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Doctoral project funding opportunities

Find out about project funding opportunities available in New Zealand and overseas.


Socio-economic inequalities, alcohol and child maltreatment | PhD scholarship

Applications are invited to apply for a PhD scholarship with the alcohol research team at the SHORE & Whariki Research Centre, College of Health, Massey University, New Zealand.

We are two multidisciplinary research groups working in a Treaty of Waitangi partnership model to produce excellent research with the aim of improving health and wellbeing in Aotearoa, New Zealand and globally.

The PhD is part of a wider study assessing the impact of alcohol on child maltreatment (using the Statistics New Zealand Integrated Data Infrastructure) funded by the Health Research Council of New Zealand. The PhD will focus on socio-economic inequalities, alcohol and child maltreatment and identify if heavy parental alcohol use is a factor underlying child maltreatment risks in disadvantaged versus higher SES populations.

This three-year scholarship is valued at NZ $25,000 p.a. plus tuition fees. The candidate will be based at our offices in central Auckland, New Zealand. This scholarship could suit a candidate from a number of disciplines. Some quantitative skills will be needed.

Expressions of interest

Those who are interested in applying are invited to email Dr Taisia Huckle with a brief outline of their relevant experience, curriculum vitae and one piece of academic writing by the 20th July 2020.

  • Dr Taisia Huckle

You can read about our recent research on the SHORE & Whariki Research Centre's website.

Applying for the Scholarship

Applicants must meet the University’s criteria for entry into the PhD programme and have a grade average sufficient to be eligible for a doctoral scholarship.

Value and tenure

The value of a doctoral scholarship will be a stipend of $25,000 per annum and payment of tuition and non-tuition fees to a maximum of 36 months of full-time study.

Selection criteria

Consideration will normally be given to applicants with a grade average of A- (7.0 on a nine-point scale) or equivalent.

Kaupapa Māori multi-hazard risk assessment | PhD scholarship

We invite applicants to apply for a New Zealand-based, fully funded PhD position in integrating Māori perspectives, values, and knowledge within multi-hazard risk assessment.

The successful candidate will have strong interests in hazard and risk assessment alongside an in-depth understanding of kaupapa Māori/mātauranga Māori approaches. Some experience with modelling and interpretation, using both quantitative and qualitative methods is desirable, as well as a willingness to fully engage in multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary research. Co-design of the exact PhD research question(s) that fits within the scope and topic above is open to discussion. A key focus would be to design a kaupapa Māori approach and framework (e.g. values, descriptors, measures, tools) for understanding risk with application to multi-hazard modelling assessment.


The PhD will be part of the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment funded work package “Multihazard and Risk models” (2019-24), within the Resilience to Natures Challenges National Science Challenge.

The PhD project will mainly involve working alongside researchers from Massey University, Manaaki Whenua - Landcare Research, and GNS Science.

Kaupapa Māori multi-hazard risk assessment seeks to increase and support decision making that is relevant and responsive to Māori and enhances resilience to natural hazard risk across Aotearoa-New Zealand. This will be achieved by improved understanding of Māori perspectives, values, and knowledge of risks, hazards, and resilience. It will involve identification and documentation of Māori knowledge (e.g. mātauranga Māori), values, and perspectives to understand risk assessment across 4 main hazard areas: coastal, volcanic, seismic and weather/climate related. Improved understanding of a Te Ao Māori perspective will commence at a national level and then be used in a case-study, tested and refined to maximise uptake by Māori in modelling, decision making and planning. 

The key focus will be on achieving positive outcomes for landscape and community resilience to meet Māori aspirations locally, regionally and nationally. There is flexibility to adjust the project scope and methodology according to the successful candidate’s interests, experience and expertise. The successful candidate will work alongside researchers and scientists in modelling, biophysical science, economics, social sciences and other disciplines to improve the way we provide information through risk-hazard modelling as a basis for sustainable planning of natural hazards, risk management, and improving resilience. The student will be supported by a leading team of Māori and science professionals.


The student would ideally be enrolled and based at Massey University (Palmerston North, New Zealand) and supervised by Stuart Mead (Massey University, Palmerston North) and Garth Harmsworth (Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research, Palmerston North). Other co-supervisors are likely to include Wendy Saunders (GNS science), Mark Bebbington (Massey University), and Acushla Sciascia (Massey University, Wellington). The scholarship will cover all tuition fees, all reasonable research costs (including travel to international conferences), and a stipend of NZ$25,000/year for three years. 

If you are interested, please send a CV and short cover letter to Stuart Mead and Garth Harmsworth.  There is no closing deadline.

Multi-capital and wellbeing dynamic value chain analysis | PhD scholarship

  • Fully-funded 3-year Doctoral Scholarship
  • Resilience to Nature’s Challenges National Science Challenge
  • Multihazard Risk Models Project
  • Massey University/MEResearch (Market Economics

We invite applicants to apply for a fully funded PhD position in decision sciences in New Zealand. The successful candidate should have a Masters’ or Honours degree in preferably Ecological Economics, Institutional Economics, Environmental or Resource Economics or similar, with a strong bent towards integrated dynamic modelling and simulation of complex systems. Familiarity with multi-capital and wellbeing frameworks is an advantage.


The purpose of this scholarship is to encourage and support doctoral research investigating dynamic assessment of multi-capital and wellbeing value chains under coincident and cascading natural hazards events. This includes assessment of value chains through time, across space, for different socio-economic agents including households, businesses, government and not-for-profit organisations.  This may include use of mixed-methods and modelling using Network Analysis, Agent-Based Modelling or System Dynamics.  There is however scope to modify the project aim according to the successful candidate’s interests and expertise. This PhD research will form part of the Resilience to Nature’s Challenges National Science Challenge (NSC).  The Resilience to Nature’s Challenges NSC is a ten year programme of research, currently in Year 5, focussed on building New Zealand’s resilience to natural hazards. The project is part of the “Multihazard and Risk models” (2019-2024) work programme co-led by Prof Mark Bebbington (Massey University) and Dr Garry McDonald (MEResearch). The project involves researchers from Massey University, MEResearch (Market Economics), Victoria University of Wellington, Lincoln University, NIWA, GNS Science, and Resilient Organisations. For more information please visit


The student will be based at Massey University (Palmerston North, New Zealand) supervised by Dr Garry McDonald (MEResearch) and Prof Mark Bebbington (Massey University).  Support will also be available from our experienced modelling team including Dr Nicola Smith (MEResearch), Dr Emily Harvey (MEResearch) and Dr Stuart Mead (Massey University).

The scholarship will cover all tuition fees, all reasonable research costs (including travel to international conferences), and a stipend of NZ$25,000/year for three years.

If you are interested, please send a CV and short cover letter to Dr Garry McDonald and Prof. Mark Bebbington.  There is no closing deadline, but we will ideally fill the position by April 2020.

Theoretical Chemistry/Physics | PhD scholarship

PhD scholarship with the Institute for Advanced Study

The Institute for Advanced Study at Massey University in Auckland, New Zealand, is looking for an excellent student with a Master of Science in Computational/Theoretical Physics or Chemistry to work on a Marsden funded research project (17-MAU-021) on superheavy element chemistry and physics.

The person is required to have excellent knowledge in either theoretical chemistry or physics. The project is in collaboration with Prof. Witek Nazarewicz from the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Michigan State University, USA.

The scholarship remains open until filled and comes with a scholarship to support for living expenses ($27,500 per annum) and tuition fees. Candidates are given the opportunity to obtain a PhD degree from Massey University. The duration of this scholarship is three years with the possibility of an extension. To be eligible for this scholarship you must fulfill the entry requirements for a PhD at Massey University.

Expressions of interest should contain the following information:

  • A one-page summary justifying the applicant’s suitability for the role
  • An academic CV
  • Two letters of reference
  • Transcript of qualifying degree

Please send expressions of interest and enquiries to Distinguished Professor Peter Schwerdtfeger at

For more information about our research center or Massey University see the websites at and For more information about nuclear physics group of Prof. Nazarewicz, go to

Centre for Public Health Research | Childhood asthma | PhD scholarship

PhD Scholarship - Persistent airflow limitation and the airway microbiome in childhood asthma

Asthma is a major public health problem in New Zealand (and internationally) with one in four children affected. It is generally characterised by episodic reversible airway narrowing, but a significant proportion of children with asthma experience progressive persistent airflow limitation despite optimal therapy.

The research project, funded by the Health Research Council, will assess the role of the airway microbiome and inflammation in persistent airflow limitation in childhood asthma.

We seek applications for a PhD scholarship with Massey University’s Centre for Public Health Research in Wellington. The PhD candidate will be working with an interdisciplinary and international team of world-renowned scientists in the fields of public health and epidemiology, clinical respiratory research, innate immunology, molecular microbiology, bacterial genomics and pae

Veterinary Pathology

Masterate Scholarship in Veterinary Pathology

The purpose of this School of Veterinary Science Masterate Scholarship is to encourage veterinary graduates who plan a career in veterinary diagnostic pathology to undertake university postgraduate study in this field. The Scholar will be expected to develop expertise in the diagnosis of animal diseases in preparation for seeking specialist qualifications in pathology, and to gain experience in tertiary education by providing laboratory and lecture instruction in veterinary diagnostic pathology.  

Amount awarded

The value of the scholarship will be $30,000 per annum (tax free) for two years. In addition to the emolument, the scholarship shall cover tuition fees for an MVSc or MVS. The scholarship shall be tenable at Massey University, Palmerston North.


The scholarship is open to students who hold a BVSc degree able to be registered in New Zealand and who qualify to register as a candidate for the degree of Master of Veterinary Studies (MVS). The scholar will be expected to participate in the routine necropsy service provided by IVABS Pathobiology Section, which includes a range of domestic and wildlife animal species. In addition, the scholar will be required to conduct a research project under the supervision of an IVABS pathologist. The academic programme will be directed towards preparing for American College of Veterinary Pathologists Board Certification. Candidates must be New Zealand or Australian citizens or permanent residents of New Zealand or Australia.

How to apply

Every person who wants to be considered for the School of Veterinary Science Scholarship should apply on the application form provided by the School (obtained from or Massey Contact, email:

Informal enquiries can be addressed to John Munday ( phone: 06 356 9099 ext 85172

New Zealand

Biomedical - tackling cancer, diabetes and infectious diseases

Biomedical - Tackling cancer, diabetes and infectious diseases

Research opportunities with the Maurice Wilkins Centre (MWC), Centre of Research Excellence

Bringing together world leading biomedical researchers from around New Zealand to tackle cancer, diabetes and infectious diseases.

One of our major roles is to train the country's next generation of leaders in biomedical research. The projects involve highly innovative biomedical research and are based at one of the following institutions:

  • Otago University
  • Massey University
  • The University of Auckland
  • The University of Waikato
  • University of Canterbury
  • Victoria University

Uniquely with these scholarships, you will also be eligible to spend time in other leading laboratories and training centres outside your home base, including overseas, and to access advanced equipment and facilities that can accelerate your research, wherever in NZ those facilities are based. Becoming part of the MWC brings the opportunity to interact with world-leading scientists right across the country, as well as their international collaborators.

How to apply

Before you contact MWC to express your interest, follow the steps below.

  1. Have a look at the available projects listed on the MWC website.
  2. Download the expression of interest form 
  3. Complete the form and send as a PDF file, along with your current CV, academic transcript and names of any referees, if requested.
  4. Email your expression of interest to or to the project lead supervisor.

Eligibility criteria

You must be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident and have either an exceptional academic track record or have a proven track record of research productivity. If you have any doubts about your eligibility, you can phone MWC on 09 923 5533.

Minimising Gambling Harm

Minimising gambling harm

The Health Research Council (HRC) is administering the Preventing and Minimising Gambling Harm Career Development Awards, which are funded by the Ministry of Health.

Applicants are invited to apply for master's, PhD and postdoctoral awards to support the career development of emerging health researchers seeking to prevent and minimise gambling-related harm for Māori and Pacific populations in New Zealand.

Applicants will apply using the standard HRC Māori or Pacific career development forms, which will be available on the HRC's website.

Award components: Stipend of $10,000; course fees up to $10,000;
Working expenses of $1,600
Term of award: 1 year
Number of awards available: 1

Award components: Stipend and working expenses up to a total of $410,000
Term of award: 4 years
Number of awards available: 1


Australia - Marine Biotechnology

Marine Biotechnology

Deakin University - Geelong, Victoria, Australia

Jointly funded by Deakin University and Plant and Food Research, Nelson, NZ.

Supervisors: Professor Colin Barrow, Chair in Biotechnology, Deakin University and Dr. Sue Marshall, Plant and Food Research.

At least one PhD scholarship is to be awarded to carry out a joint project with Deakin University in Geelong, Australia and Plant and Food Research, New Zealand. The scholarship of A$25,000 per annum will be awarded to a student graduating with a first-class honours degree in chemistry, biochemistry, molecular biology, or a related field. Applicants should be Australian citizens or permanent residents, or New Zealand citizens.

The project involves the discovery and development of new lipases for enzymatic concentration of omega-3 fatty acids from fish and microbial oils. These lipases will have application in functional foods and pharmaceuticals. Specifically, the project will have three parts. Firstly, the student will mine published and proprietary genomic databases to identify potentially useful lipases that will then be cloned and tested. Secondly, the student will isolate and test new lipases from fish and microbes. Thirdly, the student will take part in the development of novel immobilization technologies that will enable the new lipases to be used in a commercial setting.

The successful applicant will be expected to spend most of their time at Deakin University in Geelong, Australia, but may spend up to one year in Nelson, New Zealand. Applicants are encouraged to apply for Australian Postgraduate Awards (APAs) and Deakin University Postgraduate Research Scholarships (DUPRS).


Interested candidates please forward your CV and expression of interest to Professor Colin Barrow or Dr Susan Marshall

France - Eiffel Doctoral Scholarships for New Zealand students

Eiffel Doctoral Scholarships for New Zealand students - France

These scholarships are offered by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs to international students for doctoral studies in France. Since 2006, one of these scholarships per year has been offered to a New Zealand student. 

For further details visit:

Germany - Environmental Governance & Forest Ecology & Management

Environmental Governance and Forest Ecology and Management - Germany

Environmental Governance (MEG) and Forest Ecology and Management (FEM) International MSC Programmes at Freiburg University, Germany.

The MSc course 'Environmental Governance' focuses on socio-economic issues, whereas 'Forest Ecology and Management' concentrates on ecological aspects. Both courses are taught entirely in English and have a duration of two years.

For further information visit: and

Saudi Arabia - Undergraduate Scholarships for New Zealanders

Undergraduate scholarships for New Zealand students - Saudi Arabia

A limited number of scholarships are available for New Zealand students wanting to study in Saudi Arabia.

Two types of scholarships are available:

  • Muslim and Non-Muslim Students 1-2 Scholarships per year at King Saud Maile University
  • Muslim Students 2-3 Scholarships per year at Islamic Male University of Medina.


Students must be:

  • between 18 to-25 years old and hold a valid NZ passport
  • required to undertake Arabic Language studies for two years.

After completion of language training, the scholarship holder may study undergraduate programmes at any Faculty (except medicine or engineering).

The Scholarship provides:

  • free tuition
  • free text books in Arabic language
  • single person accommodation
  • monthly stipend of NZ$400 per month
  • subsidised meals from University cafeteria
  • medical expenses
  • annual return air ticket.

Further information

You can contact:

Tony Davies
NZ Education Attache to the GCC, NZ Embassy, Diplomatic Quarter, Riyadh

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