In 2018 for the first time, Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) will seek external applications for one undergraduate and one postgraduate tertiary GIS scholarship.
Applications are open to students enrolled at a New Zealand university or other New Zealand tertiary institute who are New Zealand citizens or permanent residents and have completed their first year of tertiary studies (for undergraduate scholarship) or undergraduate qualification (for postgraduate scholarship).
Each scholarship is up to a maximum of NZ$5,000 for undergraduate or postgraduate course fees for Geographic Information Science (GIS) related courses taken during the period of 2019-2021 academic years.
GIS related-courses are of value to people from a wide variety of backgrounds - check out the Studying GIS page!
Why are we offering these scholarships?
- One of the key outcomes we are working towards is ‘high value geographic and property information’ - meaning LINZ is working to ensure geographic and property information is used effectively to create value for New Zealand and New Zealanders. To deliver this value requires people with geospatial skills. Research from Victoria University in 2012 concluded that there was a geospatial skills shortage in New Zealand. A September 2017 report from economics and strategy consultancy firm AlphaBeta showed that the geospatial industry is growing strongly both in New Zealand and around the world (you can read both of these reports as well as LINZ's Outcomes Framework in the links below). By offering scholarships LINZ can encourage more tertiary students to take GIS-related courses as part of their studies and help ensure that there is a sufficient supply of skilled people to contribute to New Zealand’s growing geospatial industry.
- LINZ is a member of the cross sector Geospatial Capability Committee (GCC). The vision of the GCC is ‘New Zealand has the capability to reach its geospatial potential’. As part of its work programme the committee is implementing recommendations from the 2016 report ‘Graduate Pathways: Support for Young Geospatial Professionals in New Zealand’ (see link below). Through our scholarships we can help implement these recommendations and help geospatial students achieve their goals.
Additional scholarships as part of LINZ's Business with Māori strategy
One of the goals of our Business with Māori strategy is to improve the way we work with Māori and iwi on achieving greater outcomes from Māori land. To support this goal there may be the opportunity to offer extra scholarships in addition to the initial LINZ GIS scholarships for applicants with any iwi affiliation.