Miss E L Hellaby Indigenous Grassland Research Trust

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Closing date: 10/10/2017   

Fellowships and Awards:
The Trust welcomes applications for fellowships for post-graduate, particularly Ph D research projects, into the ecology of New Zealand's indigenous grasslands but especially investigations into aspects of the sustainable management, uses and conservation of these grasslands (eg. plant-animal interactions, pedology, hydrology).

These fellowships have a stipend consistent with those offered by the universities. Fellows are required to provide an annual report when requested by the Governors. Hellaby fellows usually have their fees paid. They also receive a contribution of $500 towards the cost of producing their thesis. Awards of other types to fellows, will also be considered on their merits, but generally based on three criteria:

1. Whether the research topic meets the Trust's criteria;
2. The academic record of the applicant, and
3. The supporting statement of the intending supervisor(s).

Research expenses:
The Trust will normally cover reasonable research costs of fellows. It may also consider applications from post-graduate students, otherwise funded, to cover, or contribute to, the cost of relevant field research projects where funds are not otherwise available. It may also consider applications for qualified field assistants, working under appropriate supervision, in the same general fields.

Research equipment and consumables:
The Trust will also consider contributing to the cost of purchasing equipment and/or consumables necessary for a fellow's research project where these are not already available within the university. Any equipment, so purchased will normally become the property of the department on completion of the project, but must be recorded and catalogued within the department, so as to be available, preferentially, for any future Hellaby fellow if it is not already in use when required. If in use, the department may consider contributing to the cost of the additional items.

Vehicle usage:
The cost of vehicle usage for research work is allocated at normal university rates. The Trust has its own 4WD utility vehicle based at Otago University. Students based here, and funded by the Trust may, if appropriately experienced, use this vehicle at a charge-out rate of $0.30 per km. When not required for Hellaby Trust usage, it may be made available for use by other appropriately experienced research students or staff, at the normal university rate (currently $0.50 per km), at the discretion of the Research Adviser. Bookings by other than Hellaby-supported people can be made with the Botany Department technicians within one week of usage.

Field allowance:
The Trust will pay a field allowance of $20 for each overnight stay or will otherwise reimburse for actual and reasonable field expenses, within budget, on the basis of receipts supplied. Expense claims for research students must be endorsed by the student's supervisor prior to payment.

Meetings and seminars:
The Trust normally convenes a seminar triennially, so as to involve all the researchers it funds in at least one such seminar. These are normally held in Dunedin and are normally open to all interested people. The Trust covers the cost of these seminars and will also consider covering the costs of its fellows attending at least one other relevant conference, usually within New Zealand, to present aspects of their research, towards the end of their tenure as a fellow.

Applications:
The Trust welcomes applications for support. These are normally considered twice yearly, with closing dates March 10 and October 10. Applications should normally be no more than 3-4 pages and made by the candidate, in consultation with their supervisor(s). A fully itemised budget should be included together with the candidates CV and academic record. A supporting statement from the supervisor(s) is also required. Preliminary discussions may be held with one or other of the Trust's Research Advisers, Professor Katharine Dickinson, Botany Department, Otago University and Professor Richard Duncan, Bio-Protection and Ecology Division, Lincoln University.

Applications should be addressed either to:

The Chair of the Governors or the Trustee
Guardian Trust
PO Box 295
Dunedin 9054

on or before either closing date, March 10 and October 10, but in special cases the application may be considered when received.

Application cannot be accepted before 10/07/2017.

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