Postgraduate Scholarships

Postgraduate Scholarships

Masters & PhD Student Scholarships

Researchers may now apply for postgraduate project funding!


Precision Driven Health (PDH) is a research partnership including partner organisations from the academic, health, and commercial sectors, and supporting research into the emerging area of precision health. PDH has established this scholarship for the support and encouragement of postgraduate research into aspects of precision medicine in NZ universities.


The scholarship provides funds for individuals to undertake full-time research towards a master's or doctorate degree at a participating institution, including (at present):

  • Auckland University of Technology (AUT)
  • Massey University
  • University of Auckland
  • University of Canterbury
  • University of Otago
  • University of Waikato
  • Victoria University of Wellington 

Scholarships will be awarded for projects which target the PDH research themes, which are:

  • New data sources
  • Predictive modelling
  • Precise and timely healthcare
  • Empowering patients 

Researchers/supervisors must apply for these scholarships for a specific project, with later selection of an appropriate student subject to the application process and selection criteria (below).


The scholarship is available for up to one year for a master's degree and up to three years for a doctorate degree. Release of scholarship funds to the student is dependent upon receipt of positive and satisfactory progress reports as required by the degree programme.


The scholarship includes payment of compulsory domestic tuition fees directly related to enrolment in the course of study, as well as a stipend of $15,000 per annum for master’s students, or $30,000 per annum for doctoral students.

Selection criteria

Applications will be considered by the PDH Leadership Team and Science Panel. Selection will be based on strength in the following areas (listed in no particular order):

  • Alignment of the proposed project to the Precision Driven Health initiative,
  • Scientific approach,
  • Health impact,
  • Commercial impact,
  • Project plan including realistic assessment of timelines and challenges, and
  • Supervisor research record and fit. The supervisor must hold a standard (not honorary) academic appointment at a participating institution.

Once a project has been successfully funded, student qualifications and fit will be assessed, including a referee report.

Application process - Supervisor

Scholarship project funding may be applied for by a supervisor who wishes to recruit a student. Scholarships will be awarded contingent upon later selection of a suitable student per the selection criteria, and approval of that student by PDH.

The supervisor must complete the PDH Postgraduate Scholarship Project Application Form (linked here, or embedded below).

Partial submission: You may submit the forms (including an answer for every "Required" question) and edit your responses later.

Submissions must be received by 31 August 2017.

Please familiarise yourself with the application questions prior to submission. We provide a PDF version of the Application Form for review.

DO NOT submit the PDF version; only applications submitted using the online form will be considered. We suggest preparing your answers in a separate file, and copying/pasting the appropriate text into the web form.

Application process - Student

Following successful project funding, students must arrange for a referee report to be submitted to PDH independently from the application using the PDH Postgraduate Scholarship Reference Form (linked here). This referee must not be the proposed postgraduate supervisor.

Please familiarise yourself with the reference questions; we provide a PDF version of the Reference Form for review. DO NOT submit the PDF version; only applications submitted using the online form will be considered. We suggest preparing your answers in a separate file, and copying/pasting the appropriate text into the web form.

Conditions of Scholarship

  • Research conditions and the specific plan for the student’s project will be set out in a PDH project statement of work delineating the responsibilities of PDH, the supervisor, and the student and are otherwise subject to the terms and conditions of the PDH master research agreement entered by the student’s institution. We encourage applicants to discuss the terms and conditions of this master research agreement with their research office. Key points include (but are not limited to): A final written report on the research will be required in addition to the thesis. The student must submit any publications, presentations, theses, or similar disclosures from their research project to PDH for approval prior to publication. PDH will make reasonable efforts to provide this approval in a timely manner so as to not restrict publication or thesis submission. PDH may choose to have the thesis publication embargoed for a period of time (usually a maximum of two years) to permit appropriate protection of intellectual property.
  • All intellectual property created or generated by the student in relation to the research shall vest exclusively in PDH. Subject to certain publication and confidentiality restrictions, each student shall be entitled to use any intellectual property created as a result of his or her research for research and education purposes.  This intellectual property arrangement is inherent to the PDH joint venture endeavour. Its intent is strictly to enable (not restrict) high-quality research. 
  • The award of the scholarship is conditional on the student gaining entry to and enrolling in an appropriate masters or doctoral degree programme at a participating institution. Scholarships may be offered to students who have already enrolled in a degree programme, but cannot be back-dated to cover costs or payments prior to the date of award acceptance. Scholarship payments will not be made retrospectively.
  • Stipends are paid through the recipients’ institution as directed by that institution. Acceptance of the scholarship does not constitute any implied or stated employment relationship between the student and PDH or any of its partner organisations. Students must be resident in New Zealand to receive stipend payments. This scholarship may not be held concurrently with any other scholarship.
  • International students may apply for this scholarship only if their degree programme levies tuition and fees at rates equivalent to those of domestic students.

Complete the project application form at this link, or below.