We cultivate:


We actively work with the University to ensure the unique concerns of postgraduates are included in University policies.  An important aspect of this work is the Minimum Resources Agreement, which specifies the minimum resources all research students are entitled to. We have representatives who sit on committees and boards across the university ensuring that the postgraduate student voice is heard.


We promote excellence by providing:

  • opportunities for personal growth and leadership

  • opportunities for academic growth in workshops, forums and  informal discussion

  • recognition of success  in:

    • 3 Minute Thesis Competition

    • Research Excellence Awards

    • Victorias Awards

    • Academic Conference Grants


We  focus on creating a thriving, university-wide postgraduate community. Are you looking  to:

  • network with fellow postgrads (outside of your office)?

  • attend social events (our annual quiz night, Tuesday Chats, First Fridays Breakfasts)?

  • escape your office/lab/dungeon?

Then we are here for you! If at any time you have queries, problems, or grievances come and chat to us. We can provide guidance and assure to respect your confidentiality

PGSA Conference Grants

PGSA Conference Grants

This month we are introducing the next evolution to our PGSA Academic Conference Grants, which we have been offering in some form since 2010.

The big news is that the grants are now untagged, meaning if awarded you can use them for any travel-related costs for international conferences. We're thrilled that we can help postgraduates get to prestigious conferences and share their brilliance with the world in more ways than ever before.

Starting from this year, there are up to twenty grants of $500 available, to be awarded throughout the year. At least two grants will be awarded to candidates whose research is likely to be of benefit to Māori and Pasifika studies, in accordance with the Treaty of Waitangi Statute.

Grants will be awarded at the discretion of the PGSA Executive. See our website for full information, and the policy document: https://www.vuwpgsa.ac.nz/grants

We look forward to reading your applications in the year ahead!

Apply for a PGSA Academic Conference Grant here



Kia kaha

Kia kaha