Postgraduate thesis allowance

New Zealand Scholarship Programme students completing a Master’s or PhD research thesis can get a contribution towards some of the costs of their thesis.

How it works

The allowance is a contribution towards the cost of proofreading, printing and binding your Master’s or PhD research thesis—it may not necessarily cover all related expenses.

As well as the allowance, there is free support available at Victoria, including:

  • postgraduate thesis writing seminars
  • individual appointments with Student Learning advisers about writing, editing and proofreading.

How much you get

The maximum allowance is different for Master’s and PhD students—this is because a PhD thesis is much longer.

Master’s students

You can get up to:

  • $150 towards your printing and binding costs, paid directly to you as a lump sum, and
  • $700 (21 hours at $33 an hour) towards a proofreader, paid directly to them on receipt of a timesheet or invoice.

PhD students

You can get up to:

  • $330 towards your printing and binding costs, paid directly to you as a lump sum, and
  • $1,170 (35 hours at $33 an hour) towards a proofreader, paid directly to them on receipt of a timesheet or invoice.

Applying for the allowance

To request your one-off allowance for printing and binding, contact your International Student Office (ISO) adviser.

To arrange a proofreader:

  1. contact your ISO adviser. They’ll recommend a proofreader they have on file, or you can give them the name and contact details of a proofreader you have found and would like to work with (they’ll need to submit their CV)
  2. the ISO adviser will then set up a Casual Staff Contract with your proofreader for an hourly rate of $30 (excluding holiday pay at 8 percent and KiwiSaver at 2 percent, which brings the eventual hourly rate to $33)
  3. the proofreader will be advised of the total available hours—they won’t be paid for any hours above this total.