GCSB Tertiary Scholarship

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What does the scholarship get me?

The value of this award is $10,000, which can be spread over three years depending on your study plans.

Closing dates for applications

Next: 1 October 2021

Applications open on 1 June and close on 1 October.

Length of award

Note, no more than $5,000 will be allocated in any one year.

Number of awards offered

Up to three scholarships may be awarded of which one will be dedicated to a Maori/Pacifica candidate.

Purpose of award

Open to female second year tertiary students and above (including Honours and Masters students) intending to take a full-time course of study in science, technology, computer engineering, mathematics, data science and cyber security at any New Zealand tertiary institution.

Selection criteria

To be eligible for GCSB Tertiary Scholarship, applicants must:
Be female students over the age of 18 years.
Have been a New Zealand citizen for at least 10 years or hold New Zealand Permanent Residence or hold a current New Zealand Residency Class Visa and have been a citizen of United Kingdom, Canada, United States of America or Australia for at least 10 years.
Have enrolled, or been accepted to enrol, in a full time degree majoring in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) at an approved NZQA accredited tertiary provider in New Zealand for the next academic year.
Be eligible to obtain and keep a national security clearance.


What conditions are attached to acceptance of this award?

How will applications be assessed?
Academic achievement and excellent
Honours and awards
Life and work experience
Proven leadership qualities and/or experience
Career aspirations
Voluntary work (including coaching and mentoring)

How do students apply?

Complete the application form [PDF, 1.96 MB] and submit this with a copy of your academic transcript to scholarship@nzic.govt.nz.
GCSB Women in STEM Scholarship
Application Form

How and when do students learn of the decision?

The successful scholarship winner will be notified by 31 October.

Decision makers

The successful candidate will be selected by a panel consisting of the Director-General of the GCSB, a representative from People and Capability, representatives from the relevant areas of GCSB and an academic who specialises in STEM subjects.

History or background of award

GCSB Tertiary Scholarship for women studying science, technology, engineering and mathematics

Additional information

The Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) contributes to
the protection of New Zealand’s national security, the international relations and
well-being of New Zealand, and New Zealand’s economic well-being.
We do this by providing:
• Information assurance and cyber security;
• Intelligence collection and analysis; and
• Co-operation with other New Zealand public authorities.
GCSB ensures the integrity and confidentiality of government information, and investigates and analyses cyber incidents against
New Zealand’s critical infrastructure. To keep New Zealand safe we need people who are skilled and knowledgeable in computer science, cyber security, technology, science, mathematics, computer
engineering and data science.
GCSB needs to represent the society we serve and that includes ensuring we encourage women to study subjects that may assist them to gain a position with GCSB.

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

Haley Rowe-Manson
Organisational Development New Zealand Intelligence Community
New Zealand Intelligence Community
PO Box 12209, Thorndon, Wellington 6144
04 472 6881


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 2020.