Fund Details
Fire and Emergency New Zealand Fire Engineering Scholarship
Award Amount
$20,000 per annum


The purpose of this scholarship is to support Fire Engineering students at the University of Canterbury. Recipients are required to commit to an 18-month period of full-time employment, at market rates, with Fire and Emergency New Zealand.

a. Financial assistance with the costs associated with university study, to a value of $20,000
b. May be offered 18 months full-time employment (at market rates) with Fire and Emergency New Zealand, after completion of the Master of Engineering in Fire Engineering (MEFE) or Master of Engineering Studies in Fire Engineering (MEngSt(Fire)) degree programme.

Level of Study: Master's

Closing Date: 11:59 pm (NZT) 30 November (Applications open approximately 8 weeks before this date)

Tenure: One year for MEngSt (Fire) students. Two years for MEFE students

Number Available Annually: Up to four

Applicable Enrolment During Tenure: Must be enrolled full-time at the University of Canterbury in a programme for the Master of Engineering in Fire Engineering (MEFE) degree or a Master of Engineering Studies in Fire Engineering (MEngSt(Fire)) degree

Citizenship/Residency Requirements: Must be a citizen of New Zealand, or hold a New Zealand residence class visa

For more information please read the regulations, click here.

Application Information:

Following the online application process, a shortlist of candidates will then be invited to interview with a panel of representatives from Fire and Emergency New Zealand.

Special Eligibility Requirements:

By 10 December in the year of application:
  1. applicants must have met, or be able to demonstrate that they are likely to meet, the academic requirements for enrolment in a programme for an MEFE or MEngSt (Fire).
  2. applicants requiring admission with equivalent standing must have had this admission confirmed unconditionally (including any English language requirements).

Additional Information:

Fire and Emergency New Zealand established the scholarship in 2015 (under the name "New Zealand Fire Service Commission Fire Engineering Scholarship"), recognising a long-standing history of a relationship between the University of Canterbury and the Fire Service (later Fire and Emergency New Zealand), of which scholarships have been a part since 1994.

The location of the employment - Christchurch, Wellington or Auckland - will be specified by Fire and Emergency New Zealand in the employment contract that will be offered at the time of degree completion.

The University of Canterbury recommends that, before signing the agreement to accept an employment contract, the successful candidate obtains advice on:
  1. the terms of the agreement, including those relating to conditions of employment; and
  2. the potential impact of the future salary payments from Fire and Emergency New Zealand (as described in the agreement) on the taxation status of his or her scholarship payments.
If, on a recipient's completion of the MEFE or MEngSt(Fire) programme, Fire and Emergency New Zealand has no suitable vacancies, an employment contract will not be offered and the recipient will be released from the employment obligation.

Contact Information:

For questions about this application, please contact Scholarships Office at

Search Filters:

  • Engineering
    Level of Study
    • Postgraduate
    • Masters
      Subject of Study
      • Fire Engineering
        Domestic/International Students
        • Domestic
          Application Closing Month
          • November
            Award Type
            • Any
            • Scholarship
              Begin Accepting Applications Date:
              5 Oct 2023
              Deadline Date (NZT Time Zone) :
              30 Nov 2023 11:59 PM