Apply for a Massey University Foundation Grant 2018 

The Massey University Foundation Grants were established by the students of Massey University. These grants are intended to help advance study at Massey University in any programme at either undergraduate or postgraduate level. Mode of study (internal, extramural, full time, part time), location of study (Albany, Wellington or Manawatu) and year of study will have no bearing on the consideration of an application.

The Massey University Foundation Grants can be used to support travel costs (e.g. conference, field trip, study abroad), technology or books associated with academic study at Massey University.

The Massey University Foundation Grants are available for the advancement of a student's education during the course of their programme of study at Massey University. 

The Massey University Foundation Grant shall have a value of up to a maximum of $5,000 per annum and will be awarded as funds permit.

The Grant is open to part-time or full-time students of Massey University who are enrolled internally or extramurally, at any of the Massey University campuses.

Selection shall be based on evidence of furthering education excellence at Massey University. Due to health and safety restrictions, the grants cannot be made available to fund research equipment to be used in Massey University laboratories. Applications must be supported by a referral from supervisor, HOD or other academic mentor who is familiar with the applicant's study and circumstances.

The Grant shall be awarded by the Massey University Foundation in conjunction with the Student Levy Committee.

Conditions of the Award
The Massey University Foundation may refrain from recommending an award at any time.
An award may be held in concurrent years.

The payment will be made in one instalment.

Download the application form

Closing Date
9 September 2018

Recipients of the Grant

"I'm a hardworking, committed kiwi student with one goal, which is to work in the toy industry creating toys that improve the quality of children's play. The Massey Foundation grant helped me take the next step towards achieving my career dream and I’m extremely grateful for that. 

My masters in design investigated the hybridisation between digital media and physical play objects; specifically how these 'phygital' play-objects can promote a healthier form of play.

The grant allowed me to purchase research equipment, such as electronic and traditional play objects, for testing. It also removed a tonne of financial pressure and allowed me to keep my current employment to just three days a week so I could spend the remainder of my time fully focused on my study.

Once I’ve finished my master’s degree I see myself working in the toy industry designing mechanisms to improve the quality of children’s play. My personal goal is to design and build a set of toys that accompany a children’s book that I intend to write and illustrate myself.

Thank you to the Massey University Foundation for believing in my vision and giving me the step up I needed."

Chaz McManus

"The Massey University Foundation grant allowed me to attend Maynooth University in Ireland for three months during their fall semester in 2016. 

It was a wonderful experience. I loved being so close to Dublin while living in a small, close-knit town like Maynooth. I enjoyed attending a university that was very humanities-focused, and because it is both a seminary and a regular university there was an interesting mix of religion and academia.

The grant relieved financial pressure during the semester which meant I could fully focus on what I was learning and do the fun stuff like explore Dublin with my new friends and travel outside Ireland. It enhanced my overall experience so much, eliminated my stress about money and allowed me to fully immerse myself in the Irish culture which was a huge blessing. 

The experience reinforced my passion for sociology, encouraging me to enrol in a masters degree at Massey when I got back to New Zealand – just visiting the Massey campus after my time away felt like I was back home."

Janelle Smith

“During my final year of my PhD study in Palmerston North the devastating Nepal earthquake struck my home, leaving extensive damage to our family houses and critically injuring my mother-in-law. 

The financial support I was receiving from my family suddenly stopped. My husband immediately returned to Nepal to support our families so I alone took responsibility of our two school-aged children in NZ, bearing all expenses while continuing my study. My mother-in-law spent three months in hospital before passing away so it took a long time for my husband to return to NZ. This unforeseen financial situation was very difficult, leaving me to manage the household expenses - including the children’s school costs - with a loan.

The Massey Foundation grant supported me immensely during this critical situation and allowed me to support my family so I could complete my PhD thesis successfully and on time. It was not only a financial support for me but also an emotional and moral support too. 

I successfully finished by PhD study and graduated. My PhD thesis made recommendations to the Nepal government on how better to support communities to find reliable, affordable and clean energy supplies for cooking. Now, my hope is to return to Nepal with my family to contribute to the rebuilding programmes and provide a service to my community.”

Shanti Kala Adhikari