Master’s by Thesis Scholarship at The Victoria University Wellington New Zealand

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Master’s by Thesis Scholarship:

The Victoria University of Wellington is offering the Wellington Master’s by Thesis Scholarship to applicants commencing full-time, research-focused Master’s degree at the University. This is to encourage postgraduate research at the University. The students will be expected to work full time on the research that is required to complete the qualification (full time is at least 35 hours per week).


Victoria University of Wellington is New Zealand’s top ranked university for intensity of high-quality research (2018 Performance-Based Research Fund). It is the only university to twice top the country’s main measure of research excellence.

More than 2,178 publications resulting from researchers’ work were published in 2018. Overall, Victoria University of Wellington is in the top 2 percent of the world’s 18,000 universities. In 19 subject areas, it ranks among the top 1 percent of the world’s universities (2020 QS World University Rankings by Subject).

Degree level:

Masters by research in any subject.

Field of Study:

Master’s degree in any subject offered by the University.

Scholarship Award:

The scholarship comprises a $15,000 tax free stipend, plus tuition fees for 1 year (domestic fees for the thesis component only). Fees will be paid directly to the University by the Scholarships Office. International students other than those from Australia will be liable to pay the difference between the full international student fee and the domestic fee.

The stipend will be paid to each scholarship recipient in monthly instalments. A small allowance of up to $200 will be paid towards the cost of producing the thesis. Entitlement to this allowance will lapse if it is not taken up within 2 years of the date of enrolment.

Approval for the co-tenure of a Wellington Master’s Scholarship with other awards that total more than $6,000 must be sought from the University. The co-tenure of other awards may result in a reduction in the value of the scholarship stipend.


International students.

Eligibility Criteria:

Applications are sought from those who are eligible at the time of application, or who will have become eligible at the start of Trimester 2 the following year, to enrol for a Master’s degree by thesis worth 90 points or more. In some cases this will be Part 2 of a two-year Master’s degree and will usually have the course code 591. Applicants undertaking a 180 point Master’s degree will not be eligible for this scholarship. Applicants would normally be expected to have completed a Bachelor’s degree or Master’s degree Part 1 demonstrating academic achievement equivalent to a First-Class Honours degree from a New Zealand University. Scholarships will be awarded solely on the basis of academic merit by the University Research Scholarships Committee, a sub-committee of the University Research Committee.

Applying Procedure Instructions:

A completed online application must be submitted by 4.30 pm on the closing date. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted. Any required supporting documentation (including references) must also be received by 4.30 pm on the closing date in order for the application to be considered.

Applications will normally open one month prior to the closing date. If no application link is provided below, check back again closer to the closing date. Contact us if you have any queries.

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