The College of Creative Arts has a number of research and teaching related awards and also encourages staff to apply to the wide range of University awards, which are available in recognition of contribution and excellence.

For more Massey scholarships, click here.

  • New Zealand Excellence Awards (India)

    The New Zealand Excellence Awards (NZEA) are jointly funded by New Zealand universities and Education New Zealand (ENZ).

    The NZEA gives 35 Indian students the opportunity to pursue undergraduate or postgraduate study in New Zealand in the fields of business, fashion and STEM related programmes (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).

    Each scholarship has a value of NZD $5,000 towards the first year tuition fee.  

    All Applicants must:

    Be at least 18 years at the time of application

    Hold current citizenship of India (and not be a citizen or Permanent Resident of New Zealand or Australia)

    Hold a minimum equivalent GPA of B+ in your most recent or highest tertiary qualification

    Have evidence of (unconditional) offer of place at a New Zealand University

    Meet Immigration New Zealand requirements for a New Zealand Student Visa including health, character requirements and evidence of financial support.

    Important dates and timelines

    For the November 2016 intake:
    University applications must be submitted (to the relevant university) by 1 September 2016
    Scholarship applications must be submitted (to ENZ) by 1 October 2016

    For the February 2017 intake:
    University applications must be submitted (to the relevant university) by 30 October 2016
    Scholarship applications must be submitted (to ENZ) by 30 November 2016

    For full information and how to apply, click here.

    University contact: Tim Croft, International Manager for the College of Creative Arts. Email:, tel: +64-21-886-949
    Scholarships contact:

  • Toioho ki Āpiti (BMVA) Undergraduate Scholarship

    Whiti o Rehua School of Art wishes to encourage a wider knowledge of Maori contemporary art in Aotearoa, New Zealand.

    Ten scholarships of $5000 each will be awarded to students entering their first year of the BMVA degree programme in 2017. This award will be distributed throughout the four years of study, and will be available for students to use as needed – art materials, living expenses or tuition fees. 

    All applicants must be eligible, and intending, to enrol:
    •for full-time (minimum of 105 credits) study;
    •in the first year (i.e. 100 level) of the Bachelor of Maori Visual Arts (BMVA) programme;
    •in the year following this award.
    The Award is open to domestic and international students.

    Application requirements
    •A brief statement describing what interests you about contemporary Maori arts, and what you hope to gain from taking the degree (no more than 300 words).
    •A brief statement outlining what your future goals are in relation to your study (no more than 150 words).
    •School Leaver applicants: a copy of official interim NZQA Level 2 NCEA results (issued in January) (or exam equivalent – e.g.Cambridge exams etc) Note: if you have completed Level 3 NCEA please supply both Level 2 and Level 3 results.
    •Non School leaver applicants: a verified copy of your secondary school results or other post-secondary academic achievements.
    •10-15 images of your work in an appropriate digital or hardcopy format according to the medium eg. links to websites, flashdrives, link to dropbox, JPEG files or printed photographs.
    •A brief (no more than one page) curriculum vitae highlighting your academic achievements

    A supporting letter from an appropriately qualified person and/or organisation (e.g. art teacher, Te Reo teacher, dean, principal, gallery director, community leader, Kaumatua of your iwi/hapu/marae) will assist in the success of your application, although this is not compulsory.

    Applicants must disclose other awards they hold or have applied for. The Selection Committee is not obligated to consider other grants but might choose to take these into account.

    Responsibility for the Award
    The scholarships shall be awarded on the recommendation of a specified Selection Committee, consisting of the Head of School Whiti o Rehua School of Art, the programme leader of the Maori Visual Arts programme, and the Toioho ki Apiti Postgraduate Coordinator.


    This $5000 award will be distributed throughout the four years of study, and will be available for students to use as needed – art materials, living expenses or tuition fees.

    Conditions to the award
    Successful admission to Massey and the BMVA programme. 

    Closing date
    30 November each year for the following year.

    College of Creative Arts
    Whiti o Rehua School of Art
    Wallace Street, Mount Cook
    Wellington 6121

    Application cannot be accepted before 01/09/2016.

    Download an application form here.

  • Peter Turner Scholarship in Documentary Photography

    The Peter Turner Scholarship in Documentary Photography, worth $5,000, is awarded annually to an exceptional candidate wishing to advance their photographic work through a period of postgraduate study.

    New Zealand and Australian citizens enrolling for full-time study leading to the degree of Master of Fine Arts in photography are eligible to apply.

    Application deadline: 15 December.

    Click here for more information and an application form.

    For previous scholarship winners click here.

  • Excellence Awards for Latin America

    The purpose of this award is to reward students from Latin America and provide financial assistance to study at Massey University.

    Category of awards

    1. Students who meet all academic and English language entry requirements into an academic programme will receive a one-off $5,000 award towards their tuition fees.
    2. Students who receive a conditional offer of place subject to meeting the English language entry requirements are eligible for the following tuition fees discounts:
             i.     For the Intensive English programme, students will receive a 50% tuition fees discount for the first three months of English study.
            ii.     For the Direct Entry English Pathway (DEEP) programme, students will receive a 25% tuition fees discount for the DEEP programme.

    Terms and conditions

    • This promotion is valid for any successful applications received until 31st October 2016, for commencement of academic study by 2018
    • The award is applicable only for students wishing to study a programme within the College of Creative Arts and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Massey University
    • The 50% and 25% tuition fees discount on English language programmes will be applied only once a student successfully enrols and commences an academic programme in the College of Creative Arts or College of Humanities and Social Sciences
    • Awards are to be applied as a credit toward the tuition fees of the academic programme
    • The award is valid for study in the Intensive English and DEEP programmes on the Palmerston North and Wellington Campuses only
    • Students are eligible for one Massey University Excellence Award only
    • Students are eligible to receive other home government scholarships (eg. COLFUTURO) in addition to the Massey University Excellence Award
    • The Awards are for Bachelors, Graduate Diploma, Postgraduate Diploma and Masters programmes at Massey University for programmes in the College of Creative Arts and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences

    Download the flyer here.

    For more information contact

    Tim Croft
    College of Creative Arts
    Phone: +64 21 886 949                                                     

    Djhoanna Lambert
    College of Humanities and Social Sciences
    P: +64 21 433 036

  • Massey University Bachelor of Commercial Music Scholarship

    About the Bachelor of Commercial Music

    The Bachelor of Commercial Music is a brand new degree which launched in 2016. The degree addresses the creation, production, promotion and distribution of tomorrow’s music. Future focused and new technology driven, it emphasises originality and innovation, and is led by practicing musicians and industry experts.

    The Bachelor of Commercial Music offers a choice of three majors - music practice, music technology, music industry - and a range of collaborative papers.

    Music practice: Study cross-genre instrument performance and musicianship, computer-based production techniques and contemporary composition.

    Music technology: Study engineering and production, live sound and lighting, interface and interaction, software and hardware development and electronics.

    Music industry: Study artist development and management, labels and distribution, music publishing, one-off and large-scale live events, and future industry trends.

    Core papers: Join with students from other majors to study papers covering music video production, web development, musicology, gigs and touring, recording and music media.

    About the scholarship

    A total value of $22,500NZD towards tuition fees and associated fees for one student in three years of full-time undergraduate study in the Bachelor of Commercial Music degree at Massey University’s College of Creative Arts in Wellington, commencing Semester 1, 2017.

    To apply

    Please register here to receive further information. All applicants must meet Massey University’s admission requirements. For details, click here.

    All applicants must also be available to attend a pre-enrolment audition or briefing. If you have not yet done this please click here to book an appointment.

    Applications close Sunday 4 December 2016.

  • Hinemoa Hilliard Memorial Scholarship

    E aku nui, e aku rahi, tena koutou katoa.
    Ahakoa kua ngaro i te tirohanga kanohi, ka ora tonu i a tatou nei mahi.
    The Hinemoa Hilliard Memorial Scholarship has been established in memory of Hinemoa Hilliard's influence as an inspirational writer and teacher whose warmth and knowledge touched students and staff during the 15 years she worked at Massey University Whiti o Rehua the School of Art (1999-2013).
    The Scholarship celebrates strong writing about Māori art and design, engagement with kaupapa Māori and manaakitanga, and will support a first year College of Creative Arts student to continue their studies through a one year full domestic fee waiver for their second year of full time study.
    For more information please see the Hinemoa Hilliard Memorial Scholarship Guidelines here.
    Applications must be submitted electronically by 9 December to