New Zealand Post Antarctic Scholarship
New Zealand's presence in Antarctica is important to our nation and something that New Zealand Post has been actively involved in since 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 Masters or Doctoral research
- Award of $10,000 over one year
- Logistics support for one season in Antarctica (if required)
Antarctica New Zealand Sir Robin Irvine Scholarship
This Doctoral scholarship honours the late Sir Robin Irvine. Sir Robin chaired the Board during the establishment of the New Zealand Antarctic Institute (Antarctica New Zealand), and worked tirelessly to achieve the vision of facilitating science on the continent that makes a difference.
- For Doctoral research
- Award of $20,000 per annum over two years (total of $40,000)
- Logistics support for two seasons in Antarctica (if required)
The scholarship award is expected to contribute towards research costs, travel, fees and living expenses incurred during the scholarship period.
For research that requires a field season in Antarctica, 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 email communications. Accepted proposals may require alterations to logistics requests in order to be supported.
Applications for Antarctic research based on existing data sets or non-field research activities are also welcome.
Applicants must be accepted into a Masters 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.
Applicants must be part of an existing New Zealand Antarctic event planned for the 2017/18 field season (only for applications that request Antarctic field support). Please discuss this requirement with your supervisor.
Successful applicants who hold or receive a full scholarship (fees + stipend) from their institution during the tenure of a scholarship from the Antarctica New Zealand Postgraduate Scholarship Programme will be offered the scholarship at half the advertised value.
Please note applications for 2017/18 have now closed.
Applications need to include:
1. A completed application form
2. A research proposal (maximum of three pages) 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 delineation between the proposed work and the overall research goals of the Antarctic event that the project is part of (only applicable for proposals that request Antarctic field support).
3. A 2-page CV.
4. Undergraduate transcript and Masters transcript (if applicable).
5. Evidence of New Zealand citizenship or permanent residency if applicable (copy of passport or birth certificate)
Please collate the material above as one PDF file and send to Rebecca McLeod. The application deadline is Thursday, 30 March 2017 at 5pm.
Additionally, two confidential letters of reference in support of the application are required. One of the letters needs to be from your supervisor and should confirm the date on which you started in the degree programme (Masters or Doctoral). Please ask referees to send their letter directly to Rebecca McLeod by Thursday 30 March 2017.
Applications will be assessed by a panel of experts on scientific merit, relevance to the science strategy, the academic standing of the candidate, and potential to achieve outcomes. A final decision will be made by early May and all applicants will be notified shortly afterwards. The scholarships will commence on 1 July 2017 and will run for 24 or 12 months, respectively.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact Dr Rebecca McLeod, Science Research Advisor.
2016 Research Awards:
New Zealand Post Antarctic Scholarship: Natalie Pilcher, University of Canterbury, MSc - “Mercury contamination in Adélie and emperor penguins in the Ross Sea: latitudinal, temporal, sexual, age and inter-specific differences.”
New Zealand Antarctic Research Institute Doctoral Scholarship: Alena Malyarenko, University of Otago/NIWA, PhD - “Interannual Ocean Variability in the Ross Sea.”
New Zealand Antarctic Research Institute Masters Scholarship: Rebecca Parker, University of Otago, MSc - “Sea ice and diatom primary production in the Ross Sea, Antarctica: the response to post-glacial warming.”
Antarctica New Zealand Postgraduate Scholarship: Ekkehard Scheffler, University of Canterbury, MSc - “Analysis of short term variations of glacier flow in the Ross Sea region, Antarctica, observed by new satellite sensors.”
New Zealand Antarctic Research Institute Prize: Marcus Arnold, University of Canterbury, MSc - “Surface Mass Balance of the Ross Ice Shelf: Dating Snow Layers from Radar by Using Stable Isotope Analysis.”