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Research awards for current students

In an exciting new initiative of the Faculty of Science Sustainability Network, ten awards of up to $2,000 each are available to students within the Faculty of Science to support the student’s living costs. $2,000 will be awarded for full year project that is located within a formal qualification, for example an honours dissertation or a masters project. For shorter projects up to $500 a week will be awarded.


The awards are open to applications from postgraduate students who are undertaking a research project and are enrolled (or have recently completed) in the Faculty (or whose primary discipline is administered through the FoS). Supervisors with a project can identify a suitable student and encourage them to apply. Applications for small projects that are not a formal part of the student’s degree or diploma programme will be considered. Preference will be given to non-doctoral students and those without an existing stipend.


To encourage and support student projects involving a specific piece of research related to either sustainability at the university or a broader sustainability issue.

The aim is for these awards to boost the profile of sustainability and improve sustainable practices at the university. Preference will be given to projects that are likely to lead to tangible impacts such as culture change, change in practice or process, or change in facilities and capabilities that improve sustainable outcomes.

Application process

Applications will be accepted in two rounds (funds permitting). The first round opens on April 10th and closes May 1st and the second round opens September 1st and closes on October 2nd. Projects will begin within six months of award notification. If there are ten (or more) suitable applications in the first round, there may be insufficient funds available for the second round. In this case, there will be no awards made in the second round but this will be communicated to potential applicants.

Students will need to identify a suitable supervisor who must agree to oversee the project. A list of potential supervisors with some project suggestions is available on the network website http://www.science.auckland.ac.nz/en/about/our-faculty-3/sustainability-network.html but students are not required to choose from this list. Any academic in the FoS can act as supervisor. Suitably qualified professional staff are also eligible to apply to maximise the scope of potential projects. Students can work on something within their current project or they may choose to do a new project that will occur outside formal coursework or research.

Students must submit:

1)     A brief summary of the intended project and how it relates to sustainability (which is broadly defined as investigating or promoting human or ecological flourishing). They must also state if and how the project forwards the university’s sustainability-related goals. No more than two pages is expected.

Students should include confirmation that the supervisor has agreed to supervise them

  • A brief CV and
  • An academic transcript.

A selection panel of three to four members of the sustainability network will rank applications and distribute awards based on the following criteria:

Preference will be given to projects that are likely to inform sustainability initiatives within the University of Auckland.

All students who receive an award will be required to present at one of two annual workshops held in March and October. A brief summary of the findings from each project will be posted on a webpage set up and administered by the Faculty of Science Sustainability Network. Successful students who receive the full $2000 will be paid $1000 at the beginning of the project and a further $1000 on submission of a three to five page report at the completion of the project.

Please contact with any questions Erica Farrelly or Anoma Ratnayake

Application closing date

Applications will be accepted in two rounds (funds permitting). The first round opens on 10 April and closes 1 May and the second round opens 1 September and closes on 6 November.  


Application form

Application form for students
(18.2 kB, MSWORD)