Science scholarships

Antarctica New Zealand
Postgraduate Research Scholarship Programme

Antarctica and the Southern Ocean - valued, protected, understood

Antarctica New Zealand recognises the value of Antarctica and the Southern Ocean as a unique environment for scientific research. We are committed to the valuable contribution that Antarctic science can make to the international knowledge base and understanding of Antarctica and global ecosystems and processes. The Postgraduate Research Scholarship Programme is designed to encourage researchers to pursue interests in Antarctica and the Southern Ocean. Antarctica New Zealand, Kelly Tarlton’s Antarctic Encounter and Underwater World, and New Zealand Post are generously supporting this scholarship programme.

 Three scholarships are offered for the 2015/16 season:

Sir Robin Irvine Scholarship

  • For Doctoral research
  • Logistics support for two seasons in Antarctica
  • Award of $20,000 per annum (total of $40,000)

Kelly Tarlton’s Antarctic Scholarship

  • For postgraduate research (Masters or Doctoral)
  • Logistics support for one season in Antarctica
  • Award of $10,000

New Zealand Post Antarctic Scholarship

  • For postgraduate research (Masters or Doctoral)
  • Logistics support for one season in Antarctica
  • Award of $10,000

The scholarship award is expected to contribute towards research costs, travel, fees and living expenses incurred during the scholarship period.

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 e-mail communications.

Accepted proposals may require alterations to logistics requests in order to be supported.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must be:

  • Registered in a postgraduate degree course in a New Zealand institution.
  • A citizen or permanent resident of New Zealand.
  • Part of an existing New Zealand Antarctic event that already received logistics approval for the 2015/16 field season.

Application Procedures

Applicants must provide:

  1. A research proposal (maximum of three pages) which should include:
    1. An abstract of the proposed research
    2. A description of the research goals
    3. An outline of the methodology
    4. A delineation between the proposed postdoc work and the overall research goals of the Antarctic event that the postdoc is part of.
    5. An explanation of how the proposed research relates to the Science Strategy: New Zealand Antarctic and Southern Ocean Science Directions and Priorities 2010 – 2020. The document can be found at
  2. A 2-page CV.
  3. Transcript of final year grades.
  4. Two confidential letters of reference in support of the application (can be emailed directly to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).
  5. A completed application form

Applications will be judged on scientific merit, relevance to the science strategy, and the academic standing of the candidate.  Applications should be sent to Dr Nicole Stahlmann, NZARI Research Advisor, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Application deadline is Thursday, 12 March 2015 at 5pm. A final decision will be made by late April and all applicants will be notified shortly afterwards.

Antarctica New Zealand is pleased to announce the recipients of postdoctoral scholarships for the 2014/15 season


Kelly Tarlton's Antarctic Scholarship has been awarded to Ben Jolly.

  Jolly Ben Headshot Ben Jolly is a PhD student studying Antarctic atmospheric physics at the University of Canterbury. After completing a Bachelor of Engineering with Honours at Massey University he spent two years working as a Research Associate at AgResearch Ltd where he wrote software for the Farm Systems Modelling team.

He found an opportunity to put his engineering skills to good use in the field of atmospheric physics at the University of Canterbury’s Department of Physics and Astronomy. Ben’s research focuses on surface meteorology near Ross Island – the location of New Zealand’s Antarctic research station, Scott Base. To capture data for his PhD, Ben has been assisting with the design, development, and construction of SNOWWEB – a wireless network of weather stations designed and built at the University of Canterbury specifically to capture high resolution weather observations in Antarctica.

He is preparing to return to the ice again for the 2014-15 season to collect more data on the ‘Ross Ice Shelf Airstream’ – a form of southerly storm that carries air from the interior of Antarctica out past Scott Base and Ross Island into the Ross Sea. Read more about the SNOWWEB project here:


New Zealand Post Antarctic Scholarship has been awarded to Clare Beet.