Murihiku Health Scholarships

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If you're planning to undertake study or training in the health sector and are committed to working in the CTOS region, you could be eligible for a Community Trust of Southland (CTOS) Murihiku Health Scholarship. Read on to find out whether you may qualify. 

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About the Scholarship Programme

  • The programme is aimed at helping to meet identified health workforce gaps in Southland.
  • We offer Murihiku Health Scholarships to students pursuing a health related career and existing health professionals wanting to upskill.
  • The total fund is $150,000 per annum.
  • The amount awarded for each scholarship is at the discretion of the Murihiku Health Scholarship Committee.
  • Study, courses or other activities will generally not be fully funded and priority will be given to applicants with a demonstrable financial need for assistance toward their study or training.
  • Funding may be awarded to cover multiple years of study but the scholarship is not intended to be a substitute for government/Southern DHB or Health Workforce NZ funded training.

Health Priorities For The Region:

  • Health gains for Maori
  • Health gains for Pacific Island peoples.
  • Rural health - developing adequate primary health care services for rural Southland.
  • Wakatipu District - planning for services in this rapidly growing area.
  • Reducing the impact and incidence of diabetes.
  • Improving oral health.
  • Ensuring access to appropriate child health services, including Well Child and family health care and immunisation.
  • Reducing the impact & incidence of cardiovascular disease.

Closing Dates

  • 3 March 2014 (decision April 2014)
  • 1 October 2014 (decision October 2014)  


To be eligible for a Murihiku Health Scholarship you will need to be:

  • A New Zealand citizen or hold New Zealand permanent residency.
  • A current or prospective worker in the broad field of health service delivery who will commit to working for the benefit of Southland for an agreed period.
  • Able to demonstrate that Southland will gain from your expertise.
  • Able to show how the study/training funded will, where possible, be in line with Southland related priority areas and will help to meet identified health workforce gaps in Southland. 

Eligibility Restrictions

  • Murihiku Health Scholarships will  not available to:  
    • Trustees and staff of CTOS and their immediate families and external members of the Murihiku Health Scholarship panel and their immediate families. Immediate families includes; partners, parents, children, step children, grandchildren, grandparents and siblings.
    • First year Health Science students.
    • Students who have been granted a CTOS Tertiary Scholarship for the same study.
  • Recipients are only eligible for one Murihiku Health Scholarship within a 12 month period.  
  • Murihiku Health Scholarships cannot be applied for retrospectively.  
  • The scholarship may be held concurrently with other external schoalrships or bursaries but is not proposed to be a substitute for Government, HealthWorkforce New Zealand or Southland District Health Board funded training.

Application Forms

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Need to Know More or If You Have Questions

If you have any questions concerning Murihiku Health Scholarships please contact our Scholarship Administrator on 0800 500 185 or email

Besides awarding Murihiku Health Scholarships, we also support the Health sector through our granting programme. For further information or to discuss a specific project or programme please contact us on 0800 500 185 or 03 218 2034.