Know All About University Of Otago’s Doctoral Scholarships 

The University of Otago is a public university based in Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand. Considered to be the first university in New Zealand, it was established in 1869. The university has four campuses across the island nation. The University of Otago offers a broad spectrum of graduate-level, Ph.D. and postgraduate-level programmes in various streams like finance, economics, entrepreneurship, business, management, marketing, medicine, pharmacy, law, arts, social sciences, chemistry, physics, mathematics, zoology, botany and computer science. 

The university houses more than 18,000 students and over 4,000 staff members. With a large population of international students and strong links with numerous international institutions, the university strives to provide students with a global perspective and employment opportunities abroad. Sonia, the student placement system of the university assists students in increasing their practical knowledge and honing their professional skills to secure placements from prestigious firms.  

The university is currently offering more than 200 doctoral scholarships to international students. 


  1. In the case of an applicant for a doctoral scholarship who has completed a Master’s degree by papers and thesis (at least 0.75 EFTS), the grades of all relevant 2 advanced level papers counting towards the award of the degree and the thesis will be taken into account. 
  1. The applicant’s potential for, or record of, research. 
  1. The advice, recommendation and/or ranking of the relevant Head of Department. 
  1. Applicants whose qualifications are from countries in the list(A) available on the website must provide an original or certified copy of the transcript from their university 
  1. Applicants with qualifications from all other countries must be referred to the Education Credential Evaluators, Inc. 

Funding Details 

  • Tuition fee waiver at the domestic rate for the degree for which the scholarship is given. 
  • For students studying on campus in New Zealand, or with approved distance study in New Zealand, a living allowance is paid in equal monthly instalments for the period of the Scholarship 
  • International doctoral students approved partial tenure for commencement overseas shall only be eligible for a monthly living allowance upon the conclusion of the remote study and their arrival on campus in New Zealand 
  • Full-time scholarship recipients may not accept paid employment for more than ten hours per week, on average across a period of twelve months, without prior permission from the Scholarships and Prizes Committee (for part-time scholarship recipients, the maximum employment hours are 20 per week). 
  • Research Grants, Travel Grants and any other Grants specifically designated to cover research costs, for which the candidate must present receipts, are not considered to be scholarships. 

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