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The Building Research Levy, through BRANZ Inc., allocates funds to assist students with outstanding academic credentials to undertake research in fields that are deemed to be of importance to the building and construction sector. 

Read about our current scholars:

Call for scholarship applications - now open

Applicants must be able to demonstrate that they hold New Zealand citizenship or permanent residence and have been accepted by an accredited New Zealand tertiary institution.

We recommend applicants read the Research Strategy for the Building and Construction Industry, Building a Better New Zealand , in full before preparing an application. The Research Strategy identifies industry's nine priority research topics:

  • Better buildings
  • Materials performance
  • Maintaining and improving the performance of existing buildings
  • Sustainability
  • Automation, industrialisation and new technologies
  • Operating environment
  • Productivity
  • Meeting the housing needs of all New Zealanders
  • Building better cities and communities

We also encourage collaboration with industry and the many existing research programmes and initiatives from across New Zealand.

Please be advised of the following:

  • Successful candidates are expected to study full-time, unless otherwise agreed to by BRANZ 
  • Funding to an individual student for a course is limited to 3 years
  • Award recipients will liaise with us throughout the scholarships duration
  • Applicants should be able to meet the expectations of wide transfer to the building and construction sector of the results of their research
  • A scholarship awarded under this scheme carries no connotation of employment by BRANZ Group during the period of the award or at its conclusion 
  • If your application is successful, you will also be required to submit a project plan indicating proposed milestones, which must be agreed by BRANZ before the first payment is made. Progress against this plan will need to be certified by your supervisor and communicated through progress updates


Allocations at master's and PhD level will generally be:

  • Master's - $20,000 in total for degree
  • Doctorate - $25,000 per year for up to 3 years

How to apply

Please complete a Scholarship Application Template.

We operates a dual application timeframe:

  • Applications are officially accepted now through to 30 November 2016
  • We will respond to applicants in December 2016
  • We also accept scholarship applications throughout the year. While we will consider out-of-cycle applications carefully, we envisage a sizeable proportion of the scholarship funding will be allocated in the October-November round, with instalments beginning around March of the following year. Applicants are therefore welcome to apply throughout the year but encouraged to apply within the round timeframe wherever possible to maximise their chances of success
  • Applicants should ensure there is a month available to BRANZ for consideration before any closing date set by any co-funding agency

Where appropriate successful applicants will be introduced to an industry supervisor. This will give the successful applicant the opportunity to develop professional connections in their chosen research area, while helping to keep industry informed of their findings.

For further information or to submit your application contact research.