Doctoral project funding opportunities

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Massey

Persistent airflow limitation and the airway microbiome in childhood asthma | PhD scholarship

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 paediatrics.

The PhD student will conduct laboratory, bioinformatics, and data analyses with support from supervisors, bio-statisticians and other doctoral candidates working on related asthma projects. The student is expected to write, as first author (with support from the co-authors), a minimum of three scientific publications in peer reviewed journals as part of the PhD (the PhD will be done by publication rather than by monograph).

For more information about our research and our staff, please visit: publichealth.massey.ac.nz. 

Amount awarded

The scholarship includes a (tax-free) stipend of $25,000 per annum for a maximum period of three years plus university fees.

Eligibility

Students must be prepared to be enrolled at Massey University by 13 July 2019.

Students will have a bachelor's degree with appropriate honours or master's degree in a relevant field, such as public health, epidemiology, microbiology, medicine, or molecular biology. A minimum GPA of 7.5 (above an average of A-) is required. The candidate will also be required to reside in Wellington for the duration of the project.

Supervisors

Prof Jeroen Douwes

Dr Collin Brooks

How to apply

Applicants should send a copy of their curriculum vitae and a statement of interest to:

Prof Jeroen Douwes

E-mail: j.douwes@massey.ac.nz

Phone: +64 4 979 3120

Processing and Characterization of functional products from Mamaku (Cyathia medullaris, tree fern) | PhD scholarship

This PhD project is part of a research project Rangapu consisting of the Nga Uri o te Ngahere Trust (NUOTN), Plant & Food Research (PFR), and Massey University funded by the High Value Nutrition National Challenge.

This particular section led by Massey University addresses the processing and the functionality of ingredients derived from Mamaku tree fern closely working with PFR and NUOTN.

NUOTN trust specializes in ethnoscience and traditional health remedies in the Rongoa Rakau / Rongoa Māori space. They have a long track record in Mātauranga Māori based research kaupapa.

PFR will conduct the health component of the research. Plant & Food Research has a wide range of experience in understanding the components and structure of food, how this is influenced by storage and processing and how food interacts and affects humans when in the diet. The PhD candidate will be involved with the Food Innovation Group at PFR.

Massey University is ranked as one of the top 50 universities worldwide for Food Science & Technology (out of 300), according to ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects. The Bachelor of Food Technology (Hons) degree is accredited by the US-based Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) and by IPENZ as engineering degree (Washington and Sydney Accords). The Manawatū campus has extensive laboratory and pilot plant facilities (FoodPilot, Palmerston North).

About the role


This PhD studentship will be based within the Food Technology Department, Food Material Science group at Massey University Palmerston North with some periods based at Plant&Food Research, Food Innovation team.

The Mamaku material will be harvested in accordance with Tikanga Māori aligned with the Maramataka, from remote areas in the East Cape region to maintain its Mana and Wairua. The project seeks to develop food safe Mamaku powder ingredients as well as to develop food prototypes containing these ingredients, while investigating their capacity to improve a range of metabolic health and gut health conditions based on dosage and ingredient type. The focus will be on the science and technology needed to industrially produce these powders as well as to understand the functionality.

It is envisioned that the candidate will:

  • Develop methods to prepare Mamaku powder ingredients with various degrees of purity as well as to characterize Mamaku powder functionality.
  • Determine variability in the gum content and properties from various parts of the Mamaku tree fern as well as investigate variability based on age and NZ location.
  • Develop prototypes foods that will feed into in-vitro, animal and human trials.
  • Work closely with PRF to test in-vitro digestion of Mamaku samples.

Requirements

The PhD candidate is required to have:

  • A relevant master’s or honour’s degree with First or Second Class Honours (Div 1) in on one of these topics:  Food Technology/Food Science/Process Engineering/Food product development/Chemical Engineering/Powder Technology.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills (IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent required, if English is not first language).
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills
  • Diligence, resilience and enthusiasm
  • Good interpersonal skills.
  • Keen to learn Mātauranga Māori [traditional Maori knowledge] An understanding of Mātauranga Māori will be highly valued and training in Tikanga Māori and the Maramataka will be provided to the student by Nga Uri o te Ngahere Trust.
  • Previous working experience in the food industry is preferred

Benefits

  • The three-year studentship, includes an annual tax-free stipend of NZD$25,000 plus tuition fees. As the successful candidate you will be enrolled and located at Massey University in Palmerston North, and will:
  • Have the opportunity to take part in leading edge research;
  • Be a part of a successful multidisciplinary research team
  • Develop your career as an independent researcher.

Chief PhD Supervisor at Massey: Lara Matia-Merino

How to Apply


For further information on the PhD opportunity, please contact l.matia-merino@massey.ac.nz and we will be happy to discuss the research opportunity further with you.

Closing date

Closing date for applications is 2nd January 2020, preferably with the ability to start the PhD in February 2020. Please email your application in the form of:

For further information on postgraduate study see www.massey.ac.nz/postgraduate

Factors determining the stability and functionality of UHT whipping cream | PhD scholarship

Synlait is a rapidly expanding dairy processing company present at six locations within New Zealand including an existing factory in Dunsandel and a new factory being built at Pokeno. The company has a Research and Development centre hosted by Massey University, Palmerston North. This centre has a team experienced in the fields of food and nutritional sciences, and food processing and engineering that will provide guidance to the PhD student.

Massey University has grown from a small agricultural college in Palmerston North to encompass three campuses spread over three cities in the North Island. The Food Technology Group is present at both the Palmerston North and Albany campuses. The Bachelor of Food Technology (Hons) degree is accredited by the US-based Institute of Food Technologists (IFT). Research and development in food science and technology is a key focus of Massey, which has extensive laboratory and pilot plant facilities (FoodPilot, Palmerston North).

About the role

This PhD studentship is based within the Food Technology Group at Palmerston North. The project seeks to develop the fundamental knowledge necessary to support a broader product development programme at Synlait. The project is centred on UHT cream, which is a core product for Synlait.

It is envisioned that the candidate will:

  • Identify and refine methods suitable for examining the microstructural and physico-chemical properties (at relevant length scales) of the emulsion and whipped foam.
  • Determine the influence of feed material properties on emulsion structure and stability.
  • Determine the impact of composition and formulation levers on emulsion structure and stability e.g. stabilisers & emulsifiers, changing fat type, presence and state of proteins and minerals on the interactions.
  • Determine the impact of processing on emulsion structure and stability.

Duties

We are seeking an outstanding PhD candidate whose duties will include:

  • Presenting a research seminar and written report to gain confirmation of PhD programme registration one year after starting.
  • Meeting regularly with supervisors to discuss plans and results.
  • Presenting plans for research and experimental protocols to supervisors for review prior to carrying out research.
  • Designing and completing experimental trials.
  • Measuring microstructural and physico-chemical properties of samples.
  • Carrying out data analysis.
  • Writing a PhD thesis, including an extensive literature review, 3-5 research chapters and a general discussion.
  • Submitting manuscripts to journals, including a review article and at least two research articles, before the thesis is submitted.
  • Complying with Health and Safety Policies as set by Massey University, and at all times have consideration for the safety of yourself and others in the workplace. Ensuring legislative compliance, (e.g., Department of Labour, HSNO, EPA Animal Ethics) and appropriate data security.

Requirements


You will have:

  • A relevant master’s or honour’s degree with First or Second Class Honours (Div 1) in Food Science, Technology or Engineering, or an associated subject with a grade sufficient to gain entry into a PhD. The qualification must also include a substantive research project.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills (IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent required, if English is not first language).
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills
  • Diligence, resilience and enthusiasm
  • Previous working experience in the food industry is preferred.

Benefits

The three-year studentship, funded by Synlait, includes an annual tax-free stipend of NZD$35,000 plus tuition fees. As the successful candidate you will be enrolled and located at Massey University in Palmerston North, and will:

  • Have the opportunity to take part in leading edge research
  • Be a part of a successful multidisciplinary research team
  • Develop your career as an independent researcher.

PhD Supervisors: Patrick Janssen and Lara Matia-Merino (both Massey), and Emmanuelle Riou (Synlait).

How to Apply

For further information on the PhD opportunity, please contact p.janssen@massey.ac.nz or emmanuelle.riou@Synlait.com and we will be happy to discuss with you.

Closing date

Closing date for applications is the end of December 2019 preferably with the ability to start the PhD March 2020.

Please email your application in the form of:

  • A covering letter addressing why you are the ideal candidate
  • Your CV
  • Your academic transcripts to p.janssen@massey.ac.nz

For further information on postgraduate study see www.massey.ac.nz/postgraduate

Two PhD scholarships in Plant Pathology

Plant resistance to necrotrophic fungi of the family Sclerotiniaceae

Plant diseases caused by fungi belonging to the family sclerotiniaceae affect over 500 different plant species including grape, strawberry and bean. Using the interaction of the Sclerotiniaceous fungus Ciborinia camelliae with blooms of camellia plants as a model, we recently revealed pathways that contribute to resistance to this fungus.

This project aims to discover how plant resistance strategies affect disease development of three fungi, Sclerotinia sclerotiorum, Ciborinia camelliae and Botrytis cinerea. We expect that knowledge gained from this project will help develop novel, natural fungicides for agricultural and horticultural purposes that could be used to control fungal diseases.

Two PhD position are available and successful applicants will be part of a larger team that includes industry experts and it is essential that they are able and willing to work as part of a team. One of the PhD positions also involves frequent travel to a distant location and a driver’s license and willingness to travel is required. In addition to bioinformatics analysis, the project will involve field collection of samples, microbiological and plant pathology work, molecular cloning and PCR.

Principal supervisor will be Paul Dijkwel (School of Fundamental Sciences, Massey University) and at least one person working in the industry. This team combines internationally-recognized expertise in molecular and classical plant pathology, plant physiology and bioinformatics. Training will involve the acquisition of valuable skills in high-throughput sequence data handling and their application to the critically important area of plant health, providing a solid foundation for further relevant international employment opportunities.

Applicants should have a background in plant biology with a genuine interest in disease resistance or a background in fungal biology with interest in plant biology. Relevant experience in bioinformatics and molecular biology is an advantage. Applicants should hold, or expect to hold, a high-grade Honours or Masters-level degree (or equivalent) in relevant life sciences.

The scholarship has a value of 25,000 NZD tax free p/a plus PhD registration fees (Currently approx. 7,800 NZD for international and domestic students) for up to 3 years. International applicants should meet the Massey University English language requirement for postgraduate studies.

Questions and applications should be e-mailed to p.dijkwel@massey.ac.nz.

Applications should include a full CV, a cover letter outlining your interests in relation to this research, and the names and contact details of two academic referees.

The closing date for applications is 11 November 2019

Source Attribution Models | PhD scholarship

PhD scholarship with The School of Fundamental Sciences
  

Source attribution models for whole genome sequencing data

Source attribution is the process of assigning cases of human disease to their most likely origin. For diseases that are largely foodborne, such as campylobacteriosis, the origins are typically food, water, or environmental reservoirs. With such diseases there is typically little epidemiological information to allow cases to be attributed to source, however genomic differentiation of the pathogens involved allows such assignment, as the genetic diversity of the pathogens tend to be species-specific.

Most of the current state of the art models for attribution use relatively low resolution genomic data - typically sequences are differentiated using a handful of genes, such as the Multi-locus sequence typing scheme for Campylobacter. Such schemes offer good differentiation of major source groups (e.g. Poultry versus Ruminant sources) but have less discriminatory power for detecting differences within source groups (e.g. between Cattle and Sheep).

Sequencing the entire genome of pathogens has now become more practical and economical. The higher resolution offered by whole genome sequencing may assist in differentiating such sources, however existing statistical models are not well suited to take advantage of the additional resolution.

The proposed PhD programme would be focused on the development of statistical models for source attribution using whole genome sequence data, and would be suited to a statistical or genomics student with good mathematics and computing skills and an interest in Bayesian modelling and public health.

This scholarship for full-time students and includes a tax-free stipend of NZ$25,000 annually for up to three years and the payment of PhD fees.

Applicants should provide their CV and a concise statement (maximum of 500 words on one A4 page) stating why they should be the successful candidate for this opportunity to Dr Jonathan Marshall. Email: J.C.Marshall@massey.ac.nz

 

Leptospirosis – Experiences of the patient and their whānau. | PhD scholarship

Operational research funding is available from the New Zealand Health Research Council for a PhD studentship based with the School of Veterinary Science, Palmerston North, New Zealand commencing on 30 September 2019. This fulltime, three-year studentship is a unique opportunity to work with a globally important zoonotic disease in a high quality training environment with multidisciplinary supervisors and advisors. You will develop or extend your skills in social science, epidemiology and data analysis.  

A current PhD candidate is conducting a nationwide prospective case-control study and this advertised studentship focusses on subsequent nested sub-studies. These include investigating the physical, social and financial burdens faced by leptospirosis patients and exploring patients’ attitudes to interventions such as animal vaccination and the use of personal protective equipment. This would involve delivery of a follow-up questionnaire, in-home semi-structured interviews and analyses of resultant data.   We are looking for a researcher who is developing their independent thinking, wants to learn new skills or tools and can connect with patients who are often rural based and in farming/meat working occupations. A driver’s licence is essential. 

The successful candidate will be residing in New Zealand, have a degree in social or biological science with a Master’s degree in a relevant field.  One year of student stipend is secured and candidates will be eligible to apply for a Massey University Doctoral scholarship for the remainder of the stipend.

More information about the project is here:

http://leptospirosis.org.nz/Research/Emergingsourcesandpathwaysforleptospirosis.aspx

Make informal enquiries and/or requests for more detailed information to Associate Professor Jackie Benschop: j.benschop@massey.ac.nz

Make enquiries about PhD requirements and enrolment to School of Veterinary Sciences, Postgraduate Studies and Research Administrator, Ms Debbie Hill: D.M.Hill@massey.ac.nz

Applications (in the form of a cover letter outlining the candidate's motivation and fit for the project, together with a CV) should be emailed to Ms Wendy Maharey: W.Maharey@massey.ac.nz.

The closing date is 31 August 2019.

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 p.a.schwerdtfeger@massey.ac.nz

For more information about our research center or Massey University see the websites at http://ctcp.massey.ac.nz and https://www.massey.ac.nz/massey/home.cfm. For more information about nuclear physics group of Prof. Nazarewicz, go to https://people.nscl.msu.edu/~witek/www/Nazarewicz.htm

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 paediatrics.

The PhD student will conduct laboratory, bioinformatics, and data analyses with support from supervisors, bio-statisticians and other doctoral candidates working on related asthma projects. The student is expected to write, as first author (with support from the co-authors), a minimum of three scientific publications in peer reviewed journals as part of the PhD (the PhD will be done by publication rather than by monograph).

For more information about our research and our staff, please visit the Centre for Public Health Research website.

Amount awarded

The scholarship includes a (tax-free) stipend of $25,000 per annum for a maximum period of three years plus university fees.

Eligibility

Students must be prepared to be enrolled at Massey University by 13 July 2019.

Students will have a bachelor's degree with appropriate honours or master's degree in a relevant field, such as public health, epidemiology, microbiology, medicine, or molecular biology. A minimum GPA of 7.5 (above an average of A-) is required. The candidate will also be required to reside in Wellington for the duration of the project.

Supervisors

How to apply

Applicants should send a copy of their curriculum vitae and a statement of interest to:

Professor Jeroen Douwes
Phone: +64 4 979 3120
Email: j.douwes@massey.ac.nz

Centre for Public Health Research | Antibiotics and chronic childhood conditions | PhD scholarship

PhD Scholarship - Antibiotics in the first years of life: a risk factor for chronic childhood conditions?

Antibiotics are the most frequently prescribed medication for New Zealand children aged 0-4 years. There is growing concern that excessive antibiotic consumption early in life alters the gut microbiome, which may adversely affect children’s health. This doctoral project will test the hypothesis that ‘the use of antibiotics in early life increases the risk of three common chronic childhood conditions: type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1D), inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)’. The project will make use of linked administrative data available through Statistic New Zealand's Integrated Data Infrastructure (IDI).

We seek applications for a PhD scholarship with Massey University’s Centre for Public Health Research (CPHR) in Wellington. The PhD candidate will conduct data linkage and analyses using IDI data at CPHR, in a rich research environment of world-renowned scientists in the fields of public health, epidemiology, biostatistics and paediatrics. The student is expected to write, as first author (with support from the co-authors), a minimum of three scientific publications in peer reviewed journals as part of the PhD (the PhD will be done by publication rather than by monograph).

For more information about our research and our staff, please visit the Centre for Public Health Research website.

Amount awarded

The scholarship includes a (tax-free) stipend of $25,000 per annum for a maximum period of three years plus university fees.

Eligibility

Students must be prepared to be enrolled at Massey University by 13 July 2019.

Students will have a bachelor's degree with appropriate honours or master's degree in a relevant field, such as public health, epidemiology, biostatistics, or medicine. A minimum GPA of 7.5 (above an average of A-) is required. The candidate will also be required to reside in Wellington for the duration of the project.

Supervisors

How to apply

Applicants should send a copy of their curriculum vitae and a statement of interest to:

Associate Professor Andrea ’t Mannetje
Phone: +64 4 979 3373
Email: a.mannetje@massey.ac.nz

SHORE & Whariki Research Centre, College of Health | 'Darknet Doctoral Scholarship'

SHORE & Whariki Research Centre, College of Health - Darknet Doctoral Scholarship

Applications are invited to apply for a PhD scholarship with the drug research team at the SHORE & Whariki Research Centre, College of Health, Massey University, New Zealand in the field of online encrypted drug markets (known as “darknets”). The PhD is part of a wider study of the impact of darknets in New Zealand funded by the New Zealand Royal Society Marsden Fund. This three-year scholarship is valued at NZ $27,500 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 including computer science, criminology, health, law and economics.

Those who are interested in applying are invited to email Associate Professor Chris Wilkins with a brief outline of their relevant experience, curriculum vitae and one piece of academic writing by the 10th June 2019.

You can read about our recent research at
https://shoreandwhariki.ac.nz/chris-wilkins
https://shoreandwhariki.ac.nz/

Amount awarded

This three-year scholarship is valued at NZ $27,500 p.a. plus tuition fees.

applying for the Scholarship

It is expected the candidate will hold a first class honour’s or master’s degree in an area relevant to the topic area. 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 (i.e. GPA 7.5+).

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.

Eligibility

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 W.L.Graham@massey.ac.nz) or Massey Contact, email: Contact@massey.ac.nz.

Informal enquiries can be addressed to John Munday (j.munday@massey.ac.nz) 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 maurice-wilkins-centre@auckland.ac.nz 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.

Master's
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

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

Overseas

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).

APPLYING

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: www.egide.asso.fr

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: www.meg.uni-frieburg.de and www.fem.uni-freiburg.de

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.

Criteria

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
Email: tony.davies@mfat.govt.nz

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