Pasifika scholarships

There are many specific awards, exchanges and scholarships open to our Pasifika students through our scholarships database and the GivME database.

Scholarships databases

GivME is an external database of awards, scholarships and grants for all people in New Zealand. You can search by Pasifika ethnicity or simply choose “Pacific Island” in the opening questions GivME funding database to find funding relevant for you.

Victoria University of Wellington also has its own scholarship database, updated regularly by the Scholarships office. You can search by subject, level of study and Pasifika. Access the scholarships database to find funding relevant for you.

Adrian Wimmers Pasifika prize

This Prize recognizes the top performing Pasifika first-year student studying any major within the Bachelor of Commerce Degree at the Victoria Business School. The Prize was established by Adrian Wimmers, Partner at KPMG Wellington, Victoria Business School Commerce alumnus and member of the Victoria University Komiti Pasifika.

See more about the Adrian Wimmers Pasifika prize.

Angelo South Pacific Postgraduate Scholarship in Law

This Scholarship was established in recognition of the long standing professional relationship between Professor Tony Angelo, of the Victoria University of Wellington Law Faculty, and the countries of the South Pacific. In particular his close involvement with the development of academic legal studies at the University of the South Pacific and the long standing commitment of the Victoria University of Wellington Law Faculty to the South Pacific.

The Scholarship is tenable to a Law graduate from the Pacific Islands with a first class academic record, who plans to undertake, or is currently undertaking, a Master's degree at the Victoria University of Wellington Law Faculty, either by thesis or by course work, or a Postgraduate Diploma.

  • Closing: 2019-11-01. Level: Masters Research; Postgraduate; Masters by coursework. Study area(s): Law.

See more about the Angelo South Pacific Postgraduate Scholarship in Law

Asia Pacific Research Award

This award has been established by Dr Ray Watters, an alumnus and retired staff member of the University. Dr Watters taught at the University for 38 years, giving courses on Latin America, Historical Geography, the Pacific and Chinese Peasantry. As a researcher, Dr Watters was one of the pioneers of the so-called 'School of Geography' with its (then new) emphasis on development, culture, colonialism and political economy.

One award will be given annually to a student enrolled in an Honours, Master's or PhD programme in Geography, Development Studies or Environmental Studies in the School of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences at Victoria University of Wellington who is undertaking research in the South Pacific, Latin America or Asia.

  • Closing: 2019-12-01. Level: Masters Research; Doctoral; Postgraduate; Honours; Masters by coursework.Study area(s): Science.

See more about the Asia Pacific Research Award

Awarua Trust scholarship

Scholarships are available to individuals who exhibit dedication towards the development of educational skills with a focus on advancing education in all aspects of and research into sustainable and efficient farming and agricultural practices; and advancing education and the relief of poverty by supporting the social and economic development, and education in New Zealand, of persons of Pacific Island and in particular Solomon Island descent.

See more about the Awarua Trust scholarship.

Colin Aikman award

This award has been established in Colin Aikman's memory to provide opportunities for students to study in the areas of constitutional law, human rights, international law or issues affecting the South Pacific. Applicants should be intending to study at a Masters or PhD level at Victoria University of Wellington in the areas of constitutional law, human rights, international law or issues affecting the South Pacific. Applicants must either be from one of the Pacific Island member countries of the Pacific Islands Forum (including those born in New Zealand of Pacific Island descent), or a non-Pacific Islander intending to study an area of law with particular relevance to the Pacific, constitutional law or human rights.

  • Closing: 2019-10-30. Level: School leaver / 1st year; Undergraduate (returning). Study area(s): Law.

See more about the Colin Aikman award.

Deane Music Scholarship

This award was established to support a talented Māori or Pasifika musician during their studies at Victoria University of Wellington, who otherwise may not be able to attend university due to financial disadvantage. Applicants must be of Pasifika or Maori descent, a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident and must be intending to enrol on a full time undergraduate course at the New Zealand School of Music. Students must maintain a B average GPA in order to retain the scholarship for the full tenure.

  • Closing: 2019-10-31. Category: Māori students; Pasifika students; Students facing financial hardship. Level: School leaver / 1st year. Study area(s): Music.

See more about the Deane Music Scholarship.

Girls' Friendly Society (GFS) Pasifika scholarships

This scholarship is offered, via the Victoria University Foundation, to a current Victoria University of Wellington Pasifika student (New Zealand citizen or permanent resident) enrolled in their first or second year of tertiary study.

  • Closing: 2019-10-01. Category: Pasifika students; Students facing financial hardship; Female.  Level: School leaver / 1st year; Undergraduate (returning).

See more about the GFS Pasifika scholarship.

Guaranteed Maori and Pasifika Doctoral Scholarships

The purpose of these scholarships is to encourage and support Maori & Pasifika postgraduate research students into doctoral (PhD) studies at Victoria University of Wellington. These scholarships are awarded on academic merit and all Maori & Pasifika applicants for the Victoria Doctoral Scholarships will be considered.

  • Closing: 2019-03-01 and 2019-07-01 and 2019-11-01. Category: Māori students; Pasifika students. Level: Doctoral.

View more information about the Guaranteed Maori and Pasifika Doctoral Scholarships

Lauder Nursing scholarship

This scholarship is to support postgraduate nursing students at Victoria University of Wellington undertaking research in public or community heath. The funds are to be used to support research-related expenses or fees.

One scholarship will be offered biennially (in even numbered years). Applications will be considered from students in the School of Nursing, Midwifery, and Health Practice, who are writing a Master's or PhD research thesis in public or community health. Preference will be given to full-time students but part-time students are also eligible. The selection will be made on academic merit and financial need. Preference may be given to applicants of Maori or Polynesian descent.

  • Closing: 2020-10-31. Level: Masters Research; Doctoral; Postgraduate. Study area(s): Science.

See more about the Lauder nursing scholarship.

New Zealand (NZAID) Pacific scholarship

New Zealand Pacific Scholarships are funded by the New Zealand Aid Programme, the New Zealand Government's international aid and development programme. The New Zealand Pacific Scholarship recognises the very close personal, cultural and economic ties that New Zealand enjoys with Pacific countries. Applications are welcome from the following countries: Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.

See more about the New Zealand Pacific scholarship.

Norman Kirk Memorial Trust Pasifika scholarships

Established in 1976, the Norman Kirk Memorial Trust commemorates the Right Honourable Norman Kirk, Prime Minister of New Zealand from 1972 to 1974. An inspirational and compassionate leader, Norman Kirk worked hard to improve life for under-privileged people and to build connections between New Zealand and other small nations in Africa, Asia and the Pacific region.

  • Closing: 2019-09-15. Category: Pasifika students; Students facing financial hardship. Level: School leaver / 1st year.

See more about the Norman Kirk Memorial Trust Pasifika scholarship.

Shafi Family scholarship

The scholarship is open to students who have completed at least 2.5 years of their PhD studies but require more time to complete their thesis. Previous scholarship holders will be considered. The scholarship will be awarded on the basis of an assessment of the student's ability to complete the thesis within the specified timeframe. First preference will be given to students from developing countries followed by those that can demonstrate clear financial hardship which could impact their ability to complete their studies.

  • Closing: 2019-11-01. Category: Students facing financial hardship. Level: Doctoral. Study area(s): Engineering.

See more about the Shafi Family scholarship.

Te Ātiawa o Te Waka-a-Māui Award

In collaboration, Te Ātiawa o Te Waka-a-Māui and Victoria University of Wellington look to support the next generation of scientist through the Te Ātiawa o Te Waka-a-Māui Science Award funded by The Zoological Society of San Diego. Two scholarships will be awarded annually by Te Rōpū Āwhina, the on-campus whanau support for Māori and Pasifika students within the Faculties of Science, Engineering, and Architecture and Design.

  • Closing: 2019-06-30. Category: Māori students; Pasifika students. Level: School leaver / 1st year; Undergraduate (returning); Honours. Study area(s): Science.

See more about the Te Ātiawa o Te Waka-a-Māui Award.

The Teresia Teaiwa Memorial Scholarship in Pacific Studies

This scholarship has been established in memory of Associate Professor Teresia Kieuea Teaiwa. She was the director of Va’aomanū Pasifika, a renowned scholar, activist and poet, and a hard-working, generous and warm personality of the Victoria University of Wellington community from 2000 to 2017. Teresia is internationally known for her ground-breaking work in Pacific Studies. In 2000, she moved to New Zealand to join Victoria University of Wellington to teach the world’s first undergraduate major in Pacific Studies, of which she was programme director until 2009. She was promoted to Director of Va’aomanū Pasifika, home to the university's Pacific and Samoan Studies programmes. Associate Professor Teresia Teaiwa passed away in March 2017 from cancer, leaving an immense legacy. It was Teresia’s wish that scholarships be established to support Pacific students doing Pacific Studies. This undergraduate scholarship honours and acknowledges the significant contribution Teresia made to the lives of students.

  • Closing: 2019-10-30. Category: Pasifika students. Level: School leaver / 1st year; Undergraduate (returning).

See more about the Teresia Teaiwa Memorial Scholarship in Pacific Studies.

The Teresia Teaiwa Memorial Postgraduate Scholarship in Pacific Studies

This scholarship has been established in memory of Associate Professor Teresia Kieuea Teaiwa. She was the director of Va’aomanū Pasifika, a renowned scholar, activist and poet, and a hard-working, generous and warm personality of the Victoria University of Wellington community from 2000 to 2017. Teresia is internationally known for her ground-breaking work in Pacific Studies. In 2000, she moved to New Zealand to join Victoria University of Wellington to teach the world’s first undergraduate major in Pacific Studies, of which she was programme director until 2009. She was promoted to Director of Va’aomanū Pasifika, home to the university’s Pacific and Samoan Studies programmes. Associate Professor Teresia Teaiwa passed away in March 2017 from cancer, leaving an immense legacy. It was Teresia’s wish that scholarships be established to support Pacific students doing Pacific Studies. This undergraduate scholarship honours and acknowledges the significant contribution Teresia made to the lives of students.

This scholarship is open to postgraduate students who are New Zealand citizens of Pacific Islands descent, permanent residents of Pacific Islands descent, or international students of Pacific Islands descent.

  • Closing: 2019-11-01 Category: Pasifika students. Level: Masters Research; Doctoral; Postgraduate; Honours; Masters by coursework.

See more about the Teresia Teaiwa Memorial Postgraduate Scholarship in Pacific Studies

Teupoko'ina Utanga Morgan Memorial award

The purpose of the Teupoko'ina Utanga Morgan Memorial Award is to advance Pacific early childhood education. Early childhood education refers to both informal and formal pre-school teaching of young children by people outside the family or in settings outside the home. The Award is provided by a donation from the trustees of the Anau Ako Pasifka Incorporated. It is for an established innovation in early childhood education that advances at least one of the following: programme management, the learning environment, interactions between pre-school children, their families and communities.

See more about the Teupoko'ina Utanga Morgan Memorial award.

Tufi Taufao Pasifika exchange scholarships

The Tufi Taufao Scholarships were introduced in 2011 to encourage greater numbers of Pasifika students to participate in overseas student exchanges.

See more about the Tufi Taufao scholarships.

Tumau awards

The Tumau Awards enable Māori and Pasifika students who are facing financial hardship to continue their study at Victoria University of Wellington. Open to all Māori and Pasifika Students who are studying full-time and have either NZ Citizenship or are a Permanent Resident of NZ. Part-time students may be considered at the panel's discretion. The Awards will be awarded on the basis of financial hardship and satisfactory academic commitment and progress. Factors taken into consideration when assessing hardship could include - the shortfall between income and essential expenses, high course costs, high transport costs, family to support, medical conditions or a disability preventing part-time work and other extenuating circumstances.

See more about the Tumau awards.

Victoria Business School and AVC (Pasifika) scholarship

The purpose of the Scholarships is to incentivise and encourage more Pasifika students into the full range of business, economics and public sector disciplines at Victoria University of Wellington.

Students must have a high quality of achievement in NCEA. The scholarships will be awarded to Pacific students who have submitted or be are in the process of submitting an application to study at the Victoria Business School.

  • Closing: 2019-11-01. Category: Pasifika students. Level: School leaver / 1st year. Study area(s): Business.

See more about the Victoria Business School and AVC (Pasifika) scholarship.

Victoria Guaranteed Master's by Thesis Fees Scholarship

These scholarships encourage postgraduate research at Victoria University of Wellington by offering guaranteed fees scholarships to Māori and Pasifika students about to begin a full-time, research-focused Master's degree.

  • Closing: 2019-11-01. Category: Māori students; Pasifika students. Level: Masters Research.

See more about the Victoria Guaranteed Master's by Thesis Fees Scholarship

Victoria Kahotea Scholarship - (School Leaver Scholarships for Outstanding Achievements)

The scholarship package includes full accommodation costs at a Victoria University of Wellington hall of residence in your first year, plus a stipend for three years. For students who are not in a Hall, the stipend can be taken uniformly across the three years or weighted higher over the first year.

Applicants must meet all the criteria and regulations of either the Victoria Tangiwai or the Victoria Totoweka Scholarship to be eligible. Applicants are automatically considered upon application for a Tangiwai or Totoweka Scholarship.

  • Closing: 2019-09-01. Category: Māori students; Pasifika students; Students with disability; Students facing financial hardship; Refugee students. Level: School leaver / 1st year.

See more about the Victoria Kahotea Scholarship - (School Leaver Scholarships for Outstanding Achievements)

Victoria Totoweka Scholarships - (School Leaver Scholarships For Equity and Support)

The Victoria Totoweka Scholarships recognise the university's commitment to equity issues in supporting students to have access to education. We encourage strong academic applicants who are Māori; Pasifika; from refugee-backgrounds; have a disability; or come from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds. In supporting these students Victoria University of Wellington recognises them as New Zealand’s scholars of the future.

Scholarships will be awarded competitively on the basis of academic merit, equity, leadership, and commitment to community. Scholarships are valued at $5,000 for the first year of study which can be put towards accommodation costs at a Victoria University of Wellington hall of residence, or as a stipend to contribute towards your first year living costs.

  • Closing: 2019-09-01. Category: Māori students; Pasifika students; Students with disability; Students facing financial hardship; Refugee students. Level: School leaver / 1st year.

View more information for further details and to apply.

Victoria University of Wellington OBU Scholarship for Pasifika Students

This scholarship has been established to support students of Pasifika ethnicity or descent, of any gender, to study at Victoria University of Wellington. Preference will be given to students who play rugby at a competitive level, however, this is not a prerequisite to receiving this scholarship.

Students who play rugby at a competitive level may be given preference. To retain this scholarship for the full tenure, the recipient must maintain satisfactory academic progress.

  • Closing: 2019-10-31. Category: Pasifika students.Scholarship Level: Masters Research; Postgraduate

View more information for further details and to apply.

W R Lauder Memorial Scholarship in Geology

This scholarship is to support postgraduate students undertaking research in Geology at Victoria University of Wellington, with a focus on igneous and metamorphic petrology. The funds are to be used to support research-related expenses or fees.

This scholarship was established in 2013, via the Victoria University Foundation, through a bequest from Bruce Lauder of Timaru, in memory of his brother, W R (Ross) Lauder, who was a Geology lecturer at Victoria University of Wellington.

One scholarship will be offered biennially (in odd numbered years). Applications will be considered from full-time students in the School of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences who are undertaking postgraduate research in any aspect of igneous or metamorphic petrology at either Master's or PhD levels. The selection will be made on academic merit and financial need. Some preference may be given to applicants of Maori or Polynesian descent.

  • Closing: 2019-10-31. Level: Masters Research; Doctoral; Postgraduate. Study area(s): Science.

See more about the W R Lauder Memorial Scholarship in Geology

Wellington ICT Graduate School Maori and Pasifika Scholarship

The Wellington ICT Graduate School (WICTGS) has established two full tuition scholarships for Māori and Pasifika students studying any one of the School’s taught Master’s programmes or Postgraduate Diploma ICT offered through our partners Victoria University of Wellington, Whitireia and WelTec in 2019. The successful recipient will also receive a stipend to reduce the barriers to study. Preference will be given to those experiencing financial hardship.

The School offers four postgraduate degrees through Victoria University of Wellington—Master of Software Development, Master of Professional Business Analysis, Master of User Experience Design, Master of Design Technology and two postgraduate programmes through Whitireia—Master of Information Technology and Postgraduate Diploma ICT.

  • Closing: 2020-03-22. Category: Māori students; Pasifika students Level: Masters Research; Postgraduate Study area(s): Music.

See more about the Wellington ICT Graduate School Maori and Pasifika Scholarship