Borrin Foundation – Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga Postgraduate Scholarship

Applications closed 2 September 2022. The next application round for this scholarship opens August 2023.

Pool of funding available: $80,000 (the pool may be awarded to one scholar or split between two)

The Borrin Foundation wishes to contribute to increasing Māori postgraduate scholarship in law.

We invite proposals from Māori law graduates who wish to obtain a postgraduate degree in law overseas or domestically.

Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga, New Zealand’s Māori Centre of Research Excellence will provide support and manaakitanga to the successful candidate including via Te Kupenga o MAI (The Māori and Indigenous scholar network).

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  • Māori LLB graduate from a New Zealand institution who wishes to advance their law studies.
  • Strong academic record.
  • Connection to Te Ao Māori.
  • Future potential for Māori leadership in legal development and the legal profession.


How it would work

The aim of the scholarship is to support a Māori scholar to pursue a post-graduate degree in law at a New Zealand university or at an overseas institution (any jurisdiction) including multi-year degree programmes.

Funding can be used for costs such as course fees, living expenses, and economy class airfares.


Application dates

Applications open once a year in August. The dates for the upcoming application round are:

Applications open: August 2023

Applications close: September 2023

Decisions confirmed: December 2023

Earliest Scholarship could start: March 2024


How to apply

To apply you need to prepare all your paperwork first, then submit this information through our online application. The proposal template and application form are available when we are accepting applications.

  1. Complete the Borrin Foundation – Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga Postgraduate Scholarship proposal template including your proposal and personal statement. This document should be no more than 7 pages with max 5 pages for your proposal and max 2 pages for your personal statement. If you are applying for an LLM by coursework only, where the proposal template asks about your planned research, explain your plan for your degree and what your focus of study will be.
  2. Prepare your CV or resume (max 3 pages).
  3. Ensure you have a copy of your academic transcripts.
  4. Ask two people for permission for the Borrin Foundation to contact them directly to provide a written reference – you can use our template to request written references.
  5. Once all your paperwork is ready, complete our online application and upload your proposal, CV and academic transcripts as PDF files.

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Recipients of the Borrin Foundation – Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga Postgraduate Scholarship