School of Computer Science


Scholarships and awards


Each year, the University of Auckland awards scholarships and prizes to thousands of students. Computer Science students are encouraged to make the most of what is offered.

The School of Computer Science acknowledges the excellence of its students by awarding scholarships, prizes and awards. Most of these, including the:

  • EROAD scholarships
  • IET Prize
  • Potentia undergraduate scholarship
  • KiwiPlan NZ Limited scholarships
  • Orion awards for excellence in computer science

are listed on the scholarships and awards webpages - and can be searched for in the database.

The following awards, prizes and scholarships are not available in the database. They are listed alphabetically and where relevant are identified as UG (undergraduate) or PG (postgraduate). A prize-giving celebration is held early in December every year.

 

Biennial Clinton Bedogni Prize for Open Systems | $10,000


The $10,000 Clinton Bedogni Prize for Open Systems will be awarded for the fifth time in 2018 to the New Zealand individual (whether from academia or industry) who has made the greatest contribution to the field of open systems in the past two years.

The definition of open systems is broad and includes interoperable systems with standards-based and well documented framework of functionality and interfaces – not necessarily, but preferably, Free and Open Source.

The biennial Clinton Bedogni Prize in Open Systems is made possible through a memorial fund established by the Bedogni family in commemoration of their eldest son, Clinton Bedogni, who died in June 2005.

Clinton had a deep passion for computers and at the time of his death had developed an intense interest and capability in the Free and Open Source Linux Operating System. The Bedogni memorial fund also supports in perpetuity the Clinton Bedogni Fellowship in Open Systems Research in the School of Computer Science.

The prize was first offered in 2010. Past winners were Robert O’Callahan (2010), François Marier (2012), Koray Atalag (2014) and Peter Gutmann (2016).

Prize and Eligibility

  • The Clinton Bedogni Prize is worth $10,000 and is offered once every two years.
  • New Zealand citizens and residents, as individuals, are eligible.
  • Candidates may apply themselves or may be nominated.

The prize will be awarded by the University of Auckland's School of Computer Science upon the recommendation of a selection committee chaired by the Head of the School of Computer Science. The School of Computer Science is not obliged to make an award if in any year there is no candidate of sufficient merit.

The basis of selection will be for an individual with:

  1. Demonstrated contribution to open systems in the past two years
  2. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  3. Excellent verbal and written English language skills

Applications or nominations should be submitted on the form provided below.

Completed forms should be sent by email to bedogniprize@cs.auckland.ac.nz along with any other documentation requested.

The prize will be awarded at the New Zealand Open Source Awards gala event on 23 October 2018. All finalists are strongly encouraged to attend this ceremony.

Application does not require nomination. Applications and nominations should describe how the candidate meets the criteria outlined above, their longer term career aspirations, and clearly describe their contribution to open systems.

Short-listed candidates will be interviewed by the selection committee where they will be expected to describe their contribution to the field.

Please read the additional information provided in the files below carefully.

All applications are due by 5pm, 8 October 2018. 

Enquiries can be directed to bedogniprize@cs.auckland.ac.nz

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Detailed information about the prize (WORD)
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Detailed information about the prize (PDF)
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Application/nomination form (WORD)
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Application/nomination form (PDF)
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Best in programme awards | UG & PG |


Eligibility Awarded to the top student in each of the Computer Science programmes based on their best 6 results in the last 2 semesters. Not awarded if top GPA is lower than 6.0
Award

Best MProfStuds Data Science $500 and certificate

Best MProfStuds Digital Security $500 and certificate

Best MInfotech $500 and certificate

Best PGCertInfoTech $200 and certificate

Best BSc Hons $200 and certificate

Best PGDipSci $200 and certificate

Best Bsc in CompSci $150 and certificate

Best BSC in InfoSys $150 and certificate

Best BSc in LogiComp $150 and certificate

Best GradDipSci $150 and certificate

Best masters in information technology award | PG |


Eligibility TBA
Award NZ$200 and certificate
Application No application needed

Best PhD thesis award | PG |


Eligibility Awarded for the best PhD thesis in Computer Science completed each year. The award will be based on the quality of the thesis, reference letters, and publications of the main results of the thesis.
Award NZ$1,000 and certificate
Application Candidates will be nominated by a staff member

Best postgraduate certificate in information technology award | PG |


Eligibility TBA
Award NZ$200 and certificate
Application No application needed

Best student published paper award


Eligibility Awarded for the best student written paper.
The lead author must be supervised by a Computer Science staff member at the time of the paper submission.
Award 1st prize - $1,000 and certificate
2nd prize - $500 and certificate
Application No application needed
Nominations must be submitted by a staff member before 1 October
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Bob Doran undergraduate scholarship in computer science | UG |


Purpose The main purpose of the Scholarship is to support a final-year undergraduate student who is intending to continue on to postgraduate study. The Scholarship is funded by Leonid Frants, one of the first Computer Science graduates who went on to establish financial software companies in the USA. 
Eligibility
  • Full-time study in their final year of a degree of Bachelor of Science majoring in Computer Science.
  • The basis of selection will be academic merit, intention to enrol into postgraduate study at the University of Auckland and potential to contribute to the field of computer science.
Award $5,000 for one year
Application Apply to the Scholarships Office by 31 July
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Computer Science graduate student travel (CSGST) award | PG |


Purpose

This award is for postgraduate travel-related costs. It is offered to postgraduate Computer Science students who have accepted papers at peer-reviewed conferences listed by the CORE / ERA and have at least a B rank. (If the conference is not in the CORE list, a written justification of the need for participation has to be provided together with the application (this may include doctoral symposia)).

The CSGST Award is managed by the Department's Research Committee and is supported by contributions from PBRF funding.

Eligibility

The following students may apply:

  • MSc and honours students - once during their course of study
  • PhD students - up to three times during their study with no more than one application per year

The application must have a paper accepted at the conference, which is supported and co-authored by the supervisor(s).

Award

Every award covers the trip costs up to and no more than $800 for local travel, $1,500 for Australian travel, and 3,500 (A ranked) or 3,000 (B ranked) for Europe, Asia or America travel. The remaining sum must be covered from other fund sources (e.g., provided by the supervisor or other University funds, such as the student’s PReSS account money).

Note: Awards are provided while the funds allocated for the current teaching year are still available. The award cannot be used after ending the study term and can be obtained only once per teaching year.

Application

Expressions of interest should be sent to the CSGST supervisor, Dr Chia-Yen Chen chia-yen.chen@auckland.ac.nz, City Campus office 303.528.

Applications are considered in order of submission and will be considered until the fund is exhausted.

Applications should to be submitted only after the paper submitted is accepted for presentation.

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CSGST_Form_fillv2018.xls
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CSGSTF-AwardRules2018.pdf
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Computer Science poster competition (sponsored by Orion) | PG |


Eligibility Open to all postgraduate research students in the School of Computer Science.
Entrants should produce a poster representing their research.
Results are judged on both technical and artistic merit.
Award 1st prize - $1,000 and certificate
2nd prize - $500 and certificate
3rd prize - $250 and certificate
Application Postgraduate students will be emailed the details of the competition in Semester Two.

Datamine Ltd prize | UG + PG |


Eligibility Awarded to the top student in Database Systems COMPSCI351/751 SE 351
Award Awarded by Datamine Ltd. 
Application No application is needed

Institute of IT Professionals cup and shield | UG + PG |


Sponsor This prestigious annual award is sponsored by the Institute of IT Professionals (formally the New Zealand Computer Society)
Eligibility The Institute’s Auckland Branch offers a cup annually to the top student in Computer Science at Stage III and IV.
Award $150 book voucher and cup
Application The cup will be awarded in December.
No application needed
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J.C. Butcher award in theoretical computer science | UG |


Eligibility Awarded to encourage outstanding performance in the study of Theoretical Computer Science. The award acknowledges a Stage III student who has demonstrated excellence in the field. J. C. Butcher is an acclaimed mathematician and the first Head of Department of the Computer Science.
Award $250 and certificate
Application

No application is needed
Awarded in December

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John Butcher one-tick scholarships for postgraduate study in computer science | PG


Purpose The main purpose of the Scholarship is to support students undertaking honours, masters or doctoral level study in Computer Science. This scholarship is funded by Leonid Frants, one of the first Computer Science graduates who went on to establish financial software companies in the USA.
Eligibility
  • Full-time study in a Bachelor of Science (Honours), Master of Science or PhD in Computer Science.
  • The basis of selection will be academic merit, quality and nature of the proposed research and potential to succeed or contribute to the field of computer science.
Award $8,000 for one year
Application Apply to the Scholarships Office by 31 July
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Michael Lennon award for excellence in information technology | UG |


Eligibility

Awarded to the top student in the final year of the Bachelor of Technology (Information Technology) degree, in memory of Michael Lennon, an esteemed past staff member.

Award $500 and certificate
Application No application is needed
Awarded in December
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Other awards | PG |


Award

Best PhD Thesis Award $1024 and certificate

Outstanding MSc Thesis $512 and certificate  

Best PhD Research Presentation $256 and certificate