Creative Writing Tertiary Scholarships

Each year we offer $3,500 tertiary scholarships to students enrolled in a Masters of Creative Writing programme at a number of universities across Aotearoa.

The purpose of these scholarships is to support students enrolled on a Creative Writing Masters programme. These scholarships were designed to encourage growth in the industry, to advocate publishing in New Zealand and to motivate the next generation of writers.

This scholarship is for students who have been accepted into a Masters of Creative Writing programme and are embarking on their study. Students will be chosen by the tertiary institute based on the merits of their application and through an assessment of the work they are undertaking. As part of this process, it will be established that the work being undertaken by the applicant does not infringe upon any copyright law. Scholarships are tenable by students who are New Zealand citizens or permanent residents.

Value of scholarship $3,500 each year to one recipient at the tertiary institute
Currently offered by The University of Auckland, Auckland University of Technology and Victoria University of Wellington
Available to Current students enrolled in a Masters of Creative Wrtiting


Being an artist and writer in New Zealand is often challenging and it can be difficult to reassure oneself that this path is the right one. Because of your donation, I am absolutely certain I am making the right decisions and have been encouraged to pour everything I have into this Master's degree. It’s important for me to tell my stories and engage in Aotearoa communities through art, and to know this sentiment is supported by your organisation is heartening.

Isaac Martyn , Victoria University of Wellington student, 2021

Previous Scholarship Recipients


2021 Clare Travaglia
The University of Auckland
Heather-Joan Eardley
Auckland University of Technology
Isaac Martyn
Victoria University of Wellington
2020 Rostislava Pankova-Karadjova
The University of Auckland

Madeleine Williamson
Auckland University of Technology
Kōtuku Nuttall
Victoria University of Wellington

2019 Shelley Burne-Field
The University of Auckland

Jessie Puru
Auckland University of Technology
Catarina de Peters Leitao
Victoria University of Wellington

2018 Carolyn Cossey
The University of Auckland
Cassandra Barnett
Victoria University of Wellington
2017 Amelia Louise Langford
The University of Auckland

About the Cultural Fund

The Cultural Fund derives its revenue from a 2% share of domestic licensing income and from overseas revenue that is non-title specific. The Cultural Fund invests in people and projects that meet its objectives to:

  • Protect - writers and publishers’ ability to earn revenue from their works;
  • Support – the creation and production of new works and assist the commercial success of New Zealand works;
  • Grow – the number of works created and skills in the industry.

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