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Academic Awards

Our Awards Programme for 2021 is now open. We know that additional financial support is crucial for many students, and we are pleased that we will be able to continue to support empowerment through education throughout 2021. 

For closing dates and application forms for individual awards, please click on the links below to the relevant webpages. 

Please note for those applying through the AUT or University of Auckland Scholarships portals, applications usually open 6 weeks before closing date.

You are most welcome to email us with questions about any of our awards at

The Kate Edger Educational Charitable Trust trading as Academic Dress Hire is a non-profit organisation "Empowering through Education".

Purpose:  To provide funds for the promotion, advancement and encouragement of education for women, either in research and professional activities, or artistic and creative activities.  

All proceeds from hireage of regalia at Academic Dress Hire support our purpose, mainly through the provision of awards and financial and other assistance. 

On average over 110 awards are funded each year to women in the Auckland and Northland regions. Awards vary from smaller grants to assist with retraining, to much larger $16,000 Doctoral and Post-Doctoral research awards. Without the Trust's assistance, many of these women would not be able to access further education. 

To view FAQs about the Awards Programme click here


Entries are now CLOSED for
The Kate Edger Educational Charitable Trust
Schools Competition

Winners announced here in early August


Competition for Year 12 & 13 Students

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Where are you enrolled?
The Kate Edger Educational Charitable Trust offers awards for women enrolled or planning to enrol full time at the University of Auckland, AUT, Unitec, Manukau Institute of Technology, Whitecliffe College, Laidlaw College, Northland Polytechnic, Te Wananga O Aotearoa (Manukau or Whangarei) or Te Whare Wananga O Awanuiarangi, Auckland. If the institute you are studying at is not listed here, please inquire to
Tressa Thomas Practicum First Year Doctoral 
New Start  Postgraduate Diploma Dame Dorothy Winstone Doctoral Completion
Foundation Bachelor with Honours Degree Post Doctoral Research
Practicum Master's Degree  
Bachelor with Honours Degree    

Undergraduate Award Applications and Information

Postgraduate Award Applications and Information

Doctoral & Post Doctoral Award Applications and Information
Vinka Marinovich Awards in Music 
Vinka Marinovich Awards in Engineering
MacAndrew Award in Performing Arts

NZ Contemporary Art Award

Bed Bath & Beyond MIT Award

Bed Bath & Beyond Employee Award

Bed Bath & Beyond Manurewa High School Award

Māori/Pasifika Midwifery Award

Watercare Engineering Award

Westferry Property Services Rick Sowman Educational Award
Please click here to view Discipline Specific Awards Information and How to Apply

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