Antarctica New Zealand Postgraduate Research Scholarship Programme 2021

OPEN TO: eligible New Zealand and international students.
BENEFITS: stipends, logistics support + more.

Antarctica New Zealand Postgraduate Research Scholarship Programme

Antarctica New Zealand is calling for applications from eligible New Zealand and international students for its 2021 Postgraduate Research Scholarship Programme. The Postgraduate Research Scholarship Programme is designed to support talented researchers to get off to the best possible start in their research careers, focusing on Antarctic and Southern Ocean systems.

Antarctica New Zealand recognises the value of Antarctica and the Southern Ocean as a unique environment for scientific research. They are committed to supporting the next generation of Antarctic scientists to make valuable contributions to the international knowledge base and understanding of Antarctic and global ecosystems and processes. Antarctica New Zealand is generously supported in this scholarship programme by New Zealand Post.

Antarctica New Zealand Postgraduate Research Scholarships

New Zealand Post Antarctic Scholarship: 

New Zealand’s presence in Antarctica is important to the nation, and New Zealand Post has a long association with the continent – ever since Sir Edmund Hillary was postmaster at Scott Base in 1957. Supporting up-and-coming New Zealand scientists through this scholarship is a key way that New Zealand Post continues its close association with the white continent.

  • For master’s or doctoral research
  • Stipend of $10,000 over one year; and
  • Logistics support for one season in Antarctica.

Antarctica New Zealand Sir Robin Irvine Doctoral Scholarship: 

The Sir Robin Irvine Doctoral Scholarship recognises the importance of a talented, vibrant, and sustainable research community within New Zealand that is focused on the big questions facing Antarctica and the Southern Ocean, and the relevance of this region for the rest of the planet.

  • The scholarship is for doctoral research
  • Stipend of $20,000 per annum over two years (total of $40,000); and
  • Logistics support for one season in Antarctica.

Who can apply for Antarctica New Zealand Postgraduate Research Scholarship Programme

  • Applicants must be accepted into a master’s or doctoral degree programme at a New Zealand institution at the time of application.
  • Applications are welcomed from New Zealand and international students; however, preference will be given to applicants who are citizens or permanent residents of New Zealand in the event that two applications are ranked equally by peer review.

Antarctica New Zealand Postgraduate Research Scholarship Programme Application Method

All candidates intending to apply must register their intention to do so by contacting Dr Esme Robinson (Science Programme Advisor), on 03 358 1283 or by March 5, 2021. Failure to do so may render the application ineligible.

Applications need to include:

  • A completed application form
  • A research proposal (maximum of three pages excluding reference list) which should include:
    • An abstract of the proposed research
    • A description of the research goals
    • An outline of the methodology
    • An explanation of how the proposed research relates to the Science Strategy: New Zealand Antarctic and Southern Ocean Science Directions and Priorities 2010 – 2020. A copy of this
      document can be downloaded here.
  • A letter of ‘agreement-in-principle’ from the proposed host event that the candidate intends to embed within (discuss this requirement with Esme Robinson).
  • A 2-page CV.
  • Undergraduate transcript and master’s transcript (if applicable).
  • Evidence of New Zealand citizenship or permanent residency if applicable (copy of passport or birth certificate).

Collate the materials above as one PDF file and send to Dr Esme Robinson via The application deadline is March 21, 2021 at 5pm.

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