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West Coast DHB Studentship Programme

Leap into a health-related career

West Coast District Health Board is very pleased to offer Sponsorship Awards in the form of Studentships to West Coast students who are studying at a recognised NZ university or polytechnic.


To select a diverse group of students who will work together on an approved project.  This supports the WCDHB’s “grow your own” approach.

The students will undertake activities at the WCDHB, which benefit both the student’s learning experience and advance or assist any WCDHB project, event or activity.


There will be 6 studentships offered, with each student receiving $5000.00 as taxed wages. 

The programme will run across the summer holiday period with 1-2 weeks prior to Christmas and 2-3 weeks in January/February. 

The students will undertake activities at the WCDHB which benefit both the student’s learning experience and advance or assist any WCDHB projects, events or other activities.

Studentship Application Criteria

  • Applicants must be enrolled in an education programme at a recognised New Zealand education institution.  At the completion of their study, the applicant intends to work specifically, but not exclusively within West Coast rural health. 
  • Applicants must have resided on the West Coast of the South Island or have strong links or whakapapa back to Te Tai o Poutini.
  • Consideration to the whole group mix needs to be maintained with priority given to Maori and Pacifica as well as a focus on fragile sectors

Studentship Application Process

To be eligible for consideration, applicants are required to complete a West Coast DHB Studentship Application form and submit it along with the necessary documentation listed in the form. (Application form is available via either link below)

Please choose either the computer typable (recommended if you can open with Microsoft Word) or the printer-friendly (PDF) version.

Application Closing Date

  • Closing date: Sunday, 3rd October 2021


  • September: advertise studentship opportunity
  • 3rd October: applications close.
  • 8th October: successful candidates notified.
  • November/December (date to be confirmed), 1–2 weeks including orientation, work experience and project pre-planning
  • January/February: (date to be confirmed) 2-3 weeks including project development and presentation.
  • Final day of programme: presentation of project, review of processes and programme evaluation.

Studentship Selection Process

  • All applications that meet the application criteria will go to a panel for review and selection.
  • The decision of the panel is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • All applicants will be notified of the results by email.
  • On completion of the Studentships, the successful applicants will be invited to attend a presentation in Greymouth to be awarded their certificates.

What about the Scholarships that were previously offered on this page??

Please note that this year we have changed the sponsorship programme.  

We are now only offering studentships up to the value of $5000 per successful applicant, and are now no longer offering the $500 scholarships.

So please feel free to apply, as the DHB wishes to support West Coasters in their studies.

For more information contact Juliette

Either send a letter to:

Juliette Reese
Rural Learning Centre
Te Nīkau Hospital & Health Centre
71 Water Walk Road

Or send us a message via and email to, or via the following convenient online form:

Studentship Overview Document

Most of the information provided on this webpage is also available for download here.

Page last updated: 10 September 2021

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