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Auckland University of Technology Keir Trust Study Awards in New Zealand for 2022/2023

The objective of the Keir Trust Study Awards is to promote students from both the Auckland area and beyond who are facing financial hindrances to undertake tertiary studies at Auckland University of Technology by offering financial help and ongoing non-financial support. In doing this we vigorously encourage recipients to act as role models for other people in their school/communities.

University education can be financially demanding but its benefits are numerous; not only for the students themselves but also for their families, communities, and the broader society and economy. This is one reason this Keir Trust Study Award is available. Auckland University of Technology is a university in New Zealand, created on 1 January 2000 when a former technical college (originally founded in 1895) was granted university status. Auckland University of Technology is New Zealand’s third-largest university in terms of total student enrolment, with around 29,100 students enrolled across three campuses in Auckland. The university has five faculties, and an extra three specialist locations: Auckland University of Technology Millennium, Warkworth Radio Astronomical Observatory, and AUT Centre for Refugee Education.

AUT enrolled over 29,000 students in 2018 including 4,194 international students from 94 countries: and 2,417 postgraduate students.

The university’s student population is diverse with a range of ethnic backgrounds which include New Zealand European, Asian, Māori, and Pasifika. Students also represent a broad age range with 22% being aged 25–39 years and 10% being 40 or older. 

In addition, AUT employed 2,474 full-time equivalents (FTE) staff in 2016, including both professional and academic. Data suggests that 86% of the university’s graduates are employed full-time within nine months of graduating. In the 2019 World University Rankings, the Auckland University of Technology was rated as 301–350. The university was established as Auckland Technical School in 1895, offering evening classes only. Daytime classes started in 1906 and its name was changed to Auckland Technical College. In 1913, the university was renamed Seddon Memorial Technical College. In the early 1960s, educational reforms resulted in the separation of secondary and tertiary teaching; two educational organizations were formed; the tertiary (polytechnic) adopting the name Auckland Technical Institute (ATI) in 1963 and the secondary school continuing with the same name. Moreover, for three years they co-existed on the same site, but by 1964 the secondary school had moved to a new site in Western Springs and later became Western Springs College. In 1989, ATI became the Auckland Institute of Technology (AIT), and the current name was adopted when university status was granted in 2000. In July 2019, a disagreement arose when AUT canceled an event marking the Tiananmen Square massacre, and allegations arose that this was due to interference from the Government of China, due to contact between Chinese officials and the university. Auckland University of Technology denied that China had pressured them, although this claim has been heavily disputed, including by some university staff.


All successful candidates for the Keir Trust Study Awards will receive NZ$13,000 to NZ$18,000 over three years.

Requirements for Keir Trust Study Awards

  • The applicants for the scholarship should be citizens and permanent residents of New Zealand.
  • Each candidate should have the determination to succeed in their chosen area.
  • The recipient should meet the requirements of the program.
  • All applicants should not receive any other scholarship unless with the express approval of the Keir Trust.
  • You are expected to act as mentors to first-year students in their second year.

Documents Required for Keir Trust Study Awards

  • You are required to apply through the online AUT Scholarship application portal.
  • Each candidate should upload their financial hardship information.
  • The applicant should request a recommendation from their school principal or an independent referee confirming their financial barriers, personal qualities, role-model potential, and any other appropriate information.

How to Apply for Keir Trust Study Awards

If you are interested in the scholarship and eligible to apply, click here.

The Application Deadline for the Scholarship is September 30, 2022.

Not interested in this particular scholarship? See other New Zealand scholarships here

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