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Scholarships, Awards and Prizes

There are a number of scholarships, awards and prizes on offer at the School of Computing & Mathematical Sciences.

Listed below are some of our available scholarships. You can use the Scholarships Finder for a more comprehensive list of the scholarships available.

Further scholarship information can be found at the Scholarships Office.


Entrance/Undergraduate:

CMS International Exchange Scholarship

Closing date: 01 Oct 2021

For students who have completed at least one year in the School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences (subject areas may include Computer Science, Software Engineering, Statistics, Mathematics or Design) in the year of tenure and have applied for a University of Waikato exchange programme. By clicking on 'Apply Now' below, students will be taken to a list of possible exchange universities.

Computer Science Undergraduate Scholarship

Closing date: 15 Sep 2021

For students who are currently in Year 12 or Year 13 at a New Zealand secondary school. Candidates must be intending to enrol full-time in a BCompSc, BCMS(Hons) majoring in Computer Science, BSc majoring in Computer Science, BE(Hons) majoring in Software Engineering, BE(Hons) majoring in Electrical and Electronic Engineering; or a BDes majoring in Interface Design.

Kordia Women in Technology Scholarship

Closing date: 08 Nov 2020

For women who are intending to pursue a career in the field of information technology and will be enrolling in the final year of their undergraduate degree in the Division of Health, Engineering, Computing and Science in 2021. The Scholarship will have a value of $5,000.

TOMRA Fresh Food Scholarship for Women in STEM

Closing date: 15 Nov 2021

For students who identify as female, and who in the year of application, are enrolled full-time (120 points) in either the first or second year of an undergraduate degree programme in STEM subjects at the University of Waikato. See regulations for other eligibility criteria.

Torutek Software Engineering Scholarship

Closing date: 08 Sep 2021

For students who are enrolled full-time in a BE(Hons) in Software Engineering or a BCMS in Computer Science. The award will provide $4,000 during undergraduate study; and an opportunity to undertake a paid summer internship with Torutek Ltd between the third and fourth years of study (exceptional applicants studying in other years may be considered).

Alan Turing Prize

The Alan Turing Prize is awarded annually to the student who has performed best in a programme of studies which includes at least two 300 Level papers in Computer Science and at least two 300 Level papers in Mathematics. This prize has a value of $300.

CMS Prize for Excellence

The awards will be presented to up to 10 best full-time students, in each level, enrolled in an undergraduate degree with the School of Computing & Mathematical Sciences, as recommended by the Head of School.

Design Excellence Prizes

These awards will be presented to the best full-time Design students, in each level, enrolled in the Bachelor of Design with the School of Computing & Mathematical Sciences, as recommended by the Head of School. The value of the prizes will be $500 each.

Emmy Noether Prize in Mathematics

The Waikato Branch NZFGW Emmy Noether Prize in Mathematics is awarded annually to the most outstanding woman student in her first year of Mathematics.

The Prize was made possible by the gift of a sum of money for capital investment from the Waikato Branch of the New Zealand Federation of Graduate Women.  This prize has a value of $1,000.

Euler Prize in Mathematics

This prize will be awarded annually to the student who has completed two full years of study at The University of Waikato, who is majoring or enrolled in a programme of Mathematics and who in the opinion of the Head of School is the most outstanding second year mathematics student and worthy of the award.  This prize has a value of $250.

Hilbert Prize in Mathematics

The Hilbert Prize in Mathematics is awarded to the best student who has completed at least 60 points at 300 level or higher in Mathematics in the year of the award.  This prize has a value of $250.

John Cleary Prize in Computer Science

The John Cleary Prize was established in 2014 by the School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences to honour the memory of John Cleary. John was a former Professor in Computer Science and continued to have links with the department until his passing in 2014. The Prize is awarded annually to the top student in the paper COMPX301 Design and Analysis of Algorithms. This prize has a value of $250.

John Turner Prize

The John Turner Prize is awarded annually to the student who achieves the highest mark for the BCMS (Hons) 45 point paper Dissertation.

The School of Computing & Mathematical Sciences established the Prize in 1994, in recognition of Associate Professor Turner's contribution to the School, and with the aim of encouraging excellence in the dissertation of the Bachelor of Computing and Mathematical Sciences with Honours degree.  This prize has a value of $250.

Keith Hopper Prize in Computer Science

The Keith Hopper Prize in Computer Science was established in 2013 by the Department of Computer Science in memory of Keith Hopper, a Senior Lecturer in the Department from 1982 to 2003.  The Prize is intended to encourage top students to pursue studies in Computer Systems.

This prize will be awarded annually to the top student in the paper COMPX203 Computer Systems.  This prize has a value of $250.

Leibniz Prize in Mathematics

This prize will be awarded to an undergraduate student who has completed at least 60 points of papers above 100 level in Mathematics, and who in the opinion of the Head of School is an outstanding student and worthy of the award.  This prize has a value of $250.

Margaret Jefferies Prize in Computer Science

The Margaret Jefferies Prize in Computer Science is awarded annually to the top female student majoring in Applied Computing or Computer Science or in the Software Engineering programme and who is taking 200 level Computer Science papers at the University of Waikato in the year of award. Students will be considered for the Prize on the basis of their grades in their best three Computer Science papers in the year of award.

This Prize was established in 2006 by the Department of Computer Science in memory of Dr Margaret Jefferies, Senior Lecturer in the Department from 2001-2006. This Prize is intended to encourage top female students to pursue studies in this field and has a value of $250.

Ramanujan Centenary Prize

The Ramanujan Centenary Prize is awarded annually to the student who has completed the degree of Bachelor of Computing and Mathematical Sciences with Honours with the best overall performance.

The Prize was established in 1987 by Professor E.V. Krishnamurthy in the centenary year of the greatest Indian mathematician – Ramanujan. Ramanujan (1887-1920) was a great Indian mathematical genius gifted with amazing computing powers and intuition. In spite of his utter poverty and lack of formal university education, his single-minded devotion to mathematics raised him to the status of a great 20th century mathematician and the most romantic figure in the recent history of mathematics. Ramanujan is a source of inspiration to young students in mathematics and computing.  This prize has a value of $250.

Tony McGregor Prize in Computer Science

The Tony McGregor Prize in Computer Science was established in 2019 by the School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences in memory of Tony McGregor, who was an Associate Professor in Computer Science until his passing in 2018.

The Prize will be awarded annually to the top student in the paper COMPX204 Practical Networking and Cyber Security and has a value of $500.

Von Neumann Prize in Mathematics

The Von Neumann Prize in Mathematics is awarded annually to a student in their first year of study at the University of Waikato, who is enrolled in at least one paper offered by Mathematics and who is, in the opinion of the Head of School, the most outstanding first-year student and worthy of the award.  This prize has a value of $250.

William and Sylvie Bolstad Bayesian Statistics Prize

The William and Sylvie Bolsatd Bayesian Statistics Prize is awarded annually to the top undergraduate student who has undertaken a Bayesian Statistics paper at the University of Waikato in the year of award. This Prize was established in 2014 by William M Bolstad and his wife Sylvie H Bolstad.  This prize has a value of $200.

Postgraduate:

A Zulauf Trust Scholarship

Closing date: 15 Mar 2022

This Scholarship is open to domestic and international students who are currently enrolled full-time at the University of Waikato in postgraduate study with a research component in mathematics or statistics. Applicants must have achieved at least a B+ average for their most recent undergraduate degree, and be able to show dedication to mathematics and to furthering the study of mathematics.

Auckland ICT Graduate School PGCertInfoTech Award for Māori & Pacific Students

Closing date: 15 Oct 2020

For Māori or Pacific students who are intending to enrol full-time in the PGCertInfoTech at the University of Waikato in C Trimester 2020 and who have either completed a bachelors degree or are in the final trimester of their degree. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 4.00 (B-) in 75 points at 300 level or above.

CMS International Exchange Scholarship

Closing date: 01 Oct 2021

For students who have completed at least one year in the School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences (subject areas may include Computer Science, Software Engineering, Statistics, Mathematics or Design) in the year of tenure and have applied for a University of Waikato exchange programme. By clicking on 'Apply Now' below, students will be taken to a list of possible exchange universities.

Sir William Gallagher Cyber Security Scholarship

Closing date: 07 Sep 2021

For students intending to enrol full-time in a Dissertation or Thesis as part of a Master of Cyber Security (MCS). The applicant's MCS research will need to be industry-based and of relevance to Gallaghers. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to gain work experience with Gallaghers.

Tess Embling Memorial Scholarship

Closing date: 15 Apr 2021

For full and part-time students, who are enrolled in or are intending to enroll in the first year of a Masters degree in the Division of Health, Engineering, Computing and Science in 2020. The scholarship will have a value of up to $3,000.