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.
Applications are now open for the following 2020 scholarships:
Antarctica New Zealand Doctoral Scholarships
This year, there are two Antarctica New Zealand Doctoral scholarships offered. These scholarships recognise 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.
New Zealand Post Antarctic Scholarship
New Zealand's presence in Antarctica is important to our 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.
*Subject to programme availability
University of Otago-The variability in sea ice growth rate under the influence of platelet ice in McMurdo Sound s
Maren, an oceanographer, became interested in sea ice when she studied glaciology. Studying sea ice in McMurdo Sound is the perfect mix of both because sea ice in McMurdo Sounds can be affected by water properties in the Ross Sea. Her research looks at sea ice and ocean temperatures from the Sound, going back more than 20 years.
University of Canterbury- Validation of a remote sensing methodology for a focal top predator in the Ross Sea, Antarctica.
Antarctica’s animals have fascinated Shanelle Dyer since she was nine, and thanks to a New Zealand Post Antarctic Scholarship, she is translating that fascination into a Weddell Seal research project. Her research will help streamline the way Weddell Seal numbers are counted in the Ross Sea region Marine Protected Area. It involves GIS technology, remote sensing, and artificial intelligence, allowing her to count the seals from afar and better analyse their haul out patterns. A haul out is when the seal hauls itself back onto land or sea ice to rest and reproduce between hunting for food.
University of Otago- Water chemistry and ice mechanics
Antarctic researcher Rilee Thomas was originally studying magma unmixing in the Southern Alps, but it was a rock deformation paper taught by Professor David Prior in 2017 that started her Antarctic journey. She is heading to the Priestley Glacier in Antarctica this season to study the mechanical behaviour of ice. The aim of her research is to define a preliminary natural flow law for ice, to contribute to Antarctic ice sheet modelling in a warming climate. The ice flow laws will be tested back in Dunedin and at a special ice physics facility in Pennsylvania.
University of Otago- Reconstructing the impact of Antarctic Ice Sheet discharge on Holocene Ross Sea oceanography
Olivia’s research involves examining a core retrieved from Robertson Bay, near Cape Adare in Antarctica. Over the next few years, she will continue her analysis of the sediment core to pull together a geological record that spans the last six thousand years. Her hope is that this detailed record will help reconstruct past climates. Olivia focused on Antarctic geology in 2017 when she began her Masters research at the University of Otago. She is now working with Dr Christina Riesselman.