Frequently asked questions about doctoral scholarships

This page contains the answers to frequently asked questions about the application and administration of doctoral scholarships at Massey University.


Q: I am enrolled in my doctoral degree, but I do not hold a Massey University Doctoral or Vice Chancellor’s Doctoral Scholarship. Can I apply?

A: Candidates may apply throughout their provisional registration period, up until their confirmation of registration event. For full-time students this is normally within 12 months of enrolment, part-time students this is normally within 18 months of enrolment.

Q: I have not completed my postgraduate qualification, can I apply for a scholarship?

A: You will need to apply for admission into the doctoral degree and, based on your grades, you may be offered a conditional offer of place (e.g. dependent upon degree completion with eligible grades). You may apply for a scholarship based on this conditional offer.

Q: I am a Massey University staff member. Can I apply for a scholarship?

A: Yes, Massey staff who meet eligibility may apply for a part-time or full-time scholarship. You will need to check the conditions of the scholarship specific to employment to ensure you meet these.

Q: What supporting documentation do I need to provide with my doctoral scholarship application?

A: As you will have supplied all the relevant supporting documentation (e.g. transcript, CV) when you applied for admission to the PhD programme, you do not need to provide these documents again. All you need to do is return your completed application form.

Q: The regulations state that the scholarship covers non-tuition fees. What are these?

A: Non-tuition fees are various administrative fees payable in addition to the tuition fees and sundry fees you pay for each course. A list of what non-tuition fees are can be found here.

Q: I received an Massey University Doctoral Scholarship earlier this calendar year. Am I able to apply for a Massey University Vice-Chancellor’s Doctoral Scholarship?

A: If you are provisionally registered, a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident and meet GPA eligibility criteria you can apply for a Massey University Vice-Chancellor’s Doctoral Scholarship. This scholarship would supersede your Massey University Doctoral Scholarship (you cannot be paid for both at the same time). The Massey University Vice-Chancellor’s Doctoral Scholarship will commence in January of the following year for the remainder of the original tenure of the scholarship (36 months combined in total) with the increased stipend component of the Massey University Vice Chancellor’s Doctoral Scholarship being backdated from when your Massey University Doctoral Scholarship commenced.

Q: Can I change my scholarship from part time to full time and vice versa?

A: If your enrolment status changes, you may be able to continue with a scholarship, but each candidate change is considered on a case-by-case basis. You will need to apply for approval of this change by emailing scholarships@massey.ac.nz and provide details of your change in circumstances.

Q: When must I commence my studies in order to keep my scholarship?

A: You must enroll in the year named in your scholarship letter of offer, otherwise your offer of a scholarship will cease e.g. a scholarship awarded in 2018 requires that you have had your provisional registration approved before 31 December 2018. International students need to already be in New Zealand to have their provisional registration approved.

Q: I have been awarded a Doctoral Scholarship. When can I expect my first payment?

A: Once you have accepted the scholarship, provided us with details of your New Zealand bank account number and have your provisional registration approved, you will receive your first payment.

Q: When are doctoral stipend payments usually made?

A: Stipend payments are usually made on the last Friday of each month.

Q: When will my tuition and non-tuition fees be paid?

A: Once your provisional registration is approved and you have accepted the scholarship, the Scholarships Team will arrange to have your tuition and non-tuition fees paid and will advise you once this payment has been made.

Q: I am a part-time student applying for a Massey University Doctoral Scholarship, where do I send my application?

A: These applications should be sent to the Scholarships Team at scholarships@massey.ac.nz. Applications from part-time students for the Doctoral Scholarship close on 1 December.

Q: I am a full-time student applying for a Massey University Doctoral Scholarship, where do I send my application?

A: Doctoral scholarship applications for full-time students are managed by the colleges. You will need to send your application to the relevant college contact. You will also need to contact your college to check when your application must be submitted by. The college contacts are:

Q: I am applying for a Massey University Vice Chancellor’s Doctoral Scholarship, where do I send my application?

A: These applications should be sent to the Scholarships Team at scholarships@massey.ac.nz. Applications for the Vice Chancellor’s Doctoral Scholarship close on 1 December.

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