Kia Ora, Bula Vinaka, Fakaalofa lahi atu, Fakatalofa atu, Kia orana, Mālō e lelei, Mālō nī,Talofa lava, Tēnā koutou katoa ki ngā motu o Te Moana nui a Kiwa and warm welcome to you all.

The MacDiarmid Institute is delighted to announce the continued funding of its Discovery Scholarship Programme, for Māori and Pacific Island students in science. This is an extension of our long running DiscoveryCamp programme, to support students studying in the physical sciences, chemical/materials engineering, Māori sciences or sciences related to sustainable innovation.

For new scholarship recipients, receiving awards for the first time in 2022, the award will cover university fees up to $8,000 for the 2022 academic year, and a one-off cash award of up to $3,000. Previous Discovery Scholarship recipients who received awards in 2021 are able to apply for Te Huarahi ki Mua Award category, which awards recipients a one-off cash award of up to $3,000. Previous recipients of Te Huarahi ki Mua Award are not eligible to apply. 

The Institute welcomes applications from all Māori and Pacific Island students from all backgrounds and abilities, and will award a number of scholarships at each year of undergraduate study, Honours/PgDipSci, and Masters study. Students who are studying part time are also encouraged to apply. In addition to the financial award, Discovery Scholars will be eligible for the same kinds of ongoing support as our current DiscoveryCamp Alumni cohort, such as summer studentships and access to a range of MacDiarmid Institute events.

In order to complete and submit your application form, you will need:
  • Details of your enrolment (or intention to enrol) in tertiary science courses in 2022
  • Your CV
  • Your application statement
  • Your reference
  • Your academic transcript

Please complete the form below and submit it by no later than Friday 10 December 2021.

Further details regarding the programme are available on the MacDiarmid Institute website at If you have any questions, please contact us at

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* 1. Contact information

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* 2. Which ethnic group(s) do you belong to? Please select all that apply

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* 3. Please name your tribe(s) or equivalent if known

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* 4. Please indicate the gender you identify with

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* 5. Have you previously received a MacDiarmid Institute Discovery Scholarship?

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