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Downer has a number of scholarships available for undergraduate students to apply for each academic year. 

Our Scholarships are awarded on academic criteria as well as 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 the subsequent award is based on overall academic and operational performance.

Key details for the Downer Scholarship are as follows:

AF Downer Scholarship $12,000 per annum

This is Downer’s 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 in the University.

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

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 truly lived by his values.  This scholarship honors Graham’s contribution to the Downer 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.

Downer $5,000 scholarships per annum

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

All scholarships offer
  • Paid vacation work as part of the Downer Summer Intern Programme which will count towards field experience course requirements
  • A progress report (200 words) is to be submitted at the end of each semester, together with copies of examination and test results
  • Generally, during the final year of studies, Undergrad students will be offered a permanent role with Downer which will commence after graduation and involves a 1-year bonding

Key Criteria to be applied to awarding the Scholarships:
  • Excellence in your Engineering studies
  • Leadership potential
  • Alignment with Downer's values
  • Motivation and drive
  • Not receiving a scholarship from another company

Sam, A.F Downer Scholar
“Being in an environment where everything is new to me has definitely been a step out of my comfort zone. This experience helped me become a more confident person, having to be always ready to speak my mind but also realize that the way in how we talk to people makes a big difference.”
Laura Graham Brown Memorial Scholar
Laura was our first Graham Brown Memorial Scholar and spent two summers with Downer as a summer intern, getting to know the business and getting a feel for the type of work she wanted to do in the future. Laura is now an Estimator in our Infrastructure Projects team.

“As a scholar, I loved working outside and getting my hands dirty. My internship provided plenty of on the job learning that I applied to my studies when I returned to university”  

Want to be a Downer Scholar?

Go to our website www.downercareers.co.NZ