ESR-Climate Health Aotearoa Māori and Pacific Postgraduate Scholarship 2024

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This scholarship is designed to help develop and apply skills in a postgraduate research programme that contributes understanding on oranga taiao/hauora tangata (healthy natural world/healthy people), with a focus on climate change and health.  The scholarship is funded by the Institute of Environmental Science and Research (ESR) and will provide one year of postgraduate research funding for a full-time Māori and/or Indigenous Pacific student enrolled at one of CHA’s partner Universities (Te Whare Wananga ki Otakou, Waipapa Taumata Rau, Massey University, University of Waikato). The successful applicant will have the opportunity to join the CHA team, and develop relationships with leading tangata whenua and tangata Tiriti climate change and health researchers. In addition, the scholarship provides the opportunity to develop relationships with researchers at ESR learning about the Institute and networking for further research opportunities.


Applications are open to students who:

  • Whakapapa Māori and/or have Indigenous Pacific ancestry; and
  • Are eligible to enrol as a domestic student in a postgraduate qualification that places human health within healthy ecosystems, at one of CHA’s partner Universities in Aotearoa; and
  • Intend to enrol full-time in 2024.

Application Process

All applicants must:

  • Submit an application to Climate Health Aotearoa via email using this form, with appropriate documentation, by the deadline of 5pm 1 November 2023
  • Include a copy of your full tertiary academic record.

Selection Process

A selection committee will consider the following factors in recommending the award of the scholarship:

  1. The applicant’s involvement and commitment to Māori and/or Pacific communities;
  2. The applicant’s interest and commitment to oranga taiao and hauora tangata (placing human health within the health of ecosystems and the natural world), in particular climate change and hauora Māori, and/or climate change and Pacific health;
  3. The applicant’s academic record and ability to fulfil the relevant enrolment requirements.

The selection committee reserves the right not to award the scholarship if no application meets these criteria to its satisfaction.


The value of the scholarship is $35,000, including tuition fees and a stipend


  • Applications are due 5pm 1 November 2023 and will be assessed soon after.
  • The length of the scholarship is for one academic year (or equivalent).
  • The scholarship must be taken up in the year for which it is awarded.
  • Full-time study is preferred, although part-time candidates will be considered.
  • The scholarship may be held concurrently with other scholarships and awards.


In exceptional circumstances, CHA may approve some variations to these regulations.

The scholarship is not intended for doctoral study.

The programme of study must include a research component. Some examples include:

  1. A research-based postgraduate diploma or 1-year Masters programme
  2. A taught-only postgraduate diploma followed by a summer research internship at ESR

The funding will be flexibly allocated to fees/stipend/internship depending on the programme of study.