Antarctica New Zealand Postgraduate Research Scholarships

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Closing date: 12/03/2018   

Antarctica New Zealand was established in 1996 to develop, manage and execute New Zealand's activities in Antarctica and the Southern Ocean. The major focus is on facilitating and managing high quality science and improving awareness of the global importance of Antarctica.

The New Zealand Antarctic and Southern Ocean Science Directions and Priorities 2010-2020 identifies areas for focusing future Antarctic and Southern Ocean research activities. The Postgraduate Research Scholarship Programme is designed to encourage researchers to pursue interests in Antarctica and the Southern Ocean taking the directions into account.

In line with this, Antarctica New Zealand is particularly keen to encourage research that addresses four key themes of environmental management: managing Antarctic tourism, managing national programme activities, managing the natural Antarctic environment, and managing the risks associated with non-native species in Antarctica.

Three scholarships are offered:

-New Zealand Post Antarctic Scholarship (offered annually]

New Zealand Post Antarctic Scholarship (Masters or Doctoral)
Logistics support for one season in Antarctica
Award of $10,000

-Kelly Tarlton's Antarctic Scholarship (offered annually]

Kelly Tarlton’s Antarctic Scholarship (Masters or Doctoral)
Logistics support for one season in Antarctica
Award of $10,000

-Sir Robin Irvine (Antarctica New Zealand) Doctoral Scholarship (offered every two years - odd yrs)

Sir Robin Irvine Doctoral Scholarship
Logistics support for two seasons of Doctoral research in Antarctica
Award of $20,000 per annum (total $40,000)

The scholarship award is expected to contribute towards research costs, travel, fees and living expenses incurred during the scholarship period. Antarctica New Zealand will cover the costs for the scholar’s transport between Antarctica and Christchurch, living costs at Scott Base or in the field, reasonable transport needs in Antarctica, field equipment supplied at Scott Base, clothing hire and e-mail communications. Accepted proposals may require alterations to logistics requests in order to be supported. - See more at:

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must be:
- Registered in a postgraduate degree course in a New Zealand institution.
- A citizen or permanent resident of New Zealand.
- Part of an existing New Zealand Antarctic event that already received logistics approval for the 2015/16 field season.

Application Procedures

Applicants must provide:
1. A research proposal (maximum of three pages) which should include: a.An abstract of the proposed research
- A description of the research goals
- An outline of the methodology
- A delineation between the proposed postdoc work and the overall research goals of the Antarctic event that the postdoc is part of.
- An explanation of how the proposed research relates to the Science Strategy: New Zealand Antarctic and Southern Ocean Science Directions and Priorities 2010-2020. The document can be found at

2. A 2-page CV.
3. Transcript of final year grades.
4. Two letters of reference in support of the application.
5. A completed application form

Applications will be judged on scientific merit, relevance to the science strategy, and the academic standing of the candidate. Applications should be sent to Dr Nicole Stahlmann, NZARI Research Advisor, at Application deadline is 12 March at 5pm. A final decision will be made by late April and all applicants will be notified shortly afterwards.
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Further information and application forms are available from:

Application cannot be accepted before 12/12/2017.

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