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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 now closed

For further information or to submit your application contact research.