Physiotherapy New Zealand

Scholarship Trust Fund and ML Roberts Prize

Scholarship Trust Fund

The Scholarship Trust Fund is the funding source administered by Physiotherapy New Zealand. The Scholarship Trust Fund was established in 1980 to promote, encourage and assist members carry out physiotherapy research and contribute to physiotherapy education in New Zealand. The committee meets annually to consider applications to the fund and decide on allocations of funding.

To be eligible for funding you must be a member of Physiotherapy New Zealand. Click here for more applicant information. Application forms must be received by 4 October by electronic copy sent to

Please note that there is a Scholarship Trust Fund grant round for 2021, with the closing date for applications extended to 4 October for changing COVID-19 alert levels (the application closing date is usually 20 September).

ML Roberts Prize

The ML Roberts Prize was introduced in 1985 from a bequest from the estate of Mary Roberts, one of the early principals of the University of Otago School of Physiotherapy, to support and encourage student research. An annual prize is given to the student or group of students submitting the best research project as part of their final year programme.

There is a small grant as part of the prize and PNZ membership for the following year. The prize is offered at both AUT and the University of Otago with winners determined between each university and PNZ. While the bequest funds initiated the prize PNZ fully funds the awards in recognition of this important physiotherapy pioneer.

Page updated September 2021