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All proceeds fund & encourage education
through The Kate Edger Educational Charitable Trust


Academic Awards

UPDATE re awards & grants
6 July 2020

We are pleased to announce that many of our awards up to December 2020 are being offered again.

We are aware that the past few months have been difficult for many students, and we hope that you have managed to continue your studies despite these challenging times. We are delighted that we are again in a position to be able to offer support, and further our aim to empower through education.

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

Those awards that would usually be offered in the first half of 2021 are still under consideration. We will post an update on the situation for these awards by November/December 2020.

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


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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 & Massey University, Albany Campus.
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

Māori/Pasifika Midwifery Award
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(09) 358 1044

map117 George Street
Newmarket, Auckland 1023

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