New Zealand Sexual Health Society (NZSHS) Research Scholarship

A scholarship to support domestic students enrolled in postgraduate programme undertaking a research project related to sexual health at a New Zealand University.


About the scholarship

Application status: Must be submitted using the attached form (Word document)
Applicable study: Postgraduate research-based degree (Honours or Masters)
Opening date: 1 September
Closing date: 1 December
Tenure: Up to 12 months (pro rata for part-time)
For: Domestic students
Number on offer: 1 or 2 to a maximum value of $10,000
Offer rate: Annually
Value: $5,000 (Honours) or $10,000 (Masters)


Purpose of the scholarship

The main purpose of the NZSHS Research Scholarship is to encourage and support academically excellent students to complete a research project on a sexual health related topic. The overall aims are to:

  • encourage and disseminate research on priority sexual health issues in Aotearoa
  • foster postgraduate sexual health research capacity in Aotearoa
  • provide a potential pathway to PhD study and build the sexual health research workforce
  • further the interests of the NZSHS.



  • Selection will be based on academic merit and the quality of the research proposal.
  • The Scholarship will be awarded by the NZSHS President on recommendations received from the NZSHS research subcommittee.



  • The Scholarship shall be known as the NZSHS Research Scholarship.
  • The NZSHS Research Scholarship provides a tax-free stipend of up to $10,000 per annum, for up to 12 months for students enrolled in a postgraduate (Honours or Masters) degree.
  • Up to two Scholarships will be awarded annually. Students will be considered for the award of a NZSHS Research Scholarship on proof of admission into the postgraduate programme.
  • Tenure: Up to 12 months (pro-rata’d for part-time students). For: Domestic students. Number on offer: Up to two per annum. Value: Up to a maximum of $10,000 per annum, the intention being to fund one full-time Master’s thesis (valued at $10,000 each) or two full- time Honours dissertation students (valued at $5000 each).
  • The Scholarship will be awarded by the NZSHS President on recommendations received from the NZSHS research subcommittee.
  • Awarding will be based on academic merit, measured by the grade point average (GPA) obtained in the applicant’s most recent qualifying programme for study. Awardees must typically have a GPA of at least 7.00.
  • The quality of the applicant’s research proposal will also be taken into consideration.
  • Applicants must complete the attached form outlining: the proposed title; host institution; supervisory team; a brief proposal including the proposed topic, population studied, responsiveness to priority populations and equity including the Aotearoa Statement, proposed methods; potential significance of the research; and other funding and support received.
  • The amount of additional and paid work a Scholar may undertake either inside or outside the University shall not exceed a total of 500 hours per scholarship year.
  • A NZSHS Research Scholarship can be held concurrently with another scholarship.
  • A recipient shall provide a copy of the final research thesis, dissertation or project to the NZSHS upon completion.
  • It is an expectation that recipients proffer their research to the NZSHS annual conference in the year of or following their study. Submissions must note that they are a recipient of a NZSHS Research Scholarship. If accepted for presentation, recipients can apply for a NZSHS Conference Scholarship to subsidise attendance and will be given favourable consideration.


Last updated 01.11.2021


Application Form and Further Help

Download the Scholarship Application Form (Word, 20KB)

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