Department 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.

General scholarships are offered for students by the University.

Students in the Faculty of Science can apply for a selection of science-specific scholarships, awards and prizes.

The Department of Computer Science acknowledges the excellence of its students with the following scholarships, prizes and awards. A prize-giving celebration is held early in December every year.

EROAD Scholarship

The main purpose of the Scholarship is to assist and encourage students undertaking study towards a Bachelor of Science (Honours) majoring in Computer Science. 
  • Students currently in Stage III of a BSc majoring in Computer Science 
  • Academic merit 
  • Communication skills 
  • Extra-curricular activities 
  • Potential to contribute to the software development industry
  • Demonstrate a genuine passion for a career in technology
Award $5,000 for one year
Application Apply to the Scholarships Office by 31 August
Application and more information

Kiwiplan NZ Limited Scholarships

Up to three Scholarships will be awarded to Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Computer Science; Bachelor of Commerce or Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) in Information Systems; Bachelor of Engineering in Software Engineering; or appropriate Bachelor of Technology candidates, who have enrolled and have paid the fees, or arranged to pay the fees, for full-time study in the Department of Computer Science.
  • A GPA of 6.00 or above
  • Study and experience of direct relevance in computer science
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent verbal and written English language skills
  • Ability to work as part of a team as well as independently
  • Excellent project management and problem solving skills
  • Demonstrated skills as a self-starter
  • Interest in the development of software for manufacturing industries.
Award $4,500 for one year
Application Apply to the Scholarships Office by 18 September
Application and more information

Orion Awards for Excellence in Computer Science

For a student who is in his or her final year of a GradDipSci (Computer Science), PGDipSci (Computer Science), BSc(Hons), BTech (IT), BE(SE), BSc/BCom or MSc Degree in Computer Science at the University of Auckland and who demonstrates the greatest potential to become an outstanding professional in the area of Information Technology and Computer Science.
  • Previous academic results
  • Technical ability
  • Quality of any academic research
  • Communication skills
  • Team working ability
  • General contribution to University activities
Award $2,500 for one year and certificate
Application Apply to the Scholarships Office by 15 October.
Application and more information

Best PhD Thesis Award

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 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 - $1,024 and certificate
2nd prize - $512 and certificate
Application No application needed
Nominations must be submitted by a staff member before 1 October

Computer Science Poster Competition (sponsored by Orion)

Eligibility Open to all postgraduate research students in the Department 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.

Best Postgraduate Certificate Information Technology Award

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

Best Masters Information Technology Award

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

Computer Science Graduate Student Travel (CSGST) Award


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.


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).


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.


Expressions of interest should be sent to the CSGST supervisor, Dr Chia-Yen Chen, 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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