Brothers, from 1957 to 1963. From 1963- 1966, he served as Crown Counsel in the Crown Law Office. He joined the Law Faculty at Victoria University, where he was professor for six years and served as dean of the Law Faculty. Between 1973 and 1977, he was a partner in one of New Zealands leading commercial firms, Watts & Patterson. During this time he served on the Council of Victoria University, as Chancellor from 1984-1986.

    Sir Ivor was appointed a judge of the then Supreme Court in 1977. Such was his reputation that he was almost immediately appointed to the Court of Appeal, where he served from 1978 to 2002. He was President of the Court of Appeal from 1996 until his retirement.

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  • John F Kennedy Prize in American Government and Politics

    Subject to available funds

    This prize acknowledges the ideals and inspiration provided by President John F Kennedy and was established via the Victoria University Foundation in 2003 to encourage excellence in the study of American government and politics. It shall be awarded annually to both the undergraduate and postgraduate student judged to be most worthy of the award who, in the year of the award, has completed an essay or a thesis on an aspect of American government, politics or international relations.

  • John F Kennedy Prize in American History

    Subject to available funds

    This prize was established in 2004 via the Victoria University Foundation to encourage excellence in the study of American history and the history of the relationship between New Zealand and the United States. It shall be awarded annually to the student in History who, in the year of the award, has completed an essay or a thesis on an aspect of American history, or the history of New Zealand-United States relations, and who is judged to be the best student of the year and most worthy of the award.

  • Jenny McLeod Orchestral Composition Award

    No monetary value

    Awarded at the end of the academic year for excellence in composition, the Jenny McLeod Orchestral Composition is an opportunity for a composition student - embarking on, or continuing with, postgraduate study - to compose a work for the New Zealand School of Music Orchestra or other NZSM ensemble. This work will be guaranteed a rehearsed performance the following year, as part of the normal concert programming of the relevant body.

  • John Gamble Award in Geology

    Around $300 per annum subject to available funds

    Staff and former students in the Geology Programme established this prize via the Victoria University Foundation to acknowledge the work and contribution of John Gamble, Associate Professor of Geology, at Victoria University from 1980 to 2002.
    One prize shall be awarded annually to a BSc (Hons), MSc or PhD student in Geology who has shown a talent for original research involving field-work and laboratory investigation, as well as an ability to inspire enthusiasm and a sense of team-spirit in their fellow students.

  • John Miller Awards in Social Justice & Community Development

    $1000 to 2 recipients

    The John Miller Awards in Social Justice and Community Development are funded via the Victoria University Foundation by John Miller, former Senior Lecturer in Law at Victoria and leading ACC law expert. The awards aim to:
    1. an undergraduate law student enrolled at Victoria University of Wellington, and
    2. a postgraduate law student enrolled at Victoria University of Wellington.

  • John Young Award for Electroacoustic Composition

    No monetary value

    Named after the director of the Lilburn Electroacoustic Music Studios at Victoria University of Wellington from 1995–2000, this award recognizes excellence in the fields of electroacoustic composition and sound art.

  • John Miller Award for the Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Research

    $300 subject to available funds

    This Award was established via the Victoria University Foundation by Professor John Miller of the School of Biological Sciences and is awarded to a student who has successfully completed CLNR 405 with a high academic standard.
    The Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Research (PGDipClinRes), launched in July 2010, was the first such focused postgraduate programme in New Zealand and provides existing and potential clinical researchers with the skills and expertise to undertake drug development and clinical trials.

  • Jim Robb Memorial Prize in Sociology

    Up to a total of $600

    Emeritus Professor Jim Robb was appointed as Victoria's first Professor of Sociology in 1966. The prize was established after his death in 2011 via the Victoria University Foundation by the Sociology and Social Policy Programme to recognise the top student or students majoring in Sociology and completing their BA at Victoria University of Wellington.
    The prize will be awarded to the student or students with the highest overall grades in their 200 and 300 level sociology papers.

  • Joan Metge Prize in Anthropology

    Subject to available funds

    This award began in 2013 to celebrate academic excellence in cultural anthropology at Victoria University of Wellington and is named after Joan Metge, who helped to establish a vibrant anthropology department and who is recognised for her important role in the development of the discipline nationally. It is awarded via the Victoria University Foundation to a student majoring in cultural anthropology for the most outstanding essay submitted as part of the course work of a 200 or 300 level cultural anthropology course.

  • Joyce Liew Chui Ha Chan Essay Prize

    $3,000

    The Joyce (Liew Chui Ha) Chan essay award will be made for the best essay on a topic on Asian women completed by either a student in the final year of their BA degree majoring in Cultural Anthropology or Criminology or Sociology or an Honours student in Cultural Anthropology or Criminology or Sociology.

  • Janet Holmes Prize

    $1,000

    The award is designed to encourage students who are passionate about discourse analysis to proceed to postgraduate study in this area. In particular it is designed to recognise top students in LING 321 Discourse and Meaning in the School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies at Victoria University, a course which is offered every two years.

  • Joseph Samuel Beaglehole Prize

    Subject to available funds

    This prize is provided from trust funds arising from a bequest of Joseph Samuel Beaglehole in 1962. It is awarded to the best student in Psychology 300-level courses.

  • J T Campbell Prize for Statistics

    $50 for book and cash subject to available funds

    This prize arose from a fund subscribed by staff, students and friends of Professor J T Campbell, Head of the Mathematics Department 1952-1968, upon his retirement. It is awarded to the best student in MATH 277.

  • John P Good Memorial Prize

    Book and cash subject to available funds

    This prize in memory of John P Good, a member of the Class in Pure Mathematics I in 1929, arises from a gift made by his parents, Mr and Mrs F.W. Good, in 1929 and augmented in 1984 by gifts from his brother, Mr D E Good, and the Wellington Mathematical Association. It is awarded to the best first year student taking at least 45 points of Mathematics.

  • Japanese Ambassador's Prize

    Cash and book subject to available funds

    This prize was established by the Japanese Ambassador to New Zealand in 1980, His Excellency Mr Takashi Oyamada, to mark the introduction of the course on Modern Japan. It is awarded to the best student in JAPA 211 or JAPA 221.

  • John Robson Prize in Criminology

    $100

    This prize was established in 1996 to commemorate the work of Dr John Robson, founding Director of the Institute of Criminology, and to encourage excellence in the postgraduate study of Criminology. It is awarded to the best student completing an Honours degree in Criminology.

  • John Tinline Prize in English

    Subject to available funds

    This prize arises from a donation in 1886 by the late John Tinline Esq. of Amuri. It is awarded to a student deemed worthy of the award whose BA degree majors in English (or English Language) and who is proceeding to BA (Hons) in English in the following year.

  • Jenny Whitmarsh Award for Mathematics

    Subject to funds available

    This award was set up via the Victoria University Foundation by the family and friends of Jenny Whitmarsh (1946-1996), a graduate in mathematics and linguistics, in recognition of her desire to encourage the careers of young women in mathematics and science. It is awarded to the best female student completing 45 points of 200 level mathematics and proceeding to 300 level mathematics.

  • Jan Whitwell Prize for Monetary and Macroeconomics

    $500 subject to available funds

    This prize arises from a fund donated by the family via the Victoria University Foundation in memory of Jan Whitwell, Senior Lecturer in Economics/Money and Finance at Victoria University of Wellington, 1989 -1993. It is awarded to the best student in ECON 305 or MOFI 303.

  • Jeya Wilson Prize

    Book and cash subject to available funds

    This prize was established in 1999 to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the founding of what is now the School of Political Science and International Relations at Victoria University of Wellington. It arises from a donation by a former student of the School, Jeya Wilson. It is awarded annually to the student in Political Science or International Relations judged to be most worthy of the award.

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  • Korean Ambassador's Prizes

    $500

    This prize was established by the Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to New Zealand in 2004, His Excellency Mr Jung-seung Shin, to encourage research and scholarship on aspects of Korean politics and international relations. One prize each may be awarded annually to the undergraduate, honours, and MA or PhD student judged to be most worthy of the award who, in the year of the award, has completed an essay or a thesis on an aspect of Korean politics or international relations.

  • Kapiti Chorale Award in Vocal Performance

    $500

    The prize was established in 2009 by the Kapiti Chorale via the Victoria University Foundation to reward the most deserving voice student progressing from second into third year of study in classical performance. Consideration will be given to academic merit and sustained effort.

  • KPMG Prize in Taxation - TAXN 201

    $750

    This prize has been set up by KPMG via the Victoria University Foundation to recognise the top student completing TAXN 201: Taxation.

  • KPMG Prize in Advanced Domestic Taxation - ACCY 301

    $750

    This prize has been set up by KPMG via the Victoria University Foundation to recognise the top student completing ACCY 301: Advanced Domestic Taxation.

  • KPMG Prize in Advanced Auditing ACCY 303

    $800

    This prize has been set up by KPMG via the Victoria University Foundation to recognise the top student completing ACCY 303: Advanced Auditing

  • KPMG Prize in Financial Accounting ACCY 231

    $800

    This prize has been set up by KPMG via the Victoria University Foundation to recognise the top student completing ACCY 231: Financial Accounting.

  • Kirk Prize in Biology

    Approx. $90 subject to available funds

    This prize arises from a fund subscribed in 1946 by ex-students of the Victoria University of Wellington to commemorate the work of Professor H B Kirk in the Chair of Biology 1903-1944. It is awarded to the best student enrolled in specified 30 points of 100 level courses in Biology.

  • Koutaissoff Prize

    Book and cash subject to available funds

    This prize arises from a fund established by Elisabeth Koutaissoff, Professor of the Russian Department, and is awarded for the best work in some aspect of Italian civilisation.

  • K J Scott Memorial Prize

    Subject to available funds

    This prize in memory of Kenneth John Scott, Senior Lecturer in Political Science 1946-60 and Professor of Political Science and Public Administration 1960-61, arises from a fund subscribed by students, staff and friends. It is awarded to the best student completing a BA with Political Science or International Relations as their major subject.

  • KPMG Prize in Fundamentals of Accounting - ACCY 115

    $750.00

    This prize has been set up by KPMG via the Victoria University Foundation to recognise the top student completing Fundamentals of Accounting - ACCY 115

  • KPMG Prize in Management Accounting - ACCY 223

    $750.00

    This prize has been set up by KPMG via the Victoria University Foundation to recognise the top student completing ACCY 223 - Management Accounting

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  • Lissie Rathbone Award

    Approx. $1,000 subject to available funds

    This award was established in 1925 through the will of Lissie Rathbone for such charitable, education or religious objects as the Trustees should select. Administered via the Victoria University Foundation, it is awarded to the top student in English and/or History at 100 level who has been a recipient for that year of a Victoria Excellence Scholarship (or any other scholarship offered at entry level based on academic merit) and who - at the time of the award - is enrolled in English and/or History at 200 level.

  • Lord Cooke of Thorndon Prize

    $1,000 subject to available funds

    This prize was established in 2000 via the Victoria University Foundation by Lord Cooke of Thorndon, former President of the New Zealand Court of Appeal Court of Appeal and subsequently a Law Lord of the House of Lords until his death in August 2006. It is awarded to a student who has achieved an outstanding result in his or her law courses, is commencing the Honours programme and is considered to be the best student entering that programme.

  • Laywood and Joyce Chan Awards

    Approx. $7,500 each subject to available funds

    The two awards provided by Laywood and the late Joyce Chan via the Victoria University Foundation are intended to encourage students going on to postgraduate study with a focus on China, the Chinese language, and the contribution of the Chinese community to New Zealand. The awards are made to postgraduate students (Honours, Masters or PhD) in Chinese language and to postgraduate students undertaking research in Chinese history, politics or international relations. A focus on the contribution of the Chinese community to New Zealand is encouraged.

  • Latin American Essay Prize

    $150.00 per year, subject to available funds.

    To promote the study of Latin America in any field.

  • Library and Information Association of NZ Aotearoa Mary Fleming Prize

    $250 book and cash

    This prize is provided annually by the Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa (LIANZA) in memory of Mary Fleming (1908-64), Senior Lecturer in Cataloguing at the New Zealand Library School 1946-1964. It is awarded to the best student in INFO 546.

  • Library and Information Association of NZ Aotearoa David Wylie Prize

    $250 book and cash

    This prize is provided annually by the Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa (LIANZA) in memory of the former University Librarian David Wylie (1925-85), and in recognition of his long concern with education for Librarianship. It is awarded to the student completing the best piece of written work on an aspect of Library and Information Studies.

  • Linguistics Prize

    approx. $125

    This prize arises from a fund donated in 1985 and is for the best student of the year completing a Bachelor's degree with a major in Linguistics.

  • Lady Todd Memorial Prize in Nursing and Midwifery

    $3,000

    This prize, established to mark the centenary of the Todd family in New Zealand and in memory of Lady Todd, is provided annually by members of the Todd family. It is awarded to the best student enrolled for postgraduate study in Nursing and Midwifery.

  • Lilburn Trust NZSM Composition Award

    The value of the awards offered is at the discretion of the jury, and may vary from year to year.

    A jury of three experts in the field of composition and performance will choose the winners from amongst the works presented at the annual Lilburn Trust NZSM Composers Competition Concert, usually held in September/October. The jury will be present at the concert and will collectively select the winners immediately following the concert. The winners will be announced at a ceremony following the concert.

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  • Maurice Goldsmith Prize

    Subject to available funds

    This prize, established in 2001 via the Victoria University Foundation, arises from a fund donated by Maurice Goldsmith, Emeritus Professor of Political Theory at the University of Exeter and Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at Victoria University of Wellington. It is awarded annually to the students completing undergraduate and honours degrees in Philosophy in the year of the award and who in the opinion of the Head of the School of History, Philosophy, Political Science and International Relations are the best students of the year and are worthy of the award.

  • Maurice Gee Prize in Children's Writing

    $300

    This prize has been named to honour the distinguished contribution by Maurice Gee to children's literature in New Zealand and is administered via the Victoria University Foundation. It will be awarded to the author of the best folio in Victoria University's undergraduate children's writing workshops.

  • May Gordon Prize in English Literature

    $500

    This Prize was established via the Victoria University Foundation by the late Emeritus Professor Ian Gordon in honour of his wife May Gordon, MA, Dip.Ed Edinburgh, who was for many years an outstanding tutor in first year English Studies at Victoria University of Wellington. The May Gordon Prize will be awarded annually for ten years, commencing 2004 to the female student achieving the highest grade in English 111 Past Masters.

  • Mario Patrono Prize in Legal System

    Subject to available funds

    Established by Professor Mario Patrono of Italy, this prize is awarded to the student who achieves the highest average grades across first year Law courses taken in the same academic year.

    In the event that two or more students achieve the same results, the prize shall be awarded to the student considered by the Dean to be the most deserving.

  • Mike Moore Prize

    Subject to available funds

    This Prize was established in 2006 via the Victoria University Foundation from a gift by Victoria University alumnus Bernard Randall, in honour of the Rt Hon. Mike Moore. It is awarded annually to the student judged to be the most worthy who, in the year of the award, completes a Master of International Relations.

  • Margaret Clark Prize

    $500 subject to funds available

    The prize was established in 2012 via the Victoria University Foundation by Emeritus Professor Dame Margaret Clark, founder of two series of books on NZ elections and political leadership and for many years responsible for the university's very popular first-year introductory course in NZ government and politics. It is awarded to the Honours student in the Political Science and International Relations Programme judged to be the most worthy who, in the year of the award, has completed an essay on an aspect of NZ government, politics or international relations.

  • Master of Applied Finance Prize

    $300 subject to available funds

    This prize originates from residual funds from sponsorships raised by the Victoria University Foundation to support improvement in the quality of financial journalism. The Master of Applied Finance (MAF) Prize is considered to be in close sympathy with that original purpose and is awarded to the top full-time student completing study requirements for the MAF degree.

  • Maritime Law Prize

    $500

    The prize shall be awarded to the student attending the class in Maritime Law (LAWS351) who in the opinion of the course coodinator, is the best student of the semester in this class and worthy of the award.

  • Matthew Marshall Prize for Classical Guitar Composition

    $500

    This prize was established in 2014, via the Victoria University Foundation, and is sponsored by Professor Matthew Marshall, classical guitarist, former Head of the Conservatorium of Music at Massey University (later the New Zealand School of Music) and graduate of Victoria University of Wellington. The award is for the best composition for classical guitar and its purpose is to support students studying composition at Te Kôkî The New Zealand School of Music and to encourage a greater understanding and appreciation of the classical guitar.

  • Madle Prize in Classics

    $500

    The 'Madle Prize in Classics' will be awarded to the best mature student (over the age of 25)studying Greek or Roman History.

  • Maori/Pasifika Art History Prize

    $1,000

    This scholarship is offered, via the Victoria University Foundation, to a New Zealand-based Maori/Pasifika student who has the best average grade in two 100-level Art History courses and who is intending to Major in Art History. To be eligible for the award, recipients must enrol for full-time study at the 200-level of an Art History course in the following year at Victoria University.

  • Max Julian Prize in Ethnomusicology

    Subject to funds available

    This Prize was established in 1997 via the Victoria University Foundation in memory of Max Julian by his family and friends and is awarded to the best student in the field of ethnomusicology.

  • Macmorran Prize for Mathematics

    Book and cash subject to available funds

    This prize arises from a bequest by Margaret Macmorran in 1939 and subsequent contributions from Mr R C Macmorran in 1948 and Mrs Maggie Usher in 1961. It is awarded to the best student completing 45 points of 200-level Mathematics.

  • Makower McBeath & Co Ltd Staff Prize

    Subject to available funds

    This prize arises from a gift made in 1949 by the Directors and staff of M Makower & Co Ltd, England, in recognition of the generosity of their New Zealand colleagues, extending over the many years, in providing food parcels for the members of the staff of the firm in England and their families. It is awarded to the best student in ECON 130.

  • Mosley Prize in Environmental Studies

    Subject to available funds

    This prize was established from a gift made to the University in 1998 and is awarded to the best student completing the Masters of Environmental Studies.

  • MPA Awards CPA Australia Prize for the most outstanding student completing the MPA degree.

    $500 cash plus one year's associate membership and one professional level segment (to the value of NZ$1,250) which is to be presented to the recipient at a prize-giving to be organised by the faculty.

    CPA Australia is one of the world's largest accounting bodies with a global membership of more than 150,000 members working in 120 countries around the world, with more than 25,000 members working in senior leadership positions. CPA Australia want to support high achieving students studying Accountancy and Finance at Victoria University.

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  • NZIA Graphisoft Student Design Awards

    Yrs 1-4: $1,000 Winners each year Yrs 1-4:$500 Highly Commended x 3 Yr 5: $5,000 Winner + 2 x H.C.

    The NZ Institute of Architects (NZIA), via the Victoria University Foundation, has established these awards to:
    1. acknowledge design excellence in students of Architecture.
    2. signal to the profession, the industry and the public that a major talent has been discovered.
    3. assist in a positive relationship between students of Architecture and the NZIA.
    All prizes and awards relate to the design projects undertaken by all students of Architecture in Studio. The awards are for Years 1-4 inclusive, and for Year 5.

  • NZIIA (Wellington) Prize in International Relations

    $150

    This prize was established at Victoria University in 2014 by the New Zealand Institute of International Relations (Wellington branch). Its purpose is to encourage and recognise undergraduate excellence in the study of International Relations, consistent with the Institute's long-standing commitment to enhancing New Zealanders' understanding of international issues.

  • New Zealand Business and Parliament Trust Prize

    $1,500 each

    This prize was established in 2010 via the Victoria University Foundation to support postgraduate research into the role of Parliament in governance, the policy process and the wider community. It is awarded annually to the two postgraduate students in the Political Science and International Relations Programme, and the School of Government, judged to be most worthy of the award who, in the year of the award, have completed research essays on the role of Parliament in governance, the policy process and the wider community.

  • New Zealand Historic Places Trust Award

    $500

    The Award may be granted annually by the Academic Board, on the advice of the Dean of the Faculty of Architecture and with the agreement of the New Zealand Historic Places Trust, to one student in any year of study who has achieved a highly meritorious result in a work, project or topic of recognition, appreciation, conservation and maintenance of an historic place, historic area, wahi tapu or wahi tapu area in New Zealand.

  • Niland Prize in Jazz Composition

    $250 subject to available funds

    This prize was established in 2012 by John Niland through the Victoria University Foundation in memory of his parents, Ruth and Joe Niland, to support students studying jazz at Te Koki New Zealand School of Music (NZSM). The prize is awarded annually to the composer of the best composition. Preference will be given to a composer who is also a performer.

  • N N Danilow Memorial Prize (Spanish)

    $500 subject to available funds

    This prize arises from a fund given by Mrs A Danilow in 1983 to commemorate her husband Dr N N Danilow (1896-1981) who founded Russian studies in New Zealand when he introduced a course in Russian at Victoria University College in 1943. Administered via the Victoria University Foundation, the prize is awarded to the best student in Spanish language and literature at undergraduate level.

  • N N Danilow Prize in Latin

    $400

    This prize was established in 2013 via the Victoria University Foundation by Mrs Nina Berzins, a Victoria University graduate and former staff member, in memory of Dr Nicolas Danilow (1896 – 1981) who founded Russian Studies in New Zealand when he introduced a course in Russian at Victoria University College in 1943. The prize is awarded to the best student in 300 level Latin.

  • NZILA Student Awards (University End of Year)

    The Supreme prize consists of $500 (or a sum as agreed by the Committee) + one year's free graduate membership + certificate for one student winner per tertiary institute.

    NZILA sponsor three awards (9 prizes in total) annually to each Educational Provider in the following categories:

    1. NZILA Supreme Student Award - Final Year Student
    2. NZILA Award of Excellence - Best student in the Second to last year
    3. NZILA Award of Excellence - Best student in the Third to last year

  • New Zealand Indonesia Association Gamelan Prizes

    $250 each cash and/or book and a certificate

    These prizes are provided annually by the New Zealand Indonesia Association (Wellington) via the Victoria University Foundation. The prizes shall be available to NZSM student performers in the Javanese 'Padhang Moncar' and/or Balinese 'Taniwha Jaya' gamelan orchestras whom the NZSM deems to have made
    1. the most outstanding contribution to gamelan playing (Javanese) at an introductory level; and
    2. the most outstanding contribution to gamelan playing (Balinese) at a more advanced level.

  • NZIOB Central Chapter Student Accomplishment Awards

    As determined by the NZIOB

    The New Zealand Institute of Building (NZIOB), Central Chapter, offers various awards to students studying within the field of construction. They are awarded to the best students completing a degree/diploma course in building and are available within the NZIOB Central Chapter's geographic zone. An award may also be offered to the most promising first year student.

  • New Zealand Institute of Chemistry Prizes

    $300

    The Wellington Branch of the New Zealand Institute of Chemistry provides four prizes annually for Victoria University of Wellington Chemistry and Biochemistry students. The prizes are for:
    1. the best student in their first year.
    2. the best student in their second year.
    3. the best student at 300 level in CHEM.
    4. the best student at 300 level in BCHM.

  • NZ Law Review Prize

    One year's subscription to NZ Law Review

    The Legal Research Foundation and the New Zealand Law Review together set up this prize to recognise the three best students who
    1. have completed in the year of the award their final 200 level LAWS courses; and
    2. in the opinion of the Dean of Law have achieved the best work in aggregate over the four 200 level LAWS courses.

  • Noel Ryder Prize

    $120 (book and cash)

    This prize - in memory of Noel Vincent Ryder, Senior Lecturer in Physics 1947-1958 - arises from a fund subscribed in 1959 by his friends, to which the University added a like amount. The prize fund was later increased by further donations. It is awarded to the best student in 200-level Physics.

  • NZ Architects' Co-Operative Society Prize

    $500 each, subject to available funds

    These prizes are awarded for excellence in Practice Management Processes which lead to prudent risk management in architecture. They are offered to the top third and fourth year students _ SARC362 Introduction to Practice and Management, and SARC461 Professional Practice.

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  • Osborne Prize in Art History

    $50 subject to available funds

    This prize arises from a fund established in 1987 from the estate of Morris Owen Osborne. It is awarded for the best student in ARTH 103.

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  • Prime Minister's Prize in Public Management

    $500

    This prize is awarded annually to the graduate of the Master of Public Management who has achieved the best all-round academic performance of all those graduating in the year.

  • Prime Minister's Prize in Strategic Studies

    $1,000

    This prize is awarded annually to the graduate of the Master of Strategic Studies who has achieved the best all-round academic performance of all those graduating in the year.

  • Prize for Innovation and Excellence in Industrial Design (BDI)

    $250 each

    This prize has been established by Methven via the Victoria University Foundation to recognise the best final year projects in the Victoria University School of Design completing the BDI degree in Industrial Design.

  • Pablo Etchegoin Prize in Experimental Physics

    $150 subject to available funds

    This prize was initiated by Pablo Etchegoin's colleagues in Physics, and supported by other friends, students, and associates, in celebration of Pablo's life. Pablo was Professor of Nanotechnology within the Physics grouping of the School of Chemical and Physical Sciences (SCPS) until he passed away in 2013. Administered via the Victoria University Foundation, the purpose of the award is to recognise outstanding performance in 300 level Physics, with particular note of laboratory work, by a student majoring in Physics or Applied Physics, as established by performance in the first trimester of each academic year.

  • Pearson Addison Wesley Prize in Computer Science

    Set of books provided by Pearson Education

    These three prizes were initially provided by Addison Wesley Longman Publishers, and have been continued by Pearson Education. They shall be awarded to three undergraduates majoring in computer science or GDipSc students (one student at each level).

  • Prize for Film Studies

    Subject to available funds

    This prize arises from a fund established by the Wai-te-ata Press in 1986 and is awarded to the best undergraduate or graduate student completing courses in film history, criticism or production.

  • Philip Neill Memorial Prize in Music

    $1,500

    This prize is open to all past and present students of a university in New Zealand and is awarded via the University of Otago for excellence in original composition.

  • Prize for Original Composition

    $250 subject to available funds

    This prize arises from a fund established by the Wai-te-ata Press and the Victoria University Press in 1986 in memory of Pamela Tomlinson, the first editor of Victoria University Press. Its purpose is to encourage original writing and is is awarded to the best person worthy of the prize who is enrolled in CREW 254 or CREW 257.

  • Prime Minister's Prize in Public Policy

    $500

    This prize is awarded annually to the graduate of the Master of Public Policy who has achieved the best all-round academic performance of all those graduating in the year.

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  • Quentin Baxter Prizes in Law

    1. $500 2, $1,000

    Every year, the Law Faculty awards prizes and scholarships to students in recognition of their hard work and talents with many being named after earlier alumni or staff. These two prizes are named for the late Quentin Quentin-Baxter, a former Law Professor at Victoria. The prizes are:
    1. Top Student International Law (LAWS 340).
    2. LLM Prize in Public and International Law - for the best piece of research on Public Law, International Law, or law relating to indigenous peoples or the laws of the Pacific.

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  • R W Steele Scholarship in Accountancy

    Subject to available funds

    This scholarship was established via the Victoria University Foundation in 1994 by colleagues and friends of Mr R W Steele to mark the contribution of Mr Steele to the accounting profession. It will be awarded to the student(s) judged most worthy of the award on the basis of academic performance in Part 1 of the MCA degree.

  • Roderic Alley Prize in Human Rights

    Subject to available funds

    This prize was established in 2004 via the Victoria University Foundation in honour of Dr Roderic Alley on the occasion of his retirement from Political Science and International Relations after a career that began in 1967. The prize shall be awarded annually to the student in Political Science or International Relations judged to be most worthy of the award who, in the year of the award, has completed an essay or a thesis on an aspect of human rights.

  • Ross McQueen Memorial Ecology Research Prize

    $500

    This prize has been established via the Victoria University Foundation from a bequest that Dr Ross McQueen left to Victoria University of Wellington following his death in July 2004. It is awarded annually for the best thesis primarily on plants for BSc(Hons) or MSc in Ecology & Biodiversity or Conservation Biology at Victoria University.
    The recipient is to present a seminor on their research to staff and students in their discipline.

  • Rotary Club of Wellington Music Prizes

    Up to $1,000 each subject to available funds

    These prizes, estabalished in 2002 via the Victoria University Foundation, are made possible by a trust fund established by Sir Roy McKenzie. Two prizes are available each year, one for a classical performance student and one for a jazz performance student. They are awarded on merit, based on the performance and potential of students and are made available to assist with study at either 300 on Honours level.

    The winner is invited to give a short performance at one of the lunches of the Wellington Rotary Club.





  • Rotary Club of Wellington Postgraduate Music Prize

    $2,500

    This prize was established in 2009 by the Rotary Club of Wellington via the Victoria University Foundation, with the support of a grant from the John Illott Charitable Trust, to acknowledge the top student undertaking Music at Honours level who is undertaking further study.

  • Ross Harris Award for Live Electronic Music

    No funds attached

    Named after the director of the Lilburn Electroacoustic Music Studios at Victoria University of Wellington from 1980–1994, this award recognizes excellence in the field of live electronics (sonic art).

  • Ruka Te Rangiâhuta Broughton Memorial Award

    The award will be a taonga which is clearly Mâori in appearance and which is excellent in quality.

    This award was established in 1987 as a memorial to the late Ruka Broughton, Lecturer in Maori Studies, who died 17 April 1986. The object of the award is to recognise and encourage students to pursue with excellence and determination, proficiency in the skills of Maoritanga, such as whaikorero (oratory), waiata (traditional music), waiata-a-ringa (action songs), karanga (ceremonial call), and te reo (speaking the language). Candidates for the award must have majored in Mâori Studies or are currently taking MAOR 311 and MAOR 313.

  • Rere Beckway Pianoforte Performance Award

    $250 (for books, recordings or music scores)

    This prize arises from a fund donated by Miss Rere Beckway in 1981 and is awarded to a student enrolled with the NZ School of Music, completing a Bachelor's Degree. It is awarded on the basis of merit in pianoforte performance.

  • Rankine Brown Prize in Classics

    Subject to available funds

    This prize arises from a fund subscribed in 1946 by the ex-students and friends of the Victoria University of Wellington to commemorate the work of Professor Sir J Rankine Brown in the Chair of Classics 1899-1945. It is awarded for the best work in LATI 104 or GREE 113 (LATI 214 in the case of a student entering 200 level Latin directly).

  • Roy Jack Prize for String Players

    $50

    This prize arises from a fund donated by Sir Roy Jack shortly before his death in 1977, and is awarded for merit in performance to a student enrolled with the NZ School of Music in a performance course on a bowed string instrument.

  • Resolution Institute Prize in Dispute Resolution

    $500

    This prize is offered annually by the New Zealand Chapter of Lawyers Engaged in Alternative Dispute Resolution (LEADR) and is for the student completing the best work in Dispute Resolution.

  • Robert Orr McGechan Memorial Prize

    $250 subject to available funds

    This prize arises from a fund subscribed by students, staff and friends of Victoria University of Wellington to commemorate the work of Professor Robert Orr McGechan in the Chair of Jurisprudence and Constitutional Law 1940-1954. It is awarded for the best work for Victoria University of Wellington Law Review.

  • R S V Simpson Salient Prize

    $150 (book or cash)

    This prize arises from a gift in 1968 from R S V Simpson to the Students' Association to mark the 30th year of publication of Salient. "Comment is free but facts are sacred" (C P Scott of the Manchester Guardian). Now administered via the Victoria University Foundation, it is awarded for the best published news or feature article written by an undergraduate of Victoria University of Wellington who is either a member of the editorial staff of Salient, or a contributor.

  • Rotary Club of Wellington Science Prizes

    Subject to funds available

    In 1999, in order to mark Victoria University's centennial, the Rotary Club of Wellington endowed nine prizes via the Victoria University Foundation for first-year science study. The prizes are offered in Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Geography, Geology, Mathematics, Physics, Psychology, and Statistics.

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  • Sir John Marshall Scholarship

    $1,000 for a full-time student OR $500 for a part-time student

    This scholarship was established in 1980 by the former Prime Minister of New Zealand, the Rt. Hon. Sir John Marshall, GBE, CH, BA, LLM, Hon. LLD, to encourage the study of Political Science at Victoria University. It shall be awarded to a full-time student (or a part-time student not in paid employment) who is enrolled in 200 level POLS courses and who is intending to major in Politics.

  • School of Economics & Finance Prize in 2nd Year Microeconomics

    $150

    This prize shall be known as the School of Economics and Finance Prize in Microeconomics and is awarded annually to the student judged by the Head of the School of Economics to be the best student in ECON 201 and who is worthy of the award.

  • School of Economics & Finance Prize in 2nd Year Macroeconomics

    $150

    This prize shall be known as the School of Economics and Finance Prize in Second Year Macroeconomics and is awarded annually to the student judged by the Head of the School of Economics to be the best student in ECON 202 and who is worthy of the award.

  • Story Inc Prize for Poetry

    $400

    In 2000, Wellington exhibition design company Story! Inc created a permanent installation called the "Wall of Words" in the lobby of the Royal Sun Alliance building in Auckland. The Wall uses over 80 New Zealand quotations to create an expression of our national identity. What could be more appropriate than a prize for New Zealand's next generation of poets? The prize is awarded by the on the basis of literary merit when the Victoria Undergraduate Poetry Workshop is completed. A copy of the selected work will be sent to Story Inc before the prize is awarded.

  • Speaker's Prize

    $1,000

    This prize, established in 2002 by the Rt Hon. Jonathan Hunt, is provided annually by the Speaker of the New Zealand House of Representatives to encourage excellence among students taking part in the parliamentary internship Honours course offered by the Political Science and International Relations programme.

  • Sir Thomas Hunter Prize

    Approx. $3,000 subject to available funds

    This prize has been funded in perpetuity, via the Victoria University Foundation, from a bequest by the late Mrs Moira (Babs) White in honour of her grandfather Sir Thomas Hunter. The prize is to assist Honours students in Psychology who are continuing on to postgraduate study and shall be awarded to the student who earned the highest grade for his/her fourth year research project in Psychology and who is undertaking postgraduate study for at least another two trimesters.

  • Stephenson & Turner Prize in Integrated Architectural Design

    $2,000

    Stephenson & Turner NZ is an architectural and engineering firm, which aims to integrate the two disciplines of building services and architecture in a holistic manner. This prize has been established via the Victoria University Foundation to embody this objective. The criteria for the prize include:
    1. Highest total marks for the major integrated project in Victoria University's ARCI 412 (Architectural Design) and ARCI 421 (Integrated Technologies) courses.
    2. If more than one student has a similar aggregate top mark, their marks from previous relevant work completed at an earlier stage in the programme will also be taken into account.
    3. Integrated project work demonstrating inspiration and a special perception.




  • Swafford Family Prize

    $2,000

    This prize was established via the Victoria University Foundation in 2002 by Dr Glenn Swafford, a graduate of Victoria University, to acknowledge an oustanding student enrolled in the Faculty of Education at Victoria University. Selection will be based on academic merit with special consideration also given to financial need.

  • Sustainable Futures Travel Award

    Valued at $2,000 for travel to Queensland, Australia

    This award was established via the Victoria University Foundation by Professor Gordon Holden, a previous Dean of the Faculty of Architecture and Design, on his departure from Victoria University in September 2009. It is awarded to a student up to and including Master's level across all disciplines in the Faculty whose design and research project demonstrates excellence in adding knowledge, processes or examples that advance sustainable futures in the designed/built environments.

  • Senate Prize

    Up to $500

    In 2009 Senate Communications established this prize as part of its commitment to fostering excellenc ein communications.
    Students are automatically eligible for the Senate Prize by completing the set assignment within the designated paper (MARK 301 Marketing Communications) as agreed with Victoria University.
    Five assignments are selected by the lecturer against their own criteria and which also best match additional criteria provided by Senate, and these are forwarded to Senate Communications who then decide on the prize recipient.

  • Sociolinguistics Prize

    $1,000 subject to available funds

    Professor Janet Holmes established this prize in 2013, via the Victoria University Foundation, to encourage students of Sociolinguistics at Victoria University to continue to postgraduate study. The award is to recognise top students in Advanced Sociolinguistics (LING 330) in the School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies at Victoria University, a course which is offered every two years.

  • Spanish Embassy Essay Prize

    $400 , subject to available funds

    1. The essay shall be no more than 500 words written in Spanish on a topic to be selected by the Spanish Embassy in conjunction with the Spanish Programme at Victoria University.
    2. The student must be enrolled in a Spanish course at Victoria University of Wellington.
    3. The prize shall be awarded annually to the student who, in the opinion of the Spanish Embassy and the Spanish Programme at Victoria University, writes the best essay that is worthy of the award.
    4. Students are to submit their essay to the Director of the Spanish Programme, Victoria University of Wellington.

  • Susan Rhind Award in Composition

    Between $1000 - $5000 per award based on the available funds and number of awards given in any year.

    Recipients must be enrolled in a postgraduate degree at the New Zealand School of Music, majoring in Composition/Sonic Art, on 10 February of the year of award. To be eligible, students must be at the start of a postgraduate degree or be in the first three months of postgraduate study. Doctoral students in the first two years of study, however, are also eligible. Commissioned works must be completed within the calendar year of the award. Previous recipients are not disqualified from receiving an award in subsequent years, although consideration may be given to the benefits of making awards to a range of different composers. Recipients must be 18 or older and must have been for a period of five years immediately preceding the making of the award a citizen or permanent resident of New Zealand.

  • School of Economics and Finance Prize in Economics

    $100

    The prize shall be known as the School of Economics and Finance Prize in Economics and is awarded annually to the student judged by the Head of the School of Economics to be the best student in ECON 140.

  • Sir Walter Nash Prize

    Subject to available funds

    This prize arises from a fund raised in recognition of the service given by the Rt Hon. Sir Walter Nash, CH, to the Labour Movement, and donated by him to Victoria University to be used for improving relations between the races of the world.
    It is awarded for the best essay on a topical subject, of the candidate's own choice, dealing with peace, conflict resolution or the improvement of relations between the different races, nations and peoples of the world.

  • Shayle Searle Prize in Statistics

    Subject to available funds

    This prize was established in 1998 by Dr Shayle R Searle through the U.S. Friends of Victoria and the Victoria University Foundation in appreciation of his 1950 Victoria University M.A. in Mathematics having been of lasting value to his 1962-1995 career in the U.S.A. It is awarded to the best student in STAT 193.

  • Swets Information Services Prizes

    $100 each

    The Swets Information Services Prizes are provided annually by Swets Information Services for students in the Master of Library and Information Studies. The prizes are awarded to the students who are considered by the Director of the Master's programme to be the best in class and the most worthy of the awards in Reference and Management.

  • Sir Desmond Todd Memorial Prizes

    $3,000 each

    These prizes, established to mark the centenary of the Todd family in New Zealand and in memory of Sir Desmond Todd, are provided annually by members of the Todd family. There are two prizes:
    1. for the best student completing a thesis in Political Science and International Relations for the degree of MA.
    2. for the best student completing a thesis in Political Science and International Relations for the degree of PhD.

  • Sir Paul Callaghan Prize

    $250 (subject to change and funds available).

    The prize will be awarded to the top student in trimester one 400 level physics.

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  • Tsubota Pearl Prizes

    Book

    The Tsubota Pearl Prizes were established through the generosity of the Tsubota Pearl Company Ltd, and are awarded by the Japanese Programme at the end of each academic year to the top scholars in each of the four levels of Japanese language courses.

  • Therle Drake Undergraduate Award for Excellence in Music

    approx. $6,000 (subject to funds available)

    This Award was established in 2013, via the Victoria University Foundation, through a bequest made by John Drake, in memory of his wife, Therle.

  • Thomson Reuters Prize in Jurisprudence

    Books to the value of $200

    This prize is provided annually by Thomson Reuters for the best student in Jurisprudence.

  • Thomson Reuters Prize in the Law of Contract

    Books to the value of $200

    This prize is provided annually by Thomson Reuters for the best student in Law of Contract.

  • The Khanna Prize in Management Accounting

    The value of the Prize shall be approximately $150, or as determined by the Academic Board after consideration of the income from the fund. If in any year for whatever reason the Prize is not awarded, the income for that year shall be added to the fund. If for whatever reason the Prize has not been awarded over a five year period, the Faculty of Commerce and Administration shall make a recommendation to the Academic Board regarding the conditions for the award of the Prize in subsequent years.

    The Prize arises from a fund donated in 1991. The Prize shall be awarded annually by the Academic Board, on the recommendation of the Head of School, Accounting and Commercial Law, to the best student attending the Current Issues in Management Accounting course (ACCY 402). If, in any year, this course is not offered, the Prize shall be awarded to the best student in any 400- or 500-level Management Accounting course, or any other course having Management Accounting as a component, within the Faculty of Commerce and Administration.

  • The Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Award 2016
    Masters

    The Award will be the sum of $750.

    The Award will be known as the Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Award.

  • The Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Award 2016

    The Award will be the sum of $250.

    The Award will be known as the Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Award.

  • The David Carleton Prize

    There will be one annual prize at the value of $500. Separate awards will be made in three consecutive years 2016-18.

    The David Carleton Prize has been established through a generous gift from the Carleton and Preston families. This funding has been matched by the Faculty of Architecture and Design and the Schools of Architecture and Design. Dave was a highly valued Senior Technician within the 3D Modelling Workshops Technical Team, who is remembered as a dedicated staff member and an invaluable resource to students and academics. This prize continues to support students in his memory.

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  • Unlimited Potential Prize

    $1,000

    Unlimited Potential, via the Victoria University Foundation, sponsors this prize to support an outstanding computer science student in recognition of the importance of top quality graduates to realising the unlimited potention and ongoing success of Wellington's ICT industry. The prize is awarded to the top student in Computer Science at 300 level.

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  • Victoria Scottish Interest Group Prize in Architecture

    $300 (books and/or cash) and one year's membership of the Scottish Interest Group

    This prize was established in 2002 by the Victoria University of Wellington Scottish Interest Group to encourage interest in Scottish architects and architecture. It shall be awarded annually to the student who, in the judgement of the Examiner's Committee, has produced the best work dealing with issues related to Scottish architects and architecture.

  • Val Gormly Memorial Prize

    $500

    This prize was established in 2009, via the Victoria University Foundation, by Derek Levett in memory of Val Gormly. It is awarded to the most successful student, in terms of total marks/grades obtained throughout the year, in Property Law 301.

  • VicBooks Awards for Best Tutors

    $75 each

    The VicBooks Awards for Best Tutors are annual awards which aim to acknowledge the best tutor in each of LAWS 211, 212, 213, 214, 301 as demonstrated by:
    1. the results of the tutors' University Teaching & Development (UTDC) "Student Feedback on Tutoring" evaluations, and
    2. the tutors' performance and fulfilment of their role as prescribed in their job description and employment contract.

    There are five awards: one for each of LAWS211, 212, 213, 214 and 301.

  • Victoria NIWA Science Fair Innovation Prize

    Up to $4,000 towards 1st year fees at Victoria University of Wellington

    This prize was estabished in 2011 and is offered to the most innovative class 5 project (Years 11-13) in the annual NIWA Wellington Regional Science and Technology Fair and must be taken the year following completion of secondary school.

  • Victoria Business School Excellence Awards

    Monetary value varies from being $0 - $500.

    A number of Excellence Awards have been established through the Victoria Business School to recognise the achievements of students in the various disciplines of e-Commerce and Information Systems; Economics; Finance; International Business; Marketing; Public Policy; Accounting; Commercial Law; Management; Tourism Management.

  • Victoria Physical Geography Prize

    $300

    This prize was established at the time of the Earth Sciences Centenary in 2009 to honour the work of Michael Crozier as the first Professor of Geomorphology at Victoria University Wellington. It shall be awarded to the student who has achieved excellent results in 300 level physical geography courses and who is judged most likely to continue to achieve excellent results in postgraduate study.

  • Victoria Second Year Geology Prize

    $300 (dependent on funds)

    This prize was established at the time of the Earth Sciences Centenary in 2009 to honour the work of Paul Vella, a first professor in Paleoecology at Victoria University Wellington. The prize recognises the student with the overall best results in the 200 level ESCI Geology courses and who is judged most likely to continue to achieve excellent results in undergraduate study.

    Selection criteria
    The prize will be awarded to a 2nd year Geology student(s) with the overall best results in the 200 level Geology courses, and who is judged most likely to continue to achieve excellent results in undergraduate study.

  • Vere-Jones Prize for Statistics

    $500

    This prize is funded annually by the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Operations Research for those who are completing an undergraduate degree in Statistics.

  • Vickerman Engineering Award

    Subject to available funds

    This award arises from a bequest by Hugh Vickerman in 1960 to provide a scholarship, bursary or prize to students enrolled at the University to pursue professional engineering studies. The award shall be open to any student taking the Engineering Intermediate Examination (or any substituted or equivalent examination) including students taking the first year of a Bachelor of Engineering at the Victoria University of Wellington.
    The award shall be made annually to the student who in the opinion of the Dean of the Faculty of Science has done the best work in the year in which he/she qualifies for the award and is deemed to be worthy of the award.

  • Victoria University of Wellington Essay Prizes in Classics

    Subject to available funds

    These prizes were established in 1985 and arise from a donation by Dr W G C Paterson, MD (NZ), MRCP (Lond), FRACP. The purpose of the prizes is to increase the interest in Classical Civilisation.
    The prizes are for:
    1. the best essay on a subject concerned with aspects of classical civilisation and its connection with the modern world as prescribed by the Director of the Classics Programme; and
    2. the best essay from a student enrolled in Classical Studies at 300 or Honours level.

  • Von Zedlitz Prize

    $160 (book and cash)

    This prize arises from a fund subscribed in 1950 by ex-students and friends of the Victoria University of Wellington to commemorate the work of Professor G W von Zedlitz, first Professor of Modern Languages. It is awarded to the best student in French.

  • Victoria University Ensemble Music Performance Award

    This award is made through an endowment and so the amount available each year will depend on the funds available.

    The prize was established by a private donor, via the Victoria University of Wellington Foundation, in 2016, to recognise excellence in ensemble playing and to cultivate a love of classical chamber music by undergraduate students at Victoria University of Wellington's Te Koki New Zealand School of Music.

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  • Wiremu Parker Memorial Award

    The award will be a taonga which reflects the fields of endeavour and interests of Wiremu Parker.

    An award known as Te Tohu Whakamaumaharatanga ki a Wiremu Parker (The Wiremu Parker Memorial Award) was established in 1988 as a memorial to the late Dr Wiremu Parker (Hon. D. Lit.) who died 10 November 1986. It is awarded to recognise notable academic achievement, and to pay special tribute to the contributions made by the recipient to the cultural life of Te Herenga Waka whanau. Candidates must be of the status of taipakeke (mature student) and should have either passed the Tohu Moritanga (Diploma in Maoritanga) or be a Maori Studies major for the Bachelor of Arts Degree.

  • Wai-te-ata Press Shakespeare Prize

    Subject to available funds

    This prize arises from a fund established by the Wai-te-ata Press in 1986 and is awarded for the best critical and/or scholary writing on Shakespeare's works by student enrolled in ENGL 200-499 or enrolled in a research degree in English.

  • W H (Bill) Vaughan Prize for Mathematics

    $200 subject to available funds

    W H (Bill) Vaughan, a founding trustee of the Mathematics Trust, worked for many years writing, printing and distributing model solutions to University Entrance Bursary and Scholarship Examinations. The Trust funds are used to encourage and support Mathematics in a variety of ways. This prize, established via the Victoria University Foundation, is awarded to the best student completing the Mathematics major.

  • Watters Prize in Development Studies

    Subject to available funds

    Arising from a donation made to Victoria University, this prize is awarded to the best student completing the Masters of Development Studies Programme. The award will be based on performance in both papers and the thesis, and will be decided by the Director of the Programme, in consultation with the Institute of Geography.

  • Wellington City Council Music Prize

    Subject to available funds

    This prize arises from a donation by the Wellington City Council to Victoria University of Wellington of a sum which the City Council held upon trust to further musical education. It is awarded for the best musical composition for performance at Victoria University.

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  • Yahel Neuman Prize in Commerce & Yahel Neuman Prize in Film Studies

    $500 each

    Yahel Neuman was a Commerce Management and Marketing student with a passion for film and cinema. She was a generous and giving person and these prizes have been created in her memory, using her own funds, to commemorate and honour her life.

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  • Zander & Durden Families Prize in History

    Subject to available funds

    This prize was established in 2004 via the Victoria University Foundation to encourage postgraduate study in History. The prize was made possible through a bequest from Channa Durden in memory of her sister Esther Zander and is offered in honour of family members who studied at Victoria University of Wellington. Ir is awarded to the student judged to be most worthy who has completed an MA or PhD thesis in History.