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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.

Antarctica New Zealand 2022 Postgraduate Scholarships: Closed

Antarctica New Zealand Doctoral Scholarship

This years 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.

  • For doctoral research
  • Stipend of $20,000 per annum over two years (total of $40,000); and
  • Logistics support in Antarctica*

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.

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

*Subject to programme availability. Planned fieldwork must be aligned with an existing field event. Contact Antarctica New Zealand Science Programme Advisor, Dr Esme Robinson with any questions before 28 February, 2022.

Frequently Asked Questions

2021 Scholars

New Zealand Post Antarctic Scholarship

Annabelle Cranswick

Annabelle Cranswick
University of Auckland- Southern right whale Eubalaena australis - Foraging Ecology and Distribution

Annabelle Cranswick is a Masters student at the University of Auckland, studying stable isotopes, obtained through skin biopsy samples of Southern right whales/ Tohorā. Analysis of skin biopsies can reveal what these whales eat, and where – allowing scientists to better understand how climate change and/or human interference will impact them and their foraging grounds.

Antarctica New Zealand Sir Robin Irvine Doctoral Scholarship

Jacqui Stuart

Jacqui Stuart
Victoria University of Wellington - Where did they come from, where will they go?

Ahakoa he iti, he pounamu – They might be small, but they’re precious; that’s how Jacqui feels about these little guys of the Antarctic food chain, phytoplankton! Jacqui is completing her PhD at Victoria University of Wellington, and her research uses molecular techniques to see what influences plankton diversity and distribution. Jacqui is working on phytoplankton collected from Rarotonga, New Zealand and Antarctica.

Antarctica New Zealand Sir Robin Irvine Doctoral Scholarship

Rodrigo Gomez Fell

Rodrigo Gomez Fell
University of Canterbury - Ice Tongue Stability in a Changing Climate.

Rodrigo is a PhD student at the University of Canterbury and is using his scholarship to study Antarctic ice tongues from the comfort of his office in Waitaha. The collapse or retreat of ice tongues is likely to be an indicator of climate and oceanic changes, and Rodrigo will be monitoring changes using satellite remote sensing.

Past Scholars