Building Pacific research capacity is a significant feature of NZIPR. We are committed to increasing the number of active qualified Pacific researchers so we are pleased to offer three post graduate scholarships to Pacific students who are currently enrolled at each of the consortium universities ‐ the University of Auckland, the University of Otago, and Auckland University of Technology. This opportunity is also available to students at the University of the South Pacific. Students can apply if they are enrolled in a programme in 2018 or if they are enrolling in a graduate programme in 2019. This grant seeks to enhance the linkages between NZIPR research projects and emerging Pacific researchers, and to support Pacific postgraduate researchers within New Zealand.

All applications for the scholarships are required to include a written statement about how the research supported by this grant will contribute to one of the research themes of the NZIPR research programme.

The scholarships will be in the form of a one‐off grant up to the amount of $10,000 NZD. The financial support can be used by the post graduate student to assist with university fees, field research costs, conference attendance, and/or research publication and dissemination. A budget outlining how the funds will be allocated is an expected component of the scholarship application. It will be the responsibility of the consortium universities to manage and distribute the funds once NZIPR has provided the funds. The scholarship can be held concurrently with other awards.


1. Name: The awards shall be known as the NZIPR Postgraduate Research Scholarship
2. Purpose: The purpose of the award is to enhance the research capability of emerging Pacific researchers.
3. Tenure: The tenure of the grant is a one-off grant.
4. Number of awards: The number of grants will be determined by the funds available and the size of budget requests
5. Value: The value of the award is up to $10,000 NZD
6. Eligibility: To be eligible for the award, the candidates must:

  • Be enrolled in a course of postgraduate research at either the University of Auckland, the University of Otago, and the Auckland University of Technology, or the University of the South Pacific.
  • Demonstrate an existing or intended commitment to Pacific research.
  • Demonstrate a linkage with one of the current research themes of NZIPR.
7. Performance: The postgraduate students are required to:

  • Provide a brief report, which has been endorsed by a researcher working within an NZIPR research project, specifically about how the scholarship assisted their research. This report will be used for NZIPR communications purposes.



9. Applications:

  • A letter addressed to the Director of NZIPR which covers personal information including self-identified Pacific heritage, academic achievement, discipline and degree of postgraduate study, and a statement about how the research supported by this grant will contribute to one of the research themes of the NZIPR research programme. A publication history and information regarding other prizes or awards that the student has held should also be provided. It is important that the letter includes written budget of how the funds will be used by the student and whether the student has any other awards.
  • Evidence of enrolment at the University of Auckland, the University of Otago, or the Auckland University of Technology or the University of the South Pacific.
  • An academic transcript
  • A written explanation of the intention to undertake research that is linked to one of the NZIPR research themes.
  • The contact details of two academic referees.

The application must be received by 5.00pm August 31st 2018.

10. Selection and notification:

The selection of the candidates for the one-off grant will be made on the basis of the written applications received and by review by the NZIPR Research Advisory Group. The final decision will be made by the NZIPR Director. Criteria for the selection of the successful candidates are:

  • The capability of the applicant to conduct the proposed research. Academic referees will be contacted in regard to the applicant’s ability to conduct the proposed research.
  • Academic achievements.
  • The relevance of the course of study or research to the broad goals of the NZIPR.

All candidates will be advised in writing of the result of their applications by September 28th 2018.

The offer of the grant must be accepted within one month of the offer of the grant. If the candidate fails to notify acceptance of the award within the one-month period, the offer will lapse.

The decision of the NZIPR Director in respect of the grant may not be the subject of appeal or dispute by any candidate for the award.


NZIPR Research methods training scholarships

NZIPR can also provide scholarships for students of Pacific heritage to attend short courses with the New Zealand Social Statistics Network. Each of the consortium institutions will be responsible for selecting participants and advising the research programme manager, Dr. Evelyn Marsters which course they would like to attend. More information about the courses is available on the NZSSN website.

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