The Teresia Teaiwa Memorial Scholarship in Pacific Studies

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What does the scholarship get me?

Up to $6,000. See additional information.

Closing dates for applications

Next: 30 October 2019

Number of awards offered


Selection criteria

- This scholarship is open to NZ citizens of Pacific Island descent, permanent residents of Pacific Island descent, or residents of a Pacific Island who wish to study in NZ and are eligible for a student visa as per New Zealand Immigration regulations to allow them to study at Victoria University
- This scholarship is open to students entering their first, second, third or final year in undergraduate study at Victoria University of Wellington
- Applicants must declare Pacific Studies as their major or joint major and be enrolled full-time in an undergraduate programme at Victoria University of Wellington in the year following application
- Applicants who are school leavers must have NCEA Level 2 endorsed with Merit in their Year 12 at the time of application. - Successful applicants will be required to gain University Entrance or equivalent and will achieve Merit endorsement in their NCEA Level 3 certificate by the start of trimester 1 the year following application
- Applicants who are currently studying their undergraduate degree must hold a grade point average of B (5)
- This scholarship is intended to cover a student’s tuition fees for one year, but in the event of government subsidised fees, the scholarship may be paid as a stipend in instalments or towards accommodation at a Victoria University Hall of Residence
- Preference will be given to applicants who are experiencing financial hardship
- The successful candidate must demonstrate a connection and commitment to the Pacific community and issues

What conditions are attached to acceptance of this award?

- Students are asked to write a letter of thanks to Teresia’s family and may be asked to meet with family members.
- The recipient will be asked to act as an ambassador for this scholarship and may be asked to be involved in events or promotional activities associated with Pacific Studies.
- All offers of Scholarship will be conditional upon the recipient being fully enrolled in a full-year programme (full-time will be at the level of points considered by Studylink as full-time) by the start of the following trimester[SO1]  with a major or joint major in Pacific Studies.

How do students apply?

Applicants apply through the online application form found here. No late applications will be accepted.

Applicants must include the following in their application:
- Applicants are asked to provide the following along with their application:
- New Zealand school leavers will be required to provide their NSN number or other candidate number for their qualification.
- Applicants based outside New Zealand will be required to provide an academic transcript from your most recent educational institution that demonstrates the level of academic achievement outlined in the criteria.
- Evidence of financial hardship (if applicable) will be required as part of the financial section in the online application.
- A personal statement detailing what holding this scholarship would mean to you, along with details of how you demonstrate your commitment to, and engagement with, the Pacific community and Pacific issues.
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Decision makers

Programme Director of Pacific Studies, or their nominee, the Head of School of Languages and Culture, or their nominee, and a nominated representative of Teresia’s family. Applicants may be asked to attend an interview.

History or background of award

This scholarship has been established in memory of Associate Professor Teresia Kieuea Teaiwa. She was the director of Va’aomanū Pasifika, a renowned scholar, activist and poet, and a hard-working, generous and warm personality of the Victoria University community from 2000 to 2017. Teresia is internationally known for her ground-breaking work in Pacific Studies. In 2000, she moved to New Zealand to join Victoria University to teach the world’s first undergraduate major in Pacific Studies, of which she was programme director until 2009. She was promoted to Director of Va’aomanū Pasifika, home to Victoria’s Pacific and Samoan Studies programmes. Associate Professor Teresia Teaiwa passed away in March 2017 from cancer, leaving an immense legacy. It was Teresia’s wish that scholarships be established to support Pacific students doing Pacific Studies. This undergraduate scholarship honours and acknowledges the significant contribution Teresia made to the lives of students.

Additional information

Up to $6,000 (subject to funds available).  This can be paid towards fees, accommodation in a Victoria University Hall of Residence, or paid as a month stipend in 9 equal instalments between March and November.

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

PhD Admissions & Scholarships Office
Victoria University of Wellington
PO Box 600, Wellington 6140, New Zealand
+64 4 463 5061


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 December 2018.