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Every year our HERA Foundation makes a series of post graduate research scholarships available.

We established this charitable trust to drive metal based engineering research and career growth.  A step that was driven by our commitment to long term sustainability for our industry. Since 1997 helping over 20 students to further their education and complete their PhD or ME.

It’s all part of our continued commitment to invest in what we believe is the future of New Zealand – our youth.  Together we push research to new realms, with outcomes that in the future positively help develop our metals industry for the better through business improvement or opportunity leads.

The Foundations remit is to promote the study and understanding of ferrous and non-ferrous metals in engineering. Because of this, we encourage potential applicants to link their research proposal to heavy engineering industry related projects.  And at request – offer guidance on prospective themes that we’d like to see come to life.

We’re also equally happy to have new research projects submitted if a student sees fit. We just ask that the applicant not only considers, but also demonstrates how this would bring value to our members in the long term.


Our submission process

We welcome submissions any time of the year – but in general, only approve new scholarships between March and April.

All proposals we receive go through our HERA Research Panel system for evaluation.  And prior to approval, are forwarded to the HERA Foundation Trustees and their secretariat for final review.

Awards to successful applicants will then be dependent on confirmation of their registration for a PhD or Masters degree.


Prerequisites for scholarships

Our post-graduate scholarships provide support for those wishing to undertake full-time research for a PhD or Masters.  We expect that all applicants should have a good communication level of English and proficiency to deliver reports in English as well.

To qualify, you must be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident – and provide documents to support this status.


Submit your application now

Current scholarship projects
Ten years of scholarships

2018: ORC plant & design integration into Expert Design Tool


Shoulong Dong, PhD Scholarship Recipient

University of Auckland

Duration: 2015 – Dec 2018

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2016: Buckling restrained braces in steel frames


Audsley Jones, PhD Scholarship Recipient

University of Auckland

Duration: 2013 – 2016

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2011: Sustainable multi-storey construction


John Jing, PhD Scholarship Recipient

University of Auckland

Duration: 2009 – 2011

2010: Imported steelwork - economic, social and risk related impact


Mohit Gupta, ME Scholarship Recipient

University of Auckland

Duration: 2010 – 2010


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