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, the New Zealand Antarctic Research Institute (NZARI), and New Zealand Post are generously supporting this scholarship programme.

Two scholarships are offered for 2016/17:

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New Zealand Antarctic Research Institute (NZARI) Scholarship

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


New Zealand Post Antarctic Scholarship

  • For Masters or Doctoral research
  • Award of $10,000
  • Logistics support for one season 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.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must be:

  • Accepted in a Masters or Doctoral degree programme at a New Zealand institution at the time of application.
  • A citizen or permanent resident of New Zealand (only for the New Zealand Post Antarctic Scholarship)
  • Part of an existing New Zealand Antarctic event that already received logistics approval for the 2016/17 field season (only for applications that request Antarctic field support).

Application Procedures

Applicants must provide:

  1. Completed application form
  2. 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. 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
    5. A delineation between the proposed postgraduate work and the overall research goals of the Antarctic event that the postdoc 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).

The material should be collated as one PDF file in the above order and send to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The application deadline is Wednesday, 30 March, 2016 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). The letters should be mailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 30 March, 2016).

Applications will be judged 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 late April and all applicants will be notified shortly afterwards. The scholarships will commence on 1 July 2016 and will run for 24 or 12 months, respectively.

Please direct any questions on the Call for Applications, eligibility criteria, or the application process to Dr Nicole Stahlmann, Science Research Advisor, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 03 358 1283.