Spark Scholarship

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What does the scholarship get me?

$5,000 per annum

Closing dates for applications

Next: 1 October 2020

1 October at 5pm (annually)

Length of award

Up to three years

Number of awards offered


Purpose of award

The Spark Scholarship aims to foster a more diverse digital talent pool, and equip highly talented New Zealand women with the skills they need to succeed in a digital future through sponsorship of study in a technology-related discipline at a New Zealand university.

Selection criteria

• creativity and innovative ability
• enthusiasm for working in technology
• demonstration of leadership or leadership potential
• academic achievement or work experience
• strength of references

What conditions are attached to acceptance of this award?

The scholarships can be awarded to applicants studying full time at university for the first time towards an undergraduate degree in a technology-related discipline at a New Zealand university.

Applicants who already have an undergraduate degree from or were once enrolled in a New Zealand or overseas university will not be considered.

Applicants who have qualified with sub-degree undergraduate courses from a university in New Zealand or overseas can apply for the scholarship.

Applicants who have studied at and/or graduated from a polytechnic or other tertiary training institution (not a university) in New Zealand or overseas will be able to apply for the scholarship.

There is no age restriction.

There are no interviews for the scholarship.

Each award is for tenure at the start of the academic year in the year following application. For award continuation scholars must be passing with a B average.

How do students apply?

Apply using the Universities NZ online application system:
Application Form

How and when do students learn of the decision?

Applicants will be notified by phone or email in November/December.

Decision makers

The Spark Scholarship Selection Committee will be made up of two people appointed by Spark and two academic members appointed by Universities New Zealand. The Committee has the power to co-opt additional members if necessary.

History or background of award

Spark New Zealand is the country’s major digital services company, delivering platforms and products that help connect millions of New Zealanders to their digital lives. Spark is committed to developing New Zealand’s digital capability and workforce of the future.

Additional information

A condition of the scholarship is that the subject being studied is relevant to the purposes of the scholarship. See the regulations for the full list of approved subjects.

For guidelines, application forms and more information about this award contact

Universities New Zealand – Te Pōkai Tara
PO Box 11915, Wellington 6142
+64 4 381 8510


Every effort has been made to ensure the above information is current and correct. However, applicants should contact the appropriate administering body before making an application, as details do change frequently. The administrator of this record last updated this information in October 2019.