Beca Scholarship

How do I find work placements that’ll give me an advantage?”

I’d love study support to make finances easier for my family.”

I want to be work ready when I finish study.”

We can help

As Ngāi Tahu, you have more support than you may realise.

Beca Scholarships can:

  • support you through a paid, guided work placement at Beca
  • equip you with skills that put you in high demand with employers
  • strengthen your connection with Ngāi Tahu
  • provide funding to assist with study fees
  • support you via Ngāi Tahu mentors to prepare you for graduate opportunities

Beca Scholarships are for Ngāi Tahu tertiary students who are studying at year 2 or above in engineering, architecture, planning, resource management, landscape design, urban design, or environmental management.. We are looking for students who are enthusiastic, motivated and want to gain experience to help equip them for the world of work.

Following this experience, scholarship recipients may progress to a Beca Graduate role or opportunities within the Ngāi Tahu offices. They will have gained valuable experience which could also be used to assist whānau in their marae development projects, infrastructure projects, and environmental-related outcomes.


Apply online for a Beca Scholarship

Looking for support preparing your application?

  • Te Pou Here Pūreirei connects you with a mentor for personalised support preparing CV’s, cover letters and calming any nerves about interviews.
  • Connect with a mentor for support preparing your application
  • You will need your whakapapa number and your password.

To apply for any of our grants or scholarships you will need access to your email, your six-digit whakapapa number and your password. If you’re unsure of either please call 0800 KAI TAHU (0800 524 8248) or follow this link to find your registration number.

Scholarship applications closed Sunday, 18 April 2021.

Not sure if you’re eligible?

Not sure if you are eligible? That’s OK – let’s talk! Connecting is easy – just email [email protected] or
phone 0800 KAI TAHU (0800 524 8248).

We can answer all your questions and help you apply.

Portia was the recipient of the 2019 Beca/Ngāi Tahu Scholarship and completed her internship in the Christchurch Beca office over the 2019/20 summer. Having completed her Master of Planning in 2020 at Lincoln University (Te Whare Wānaka o Aoraki), she has now joined the Beca team full-time as a planner.

“I felt more prepared returning for my final year of study after gaining some work experience and putting the study into practice. The internship improved my report-style writing skills, critical-thinking, and gave me a greater understanding of the entire planning and consent process. I appreciate that Beca is involved in a range of projects, so I am gaining broad experience rather than be limited to only one aspect of planning.

The Beca scholarship enabled me to keep in closer contact with TRONT, with opportunities to participate in more wananga such as the mihi whakatau held for all scholarship recipients and noho marae to Koukourārata. Since receiving the scholarship, my eyes have been opened to the wide range of projects that various branches of TRONT are involved in, and all the planning-related work that is needed.

Beca is involved in a range of environmental projects and I am proud to work for a company that has a strong cultural identity which improves our cultural competency in all the work we do”.

Portia King, 2019 Scholarship Recipient
Ngāi Tahu, Arowhenua

My time as a Beca scholarship recipient was invaluable to my personal, professional and cultural progress as a Kāi Tahu rakatahi. Connecting with like-minded young Māori was something special to come from the scholarship programme. I was motivated to think seriously about how I want Māoritanga to be part of my future career.

As an intern with Beca, my highlights were site visits which involved ecological assessments, collecting water quality samples, involvement in consultation at construction sites, and more. Being in the field helped me appreciate how a company works inside and outside the office. So many opportunities have arisen for me as a result of the Beca scholarship, and I could not have gained the same experience any other way.

Korako Edwards
(Ngāi Tahu – Kāti Huirapa ki Pūketeraki),
Beca Scholar