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Hinewai Clark, awardee, at the Auckland award ceremony 2017

The next funding round opens 1 March 2021. 

 If you have any questions, please contact: enquiries@newhorizonsforwomen.org.nz

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Number and value of award/s

1 award of up to $9000 OR up to 3 awards of $3000 each (to be determined by assessing panel)Membership to AWIS (Association for Women in the Sciences) for the remainder of the study programme.

Purpose of the award/s

The Association for Women in the Sciences (AWIS) STEM Award is for women who are enrolled in a *STEM-related programme of study, and who have completed at least one year of a New Zealand tertiary qualification at an undergraduate degree level (NZQA level 7), OR are studying at a post-graduate level. The award may be given as one award or split into two or three (maximum) awards at the discretion of the NHWT: HK Specific Purpose Awards panel  

The awards are a one-off grant to help with study and/or living expenses during the study.

*A STEM programme of study would be either in a Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics-related field.

Eligibility criteria

To apply for this Specific Purpose Award you must meet all the following eligibility criteria:

The applicant is a woman, who:

  • Is enrolled in an NZ approved tertiary qualification

  • Is studying at a degree level or higher (NZQA Level 7 or more)

  • Is studying one or more STEM-related subjects

  • Has completed at least one year of study in a STEM-related field

  • Is a New Zealand citizen or holds a resident class visa, and lives in New Zealand

  • Has not previously received an NHWT: HK Award

Selection criteria

When selecting awardees, the selection panel will consider the following:

  • Academic achievements and career plans

  • Financial circumstances

  • Personal circumstances

  • Experience


  • Weighting will be given to those studying in a STEM-related field of study, where women are currently under-represented.

  • Weighting will be given to applicants whose social identity is under-represented in their field of study.

Association of Women in the Sciences STEM Award