Downer NZ Scholarships





Engineering Engineering - Civil/Structural Engineering - Electrical Engineering - Mechanical


Auckland / Christchurch


3 weeks ago

Applications Open

1st July 2019 9:00am

Applications Close

28th July 2019 11:55pm

Own your future. Own your journey.

To kick start your career in civil engineering, you need great opportunities from a company that understands your potential. Our team are committed to ensuring that all our future leaders gain hands-on experience to truly succeed as an engineer. 

This year, we are offering three types of Downer Scholarships. The scholarships are available to students who are studying towards a Washington Accord recognised Engineering Degree.


We know you are committed to developing your career, which is why our scholarship programme is focused on growing your capability.

Our scholarships are awarded on academic criteria, as well as how well applicants fit with our Downer Values of integrity, excellence, courage and collaboration.

Applicable Study:

Part II of BE (Hons) in Civil Engineering at either Auckland or Canterbury. Scholarships are awarded for one year initially, and subsequent award is based on overall academic and operational performance.


Details:  Key details for the 2019 Downer Scholarships are as follows:

AF Downer Scholarship $12,000

This is our top scholarship award. We are looking for a future leader who has strong academic results, and has taken on a leadership role within their community or through extra-curricular activities at their University.

The Graham Brown Memorial Scholarship (Joint Scholarship with NZTA) $5,000

Graham Brown (1945-2012) was a highly skilled technical driller with a passion for his work.  He was also a family man, a role model to others and has truly lived by his values.  This scholarship honours Graham’s contribution to our business and wider civil infrastructure community by furthering the education of a student.  We are looking for an undergraduate who aligns with our values and is passionate about engineering.

Two Downer $5,000 scholarships

We are looking for undergraduates who align with our values, and are passionate about engineering.

All scholarships offer:

  • Paid vacation work with Downer is required, which will count towards field experience course requirements;
  • Generally during the final year of studies, undergraduate students will be offered a permanent role with us, which will commence after graduation.

What are we looking for?

  • Excellence in your engineering studies
  • Leadership potential
  • Alignment with Downer's values
  • Motivation and drive

Please note, only applicants who are not receiving a scholarship from another company will be considered.

Please click "APPLY NOW" in order to be directed to our website – reference 560994 to submit your full academic transcript and a CV. Please include a covering letter telling us how you meet our key criteria and why you should become a Downer Scholar.

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The successful applicants will be required to pass a pre-employment drug test & medical. 

Applications close July 28th, 2019


Please note: This information is not to be re-distributed without permission from Downer and NxtStep (AttractHQ Ltd)

Minimum Qualification Required

  • Working towards a Bachelors degree or higher

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