Freemasons Postgraduate Scholarship

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These Scholarships are provided by the Freemasons of New Zealand, for study at a specified New Zealand University. Conditions apply.

The Freemasons Postgraduate Scholarships are to reward able students, who are active in their community, to complete their university education in their chosen field.

Each year eight Freemasons Postgraduate Scholarships of $10,000 are available.

Applicants for the scholarships must:
a) Have a good academic record; and
b) Be a New Zealand citizen or hold Permanent New Zealand Residency; and
c) Demonstrate good citizenship; and
d) Show leadership potential.
e) Have a proven community commitment.

The Scholarships are for students completing a Masters degree with thesis and/or a Doctorate degree.

The Scholarships will be awarded without regard to gender, ethnic background, creed or age. Family association with Freemasonry is not a criterion for the award of a scholarship.

However, freemasons have a tradition of caring for their community and will assist those who contribute back to the community.

A Selection Committee is appointed in each university district.

The committee invites short-listed candidates for an interview in February or March each year. If selected you must attend.

All applicants will be advised of the outcome of their application by 31st March.

The Committee shall have regard not only to the academic ability of the candidates and to referee's reports, but also to their character and citizenship, and shall look for evidence of involvement in the cultural and/or sporting life of the community or campus.

Application forms are available on the Freemasons website Note that these applications can now be completed online before downloading and printing.

Freemasons Scholarships are available to students who are enrolled at one of the eight participating universities - Auckland, Auckland University of Technology (AUT), Waikato, Massey, Victoria, Canterbury, Lincoln and Otago.

The application form must be lodged by the applicant with the Scholarships Officer at the University at which the student is enrolled by 1 October, in the year prior to that in which the award is to be taken up.

Other Conditions
Freemasons reserve the right to use the names, photographs and details of successful scholars for promotional purposes. In addition, all scholars will be required to attend an award presentation, which will usually be held in the city convenient to where the scholar's university is located.

The decision of the Committee shall be final. If, in the opinion of the Committee, no candidate satisfies the criteria for an award in any year, then no award shall be offered that year. In relation to the final decision made by the Committee, no correspondence will be entered into.

Advice to applicants

Applications must be received by 1 October.
Applicants are required to contact their referees requesting them to send their reports directly to the Scholarships Officer at the university at which they are enrolled.

Copies of documents certified by a Justice of the Peace, Notary Public or a University Scholarships Officer should be sent in support of the application. No original certificates or curricula vitae will be returned.

If you have any queries regarding your eligibility or method of application, contact the appropriate Scholarships Officer at your University.
Applicants are advised to inform the Scholarships Officer of any change of address.

Privacy Provisions
The information requested in the application form will be used solely for the purposes of assessing your application .However; if you are successful your personal information will be used by the Freemasons for promotional purposes. Personal information contained in the application will be made available to members of the Selection Committee. The Committee will use the following information obtained from third parties in assessing your application

1) A certified copy of your university academic record.

2) A referee's report obtained from the person whom you have named in your application, who can vouch for academic abilities

3) A referee's report as to your involvement in the community.

The Committee undertakes to store your application in a secure place in the event that you are successful in gaining an award or are selected as a reserve candidate for an award, and to destroy your application to preserve its confidentiality in the event that your are unsuccessful in gaining an award.

Should you have reason to believe that information held about you in either your application or your academic record is incorrect, you have the right of access to, and correction of, that information.
Referees' reports from the persons you have named are obtained on the strict understanding that they are confidential, and you may not have access to those reports without the written authorization of the author.

Completed applications and referees reports are to be sent direct to the Scholarships Officer at the University at which you are enrolled.

Interviews will take place on or about the start of the University year.

For more information and application forms visit the Freemasons website Application forms are also available from

Applications close with the Scholarships Office on 1 October in the year prior to when the award is to made.

PREFERRED METHOD OF DELIVERY for Massey University applicants - is as a pdf to: (hardcopy not required)
Postal address for Massey University applicants:
Scholarships Office
Massey University
Private Bag 11222
Manawatu Mail Centre
Palmerston North 4442

PLEASE NOTE: applications are not considered until February. The committee will then invite short-listed candidates for an interview in late February or early March each year. If selected you must attend.

All applications received by Massey University are acknowledged by email.

Applications will NOT be accepted more than 3 months in advance of the closing date.

Scholarship application

Current students

Log in to the student portal. Select the scholarships tab and choose ‘Make an application’.

Prospective students

You must complete the admission process before you can apply for a scholarship. Read the section for Prospective students on our How to apply page.

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