How might Māori evaluation work best in policy-making?
  • Scholarship Level: Doctoral
  • Closing Date(s): 14 June 2019
  • Tenure: Three years
  • Award for: Māori students
  • Number offered: One
  • Value: $27,500 stipend per annum plus tuition fees

This scholarship is for Māori students with a passion for research and evaluation. Ideally, they would be interested in the role of evaluation in public service, but they may actually have a particular Māori-focussed programme in mind that they are keen to evaluate.


This scholarship is part of a Marsden-funded study of what works best, for whom, and in what circumstances, when it comes to the role of evaluation in those public policy. The scholarship is to support a Māori doctoral candidate to either: study the culture and practice of Māori evaluation in Aotearoa’s State sector; or evaluate a Māori-focused health, education, social development or housing programme.


Applicants must be Māori and have recently completed a good Honours or Masters’ degree.

  • Applicants must be Māori
  • Applicants must qualify for doctoral study at Victoria University of Wellington
Application process

Applicants must meet the entry requirements for Doctoral study at Victoria University of Wellington. Please refer to the Faculty of Graduate Research

New Doctoral applicants should complete the Doctoral Admission and Scholarship online application available from and clearly indicate they wish to apply for the PhD Scholarship – How might Māori evaluation work best in policy-making?

Applicants may be requested to supply evidence of financial hardship if applicable, and any other documentation they wish to be considered by the committee, such as personal statements or character references, to assist their application.

Selection process

Successful recipient will be selected by Dr Lynne Russell, Dr Jenny Neale and Professor Jackie Cumming.

Regulations and conditions
  1. Recipient must receive an offer of place for doctoral study at Victoria University of Wellington.
  2. Recipient is required to adhere to the relevant Victoria Doctoral Scholarship regulations and to sign a Victoria University Postgraduate Scholarship Contract.
  3. At the discretion of the Deciding Authority, the application of the terms and conditions of the Scholarship may be modified in special circumstances or to avoid hardship to any candidate for the Scholarship.

Scholarships and PhD Admissions Office
Phone +64 463 5557