Kate Edger Educational Charitable Trust NZ Contemporary Art Award

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What does the scholarship get me?


Closing dates for applications

Next: 1 November 2021

1 November 2021

Length of award

1 Year

Number of awards offered


Purpose of award

The Award is available for a male or female student enrolled in the third year or above of a degree or post-graduate degree in an Arts-related area at an NZQA-accredited tertiary institute in the Auckland/Northland region. The Award is intended to contribute towards the payment of academic fees.

Selection criteria

In making these awards, the selection committee may give consideration to:
a.      the applicant’s commitment to a career in the Arts sector;
b.      the applicant’s personal statement (of no more than 300 words) explaining why they have chosen their area of study;
c.       the applicant’s academic record; (for the purpose of this award, academic merit will be assessed from the GPA or GPE obtained over the applicant’s most recent two years of graded study (or equivalent));
d.      the applicant’s referee’s report;
e.      the applicant’s need for financial assistance;
f.        the applicant’s Māori or Pasifika heritage;
g.      any special circumstances, e.g. family responsibilities, personal disability, considered relevant.

What conditions are attached to acceptance of this award?

These awards may be held concurrently with an award of equal or higher value if the regulations for that award so permit.

The NZ Contemporary Art Award shall be paid in one instalment directly to the institute on presentation of a fees invoice showing enrolment as a full-time Year III or higher level student at an approved tertiary institute.

The successful applicant is required to complete his/her year of study and make a brief report at the end of this study.  Failure to complete two full consecutive semesters may require refund of the full value of the award.

How do students apply?

Applicants must apply using the application form available from https://www.academicdresshire.co.nz/Academic%20Awards%20Available/Discipline%20Specific%20and%20Other%20Awards?mv_pc=3501

AUT students can apply via the AUT Scholarship portal
Application Form
AUT Online Application

How and when do students learn of the decision?

All applicants will notified of the outcome within 6 weeks of the closing date.

Decision makers

The Kate Edger Educational Charitable Trust Selection Committee

History or background of award

This award arises from an endowment from the NZ Contemporary Art Trust and is to foster greater understanding of and engagement with contemporary art in New Zealand and to encourage awareness of the benefits of art to society. 

Additional information

Applicants for the NZ Contemporary Art Award must be:
a.      New Zealand Citizens or Permanent Residents;
b.      Enrolled full-time in the third year or above of a Bachelor or Post-Graduate Degree relating to the Arts sector.

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

Kate Edger Educational Charitable Trust
Private Bag 93208, Parnell, Auckland 1151


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 September 2021.