Postgraduate Research Scholarships
Supporting Future Leaders in Antarctic Research

Antarctica New Zealand works with a number of generous sponsors to award scholarships to postgraduate research students. These scholarships provide a means for new talent to enter New Zealand’s Antarctic research community. The scholarships are awarded annually, and include a stipend and logistics support to conduct or participate in research in Antarctica. The awards are competitive and attract students of a very high calibre.

2018 Scholars

New Zealand Post Antarctic Scholarship

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Michael Bollen
University of Otago- Studying diatom "fingerprints" to accurately reconstruct past conditions

Michael is studying geology at the University of Otago and last year, was invited to sail to the Southern Ocean with an oceanography research group from Stanford University. Michael is studying the layers of life (microscopic algae called diatoms) that died and settled into the sediment over the last million years. These diatoms hold chemical fingerprints of what the oceans were like at the time they died. The NZ Post Antarctic Scholarship means Michael will travel to the Antarctic continent to look at life growing underneath sea ice with Associate Professor Ken Ryan from Victoria University of Wellington. It’s a dream come true for this second year masters student who is passionate about algae

Antarctica New Zealand Doctoral Scholarship

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Florence Isaacs
Victoria University of Wellington- Studying changes in sea ice ad outlet glaciers in East Antarctica and how they're linked to changes in long-term climate patterns"

Florence studied a Bachelor of Science in Geography at University of Otago, including a year at Durham University in the UK. Her Doctoral research, based at Victoria University of Wellington’s Antarctic Research Centre, is looking at changes in sea ice and outlet glaciers in East Antarctica and how they’re linked to changes in long-term climate patterns. Florence’s doctoral project uses pre-existing data sets – so she’s mainly sitting at her computer running calculations and models. But part of this scholarship award will involve her travelling to Antarctica to work in the field with NIWA scientist Natalie Robinson to study how sea ice in McMurdo Sound interacts with the upper ocean

Antarctica New Zealand Doctoral Scholarship

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Sheng Fan
University of Otago- Studying how dust and gravel in glaciers influence their

Sheng is studying how dust and gravel in glaciers influence their flow. This season, he’ll use sound waves to measure the ice structure and how it moves under different stress. The University of Otago PhD candidate “never thought he would be able to do Antarctic research”, but this year he will travel to Antarctica to collaborate with scientists at New Zealand’s Scott Base as well as from the Korean Antarctic Programme.

Application Procedure

Applications for the 2020/21 season will open in February 2020

The process involves submitting a curriculum vitae and research proposal. Letters of support are also required.

2017 Scholars

Antarctica New Zealand Sir Robin Irvine Scholarship
Daniel Lowry, PhD candidate, Victoria University of Wellington “Climate-forced ice sheet modelling of Ross Ice Shelf deglaciation”

Antarctica New Zealand Sir Robin Irvine Scholarship
Jacob Anderson, University of Otago“Determining Antarctica’s terrestrial climate history from microbial populations in permafrost”

New Zealand Post Antarctic Scholarship
Holly Still, MSc candidate, University of Otago “Small-scale pinning points and their effect on the present and future flow of the Ross Ice Shelf”

New Zealand Antarctic Research Institute Scholarship
Lisa Craw, MSc candidate, University of Otago“Microstructure and mechanics of flowing Antarctic ice”