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Pūhoro teams up with He Oranga Hauora on new data scholarship

Pūhoro has partnered with He Oranga Hauora - Healthier Lives on a new scholarship targeted at tauira Māori studying data and related fields.

Pūhoro has partnered with He Oranga Hauora - Healthier Lives on a new scholarship targeted at tauira Māori studying data and related fields.

He Oranga Hauora is a kaupapa as part of the National Science Challenges umbrella that aims to improve the prevention and treatment of cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity, and achieve equitable health outcomes in Aotearoa, New Zealand. The collaborative national research programme envisions a future in which Māori are research leaders in data science. With this scholarship, they aim to raise awareness about the importance of data science in health disciplines, to manaaki young Māori data scientists who have the potential to someday lead research in these fields, and to demonstrate the impact and viability of scholarships for Māori in data science.

This partnership also seeks to bring awareness to the indigenous data sovereignty movement and recognises the inherent rights and responsibilities indigenous people have over their data, particularly in how it relates to Māori data sovereignty.


Number of scholarships available: 4

Value of each scholarship: $10,000

Application Criteria:

Study institute: Applicants must be studying at a New Zealand based tertiary institute

Study level: Applicants must be studying at an undergraduate level with at least one-year evidence of data-subjects (statistics, data science, mathematics, operations research, engineering science, epidemiology).  

Area/s of study: Scholarships are available to rangatahi studying at a tertiary level in any of the subjects below.

  • Statistics
  • Data science
  • Applied maths
  • Operations research/engineering science
  • Epidemiology

Note - It is not essential to be studying a health subject, but there is a preference for applicants with a health focus and/or interest.

Scholarship tenure: Semester 2, 2024


  • Registered with Pūhoro's Te Urunga Pae programme, or willing to register with Pūhoro upon acceptance of scholarship.
  • Whakapapa Māori.
  • Successful recipients must participate in at least 1 applied data science short course (1-3 days, NZ Social Statistics Networks courses, or similar) to be arranged at no cost to the applicant.

Pūhoro participation conditions:

  • Attend Pūhoro Wānanga (3 per year) and Wānanga Pūrau (1 per year) events as a volunteer.
  • Submit academic grades at the end of each semester.
  • Partake in interviews, media stories, and communications regarding you and your study.

Applications open: May 31, 2024

Please note: Applications require an endorsement letter, or reference from a mentor or lecturer indicating their suitability for this scholarship. Your Te Urunga Pae Kaihautū can provide you with a reference

Applications close: June 19, 2024


Selection Process:

Successful and unsuccessful applicants will be contacted mid to late-June. Applicants are not required to attend an interview.

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