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Scholarships, Awards and Prizes

There are a number of scholarships, awards and prizes on offer at the Faculty 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: 31 Jul 2018

For students who have completed at least one year of study in the Faculty of Computing & Mathematical Sciences (FCMS), applied for a University of Waikato exchange programme, and who will be enrolled full-time in FCMS in the year of tenure.

Computer Science Undergraduate Scholarship

Closing date: The Scholarship exam will be held on 19 and 20 October 2018

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 BCMS(Hons), BSc, BSc(Tech), BE(Hons) or BDes degree, in one of the computing streams, at the University of Waikato. Candidates will sit a Scholarship exam, which will be held on 19 and 20 October 2018.

Smartrak Software Development Scholarship

Closing date: 01 Sep 2017

For students enrolled full time in the second to last year of study towards a BE(Hons) majoring in software engineering or a BCMS with a focus on software development or a BSc(Tech) majoring in computer science with an emphasis on software development. The scholarship will have a value of $4,000.

Statistics/Data Analytics Fees Scholarship

Closing date: 31 Oct 2017

For students intending to enrol full-time in their second or third year of study towards an undergraduate degree, majoring in Statistics and/or Data Analytics, in the Faculty of Computing & Mathematical Sciences. The Scholarship will have a value of up to $2,500.

Alan Turing Prize

The Alan Turing Prize is awarded annually to the student who has performed best in a third-year 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.


Dean's Award for Excellence

The awards will be presented to the best 10 students, in each level, enrolled in an undergraduate degree at the Faculty of Computing & Mathematical Sciences, as recommended by the Faculty Board of Examiners.


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 $500.


Euler Prize in Mathematics

This prize will be awarded 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 Chairperson of Mathematics and Statistics is the most outstanding second year mathematics student and worthy of the award.  This prize has a value of $250.


Gordon Harris Bachelor of Design Prize

The Gordon Harris Bachelor of Design Prize is awarded every second year, to the top second-year student of the BDes. 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

The John Cleary Prize was established in 2014 by the Faculty 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. This prize has a value of $250.

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John Turner Prize

The John Turner Prize is awarded to the student who achieves the highest mark for the 520 research project and report for the BCMS (Hons) paper Report of an Investigation.

The Faculty of Computing & Mathematical Sciences established the Prize in 1994, in recognition of Associate Professor Turner's contribution to the Faculty, and with the aim of encouraging excellence in the Bachelor of Computing and Mathematical Sciences (BCMS) Honours paper Report of an Investigation.  This prize has a value of $200.


Keith Hopper Prize in Computer Science

This prize will be awarded annually to the top student taking second-year Computer Science Systems papers at The University of Waikato in the year of the award.  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 Chairperson of the Department is an outstanding student and worthy of the award.  This prize has a value of $250.


Margaret Jeffries Prize in Computer Science

The Margaret Jeffries Prize in Computer Science is awarded annually to the top female student taking second-year Computer Science papers at the University of Waikato in the year of award. Students will be considered for the award on the basis of their grades in their best three Computer Science papers in the year of the 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.


Millennium Prize in Mathematics

The Millennium Prize in Mathematics is awarded annually to the most outstanding student who has completed two full-time years of study at the University of Waikato, and who is majoring in Mathematics.  This prize 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 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 $200.


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 Chairperson of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, 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:

healthAlliance Cyber Security Scholarship

Closing date: 12 Feb 2018

For domestic students intending to enrol full-time in a Master of Cyber Security, including either COMP592 (60 points), COMP593 (90 points) or COMP594 (120 points), in A Semester 2018 at the University of Waikato.

Sir William Gallagher Cyber Security Scholarship

Closing date: 16 Jul 2018

For students enrolled or enrolling full-time in the Master of Cyber Security. The successful applicant will be required to enrol in one of COMP592, COMP593 or COMP594 and will undertake an industry-based research project with Gallagher. International applicants must be intending to become permanent residents with the intent of working in NZ and may be required to obtain NZSIS security clearance.

The A Zulauf Trust Scholarship

Closing date: 30 Sep 2016

For students who are enrolled or intending to enrol full-time in the research portion (i.e. a 90- or 120-point thesis) of their Masters degree in Mathematics in the year of application. It is expected that the bulk of the research will take place in the year of application. The Scholarship has a value of up to $5,000.