University Of Canterbury Undergraduate Scholarships

Scholarships, grants and awards are a great way of funding your university study.

UC offers over $20 million in scholarships and prizes annually to help fund our students’ study.

  • Through our website you can search through the full list of scholarships and apply on-line.
  • The Scholarships Office is the first point of contact for queries relating to scholarships administered by UC. The team at the Scholarships Office can answer your questions and help you with the process.
  • Also visit our College websites as they offer a range of scholarships specific to their field of expertise

UC understands that a university education is a major investment for you and your family. A scholarship might just provide the helping hand you need to make university life a little easier.

UC offers a range of scholarships, many recognising factors like academic excellence or sporting achievement. Others have an emphasis on social inclusion and equality and are awarded on the basis of financial need or other hardship.

To keep up to date with UC scholarships news and important information about when certain scholarships are open, visit our Whats New page!

Search and Apply for Scholarships

UC Hiranga Scholarship – for Academic Excellence

  • For first-year students who achieved NCEA Level 2 with Excellence (or equivalent).

School Leaver Scholarships

  • Tūhuratia mai! If you are planning to enrol in an undergraduate degree, there is a wide range of scholarships you can apply for. 

Go Waitaha Canterbury

  • The University of Canterbury offers the Go Waitaha Canterbury scholarship exclusively to Year 13 students from Auckland and Wellington.

Universities of New Zealand

  • Universities NZ, through its Scholarships Committee, administers a wide range of scholarships.

International Students

  • International students have a range of specialised scholarships to apply for.

Scholarships by college

  • Many scholarships are targeted to specific colleges or disciplines, check out what they have on offer

Prestigious Scholarships

  • Discover some of the worlds most prestigious scholarship programmes.

Need More information?

Scholarships Office:
NZ Freephone: 0800 VARSITY (0800 827 748) 
T: +64 3 369 4900 
E: [email protected] 

Interested in becoming a donor?

If you are interested in becoming a donor or would like to support a scholarship, you can do this by contacting:

Jo Dowling, Director, Alumni and UC Foundation

Phone: +64 3 369 3542
Email: [email protected]

Please visit for additional information.