Freyberg Scholarship Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand

Freyberg Scholarship

Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand

Closing date: 01/10/2021
1 October at 5pm
Value of Award: $70,000 per annum available
No. of awards: One or more
Tenure: The tenure of a scholarship will be determined by the Selection Board but would normally be twelve months.

Freyberg Scholarships (New Zealand Defence Scholarships) are awarded to encourage graduate study into areas relevant to national security. It is appropriate that the name of the late Lord Freyberg should be associated with the scholarships given his distinguished record in the New Zealand Armed Forces and his great contribution to New Zealand security.

Freyberg Scholarships are awarded to encourage graduate study into areas relevant to national security. Study should be undertaken at a recognised institution in New Zealand or an Asia-Pacific country, including Canada and the United States.

Selection criteria:

  • Applicants must be New Zealand citizens or permanent residents and who meet the following academic requirements: they should normally have obtained at least second class honours, division A, or equivalent in their qualifying degree, and have completed academic studies in political science, history, economics or some other discipline that may be considered an appropriate foundation for such study. The Selection Board shall consider each application on its merits, including the institution at which the study is to be undertaken and in every case, final acceptance shall be subject to the approval of the appropriate Board of Studies in the relevant university. Preference will be given to applicants seeking funding for Master’s level study. See the Regulations for more information on selection criteria.

General Information:

How do students apply?
Read the Regulations to confirm your eligibility to apply and to understand the scholarship.
Community Force
Regulations  [PDF]
Scholarship Page

Decision makers
Selection shall be made by a Selection Board consisting of the Secretary of Defence, the Chief of Defence Force and the Director of the Centre for Strategic Studies, or their nominees.

How and when do students learn of the decision?
Decisions are made in December and candidates will be notified by phone or email.

What conditions are attached to acceptance of this award?
Candidates for the scholarships must undertake in writing that if awarded a scholarship they will at the conclusion of their study under the scholarship return to New Zealand to take up residence there for not less than two years. The Selection Board may, however, waive this requirement in any particular case or release scholarship holders from the undertaking given by them. Every scholar shall furnish to the Selection Board, through the Secretary of Defence, such reports (if any) as may be required. One copy of any thesis written is to be lodged with the Secretary of Defence, who will, in turn, provide a copy to the Chief of Defence Force.

Additional information
Scholars will be personally responsible for all costs associated with their time of study. This responsibility will include arranging and meeting the costs of travel to, from and in the country of study, accommodation and all personal expenses during the tenure of the scholarship. They are likewise responsible for obtaining their own passports, and meeting the charges and levies required by the relevant university.

Who else has information about this award?
University scholarships offices

For guidelines, application forms and more information about this award contact:

Universities New Zealand – Te Pōkai Tara

PO Box 11915 Wellington 6142

Phone: +64 4 381 8510


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