June 2020

Postgraduate Meeting

In place of our monthly Postgraduate Meeting, there will be a joint PhD and MSc by thesis students meeting for SMS and SCPS students. This meeting has been requested by the Associate Dean of Postgraduate Research - Gillian Turner. She would like to discuss the how the covid-19 shutdown and ongoing fallout have impacted on students’ lives in general and their studies in particular and talk about the various ways in which they can work towards getting back on track and help available to them. Gillian does recognise every student’s situation is different, and this forum is designed to acknowledge that what is available for one student may not be for another, and that what works for one may not be at all helpful for another. So, she also wants to allow students a forum for airing their concerns and asking questions.

The agenda for this meeting consists of :
  1. Gillian will open the meeting for the first 10-15 minutes
  2. The floor will be opened for discussion and questions from students
Later in July we will resume with our usual graduate meetings.

The meeting will take place on the 3rd July in LBLT118 2pm-3pm.

Scholarship Opportunities

Rutherford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship

The Fellowships aim to build human capability in research, science and technology, including social sciences and the humanities, by providing early career support for New Zealand’s brightest and most promising researchers. The Fellowships are administered by the Royal Society Te Apārangi. Support for this programme comes from the New Zealand Government.

The Fellowship will enable recipients to undertake full-time research programmes for 2 years within New Zealand in any area of research, science and technology, including social sciences and the humanities, at an eligible New Zealand research institution. Applications are encouraged from within New Zealand and from those who are living overseas and would use the Fellowship to return to New Zealand to continue their research careers.

Each year, the Fellow will receive a stipend of NZ$75,000 and NZ$10,000 (GST exclusive) to support direct and indirect research costs.

In 2020, up to five Fellowships can be awarded to outstanding recent PhD graduates for two years. Applicants are required to have had their PhD conferred no more than four years before the application closing date. For 2020, applicants PHD must have been conferred on or after 01 January 2016.

For more information, visit the Royal Society website. Applications close 1st August 2020.

Human Frontier Science Program - Postdoctoral Scholarships

HFSP postdoctoral fellowships encourage early career scientists to broaden their research skills by moving into new areas of study while working in a new country. The projects should be interdisciplinary in nature and should challenge existing paradigms by using novel approaches and techniques. Scientifically, they should address an important problem or a barrier to progress in the field. Applications for high risk projects are particularly encouraged.

Two different fellowship programs are available:

Long-Term Fellowships (LTF) are for applicants with a Ph.D. in a biological discipline, who will broaden their expertise by proposing a project in the life sciences which is significantly different from their previous Ph.D. or postdoctoral work.

Cross-Disciplinary Fellowships (CDF) are for applicants with a Ph.D. from outside the life sciences (e.g. in physics, chemistry, mathematics, engineering or computer sciences).

Applications are now open, with a soft deadline on the 13th August and a hard deadline on the 27th August. For more information, please visit the webpage.

Cambridge-Rutherford Memorial PhD Scholarship

The PhD Scholarships at the University of Cambridge aim to build human capability in pure or applied science and the social sciences by providing early career support for New Zealand’s brightest and most promising researchers that demonstrate a passion for science and technology. Up to three PhD Scholarships are jointly funded by the Rutherford Foundation and the Cambridge Commonwealth, European and International Trust (CCEIT). Recipients of the Scholarships will carry the identity of the Rutherford Foundation. The award is expected to play a strong part in the Scholar’s professional development.

Successful applicants will receive a living allowance (maintenance) of approximately £14,777* per annum, and will have their course and college fees paid. In addition, they will be eligible for one, non-transferable, return airfare between the United Kingdom and New Zealand per annum. The funding is for a maximum of three years.

For more information, visit the Royal Society website. Applications close 1st August 2020.

Betty Loughhead Soroptimist Scholarship 2021

Soroptimist International exists to inspire action and create opportunities to transform the lives of women and girls. The Betty Loughhead Soroptimist Scholarship provides financial assistance to women who are studying for a qualification to:
  • enter or re-enter the workforce; or
  • change occupation
Who can apply? Women who are:
  • New Zealand citizens
  • At least 25 years old on 1 September 2020
  • Enrolled in an NZQA approved education programme, undertaken in NZ
  • Have a proven record of academic achievement
  • Able to use the scholarship in the 2021 academic year
For more information and to apply, visit the website. Applications close 31st August 2020.

Fulbright New Zealand Graduate Scholarships

Fulbright New Zealand was established by bilateral treaty in 1948 to administer the Fulbright exchange programme in New Zealand. Since then, over 3,000 grantees from both New Zealand and the United States have benefited from the exchange. These awards are designed to enable postgraduate stude at tertiary institutions in the United States. There are options for:
  • Masters programmes
  • PhD programmes
  • Visiting Student Researchers
  • General graduate study awards
  • Discipline specific awards:
    • Science & Innovation
    • Natural Disaster research
    • Indigenous development
For more information, visit the Fulbright website. Applications close 1st August.

Wellington Doctoral Submission Scholarship

The purpose of this scholarship is to enable doctoral candidates to fully concentrate on completing their thesis. Applicants and their supervisors must carefully consider the amount of time required to completion as the scholarship is only available for the final three months before submission of the thesis for examination. Full-time or half-time candidates may apply, but candidates who are currently registered half-time will be required to change their registration to full-time.

The scholarship will provide a stipend of $2,000 per month for up to three months less any outstanding tuition fees. Stipend payments will only be released to a candidate following a monthly confirmation from the candidate's primary supervisor (or secondary supervisor or Head of School) that the candidate is progressing as per the timeline submitted with the application.

A reimbursement of thesis binding costs of up to $100 will be paid to the candidate on evidence of an original receipt. Those that have received a doctoral scholarship funded by Victoria University of Wellington are only entitled to a single thesis claim.

This scholarship has multiple application deadlines at the end of every month. For more information, visit the Scholarships page.

Wellington Doctoral Hardship Scholarship

To assist doctoral candidates who are experiencing unexpected financial hardship. The budget for this fund is limited and priority will be given to candidates who are nearing completion, who are under examination or who are impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Applications are accepted year round. For more information, visit the Scholarships page.

Victoria University of Wellington Hardship Fund Equity Grants

These grants are to encourage students who are facing financial difficulties to continue their studies at Victoria University of Wellington. This scholarship is applicable to levels, regardless of part-time or full-time status. Both domestic and international students are able to apply. This scholarship is up to the value of $2000. For more information, visit the scholarship webpage. This scholarship is offered three times a year with application deadlines on the 17th February, 22nd June and 28th September.

Sir Hugh Kawharu Masters Scholarship for Innovation in Science

The Sir Hugh Kawharu Scholarship for Innovation in Science, administered by Royal Society Te Aparangi, is a $10,000 scholarship for study at masters level in the sciences. The Scholarship is applicable across a broad range of science disciplines including the physical, mathematical and computational, earth, environment, marine, social, health, biological, biomedical, human, and behavioural sciences. The Call for Applications is now open with a closing date of 31 August 2020. Information about how to apply is available on the Society’s website.

Raewyn Good Study Award for Maori and Pasifika Social Science Research

The Raewyn Good Study Award for Māori and Pasifika Social Science Research is an award of $6,000 for a Māori and Pasifika postgraduate student undertaking a Master’s which involves social sciences research. The study award, tenable at any New Zealand university/wānanga for one year is available to students, who at the time of application, are engaged/enrolled in or applying for a Master’s degree which involves undertaking social sciences research. The Call for Applications is now open with a closing date of 31 August 2020. Information about how to apply is available on the Society’s website.

RHT Bates Postgraduate Scholarship

The RHT Bates Postgraduate Scholarship is a study award of $6,000 for a PhD in the Physical Sciences and Engineering in a New Zealand university. Preference will be given to those whose research aims to apply information/image processing to studies in medicine, the physical sciences, astronomy or engineering. The Call for Applications is now open with a closing date of 31 August 2020. Information about how to apply is available on the Society’s website.

Sir Robert Jones Refugee Daughters' Scholarship 2021

The Sir Robert Jones Scholarship assists young women from refugee backgrounds to complete a university degree or tertiary qualification from an approved tertiary institution. This philanthropic gift is for young women who aspire to a tertiary qualification, but are denied the opportunity because of family circumstances. Tuition fees are paid for full-time study and university hostel accommodation is paid for two years if the student attends a tertiary institution away from home.

Applications close Sunday, July 12th. For more information, visit the webpage.

Don Linklater Memorial Bursary 2020

To honour the contribution made to the region and to local government by the late Don Linklater, Horizons Chairman 1989-2000, Horizons Regional Council is offering a bursary for university study. This bursary is available for students looking to study both undergraduate and postgrafduate level in one of three existing fields:
  • Resource Management
  • Environmental Planning
  • Environmental Engineering anf Modelling with particular emphasis on river and drainage dynamics
Contact Caitlin for a copy of the application form if you are interested.

GCSB Women in STEM Scholarship

The value of this award is $10,000 which can be spread over three years depending on your study plans. Note, no more than $5,000 will be allocated in any one year. Up to three scholarships will be awarded, of which one will be dedicated to a Maori/Pasifica student

Open to female second year tertiary students and above (including Honours and Masters students) intending to take a full-time course of study in science, technology, computer engineering, mathematics, data science and cyber security at any New Zealand tertiary institution.

Applications close 1st October. For more information, visit the CareerHub Listing.

Freemasons University Scholarship

The Freemasons Scholarships are provided annually, funded and administered by The Freemasons Charity. The Freemasons Scholarships are to assist able students who are active in their involvement in the community, to complete their university education in their chosen field.

This year eight Postgraduate Scholarships of $10,000 each and 20 University Scholarships of $6,000 each will be offered to students attending thses universities: Auckland, AUT, Waikato, Massey, Victoria, Canterbury, Lincoln, and Otago.

Successful scholars are expected to use their scholarship to defray expenses related to their attendance at University.

For more information, please visit the website. Applications close on October 1st 2020.

Other Events of Interest

Writing to Finish

Every Wednesday at 9am - 12:30pm, you can join other graduates from around the university in working on their thesis. A great opportunity to share ideas, get feedback & to knuckle down and get some work done. Currently this social event is still being held on Zoom. In the online version of the event, we'll start with a goal-setting session and then work individually, returning to meet at particular 'check-in' points during the session for a short break. The session will close with all of us coming back together as a group to discuss how far we've come with our goals.

You need to register here.

SMS Postgraduate Seminar Series

The newly introduced SMS Postgraduate Seminar Series has been created by students for students. This is a brilliant opportunity to share what you have been working on with your colleagues, meet colleagues from other specialisations in our school and even practice your presentations and discussions on a topic. If you are interested in presenting, please contact Linus, Malcom or Rafael.
Jordan Mitchell Barrett - Ramsey Theory of Semigroups - Monday, 29th June, 3pm, CO431

Many Fundamenta resuls in Ramsey theory concen the structure of certain semigroups (sets with an associative binary operaition). These include the Hales–Jewett theorem, the Graham–Rothschild theorem, Gowers' FINₖ theorem, and Hindman's theorem. In this talk, we will discuss and aim to understand these fundamental results. Time permitting, we will see a common generalisation of many of these theorems to the setting of arbitrary layered semigroups, as introduced by Farah, Hindman and McLeod, and further generalised in ongoing work of Barrett and Lupini.

Help crack the insect code

Need a project over the break? Passionate about conservation? Just really like bugs? Te Papa is looking for keen transcribers to help decipher and transfer George Hudsons handwritten collection records over to their excel spreadsheets. This requires tansferring the information over, standardising the data and then updating the indentifying species names to their current name. This project is especially important as there is currently a research project underway called "100 years moths". This project aims to collect and contribute data to better understand the global instect decline. Every month there have been sessions at Zealandia where light traps are used to lure and track moth populations in the region. This newly collected data needs to be compared with Hudsons observations in the same area.

If you are keen to help, take a look at the webpage.