Ngā Karahipi Uru Rākau – Forestry Scholarships

Te Uru Rākau – New Zealand Forest Service scholarships aim to increase the number of highly-trained Māori and women entering the forestry sector.

About the forestry scholarships

Te Uru Rākau – New Zealand Forest Service is offering 8 forestry scholarships for students who:

  • begin study in the 2021 academic year
  • enrol in a Bachelor of Forestry Science or Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) with a major in forest engineering.

The scholarships aim to increase the number and diversity of people studying forestry, particularly Māori and women. This is to ensure we have highly-trained people entering the forestry sector.

The scholarship scheme has been running since 2018 and has awarded 14 scholarships to date.

What you receive

If you are granted a scholarship you will receive:

  • $8,000 a year for 4 years (the length of your chosen degree) to help with your tuition fees and living costs
  • a 4 to 10 week paid internship each year with Te Uru Rākau or an appropriate forestry sector employer.

Continuation of your scholarship and internship depends on your successful completion each year.

Check if you are eligible to apply

To apply for a scholarship you must be:

  • enrolling in a Bachelor of Forestry Science or Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) with a major in forest engineering
  • of Māori descent or identify as female
  • a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident
  • interested in a career in forestry.

You may be able to enrol at another university for your first year, but you will need that course approved by the University of Canterbury's School of Forestry.

MPI employees or their immediate family members cannot apply for these scholarships.

How to apply

Applications for 2021 closed on 15 August 2020.

What you need to provide with your application

With your application form, you'll need to send us:

  1. testimonials or references
  2. education results
  3. evidence of citizenship or permanent residency
  4. evidence of Māori descent, if applicable.

1. Testimonials or references

You will need 2 testimonials or references from suitable referees. These could be from your:

  • school or tertiary institution
  • kaumātua
  • iwi
  • community group
  • employer.

Each reference must be signed and include a phone number. It should include an understanding of your:

  • commitment to study forestry at university
  • plans to work in forestry
  • leadership skills and any leadership-type roles you have held, for example in your community or school.

You referee cannot be an immediate family member.

2. Education results

If you've left school, you'll need to provide your NCEA summary, school certificate, or equivalent qualification. You can provide supporting comments if you want to explain your results.

If you completed tertiary education, you'll need to provide your qualifications and course grades.

3. New Zealand citizenship or permanent residency

You will need to provide a copy of your New Zealand passport or birth certificate.

If you are a permanent resident, you will need to provide a copy of your visa.

4. Evidence of Māori descent (if applicable)

If you are applying based on your Māori descent you will need to provide proof of whakapapa.

This must be signed by a kaumātua, your iwi organisation/trust, or community leader.

How we will assess your application

Scholarships are awarded based on your:

  • interest in forestry
  • commitment to study
  • academic ability (in particular your ability to complete the course)
  • relative need for financial support (as provided by the scholarship)
  • community leadership and/or ambassadorship potential.

We get this information from your application, past academic history, references, and during your interview.

We will shortlist applicants once applications close. You will need to attend a Skype interview if you are shortlisted.

Media release about the 2018 scholarship winners

Prime Minister awards inaugural forestry scholarships – University of Canterbury

Who to contact

If you have any questions, email

or phone: 0800 00 83 33

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