New Māori / Pasifika scholarship for MA students beginning their study

The inaugural Copyright Licensing New Zealand Master of Creative Writing Scholarship will be awarded to an eligible applicant who is offered a place in the 2018 MA in Creative Writing.

We are thrilled to announce that a new $3500 scholarship is available to a Māori or Pasifika student who is accepted into our MA programme. One scholarship will be awarded each year. This scholarship has been made possible through the generous support of Copyright Licensing New Zealand. The recipient will be chosen based on the merits of the application.

This year's application deadline is 1 November.

History and purpose 

This scholarship was established in 2017 by Copyright Licensing New Zealand to encourage growth in the industry, to advocate publishing in New Zealand, to support students enrolled on the Creative Writing Programme, and to motivate the next generation of writers.


  • This scholarship is for students who have been accepted into the MA programme at the International Institute of Modern Letters and are about to embark on their study.
  • Students will be chosen based on the merits of their application and through an assessment of the work they are undertaking.
  • As part of this process, it will be established that the work being undertaken by the applicant does not infringe upon any copyright law.
  • Students must be citizens or permanent residents of New Zealand and preference will be given to Māori and Pasifika applicants.

Number offered
One annually

Total value
$3,500 each year to one recipient

One year

Closing date
1st November

How do students apply?
Through completing and submitting the online application form on Victoria's scholarships database. You can contact the Scholarships Office for more information:
Phone: +64 4 463 5557 

Decision makers
The Director of the International Institute of Modern Letters, Damien Wilkins, or a nominee, or selection panel, chosen by the Director.

What Conditions are attached to acceptance of this Scholarship?

Students are asked to write a thank you letter to the donor, Copyright Licensing New Zealand, to express their thanks upon receiving the award.